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Thompson to Vet Judges for McCain
Human Events ^ | 06/20/2008

Posted on 06/21/2008 10:40:17 AM PDT by kingattax

In a McCain administration, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson would play a dominant role in selecting Supreme Court nominees and other judicial appointments, sources close to the McCain campaign and to Thompson tell us.

And why is Fred suddenly everywhere? These sources say that the agreement between McCain and Thompson is behind Thompson’s resurgence in the national media in recent weeks. In a McCain campaign conference call with reporters yesterday on last week’s Supreme Court decision on terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Thompson -- without claiming such status -- played the role of a prominent McCain adviser.

Developing…


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; fdt; fred; fredthompson; judges; mccain; phony; scotus; ugh
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1 posted on 06/21/2008 10:40:18 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

Woohoo!!!


2 posted on 06/21/2008 10:41:36 AM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: kingattax

Go Fred, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 06/21/2008 10:44:59 AM PDT by nwrep (The foregoing should be read as disparaging of Mr. Obama and his family)
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To: kingattax

Fred as VP would really help me pull the lever for McLame


4 posted on 06/21/2008 10:47:19 AM PDT by clamper1797 (GWB was shock and awe ... Nobama is shuck and jive)
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To: kingattax

Fred would be doing the country a huge service. He’s worthy of our trust based on performance, unlike the presumptive Republican presidential candidate. If John listens to Fred he won’t go far wrong. If. I guess this is better than what might otherwise have been. The proof will be in the “pudding” as it were.


5 posted on 06/21/2008 10:47:22 AM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: clamper1797

You and me both.


6 posted on 06/21/2008 10:47:43 AM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: kingattax

OK McCain, you have my attention, (for the first time),possible VP?


7 posted on 06/21/2008 10:48:22 AM PDT by MrPiper
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To: kingattax

“In a McCain administration, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson would play a dominant role”

Fred has always been in McCain’s camp.


8 posted on 06/21/2008 10:51:55 AM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! ..........Because ya can't blame 'the man' when you are the 'man'.... Wanda Sikes)
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To: RKV
> If John listens to Fred

You do realize that, when speaking of McCain, "if John listens" is usually an insurmountable roadblock.

9 posted on 06/21/2008 10:52:20 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Indeed I do. John listens to himself. Sadly.


10 posted on 06/21/2008 10:53:07 AM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: AuntB

VP would be dominant enough for me. Frankly I wish the ticket was reversed, but that’s the way it is.


11 posted on 06/21/2008 10:54:00 AM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: kingattax
Wonder if we can get McCain to hire Duncan Hunter to vet illegal immigrants?
12 posted on 06/21/2008 10:54:04 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: AuntB
Fred has always been in McCain’s camp.

He was ever so helpful, in diluting the "yahoo" vote, early in the primaries.

13 posted on 06/21/2008 10:59:11 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: clamper1797
Same here. It's the ONLY thing that would make me pull the lever for RINO "Maverick" McCain!
14 posted on 06/21/2008 11:01:19 AM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Don't blame me - I voted for Fred and am STILL a FredHead and will write him in!)
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To: All

Fred has flat out said he will NOT be VP - on Hannity the other day he went through the litany - if drafted he won’t accept, if elected he won’t serve....he said he thought had might have had a moment when he could have had the top job but that didn’t work out. Absolutely not interested in VP.


15 posted on 06/21/2008 11:04:08 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: kingattax

*yawn*


16 posted on 06/21/2008 11:06:43 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Obama stole McCain's motto.."Vero Possumus".."Yes, we'll roll over and play dead")
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To: RegulatorCountry

What is the “yahoo vote”?


17 posted on 06/21/2008 11:07:00 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: kingattax

I just got a whole lot more enthusiastic about a McCain administration. Oh for a Thompson Attorney General...


18 posted on 06/21/2008 11:07:00 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Aria

I don’t think he’d be enough of a contrast to McCain to help much as VP - while he’s not as old as McCain, he actually looks even older, for one thing. But he will probably be excellent as an advisor, and then perhaps some position within McCain’s administration.


19 posted on 06/21/2008 11:08:14 AM PDT by livius
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To: RegulatorCountry

Bullcrap. Diluting it away from whom ? He WAS the only credible Conservative candidate in the field. The other asshats were liberals (save Hunter, and he wasn’t going to get the nomination).


20 posted on 06/21/2008 11:09:59 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: kingattax

Thank you Fred.


21 posted on 06/21/2008 11:11:38 AM PDT by Liberty Valance
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To: skeeter

Hardline anti-illegal immigration, mostly.


22 posted on 06/21/2008 11:11:57 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

And which candidate(s) was FDT taking that vote from?


23 posted on 06/21/2008 11:16:12 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: fieldmarshaldj
He WAS the only credible Conservative candidate in the field. The other asshats were liberals

His longtime and ongoing support of the one "asshat liberal" (your term, not mine) left standing is quite the mystery, then, wouldn't you say?

24 posted on 06/21/2008 11:17:13 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: kingattax

Fred as VP might get me pulling the lever, too.

This does, maybe, seem to be a sign that McCain is waking up to the fact that he can’t win if he keeps kicking his base.


25 posted on 06/21/2008 11:17:28 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: clamper1797

While I love Fred and he was the guy I wanted to get the nomination he won’t be the VP nominee because McCain can’t afford to have an old white guy for VP. The press would probably dub them the second hand lions. Still, it seems like he has a prominent place in the McCain campaign and that’s really good news for conservatives.


26 posted on 06/21/2008 11:24:20 AM PDT by saganite
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To: kingattax

Awesome! Go, Fred, Go!!!


27 posted on 06/21/2008 11:25:27 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: RegulatorCountry

Uh-uh. You made the claim Fred took votes away from somebody else. Who is this “Conservative savior” in the race he took votes from ?


28 posted on 06/21/2008 11:28:48 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: livius

I agree - even if he accepted he wouldn’t help the ticket much if at all. I know good conservatives who thought FDT was a joke, unfortunately. Personally I sent him money and was gung ho but that was then and this is now.

McCain needs some vigor for his VP.


29 posted on 06/21/2008 11:36:22 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

When you find out who of the mental midgets running in the GOP primary was actually the savior of the Right then do indeed ping me, too.

Because I’ll be damned, but I missed any ‘conservative’ other than Fred who wouldn’t have been crushed by Obama.


30 posted on 06/21/2008 11:42:49 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: TitansAFC; meandog; onyx; MARTIAL MONK; GulfBreeze; Kuksool; freespirited; Salvation; furquhart; ...
A significant development

The McCain List.
Common sense conservatism

31 posted on 06/21/2008 11:46:32 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; zendari

PING


32 posted on 06/21/2008 11:48:11 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: kingattax
cat's-paw also cats·paw
n., pl. cat's-paws also cats·paws.
A person used by another as a dupe or tool.
33 posted on 06/21/2008 11:48:18 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Norman Bates
A significant development

Oh, I like this!!

34 posted on 06/21/2008 11:48:36 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (High Maintenance Estrogen Bot........... look out :0))
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To: RegulatorCountry

We’re still waiting for your answer, Hoss.


35 posted on 06/21/2008 11:51:23 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: kingattax

Looks like McCain has some smarts. He knows that the only reason many conservatives might hold their nose and close their eyes and pull the lever for him, is because they don’t want Obama picking the likely replacement judges on the Supreme Court. If conservatives are assured that a bona fide conservative would be vetting candidates, they might be swayed.


36 posted on 06/21/2008 11:53:55 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: sam_paine

I’m getting a whiff this one thinks one of the two tag-team RINO “I blew up my party reeeal goood !” Goobernors was the “giant.” I’ve seen stuff I’ve scraped off the bottom of my flip-flops that was more substantive and impressive than those two.


37 posted on 06/21/2008 11:55:13 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: kingattax
Finally some good news.
38 posted on 06/21/2008 11:56:44 AM PDT by Vision ("If God so clothes the grass of the field...will He not much more clothe you...?" -Matthew 6:30)
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To: Aria

Yes, I heard Fred say that also. His vetting judges for McCain would be great......or on the Court himself would be fine with me!


39 posted on 06/21/2008 12:00:45 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: Aria
When FDT flirted with the Presidential run, conservatives put him on a pedestal and hailed him as the second coming of Reagan. When conservatives took a much closer look at FDT, they learned he wasn't as conservative as they liked. Plus, Fred's lackluster effort didn't help either. As a result, social conservatives ditched him in favor of Huckabee.
40 posted on 06/21/2008 12:02:47 PM PDT by yongin
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To: Red_Devil 232
Wonder if we can get McCain to hire Duncan Hunter to vet illegal immigrants?

Excellent idea. Actually, McCain should put smart Conservatives on his staff to make the right decisions and then just sit in the Oval Office and sign papers and stuff.

41 posted on 06/21/2008 12:04:40 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Referring to anti-illegal immigrant hardliners as ‘the yahoo vote’ should give some indication of where RC is coming from. Feh.


42 posted on 06/21/2008 12:06:44 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: kingattax

Best campaign decision McCain’s made so far. I hope this means McCain’s realizes the importance of us Conservatives.


43 posted on 06/21/2008 12:06:50 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Aria
McCain needs some vigor for his VP.

Yes he does. And someone who can win in 2012.

44 posted on 06/21/2008 12:07:23 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Cobra64
Ideally, yes. But things are so bad right now I'll settle for ANY conservative standard bearer for the next four yrs.

If Fred can continue to make the conservative case from the VP spot perhaps doors will open for someone else come the next election.

45 posted on 06/21/2008 12:12:00 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: EternalVigilance
You're not addressing the central point of this article: given the fact that Fred Thompson will PERSONALLY be "vetting" all of McCain's judicial nominees, do you STILL think McCain's judges will be indistinguishable from the kind of judges Obama will give us?

Bear in mind that the "centrist" Dwight Einsenhower was even less of a Republican than McCain, and we ever managed to get a few good judges out of him (John Marshall Harlan II, who would have never been selected by a RAT President)

I have to admit I trust Fred to "vet" judges moreso than Harriet Miers or John Sununu, Fred's longstanding support of "asshat liberals" notwithstanding. :-)

46 posted on 06/21/2008 12:18:28 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Support Operation Chaos!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
You're not addressing the central point of this article: given the fact that Fred Thompson will PERSONALLY be "vetting" all of McCain's judicial nominees, do you STILL think McCain's judges will be indistinguishable from the kind of judges Obama will give us?

Bear in mind that the "centrist" Dwight Einsenhower was even less of a Republican than McCain, and we ever managed to get a few good judges out of him (John Marshall Harlan II, who would have never been selected by a RAT President)

I have to admit I trust Fred to "vet" judges moreso than Harriet Miers or John Sununu, Fred's longstanding support of "asshat liberals" notwithstanding. :-)

47 posted on 06/21/2008 12:19:24 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Support Operation Chaos!)
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To: kingattax

hmmmm. FT is a good man....


48 posted on 06/21/2008 12:21:21 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: BillyBoy

I’ve never viewed Thompson as anything more than a McCain Republican. Hence my lack of excitement.


49 posted on 06/21/2008 12:27:28 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Obama stole McCain's motto.."Vero Possumus".."Yes, we'll roll over and play dead")
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To: All

Making Fred the VP, might be the only way I would ever consider voting for Juan McCain.


50 posted on 06/21/2008 12:33:28 PM PDT by HABIFF33
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