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President Bush Picks Former Senator [Tennessee's Fred Thompson] to Aid Supreme Court Vote
LifeNews ^ | July 6, 2005 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 07/07/2005 9:04:09 AM PDT by rhema

President Bush on Wednesday named former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson to guide his eventual Supreme Court nominee through the Senate voting process. Thompson is an attorney who became an actor and then elected to the Senate. White House spokesman spokesman Scott McClellan said Thompson agreed on Monday to assist the president. He indicated Thompson will serve as an informal advisor and shepherd the nomination through the Senate.

During his tenure in the Senate, Thompson compiled a solid voting record on pro-life issues, according to the National Right to Life Committee.

Thompson voted consistently against using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions in a number of circumstances and he voted twice against adding an amendment to the partial-birth abortion ban expressing the Senate's support for the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman, will also help President Bush with the confirmation process and help handle lobbying and media relations.

Thompson rose to fame during the Watergate era and has been a character actor on a number of movies and television shows. He currently plays a role on the NBC crime drama "Law and Order."

He was elected in 1994 to fill the term of Al Gore, who had been selected by Bill Clinton as his running mate. He was re-elected in 1996 and chose not to run again in 2002.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: 109th; abortion; fredthompson; prolife; scotus

1 posted on 07/07/2005 9:04:10 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

One good thing going for Thompson is that he served one term in the senate and got out. That should be the norm not the outside exception.


2 posted on 07/07/2005 9:07:07 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: rhema
During his tenure in the Senate, Thompson compiled a solid voting record on pro-life issues, according to the National Right to Life Committee.

Good to hear!

3 posted on 07/07/2005 9:08:10 AM PDT by frogjerk
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To: rhema

GWB could do a lot worse than Fred Thompson as his choice for SCOTUS. He's probably not on the list, but why not?


4 posted on 07/07/2005 9:09:43 AM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: rhema

I've always thought of Thompson as RINOish but actually, his voting record wasn't all that bad. Bush could have done worse...


5 posted on 07/07/2005 9:11:21 AM PDT by RockinRight (Democrats - Trying to make an a$$ out of America since 1933)
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To: rhema
He currently plays a role on the NBC crime drama "Law and Order."

This show normally seems like a propaganda outlet for Sam Waterston and those who share his liberal views. But on one episode, I remember Thompson's District Attorney character making a very clear, simple, straightforward speech to his two leading assistant DA's about why judicial activism was wrong and how judges should properly interpret, rather than rewrite, the law. It was one of the best commentaries I have heard on the subject and I suspect that Thompson himself authored that bit of dialogue.

6 posted on 07/07/2005 9:11:56 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Poser

good point, considering Cheney headed the search committee for Bush's Vice President pick.


7 posted on 07/07/2005 9:14:23 AM PDT by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley Rocks!)
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To: Poser
GWB could do a lot worse than Fred Thompson as his choice for SCOTUS. He's probably not on the list, but why not?

That's one helluva good idea! Thompson would make an EXCELLENT Supreme Court Justice!

Check out a portion of his bio:

... graduated from Memphis State University 1964; received J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University 1967; admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1967 and commenced the practice of law; assistant U.S. attorney 1969-1972; minority counsel, Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (“Watergate Committee”) 1973-1974; special counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander 1980; special counsel, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1980-1981; special counsel, Senate Intelligence Committee 1982; member, Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission 1985-1987; actor; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in the November 8, 1994.

And you just have to KNOW the 'Rats in the Senate would have mass orgasms over that whole 'Watergate Committee' experience, that would give them an excuse to dig up Nixon and take a few more whacks at him, they'd confirm Thompson in a heartbeat!

And as has been pointed out, Thompson is a pretty damn solid conservative. I could live with him on the SCOTUS.

So how do we begin this grassroots effort? THOMPSON for the Supreme Court!
8 posted on 07/07/2005 9:17:15 AM PDT by Mad Mammoth (JennyHatch = Too afraid to take the Mad Mammoth $1000 Challenge to prove her claims.)
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To: Poser

Thompson wouldn't be a Thomas...but he'd probably be comparable to Scalia. IOW he'd be a heck of a lot better than O'Connor!


9 posted on 07/07/2005 9:17:27 AM PDT by RockinRight (Democrats - Trying to make an a$$ out of America since 1933)
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To: RockinRight
A 'tinge' of RINO... but good on the critical(as Rush says) 'ithues'

Wasn't he Buford Pusser in 'Walking Tall'?

10 posted on 07/07/2005 9:20:47 AM PDT by johnny7 (“Hey ma.... top of the world!” -Jody Garrett)
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To: rhema

FRed Thompson, eh?

It sure beats Howard Baker or George Mitchell.


11 posted on 07/07/2005 9:21:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "To remain silent when they should protest makes cowards of men." -- THOMAS JEFFERSON)
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To: johnny7

I am wondering if Bush is pulling another "Cheney" here.
HHHMMMM . . .


12 posted on 07/07/2005 9:21:45 AM PDT by Galtoid
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To: VRWCmember

I'm not American, but I have to say I like him, his voting record and the messages he sends through other media. I saw that dialogue and it could have been ad lib. It was excellent and beautifully articulated.

Why not take someone who gives good sound bytes? He's a media pro and we could use a few on the right side.


13 posted on 07/07/2005 9:24:35 AM PDT by timsbella
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To: rhema

This could do wonders for his acting career. ;)


14 posted on 07/07/2005 9:24:45 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Poser

Fred is too old. We need a young conservative on the court.


15 posted on 07/07/2005 9:24:47 AM PDT by doug from upland (The Hillary documentary is coming)
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To: johnny7
Wasn't he Buford Pusser in 'Walking Tall'?

That was Joe Don Baker.

16 posted on 07/07/2005 9:27:25 AM PDT by TheBigB (** FOX NEWS ALERT: Energizer Bunny arrested, charged with battery THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT **)
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To: NormsRevenge
Um ... odd.

I remember ye olde Fred getting "rolled" in broad daylight by John Glenn ... something about China ... ?

17 posted on 07/07/2005 9:27:36 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: Poser

Age.


18 posted on 07/07/2005 9:28:06 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (We stand with our friends. Never forget 7/7/05.)
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To: Galtoid

Explain.


19 posted on 07/07/2005 9:28:14 AM PDT by johnny7 (“Hey ma.... top of the world!” -Jody Garrett)
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To: johnny7

See post seven for an explanation.


20 posted on 07/07/2005 9:31:31 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (We stand with our friends. Never forget 7/7/05.)
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To: TheBigB

Thanks... maybe we can give Thompson a two-by-four. I'd like to see Leahey in that standing, body-cast.


21 posted on 07/07/2005 9:33:40 AM PDT by johnny7 (“Hey ma.... top of the world!” -Jody Garrett)
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To: rhema

Good move.


22 posted on 07/07/2005 9:40:06 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

Na...


23 posted on 07/07/2005 9:41:07 AM PDT by johnny7 (“Hey ma.... top of the world!” -Jody Garrett)
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To: rhema
Harry Reid sugested in the RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL that Bush pick Senator Byrd.

Reid cited Justice Hugo Black of Alabama as a former senator who was appointed to the Supreme Court. Black, a member of the Ku Klux Klan in his youth, was appointed to the court by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937.

“I think it is a great idea,” Reid said about the possibility of appointing a senator to the Supreme Court. “Some outstanding people have come from the Senate. The last was an ex-Ku Klux Klansman who turned out to be one of the greatest civil-rights jurists of all time.”

Currently the only sitting senator who is a former Klansman is Sen Byrd.

24 posted on 07/07/2005 9:56:10 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Phlap

Wasn't a comment like that why Trent lost his job?


25 posted on 07/07/2005 9:57:47 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: agrace

Hunt for Red October ping


26 posted on 07/07/2005 9:59:19 AM PDT by lightingguy (Sorry, I got distracted)
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To: johnny7
Wasn't he Buford Pusser in 'Walking Tall'?

Nope, that was Joe Don Baker. They look a lot alike though.

27 posted on 07/07/2005 10:31:14 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: johnny7
Wasn't he Buford Pusser in 'Walking Tall'?

that was Joe Don Baker.

28 posted on 07/07/2005 3:08:20 PM PDT by jokar (On line data base http://www.trackingthethreat.com/db/index.htm)
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