That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
Fred Thompson’s speech before the Lincoln Club of Orange County on Friday night was considered a platform from which the “Law & Order” star could gain some momentum for a White House bid. But in a column he wrote up over the weekend, Bob Novak was underwhelmed by the actor/former senator’s performance. And Novak even was sitting at the same table as Thompson, one of the few media types to get access to Thompson given that he hustled out once he finished making his remarks. Novak writes: “Lincoln Club members, like many conservative Republicans, had been unimpressed by the existing field of Republican hopefuls and envisioned Thompson as the second coming of Ronald Reagan. They did not get it Friday night.” He says that Thompson needs more prep, and that some in the audience were disappointed that there was not enough so called “red meat.” For his part, Thompson joked during the addressed that he was worried throughout the dinner that Novak would see his notes.
Speaking of Republicans: Based on YouTube views, Mitt Romney won the GOP debate last week, with some 16,282 views of him discussing various issues, reports the Washington Examiner. Ron Paul was in second place. Third was a portion of the debate where the candidates were asked their views on evolution. MSNBC’s First Read blog reports on the most often mentioned words that each candidates used. California’s Duncan Hunter stands out for using the words “border” and “fence” most often. He seemed to veer in that direction, no matter the question.
Winfrey Windfall: One thing not considered in many stories on Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Barack Obama last week is what impact it will have on her viewers who aren’t for the Illinois senator. “If you see that she has a lot of fans who are not necessarily going to vote for Barack Obama, you have to calculate that she may take a commercial hit,” Alex S. Jones, the director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, told the New York Times. “Oprah is very credible. I would say that this endorsement is about as important of one as you could have right now.”