The Hollywood candidate is going to announce his candidacy for U.S. President on a Hollywood show. And he’s a Republican. Go figure. I’ll have a lot more to say about this, but for now know that Law & Order‘s Fred Thompson will begin his White House bid Wednesday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno after skipping a Republican debate in New Hampshire. His campaign manager is telling new outlets that “it makes a lot of sense” for Thompson to appear on Leno instead of at the GOP debate because the candidate will reach “everyday normal Americans who don’t live in the 202 area code”. Nice scoop for Leno. But don’t let Fred off the hook, Jay. Among other questions, ask him how he’s going to run the country if his campaign is in turmoil (three communications directors already) before it even officially begins.

Meanwhile, David Letterman had on Hillary Clinton last week and Bill Clinton Tuesday night. The Hillary interview was a snooze. But Dave asked Bill if he could be Hill’s vice president. Bill, who’s hawking a new book on global charity, said: “I just don’t believe it’s consistent with the spirit of the Constitution for someone who’s been President twice to be elected Vice President. I don’t think it’s right and I wouldn’t want to do that. I’d want to do whatever I could do to be of highest and best use for her, but there are lots of wonderful people out there, including all the people that are running this time, [who] would be good Vice Presidents.”

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