Skip to comments.McCain advisor Charles Fried defects to Obama (was Solicitor General under Reagan)
Posted on 10/31/2008 4:15:24 PM PDT by dennisw
Professor Charles Fried, an advisor to John McCain's presidential campaign, has announced that he can no longer support the McCain/Palin ticket. In a letter to the general counsel to the McCain/Palin campaign, he cited McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate as too dangerous "at a time of deep national crisis", and has asked for his name to be removed from several campaign committees on which he has served. Fried also publicly stated that he had voted for Obama via absentee ballot.
Fried later clarified to The New Republic that he had voted for Obama because he no longer supported the McCain ticket, and did not consider abstention "a proper option".
Fried has been an influential voice in American conservatism and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Solicitor General in 1985. During his years serving with the Reagan administration, he represented the White House in over 25 cases before the Supreme Court. Fried was later an associate justice on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. In the last decade, he has vocally supported George W. Bush's appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
With the exception of the above interruptions, Fried has taught at HLS, where he is known as an important theorist of contract law, since 1961. He has published extensively on a wide variety of topics, and is particularly known for his support of Kantian ethics.
He has joined a long line of Republicans, many of whom served in Republican presidential administrations, who have recently endorsed the Democratic candidate. These include former general and Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld '70, former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, and former George W. Bush press secretary Scott McClellan.
a time of crisis, so elect the most naive inexperienced candidate EVER. Makes sense.
Prof Charles ... OK, that’s enough. You know what’s going on with that iniversity cocktail party sect.
Another elite “ Republican” who wants invites to Obama`s WhiteHouse dinners !?
Another soft as a grape doofus defects to the socialist side. When McCain wins they will have outed themselves
Wonder what$ in it for him? $$$$$?
I have read a lot of Fried’s work. I am really surprised he has gone to Obama. Although nothing I have read was specifically advancing conservative principles, it did take a lot of views of the law that fit more favorably with a conservative view of the law.
Professor Charles Fried = RAT TROLL!
“Fried praised Alito as an outstanding judge but dismissed claims that Alito is radical, saying, “He is conservative, yes, but he is not radically conservative like Scalia.”
So, why is he with Hussein now? Oh, he hates Palin’s Christianity maybe?
Sounds like a sleeper troll!
I wonder how much intel this Benedict Arnold took with him?
More proof that having a college education DOE NOT mean that you are very bright. I wonder how much experience he thinks his “messiah” has.
What a maroon - Obamarama doesn't even have as much experience as Palin.
I honestly cant take much more of this election and nonsense like this.
New rule...anyone who claims to be a Republican who wasnt moved to anger by the treatment of Palin this election is not a Republican and should not be welcome back. I’ve had it with these bozos.
Please Lord, get Mac to wake up to these traitors. Tell him to listen to his heart and get rid of all Dems around him before it’s too late.
I've talked on the phone with more Democrats in the past two days who are supporting McCain than the half dozen liberal "Republicans" the media is trumping up as Obama supporters.
I go by a list from county voting records so I know POSITIVELY who is and isn't a registered Democrat.
Never heard of him. I've been an active Conservative since 1984.
More Rino’s jumping ship. Good riddance.
I think George Soros is dragging a bunch of Dollars thru DC trailer park
There are plenty of times when I think Michael Savage is loopy, but I have to say maybe he was on to something here when he talked about the sleeper agents in the McCain campaign that were deliberately giving him bad advice.
If someone has any theories other than blatant sexism for these Noonan, Buckley, Fried defections, I'd like to hear it.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
And Mr. Fried joins the growing number of intellectuoids who’ve come to the conclusion that “community organizing” trumps running an actual state when it comes to providing preparation for the top executive position in the country.
So to keep from electing a VP with no foreign policy experience, he votes for a President with no foreign policy experience, and who has friends who hate America and American interests at home and abroad?
What an idiot.
the unprincipled is not too far from the short arm of $oros...
You and me, both.
Professor Charles Fried, stupid a##wipe alert!
who gives a rats A##! Charles Fried who?????
It’s Christianity and abortion and eugenics, that’s behind much of this. They cannot stomach Palin because she’s too common but underneath that lies her naive Christian faith that prompts her to bring a Down Syndrome child into the world and dare to think that common sense can go a long way in providing real leadership in times of crisis.
It’s best to let these elitist snobs run. I only wish McCain had the guts to tell them to go to you know where when they beg to be readmitted after he wins. But you know he’ll smile and pat them on the back and say, “welcome back, my good and faithful servants.”
Hey, think of the bright side....gotta shake the tree once in a while to sift out the “acorns”.
anyone who sites Palin’s experience as the reason has simply bought into the media narrative and has no idea what they are talking about. If he wanted to meet her and have a sit down with her to feel more comfortable that would have been arranged (No one has sat down with her and not been impressed). The one ones who choose not to are wolves in sheeps clothing who are more likely than not RINOs
Could we call Fried..a chicken?
Or NY Post headline: “Chicken Fried Stakes Claim to Obama Candidacy.” Bye RINO!
So you vote for the socialist with no, make that "no", experience whatsoever.
No, there is something else going on. He's a balanced-budget socialist, a pro-choice country-club guy; maybe he was a Cold War hawk in his younger days but those days are long gone. Or maybe the Obama camp has some polaroids he doesn't want posted on the internet.
Principled conservative? Not a chance.
I look forward the post-election blood-letting. Time to banish the Bushies and other pseudo-cons back to the clubhouse.
> Wonder what$ in it for him? $$$$$?
More likely he was blackmailed.
Time to clean out the trash, get rid of the RINO’s good riddance.
Was this the guy who leaked such things to the press as— Sarah Palin had gone “rogue” and that she was causing problems, told the MSM how much her wardrobe cost? HA! Good riddance to Professor Traitor.
The Colonel's Fried trumps Professor Fried any day.
Oh, so he submitted his vote for Obama while still advising the McCain campaign?
What goes around will come around BIG TIME!
Does not matter. F.H.!!! VOTE!! The last days of this I don’t want to see this crap! I don’t care! Vote and we will literally make them bleed Tuesday night.
Charles brain has been fried. He no longer knows right from wrong, up from down or truth from lies. Sad. It has happened to many in America.
This guy and Reagan’s former Chief of Staff Durbrister (or something like that) are total rats. How they can turn on John this late is classless
Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1935, Fried became a United States citizen in 1948.
Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School
We wouldn't want him left out of any of those ‘intellectual’ parties if he backed a ‘hick’ vice presidential candidate.