Flip-flopping down memory lane with Ol’ Fred
The Democrat opposition is busy gathering up negative info to run on any possible Republican candidate, much as the Republicans are no doubt doing on the Democrats. Here’s a small sample of what they have on FDT so far (at least what they’re willing to show)…
A scouring of the legislative website of the Library of Congress from 1995 to 2002, when Mr. Thompson was in the Senate, yields a total of five bills that became law for which he was the head sponsor. A sixth passed the Senate and was replaced by an identical House bill that was eventually signed by the president.
The bills include the naming of a post office and courthouse in Cookeville, Tenn., a private bill that granted permanent residency status to a young Bolivian girl getting treatment for cancer and her family and several other minor pieces of legislation. A quick comparison with Senator John McCain, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, for the same period turns up 17 bills that became law for which Mr. McCain was the lead sponsor.
To be fair to Ol’ Fred, it’s hard to pass bills when there’s so many skirts to chase.
The Dems are also quick to point out the hypocrisy of Ol’ Fred trying to cast himself as an Outsider, when his record as a K Street lobbyist states the opposite…
Thompson, who likes to cast himself as a political outsider, earned more than $1 million lobbying the federal government for more than 20 years. He lobbied for a savings-and-loan deregulation bill that helped hasten the industry’s collapse and a failed nuclear energy project that cost taxpayers more than a billion dollars.
He also was a lobbyist for deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was widely criticized for endorsing “necklacing,” the gruesome practice of execution where gasoline-soaked tires are thrown over a person’s neck and set ablaze.
In September 1991, Aristide said: “The buring tire, what a beautiful tool! … It smells good. And wherever you go, you want to smell it.”
Lobbying records show that in 1991 Thompson called then-White House Chief of Staff John Sununu on Aristide’s behalf.
Aristide won Haiti’s first democratic elections in 1989 and was overthrown in February 2004, fleeing amid an armed rebellion and protests against corruption and other problems.
And, here’s another quick hitter on the “Outsider’s” K-Street career.
Plus, more on Terri Schiavo…
Fred Thompson has convenient short-term memory loss.
Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson gave no opinion Thursday when asked about efforts by President Bush and Congress to keep Terri Schiavo alive, saying he does not remember details of the right-to-die case that stirred national debate.
…”I can’t pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best,” Thompson said. “That’s going back in history. I don’t remember the details of it.”
While working as a lobbyist that same summer, Thompson helped brief John Roberts about the case for his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
In November 2005, Thompson even acted in an episode of “Law & Order” called “Age of Innocence” about a husband trying to disconnect his wife’s feeding tube over the objections of her family.
Of course, that’s not going to be a problem for Ol’ Fred, because as Cliff Kincaid pointed out, Fred has already flip-flopped on that position.
Oh well, what’s a few flip-flops when you’re the “consistent conservative.”
original post at Nuke's News & Views