LAT on Fred: That’s not Reagan, that’s a RINO, baby! Yeah! Update: Viguerie piles on

posted at 10:35 am on July 10, 2007 by Allahpundit

Still no correction, clarification, explanation, elucidation, or further elaboration from them about the The Cowboy Scene That Wasn’t. With the credibility of that piece vanishing like details from an LA Times hit piece, they’re doubling down with a surer hand — the case, based upon his senate record, that Fred’s nothing but a big ol’ McCain-hugging RINO. Why, the subhead even invokes the scarlet “M” in describing.

This makes two Times pieces in four days aimed detonating his conservative credentials. They’re sure looking to take him down early. Fear the Fred:

An actor, lawyer and lobbyist, Thompson seems to have earned more forgiveness than McCain for breaking with conservative dogma, in part because his maverick streak was tempered by an easygoing manner and a willingness to stick with the GOP on most issues. But it may also be because conservatives who back him now know less about Thompson’s Senate record than they do about his performance as a district attorney in the television hit “Law & Order.”

“He carries the same baggage that McCain carries,” said James Bopp Jr., an antiabortion activist who is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination. “Time does dim memories, and people need to be reminded of his support for McCain-Feingold.”

“Thompson had a chance to show leadership and did not,” said Larry Klayman, the conservative lawyer who issued the “wanted” poster to criticize Thompson for not running more aggressive hearings on President Clinton’s fundraising.

“I would not vote for him for president.”…

Sen. Thompson was a central architect, not a casual supporter, of [McCain-Feingold]. Republican leaders and conservative activist groups bitterly opposed the measure, which they believed would disproportionately hurt the GOP and its allies…

When the measure was on the Senate floor in 2001, Thompson was part of a core group of about 10 senators that met every morning to strategize before the day’s debate. He was so wedded to the issue that he sometimes complained that his name was not included in its moniker, according to a Senate aide who worked with him on the legislation. And when the law was challenged before the Supreme Court, he filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting it…

The way Thompson conducted the hearings [on alleged Democratic fundraising abuses in 1996] may raise questions about whether he has the zest for cut-and-thrust partisanship that many conservatives want in their leaders: Although conservatives wanted to keep the focus on Clinton and the Democrats, Thompson defied Lott and broadened the scope of the investigation, giving Democrats opportunities to question GOP practices.

Apologies for the long blockquote but you never know how much of this might disappear into the ether in a few hours if parts of it turn out to be wrong. Maybe it’s worth just screencapping the page, eh? I do like that reference, though, to partisanship while Henry Waxman spends his days flinging subpoenas to the immense delight of the fight-fight-fightin’ nutroots. If the red pen does come out, let’s hope that at least stays in.

Exit question: Anyone terribly bothered by any of this?

Update: “Fear the Fred” indeed, says Richard Viguerie. He’s gone RINO-hunting!

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Lawrence on July 11, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Tis a bit puzzling to me. If the base complains about Rinos, but won’t vote the ‘best conservative’ in the primary, but even before the primary worries about match-ups in the general, we are stuck in a grievance cycle I think.

One thing I thought Reagan proved was that the conservative big idea beats the liberal big idea. The right rarely acts like they believe that though.

Spirit of 1776 on July 11, 2007 at 3:53 PM

Spirit of 1776 on July 11, 2007 at 3:53 PM


Lawrence on July 11, 2007 at 5:42 PM

I still like Duncan Hunter the best, but his campaign just can’t seem to get out of the starting blocks.

Lawrence on July 11, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Duncan Hunter; Tom Tancredo; Mike Huckabee. I’m sure they all go to church regularly, hate illegal immigration, and want to cut taxes. But can anyone honestly say you’re SURPRISED these guys don’t make an impression on people?

We need to face the cold, hard fact that we don’t happen to belong to the party that has enough media control to turn a tree stump into a superstar.

logis on July 11, 2007 at 6:04 PM

Really? That many comments? I wonder if I can get a royalty from MM for hitting this site so much?

2nd, I’m flattered that my mind control vibes are working out so well. Just this morning I was putting out vibes that someone would start fixating on me and count how many comments I have made. I was actually trying to get a total for the entire time at HA, but just this thread is a good start. I have also been putting some heavy vibes out for some of you to send me some cash. How bout $100?

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csdeven on July 11, 2007 at 11:28 PM

AP, hold onto these blockquotes (complete stories if you have them filed) for the runup to the general. After Fred gets nominated, watch them begin to paint him with the “to the right of Mussolini” brush. You can then bring these articles back up, and that will help convince the undecided voters (read morons) that he’s a centrist.

Freelancer on July 12, 2007 at 7:09 AM

When is the last time you saw conservatives try to convince Democrats they were fools for trying to nominate someone who wasn’t 100% liberal?

logis on July 12, 2007 at 9:23 AM

Conservatives know that liberals have no morals and that is the core value of liberals.

Conservatives hold conservatives to their values because that is what we principled conservatives are at our core.

fred? is a liar and a fake and lobbies for scumbags. He does not have the core conservative values that real conservatives have and I don’t care what scripted, memorized BS he spews.

csdeven on July 12, 2007 at 12:06 PM

cs, we all know you hate Fred!

All other issues aside, are you telling us that you hate him so much you’d vote for Hitlery if he was the nominee?

jdawg on July 12, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Oh boy, Richard Viguerie piles on, great, very meaningful. Almost as meaingful as his accusing Ronald Reagan in the 80’s of selling out conservatism.

Why does anyone still take this nimrod seriously?

gatorbait on July 12, 2007 at 7:13 PM

Oh boy, Richard Viguerie piles on, great, very meaningful. Almost as meaingful as his accusing Ronald Reagan in the 80’s of selling out conservatism.

Why does anyone still take this nimrod seriously?

gatorbait on July 12, 2007 at 7:13 PM

That guy represents a very tiny but EXTREMELY vocal minority of people who think Ron Paul is the Only Person On Earth who’s qualified for public office. So do the math: divide the Republican caucus by the number of Republicans these fruit loops don’t hate….

Turns out they like the Republican Party itself about 0.5% more than the Democrats do. And that’s a pretty fine line.

logis on July 12, 2007 at 7:45 PM

As if who exposes freds? RINO behavior is relevant. The truth is the truth, and the truth is that fred? lies.

csdeven on July 12, 2007 at 9:22 PM

csdeven on July 12, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Quit dodging – answer my question.

jdawg on July 12, 2007 at 9:41 PM

jdawg on July 12, 2007 at 9:41 PM

No, I wont. I have made my position known several times here. Just exactly what straw man argument you are trying to build is unclear at this point, but I will not enable you to present it.

csdeven on July 12, 2007 at 10:26 PM

csdeven on July 12, 2007 at 10:26 PM

No, all you’ve made clear is your irrational hatred and loathing of Fred!

So, answer the question.

jdawg on July 13, 2007 at 11:33 AM

jdawg on July 13, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Look it up yourself. It’s all over HA if you really cared.

csdeven on July 13, 2007 at 2:50 PM

csdeven on July 13, 2007 at 2:50 PM

C’mon, you skeered, or something? Just answer one little bitty question.

jdawg on July 13, 2007 at 3:43 PM

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