Skip to comments.President Bush Picks Former Senator [Tennessee's Fred Thompson] to Aid Supreme Court Vote
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.
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.
Good to hear!
GWB could do a lot worse than Fred Thompson as his choice for SCOTUS. He's probably not on the list, but why not?
I've always thought of Thompson as RINOish but actually, his voting record wasn't all that bad. Bush could have done worse...
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.
good point, considering Cheney headed the search committee for Bush's Vice President pick.
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!
Wasn't he Buford Pusser in 'Walking Tall'?
FRed Thompson, eh?
It sure beats Howard Baker or George Mitchell.
I am wondering if Bush is pulling another "Cheney" here.
HHHMMMM . . .
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.
This could do wonders for his acting career. ;)
Fred is too old. We need a young conservative on the court.
That was Joe Don Baker.
I remember ye olde Fred getting "rolled" in broad daylight by John Glenn ... something about China ... ?
See post seven for an explanation.
Thanks... maybe we can give Thompson a two-by-four. I'd like to see Leahey in that standing, body-cast.
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.
Wasn't a comment like that why Trent lost his job?
Hunt for Red October ping
Nope, that was Joe Don Baker. They look a lot alike though.
that was Joe Don Baker.
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