Former Senator Fred Thompson is leaving the national stage to resume his acting career. Famous for his television role in Law & Order, he had flirted with becoming head of the Republican National Committee. But he has told his former finance chairman, B.C. “Scooter” Clippard, that he is returning to acting. “He seriously considered [the RNC post], but he called and said that it was not in the cards,” Clippard said. “He has some wonderful opportunities back in the television market that probably financially far outweigh being chair of the RNC.” Although Thompson’s presidential bid didn’t pan out, he did at least get to play one on TV: Ulysses S. Grant in the 2007 TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.