The internet is abuzz with new political excitement.
A movement to draft Fred Thompson got started. Or, more precisely, several such movements got started.
The best known was formed by two prominent members of the Tennessee congressional delegation – Reps. Zach Wamp and John J. Duncan, Jr. They will serve as co chairmen of the "Draft Fred Thompson 2008" committee.
But there are a number of other ad hoc draft Thompson groups and websites springing up from coast to coast.
There's the official site of Wamp and Duncan: Fred08.com.
And there are the petitions springing up all over.
"It is becoming increasingly obvious that a growing number of Americans want Fred Thompson to join the 2008 presidential campaign," said Wamp. "Senator Thompson's ability to communicate an optimistic vision for America, coupled with his strong conservative credentials, makes him an ideal choice for thousands of our fellow citizens."
For sure, Thompson seems to be exciting the Republican base in Tennessee. His political mentor, former Senate minority leader Howard Baker, has signed on in support. Sen. Bill Frist, former Senate majority leader, who considered a presidential run himself, has said he would support a Thompson bid.
. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the first Republican in that office since 1867, has joined the draft Thompson movement.
A third representative from Tennessee, freshman David Davis, also has agreed to become a member of the committee, according to Wamp and Duncan.
Thompson plans to travel to Washington April 18 to meet with 40-members of Congress interested in a Thompson campaign.
The co-chairmen said they believed scores of other prominent leaders from Tennessee and across the country will be joining the draft movement in the next several weeks.
"I believe that thousands of Americans from every walk of life will join this grass-roots effort," Duncan said. "They will help us send a clear message to Senator Thompson that he should take the next step and announce his candidacy."
Wamp said Thompson
"personifies strength and trust. His charisma, eloquence and exemplary public service have inspired Tennesseans and Americans alike. When I ask my conservative colleagues in Congress if Fred should run, it's like setting off fireworks above the Capitol."
Indeed, this is not a movement confined to Tennessee. Just yesterday, for instance, Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom began a statewide effort to encourage Thompson to get into the race.
"Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom believes that the political and professional background and aura of Fred Thompson makes him an ideal candidate to continue the Reagan Era legacy,"said Doug Kagan, chairman of the group.
According to an active member of the movement, there are now more than 4,000 volunteers in all 50 states ready to work full-time to make Thompson the next president. An additional 6,000 are expected shortly.