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I Did Not Have Relations With That Women's Health Organization

ft2.jpgThe LA Times' revelation yesterday that Fred Thompson's law firm took a fat paycheck in exchange for compromising Thompson's principles on the issue of abortion comes as no surprise.

Fred is an actor at heart, a professional poseur. He took money from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and did what they asked him to do. He was a lobbyist at the time, and he was paid to lobby. Whether he believed in their cause or not is irrelvant; lobbyists are paid to look people squarely in the eyes and lie to them.

And so it's no surprise to me at least that he came out lying to everyone on this issue as well.

Thompson spokesman Mark Corallo adamantly denied that Thompson worked for the family planning group. "Fred Thompson did not lobby for this group, period," he said in an e-mail.

In a telephone interview, he added: "There's no documents to prove it, there's no billing records, and Thompson says he has no recollection of it, says it didn't happen." In a separate interview, John H. Sununu, the White House official whom the family planning group wanted to contact, said he had no memory of the lobbying and doubted it took place.

Taking Corallo's second point first, there are documents to prove it.

The group, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, hired Mr. Thompson in 1991, three years before he was elected to the Senate from Tennessee, as part of the group's effort to overturn a ban on federally financed family planning clinics giving women information about abortion, according to the group's board minutes and former president. [...]

In the group's board minutes of September 1991, Ms. DeSarno reported hiring Mr. Thompson to "aid us in discussions with the administration." Ms. DeSarno, who provided the minutes, said in an interview that Mr. Thompson served as the group's liaison to the White House.

And what is disturbing to me isn't that Thompson lobbied for this group - that's a poseur's prerogative. What's disturbing is that he chooses to deny it.

But, just when you think there's no hope for getting the truth out of Thompson's camp comes the clincher, with Carallo admitting that in fact Thompson did indeed have relations provide services for this group.

"He may have been consulted by one of the firm's partners who represented this group in 1991," the spokesman, Mark Corallo, said in a statement. "As any lawyer would know, such consultations take place within law firms every day."

So the 'it never happened - uh uh, no way' has evolved to 'he may have been consulted', meaning even if he did not personally ring the White House doorbell on this issue he did work for them after all.

Sigmund Frued said "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" -- and Fred Thompson has now proven that "once an actor, always an actor" .

[H/T to Ed Cone for the great title.]


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Comments (13)

engineer:

"The LA Times' revelation yesterday that Fred Thompson's law firm took a fat paycheck in exchange..."

What was the size of the paycheck? Where is the amount mentioned? Where is the evidence of cancelled checks, invoices etc, from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association?

The evidence is board minute meetings? They have good records of the meeting, but none of monies paid?


"Taking Corallo's second point first, there are documents to prove it."

We have one Spetember 1991 board meeting minutes. That is a document, not documents. As far as providing that the group hired Fred Thompson, it does no such thing. It is simply a report that somebody made without any supporting evidence, such as, "We hired Fred Thompson to represent us, here is the signed contract."

What we have is unsubstantiated allegations with no supporting evidence.

"So it's clear that Thompson was pro-choice before he was pro-life."

So what? So was 41.

Here's the real problem for Lee and larkin: Thompson scares you big time because he is atriculate and will talk right over the top of the MSM chatter box. Appropriately, Lee borrows the video pic of the Thompson smackdown of MM that illustrates my point.

"Fred is an actor at heart, a professional poseur." Well that's effective, Lee. Who is convinced by that statement, besides you?

No accomplished member of the US Bar would have made that statement while he was in active practice. And it certainly doesn't speak well of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. What a bunch of dupes they must be for hiring an actor when they really needed an attorney and lobbyist.

jeff:

"Here's the real problem for Lee and larkin: Thompson scares you big time because he is atriculate and will talk right over the top of the MSM chatter box."

That is friggin hilarious. I am not even the slightest bit worried about any presidential candidate with an "R" after his name. The guy in office has done so much damage to the republican party that the chances of a republican being the next president are slim and none and slim was just killed by a roadside bomb in iraq. Do republicans remember November 2006? Remember how the republicans lost their "permanent" majority in both houses of congress? What do you think would have happened in that election if a president were being elected? Does anyone seriously think that the next election will not be more of the same? The democrats WILL strengthen their majority in both houses and there WILL be a democrat in the whitehouse. The political climate in this country is getting worse and worse for republicans, and if republicans don't agree, then that is all the better. The proof will be in about 562 days.

Jeff

"Do republicans remember November 2006?" Yes they do, just as Democrats remembered 1994. And Reublicans remembered 1982. Next question?

"What do you think would have happened in that election if a president were being elected?" I just answered that.

Larkin

It may be amusing, and it is irritating to single issue Republican voters. But at the end of the day, Republicans will vote for a convert before they turn out for a pro abortion candidate.

Jeff
"The guy in office has done so much damage to the republican party that the chances of a republican being the next president are slim and none and slim was just killed by a roadside bomb in iraq. Do republicans remember November 2006?"

BTW, show some RESPECT for those soldiers who have been killed by IED's by not using them to make your rhetorical point.

bryanD:

"But at the end of the day, Republicans will vote for a convert before they turn out for a pro abortion candidate.
Posted by HughS"

Fred AIN'T all that. Phoneeeeeey!
And I don't think that Abortion song is on the program anymore. (Maybe as a second encore) It's the Iraq war, political corruption, and that small voice that says something big went wrong during the Bush term of office. Will the term "neocon" become known to the general Republican voter as the nexis of the K Street scandals AND Team Bush's foreign policy defects? It will in the General. (Do I smell Bob Dole?)

All "top tier" candidates (including Fred! and except the Mormon), should prepare to be tied convincingly to this unpopular president. The Republican's only hope is a second tier candidate winning the nomination. Even Brownback is an improvement (and that's BAD).

Still, it's the Dems' race to lose. Thanks, George. Give my regards to Turd Blossum.



"Fred AIN'T all that. Phoneeeeeey!"

To paraphrase a well known Democrat, he may be a Phoneeeeeey, but he's our Phoneeeeeey!

"It's the Iraq war"

Well yes, exactly, and voters will not trust the Dems with it. Warning, don't try to claim the high ground here.

"political corruption, and that small voice that says something big went wrong during the Bush term of office."

The Dems will never win a Presidential election on the issue of corruption.


"nexis of the K Street scandals AND Team Bush's foreign policy defects?"

Ha! ,you think the Dems are strangers to K Street? Go ahead, keep walking the plank. Your fellow traveler Lee got crossed up on that today when he had to explain that Fred the Dreaded was partners with a former Democratic congressman. BryanD, if you think K Street tangles are going to carry whatever Democrat to the Presidency you are fooling yourself.

As to the election: The President will be a much more effective campaigner than you think...ever more so to your growing fury.

jeff:

"BTW, show some RESPECT for those soldiers who have been killed by IED's by not using them to make your rhetorical point."

Unbelieveable. Does that make me unpatriotic and unamerican hugh? Just so I know how to act from now on.

No Jeff
It SAYS what it SAYS.

You want some advice on how to act from now on? Don't use dead soldiers killed by IED's in your rhetoric?

Do you understand what that means?

bryanD:

"...if you think K Street tangles are going to carry whatever Democrat to the Presidency you are fooling yourself_HughS"

It's the totality of it. (I won't use the term Perfect Storm...oops!)

But the Amnesty Bill, Iraq, Abramoff cooperation with authorities (another indictment last week), the AIPAC spy trial with Larry Frankin cooperating which will focus attention on the neocon network, the Plame-Wilson depositions of administration figures under oath.

Not to mention the litany of Bush's extra-constitutional power grabs: multiple signing statements, suspension of the writ of habeus corpus, the abrogating of the FISA laws, and secret renditions of non-persons (see Habeus Corpus) for the purpose of *acute* interrogation purposes without the right to face their accuser.

Of course, Katrina and the Birdshot Incident were the beginning, and now the simmering North American Union/SSP Scheme/Trans-Texas Corridor is the capper. My local FOX radio affiliate is beginning a week of 2 1/2 hour programs examining the roots of Bush's Amnesty obsession. That is the issue that hits home with the base. And not in the right way. That's the real "growing fury". The Amnesty Offensive by Bush removed the scales from the eyes of many, many people.

And No, Bush isn't running, but his issues linger on, and his precedent of exercising undue authority may end up in the hands of Hillary. "Bush did it!"_H.C.
A disaster! (That's why I hope Gore enters the race. Ron Paul is my choice, then the 2nd tier Republicans, then Gore. We'll survive Gore.)

bryanD
Sometimes it's hard for me to tell if you're writing satire or really believe what you say. I will confess that your comments are often funny...but "the totality of it?"

If the Amnesty Bill had passed, even Gore would have a chance. But it didn't.

Abramoff,AIPAC spy trial, Plame-Wilson depositions, Libby commutation, FISA, Habeus Corpus, Katrina, and the Birdshot incident....you are serious, yes?

None of these will reasonate with the Republican base nor will it keep them home.

The big gamble for the Democrats is whether Hillary, who will get the nomination, will create such negatives in the Republican base that the Republican make it an "Anybody but Her" campaign.

Lee Ward:

What was the size of the paycheck?

$5,000

Where is the amount mentioned? Where is the evidence of cancelled checks, invoices etc, from the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association?

See here for the rest of your answers...


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