Fred Thompson plays District Attorney Arthur Branch on Law & Order, but he — Mr. Thompson — might be thinking about running for another office. On the season finale, Branch had this little exchange with Deputy District Attorney Jack McCoy, played by Sam Waterston — who himself is involved in presidential politics as the spokesman for Unity ’08, the group seeking to field a bipartisan presidential ticket.
BRANCH: You know, Jack, this seat may be empty some day.
McCOY: I’m no politician.
BRANCH: Everybody says that.
[Fade out. Roll credits.]
I’m not sure if the tea leaves for someone’s presidential ambitions are to be found in the pages of a script for a TV show, but it adds a bit of a cliffhanger to the end of the seventeenth season for the series, and leaves the door open to explain the possible departure of Mr. Branch when the series resumes in the fall. If Arnold Schwarzenegger can announce that he’s running for governor on the Leno show and John McCain confides his plans to David Letterman, why can’t Fred Thompson slip this little bit into the fade-out of his series for the season?
Interestingly, Mr. Thompson’s latest role is that of President Ulysses S. Grant in the HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Not exactly the role model you want to have for a presidential race…
(H/T to my brother with a TiVo.)
Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.