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Fred, Did We Really Know You? (Is Fred The Insiders, Insider?)
Washington Post ^ | 8 September 2007 | Colbert I king

Posted on 09/08/2007 5:05:33 AM PDT by shrinkermd

Far be it from me to start trouble, but former Tennessee Republican senator Fred Thompson, the presidential candidate who portrays himself as a conservative outsider capable of reforming Washington, is playing down his kinship with this town. Thompson may campaign as a steadfast son of the South, but he is really one of us.

In fact, no other White House hopeful, Republican or Democrat, can come close to matching Thompson's insider credentials. He alone among the contenders has managed to reach the pinnacle of Washington influence: the presidency of the Federal City Council, a powerful, behind-the-scenes group comprising a who's who of this city's top business, professional and civic leaders. The Federal City Council is synonymous with the Washington establishment, and Thompson was its chosen leader from 2003 to 2005.

The list of former council presidents reads like a roster of the city's famous heavy hitters. Thompson succeeded former Senate majority leader Bob Dole. Former House speaker Tom Foley preceded Dole...

...Which gets us to Thompson's lasting, and most tangible, contribution to our nation's capital: the Department of Homeland Security.

Thompson should raise his hand if that mammoth federal institution, home to more than 200,000 workers and 22 agencies -- the largest bureaucratic merger since the creation of Defense Department in 1947 -- is ever asked, "Who's your daddy?" Or at least he should admit to having had something to do with its birth.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
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To: popdonnelly

Yes, good point. LOL

41 posted on 09/09/2007 4:22:12 AM PDT by b4its2late (FOOTBALL REFEREES: It's tough playing with us, but you can't play the game without us.)
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To: shrinkermd
By the way, why did it take 6 months to decide?

That's the #1 question to ask.

Health problems?
Possible old girlfriend scandals to negotiate?
Lobbyist records to lose?
Media enemies to cajole?
Wife's past missteps to cover?

I don't know what his A game looks like, but imo he didn't inspire confidence on Leno.

Who else do we have?

42 posted on 09/09/2007 11:14:02 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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