Good stuff via Instapundit. The “aw shucks” tone of the radio bits is gone here; the occasion called for some greater and he delivered. September 16, 2001…

Roll Call says he’s genuinely interested in getting in, but it’s getting late and he’d have to build a team from scratch. Or would he?

Update: Novak’s reading the tea leaves:

Sophisticated social conservative activists tell me they cannot vote for Giuliani under any conditions and have no rapport with McCain or Romney. They do not view Sen. Sam Brownback, representing the social right, as a viable candidate. They are coming to see Thompson as the only conservative who can be nominated. Their appreciation of him stems not from his eight years as a U.S. senator from Tennessee but from his role as Manhattan district attorney on the TV series ” Law & Order.” The part was molded to Thompson’s specifications as a tough prosecutor, lending him political star power…

I met Fred Thompson in 1974 when he was Howard Baker’s 31-year-old minority counsel on the Watergate investigation. I considered him cool, careful and conservative. He still is, and that is how he would run for president, which appears in the offing.