Lazy Fred Thompson

Hollywood actor Fred Thompson has as much energy as a June bug that’s been squashed by a pitcher of Mint Julep.

One of the biggest (and longstanding) knocks against the former senator is that he doesn’t have the heart for the race or the job. In short: He’s lazy. A campaign that relies on pithy lines and the Internet feeds the lounge-chair image. It looks like he’s trying to elevate laziness into a virtue. Several of Thompson’s rivals, who know him from his time in Washington, elaborate on that theme. He wasn’t known for his hard work in the Senate. Exhibit A, they say, was the 1997 campaign-finance hearings he chaired, which he started with a bang by promising grand disclosures but ended in a fizzle without uncovering much.