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Fred Thompson - Has Been Who Never Was

It's nice to see Fat-Head Fred Thompson finally give up.

He never lived up to the hype, and despite cheerleading from a small faction of social conservatives yearning for another actor who could step into Ronald Reagan's make-up kit and lead the nation back 30 years into the past, Thompson never demonstrated the will power and work ethic it takes to rise to the nation's highest office. He was just plain too lazy.

Well, at least now it's official. Fred Thompson is washed up in politics:

Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson is going back to the small screen after his foray into Republican presidential politics over the last year.

Thompson, best known on TV for his role as a gruff district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order," dropped out of the crowded GOP primaries in January after his much-anticipated presidential campaign failed to gain strong support among conservatives.

He campaigned heavily for eventual nominee John McCain, and had recently tried to gain support to be in charge of the Republican National Committee.

But his former finance chairman, B.C. "Scooter" Clippard, said Thompson told him Wednesday that he was returning to acting and dropping his RNC bid.

"He seriously considered it, but he called and said that it was not in the cards," Clippard said.

Clippard said he did not know which television programs might be interested in Thompson.

"He has some wonderful opportunities back in the television market that probably financially far outweigh being chair of the RNC," Clippard said.

Dog food commercials are where I expected Mutt-Faced Thompson to shine, but I'm sure he'll find some crappy, second-rate TV show in which to pull down a fat paycheck for reciting lines while furrowing his flabby brow in an attempt to be dramatic.

Good riddance to a bad actor who had no business pretending he was fit for the office of President.

Interesting Times - It's great to see Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, etc. being discussed for high-ranking cabinet posts on the same day we read that Fred Thompson is washed up in politics.


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Comments (5)

Rob:

Stay classy Lee.

Lee:

Fred Thompson is a former Watergate Mole for the Nixon White House - he deserves nothing but scorn.

Mike:

I guess just like how Robert Byrd was a member of the KKK?

Lee:

Typical one-dimensional reasoning there, Mike.

When running for the United States House of Representatives in 1952, [Byrd] announced "After about a year, I became disinterested, quit paying my dues, and dropped my membership in the organization. During the nine years that have followed, I have never been interested in the Klan." He said the Klan offered excitement and was anti-communist, therefore he belonged to the Klan in the 1942-1943 period.[2] However, in 1946 or 1947 he wrote a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation."[8]

In 1997, he told an interviewer he would encourage young people to become involved in politics, but to "Be sure you avoid the Ku Klux Klan. Don't get that albatross around your neck. Once you've made that mistake, you inhibit your operations in the political arena."[9] In his latest autobiography, Byrd explained that he was a member because he "was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision--a jejune and immature outlook--seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions."[10] Byrd also said, in 2005,

I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times... and I don't mind apologizing over and over again. I can't erase what happened.[2]

Unlike Byrd, Thompson never apologized.

And I reason that Thompson did this nation a greater disservice by sneaking around and helping the Nixon White House than Byrd ever did. Thompson betrayed a public trust.

to wit:

On the official Web site for his anticipated presidential run, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) says that during the Watergate hearings he "gained national attention for leading the line of inquiry that revealed the audio-taping system in the White House Oval Office." A former assistant U.S. attorney in Tennessee, Thompson served as minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee.

But a story published in yesterday's Boston Globe reveals details about his role in the Watergate probe that suggests Thompson was something other than the good-government crusader he now makes himself out to be. It begins:

The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight -- asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system -- he telephoned Nixon's lawyer.

Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, "At That Point in Time," Thompson said he acted with "no authority" in divulging the committee's knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon's resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team, according to a former investigator for Democrats on the committee, Scott Armstrong , who remains upset at Thompson's actions.

"Thompson was a mole for the White House," Armstrong said in an interview. "Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was."

and here's the kicker on this:

Asked about the matter this week, Thompson -- who is preparing to run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination -- responded via e-mail without addressing the specific charge of being a Nixon mole: "I'm glad all of this has finally caused someone to read my Watergate book, even though it's taken them over thirty years."

Byrd apologizes repeatedly - Thompson ducks the question. What more would expect from the kind of slime that sneaks around to protect slimy Dick Nixon.

Of course you won't see it this way, Mike. You see nothing wrong with Thompson working to protect a lousy President like Nixon - you and your ilk did the same for GW Bush, the worst President ever.

Allen:

Lee, you're way too hard on Mike. It's not his fault he cannot afford cranial/rectum surgery, as the GOP is against anyone having insurance. And since he hasn't seen the light, what do you expect?

Even Nixon thought Fred was a dumb ass, and yes, he is, just like Ronnie was, a second hand actor, never really made a good movie that had huge box office results. Oh well-----------.


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