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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fred Thompson Hates America

Sorry Righties, your knight in shining armor has let you down. You've been had. The Right Wing has been so infatuated with Fred Thompson, he's become a walking talking Rorschach test. Millions of swooning wingnuts have just assumed that he shares their belief that human life is sacred from the point of conception to the moment of birth.


Thompson has always been personally opposed to abortion, but he believes this is a moral issue and not a legal matter. He stated this clearly several times in the mid-1990s. OUCH! And that’s not all. Thompson not only voted in favor of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill — he helped to write it. Take that, Wingers — your hero wants a bunch of big bloated government bureaucrats meddling in the free marketplace of ideas, REGULATING political speech.

Now, of course, Thompson is trying to backpedal and “restate” and “clarify” everything. He’ll use his Hollywood persona and Southern demeanor to smooth those ruffled feathers. But the truth is out. That swashbuckling hero was just an illusion. Rightwads — back to the drawing board.

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Blogger Mike V. said...

ha! how's this for infatuation, an actual quote from Chris Matthews from this last week. Seriously:

"MATTHEWS: Can you smell the English leather on this guy, the Aqua Velva, the sort of mature man‘s shaving cream, or whatever, you know, after he shaved? Do you smell that sort of—a little bit of cigar smoke? You know, whatever."

June 17, 2007 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike: Chris Matthews can gush and swoon with the best of them. And that's exactly what the Right seems to be doing. They're just yearning, starving for an idol to worship, and they've latched onto Thompson. If he turns out to be pro-choice (or even wavering a little), he's pulled the rug out from under millions of screaming fans.

June 17, 2007 at 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said "human life is sacred from the point of conception to the moment of birth."

What an asinine and stupid statement. Life is sacred from conception until death! I quit reading your post after the stupid statement knowing the rest was be just as stupid. Grow up and get a brain!

June 17, 2007 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Hey Dumbdumb, let me walk you through the obvious: I worded the phrase exactly that way because that's the unspoken viewpoint of millions of anti-abortion fanatics. They may talk about the "sanctity of life" but somehow they don't seem to worship the person quite so much after he/she has been born. If you're part of that group, this blog probably isn't your cup of tea.

June 17, 2007 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

It will be fun once Fred officially throws his hat in the ring. Then the other Republican candidates can dig up his past statements and take him down a few notches.

June 17, 2007 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

How much do you want to bet that dumbdumb is pro-death penalty?

June 17, 2007 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

The Right Wing will over look anything their Knight in Bull crap rides up on and with. They know that other than Paul, the man they like least, no other candidate comes close to winning for them.

Its funny how they will over look anything to get their man in, including DUI charges and AWOL. Their morals go right out the door and never brought up again.

June 17, 2007 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

I think he'll get away with it.

He said Roe vs. Wade was the worst court ruling ever..that's playing well with the Christian Taliban

I wish I shared your optimism Tom...I fear Americans are will be courted by Thompson and lose themselves in his "star power"

The man is atrocious. A simple look at his record shows shady back room deals having spent years as a lobbyist. Some of his influence led to the savings and loan scandal in the 80's.

But I fear Americans will be duped by the cigars, whiskey, that southern "drawl", the smell of English Leather, and yes the fact that he's an actor.

I've written ad nauseum on Thompson and will continue to do so.

One point I made a while back was that it used to be a knock on a candidate that he was an "actor", now it seems like an asset.

All we can hope to do is point out the apparent facts to the American People and hope they vote with their brains.

But I have a bad feeling that when things heat up with the elections all people are going to see is a "plain spoken no-nonsense DA" who's "just a good ol' American boy" that apparently reeks of Aqua Velca.

June 17, 2007 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

J. Marquis: Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how much the public still worships him after the other candidates have savaged him.

Lizzy: I'd say the chances are pretty good.

Let's Talk: You might be right. After all, Reagan was divorced (gasp!) and hardly ever went to church, yet the Fundies adored him. They don't apply those Biblical prohibitions to themselves or their idols, just everybody else.

PoliShifter: It's a sad commentary on American voters but you're probably right about that. Thompson's star power might carry him through. To millions of voters who are yearning for someone to worship, Thompson's Southern drawl, deep fatherly voice and English Leather (or was it Aqua Velva?) will be all the seduction they'll need.

June 17, 2007 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Thompson is another old horse stuck in the neocon barn waiting to be brought out for one more money run.

Just like Rummy and Cheney, they always drag out those who should ave been put into a home years ago.

June 17, 2007 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Larry: Good description. I guess Thompson is lucky they've passed those laws against slaughtering horses. Otherwise he'd be heading for the glue factory as we speak.

June 18, 2007 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

And now he is in a dead heat with Giuliani according to the markets. McCain has fallen off the chart while Romney makes slow, jagged progress.

Man, I've never seen the Republicans so confused heading into an election.

I still say it is going to be Thomson.

June 18, 2007 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Prague Twin: Yeah, I'd say his chances are still pretty good. He might win over some moderate voters by not being a "pro-life" fanatic. Reagan was able to capture a full political spectrum from the center to the far right. Thompson might be able to do it too.

June 18, 2007 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Political Realm said...

There really doesn't seem to be much there with Thompson. I can't understand how some believe he oozes charisma. Really? Are they kidding? Everytime I see the guy he seems old and his reason for being president--"because I want to do things only a president can do"--doesn't exactly inspire me.

Conservatives are so desperate for another Reagan. Of course, the legend of Reagan is so hyped in their heads it will never happen.

June 18, 2007 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Political Realm: Yeah, I can't see it either. I guess that deep voice, Southern accent and fatherly manner just connect with voters. They're looking for Ward Cleaver to take them by the hand and guide them back to "Morning in America" and Thompson fills that void.

June 19, 2007 at 1:45 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

I think Fred Thompson will have the Republican nomination just about in the bag once he announces his candidacy. The Republican voters will largely sucker for him because he has the star power and because they will see him as representing "something different". If he can last long enough for them to not realize he is just more of the "same old same old", he might even get into the White House.

The Republicans don't seem too happy with the presidential candidates who are currently leading the pack, and because Thompson is not Giuliani, McCain or Romney, the rightwing voters will embrace Ugly Fred in large numbers. Because he is not Mitt, Rudy or John, those voters will overlook what Fred may have said or done in the past. In debates, he will turn on his smooth charm and make them look like fools, no matter how valid their statements are against him. In an electoral climate where form seems to triumph over content in most cases, Thompson will have a leg up on the rest of the candidates, maybe including the Democrats.

What would we see in a Fred Thompson presidency? Undoubtedly a continuation of the Iraq war. Undoubtedly more attempts at packing the Supreme Court with right wing idealogues. Undoubtedly less environmental protections and more corporate welfare. Undoubtedly more tax cuts for the richest Americans. It would just be a continuation of a number of Bu$hCo's most obnoxious policies... and as disgusted as many Republican voters are with the neocon elements in their party, just watch them: they are getting ready to nominate ANOTHER neocon and push him into the White House.

Why do they hate America?

June 24, 2007 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I'd say Thompson has a good chance of getting the nomination. I haven't paid much attention to the presidential candidates of either party yet; I'm still burned out from the '06 elections. A friend of mine was telling me that Romney is probably a contender too. He has such a smooth personality and slick salesmanship that he could win over the public, even though everything he says contradicts something else that he said earlier.

Whoever gets the Republican nomination, we'll have to do some serious Swiftboating to keep him/her out of the White House (unless it's Ron Paul).

June 24, 2007 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Republicans are stuck with your lot...good luck...

July 9, 2007 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Cubanazos.com said...

WOW. You liberal ignorant lefties are scary as hell. Turn off Jerry Springer and get a life, lol.

July 23, 2007 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

How come you don't have a blog? That way people could visit you and make meaningless comments.

July 23, 2007 at 8:40 PM  

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