Who's Afraid Of Big Bad Fred?
Everyone Else In The Race It Seems
By Erick Posted in 2008 | Fred Thompson — Comments (10) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Someone must be afraid of Fred Thompson. Rudy is probably the obvious choice, given today's poll numbers. But I'm sure Romney, McCain, and even the Democrats are afraid of Fred now too. And if you need further proof, behold the apparently coordinated attacking points against him.
Fred is a lobbyist, the Huffington Post proclaims. Not just a lobbyist, George Will tells us, but a lazy lobbyist. And not just a lazy lobbyist, but a foreign agent lazy lobbyist, the Nation would have us believe. And the icing on the cake is Washington Insider cum journalist Jeffrey Birnbaum picking up the attacking points and trying to advance the ball. Here's how Jeffrey starts the advance
But over the past three years he showed up every two weeks or so at a lobbying and law firm in downtown D.C. to plot how best to persuade Congress to help a British company.
His main assignment: to use his connections to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to extract information about goings-on inside Congress and use it to benefit his multibillion-dollar client.
In exchange for this insider wisdom he was paid a cool $760,000.
To my knowledge, Jeffrey hasn't done a deep lobbying profile of Rudy yet, despite Rudy having been in the race for much longer than Fred.
In any event, where do I start?
Read on . . .
First we should remember that Fred has been practicing law for 27 years, excluding his time making laws in the Senate, and has only had 6 clients on whose behalf he has lobbied. A couple of those, including the alleged role lobbying for Haiti, were nothing more than a phone call or two on behalf of friends of his, according to a background source of mine who is close to Fred's campaign.
Second, is the asbestos litigation really something to attack Fred on? Virtually every person in Washington dealt with the asbestos litigation in some way after the Supreme Court told Congress it needed to take a look at it. The effort was bipartisan and needed.
This again is another example of both why Fred Thompson is running and why he is running such an innovative campaign. The inside the beltway crowd, from the media to the politicians, love to pigeonhole anyone and everyone and presume each candidate is the sum of one of their parts instead of the whole.
They are all in for a rude awakening with Fred's campaign.
And should they be scared? Hell yeah. Look at today's poll numbers.
The LA Times has Fred at 21% to Rudy's 27%.
Rasmussen has Fred and Rudy tied at 24% each with Romney and McCain tied at 11% each.
I'd say a whole lotta people got a whole lotta worrying to do.