Skip to comments.Fred Thompson: a maverick conservative who loves the law
Posted on 12/12/2007 6:37:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVetEdited on 12/13/2007 1:28:31 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Fred Thompson: a maverick conservative who loves the law:
The GOP presidential hopeful has often defied his party and colleagues to chart his own course
(Ariel Sabar, 12/13/07, The Christian Science Monitor)
"...It was an odd time for a dispassionate look at federalist theory. Fifteen people had been killed in one of the worst school shootings in US history. Even the National Rifle Association had scaled back its annual meeting.
But in many ways, it was signature Thompson: a defiant faith in his own judgment, an indifference to political fallout, and a near zealotry about the limits of government. A few days after his hearing, he not only opposed a juvenile-justice overhaul backed by his own party but was one of just three senators to vote against funds for a set of antiviolence programs.
"In all of the years I worked for him and all the vote memos and summaries I wrote for him, he never once wanted to know what the [party] leadership wanted him to do," recalls Bill Outhier, a former Senate aide. "It stemmed from a larger view of his role in the Senate, which was not to do things for political reasons but to do them because he thought they were right..."
I thought McCain had a lock on the “Maverick” title, what gives?
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It was so refreshing to see a real man on that stage today. FRED will break loose now and go straight to the people of Iowa.
Love the quote at the end. I can’t recall any politician quoting and living by this idea, ever.
The Ron Paul supporters should get behind Fred, because he is a lot like Ron Paul with the exception of one important aspect. He understands foreign policy. Thats the difference between a good conservative/libretarian and an appeasment kook who doesn’t understand that there are bad people in the world who want to do us harm.
It sounds like Fred scored a lot of good points in yesterday’s debate. My fear is that it is too late. I wish there was at least one more debate for him to shine in. His line about not doing hand shows today to Nurse Ratchet turned moderator was reminiscent of Ronald Reagan grabbing the mike and telling the moderator I paid for this.
Problem is, most Cut&Ron Paul supporters are Dem Plants.
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