I really think that the next president will be Fred Thompson. My reasons are few but time tested.
He is an old time conservative who will own the "base" and yet, like another proud Right Winger, his image and folksy speaking skills will charm America, just like Ron did.
His image, to Americans, is linked to his role on Law and Order. There, he is the voice of conservative, practical reason. He is on the side of the good guys. He is the boss of the good guys.
The Democrats could screw up a wet dream.