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Fred Thompson Tears Down The Fourth Wall
Yahoo! News ^ | Tue Apr 24, | Maggie Gallagher

Posted on 04/25/2007 3:52:33 AM PDT by Josh Painter

Few probably would have paid much attention to a mild little essay by Ponnuru taking Fred Thompson to task for votes on a couple of issues that, as even Ponnuru noted, few if any actual voters care passionately about, such as federal pre-emption of state laws and a federal cap on attorney's fees in state tobacco cases. "But if conservatives mean what they say when they complain about the dangerous rapacity of the trial bar," Ponnuru challenged, "they ought to ask Senator Thompson a few hard questions."

Much to everyone's surprise, Fred Thompson quickly dashed off a response, posted on www.nationalreview.com -- a devastating, substantive, smart, wry and above all personal response. For example, on his opposition to a bill that would federally regulate lawyer's fees in tobacco cases: "Get this: Under the amendment the states would have been required to send the attorneys' bills to the House and Senate Judiciary for approval," riffs Thompson. "As I said on the floor on May 19, 1998, 'I did not come to the Senate to review billing records from lawyers in private lawsuits.'

"For the record, I oppose the federal regulation of any fees negotiated by two competent parties at the state and local level. This goes for lawyers, doctors, butchers, bakers, or the occasional candlestick maker ...

"This discussion," Fred Thompson goes on to say, "is not an idle exercise. Republicans have struggled in recent years, because they have strayed from basic principles. Federalism is one of those principles."

It's one of those small incidents that speak volumes. Can you imagine McCain or Giuliani personally debating a senior editor on National Review's Web site? By tearing down the fourth wall, Fred Thompson announced to conservatives, more eloquently than even his words could, that he really is one of us.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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KEYWORDS: fred; frederalism; fredthompson; nomination; republican; rfr; runfredrun; thompson
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Fredipedia v2.24: The Definitive Fred Thompson Reference
1 posted on 04/25/2007 3:52:35 AM PDT by Josh Painter
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To: Sturm Ruger

Run Fred!


2 posted on 04/25/2007 3:55:04 AM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Sturm Ruger
"This discussion," Fred Thompson goes on to say, "is not an idle exercise. Republicans have struggled in recent years, because they have strayed from basic principles. Federalism is one of those principles."

Woo hoo!!

3 posted on 04/25/2007 3:56:47 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Sturm Ruger

I would vote for Fred.


4 posted on 04/25/2007 3:58:11 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (Anti Islam and a Global Warming denier - piss on Islam)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen
"I would vote for Fred."

I would too.

5 posted on 04/25/2007 4:00:41 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Sturm Ruger

I’d love to see this man in a televised debate. Prediction: If Fred becomes an official candidate and goes on to win the nomination, the Democrats will not be asking for weekly debates or any such nonsense. They’d be too worried that Fred would oblige them, and they know that Fred is loaded for bear.


6 posted on 04/25/2007 4:00:53 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: Sturm Ruger
Obiwan Fred...you're our only hope!
7 posted on 04/25/2007 4:01:21 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Sturm Ruger

As soon as he announces the headline will be- “Fred is ahead”.


8 posted on 04/25/2007 4:02:00 AM PDT by westmichman (They cried "Peace, peace," but there is no peace.)
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To: jellybean

PING!!!


9 posted on 04/25/2007 4:04:01 AM PDT by westmichman (They cried "Peace, peace," but there is no peace.)
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To: Sturm Ruger

I’ve been one of those hoping that Fred would get in the race, but now I’m not sure. He sounds good, but could he ever be President? He has a bad habit of speaking his mind and answering his critics with well founded facts. He even goes so far as backing up his facts with the constitution. What kind of President would do something like that? /sarcasm.

GO FRED!


10 posted on 04/25/2007 4:09:17 AM PDT by deaconjim (Because He lives...)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Could this be Fred, or Rudy?

The Spirit of the Lord says, hear the Word of the Lord tonight: this Nation has waited and waited and they have said, revival, revival, revival. God said, there is more than revival. We have revived and brought back but a spirit of resurrection is upon you. For God said, I am breathing, I am breathing upon the people of this Nation. I am breathing upon the churches that are going down and I am bringing them up, says the Spirit of God. I am breathing upon the political powers that be. For God said, I will not forget 911. I will not forget what took place that day and I will not forget the gatekeeper that watched over New York who will once again stand and watch over this Nation, says the Spirit of God. It shall come to pass that the man that I place in the highest office shall go in whispering My name. But God said, when he enters into the office he will be shouting out by the power of the Spirit for I shall fill him with My Spirit when he goes into office and there will be a praying man in the highest seat in your land. And God says, even a greater move of the Spirit shall take place and your enemies will finally be subdued by the year 2009.


11 posted on 04/25/2007 4:17:57 AM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Restoring federalism is one of the keys to ridding America of the federal fascist bureaucracy, its writing of law, establishing administrative courts and enforcing bureacratic decrees with armed thugs.

The entire federal bureaucratic structure, with the exception of those engaged in national security, is an anathema to the democratic process. We can’t have an unelected, dictatorial bureaucratic syndicate writing law and expect to maintain a free society.


12 posted on 04/25/2007 4:20:50 AM PDT by sergeantdave (Give Hillary a 50 coupon for Betty Crocker's devils food mix & tell her to go home and bake a cake)
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To: deaconjim

Shocking...aint it.


13 posted on 04/25/2007 4:22:52 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Sturm Ruger

I think it prudent to stand by and watch the Presidential Contender chaos for awhile, but really am liking so far what I see of Fred Thompson. He certainly is more informative of detail than most. That stems from honesty. He speaks truth without a care. I like that.


14 posted on 04/25/2007 4:23:43 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath

Where did you get that from?


15 posted on 04/25/2007 4:29:23 AM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Sturm Ruger
Ronald Reagan was the last President who was able to break through the wall created by the MSM that separates us from the pols.
16 posted on 04/25/2007 4:38:23 AM PDT by moneyrunner (I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bowed to its idolatries a patient knee.)
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To: Sturm Ruger
No real conservative would have ever signed onto McCain/Feingold. His record on illegal immigration is mediocre. Policy-wise, he'll be no different than W. He looks like death warmed over and he has cancer. (I'm sure it'll stay in remission while enduring the stress of office.) No thanks, I'll keep looking.
17 posted on 04/25/2007 4:39:40 AM PDT by Nephi (Open borders is the flip side of the free trade coin. It's time for Protectionism.)
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To: Sturm Ruger
Why not post Ramesh's response to Fred's response? This story is far from over at the point Maggie leaves it.


In my article about Fred Thompson’s record on tort reform on federalism, I noted that he had, contrary to some news reports, supported many instances of it. I suggested that on one issue where many conservatives had differed with him — federal legislation on medical malpractice — Thompson was right and most conservatives were wrong. My remaining concerns about his record, Thompson reasonably says, “hardly constitute[] the stuff of a major dispute.” Yet my 712-word article has nevertheless occasioned a 1,120-word response from the former senator.


http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjliNjY2YTFjMjY4NmRmOGQ5OTVjMjE2ZWM2NTYzMzg=
18 posted on 04/25/2007 4:55:17 AM PDT by msnimje (True Conservatives will not support a pro-abortion candidate.)
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To: moneyrunner

Exactly. This is the kind of man we need, who’s not just conservative, but can articulate and most importantly SELL conservative positions instead of just pandering to the squishy “moderate” center.

We don’t win elections by pretending to be moderates. We win elections by convincing the electorate that our core, bedrock, unyielding principles are BETTER.

}:-)4


19 posted on 04/25/2007 5:17:35 AM PDT by Moose4 (Yoiks, and away!)
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To: Charles Martel

hell never get elected.. unless he smiles more...


20 posted on 04/25/2007 5:18:54 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: sergeantdave

Bump!


21 posted on 04/25/2007 5:21:01 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: deaconjim

Imagine a president that can actually express himself.


22 posted on 04/25/2007 5:21:19 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.)
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To: Nephi
He looks like death warmed over

Sad but true.

23 posted on 04/25/2007 5:22:04 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.)
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To: Moose4

I heard on Fox News last evening that Fred has signed a deal with ABC as a political commentator. If this is true I don’t think there is much chance that he will be running for president.


24 posted on 04/25/2007 5:23:33 AM PDT by Russ
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To: Sturm Ruger

If Fred runs he is getting some of my hard earned dollars.


25 posted on 04/25/2007 5:24:58 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..Doing real on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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I have two words about Fred - McCaine Finegold.


26 posted on 04/25/2007 5:26:00 AM PDT by webboy45
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To: Sturm Ruger

And some believe he doesn’t have a fire in his belly. Hmph.


27 posted on 04/25/2007 5:27:19 AM PDT by rintense (Rudy is nothing more than a Dem with an R behind his name. I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: Russ

This is not good news unless the TV contract is short term. He could use this national exposure for greater name recognition among the unwashed.


28 posted on 04/25/2007 5:30:52 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Charles Martel
If Fred becomes an official candidate and goes on to win the nomination, the Democrats will not be asking for weekly debates or any such nonsense. They’d be too worried that Fred would oblige them, and they know that Fred is loaded for bear.
I thought Newt Gingrich had a wonderful idea in proposing it. As documented here, I am a long time advocate of an ample debate. I would actually propose that it be done on radio and the Internet, much as Rush does his podcasting and "dittocam." That way there'd be no impact on the candidates' time/schedule so far as getting to the venue of the debate is concerned - it would be a virtual meeting.

The more time you spend talking, and the less formatted and scripted the talk is, the more candor will result. Does anyone seriously think, for example, that Rush's fans don't know his political perspective exactly? He has exposed it to the public for an hour and a half (exclusive of commercials and news breaks) every weekday for eighteen years. Without guests, and with calls. Whatever else you can say about Rush, his character wouldn't be a legitimate surprise to anyone who had even a passing interest in his character. That is hardly the result that is intended in the formatting of "objective news" reports; the reporter's character is supposed to be obscured completely by the format and the script.

And the televised so-called "debates" between presidential and vice presidential candidates are not that; they are joint news conferences. And since the "moderator" is an "objective journalist" - and since a "liberal" is merely someone whose attitudes "objective journalists" approve, but who is not employed as a journalist - the televised "great debates" are stacked against the Republican candidates from the gitgo.


29 posted on 04/25/2007 5:33:49 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath

Ummmmm...you’re not trying to suggest that these are the actual words of God Almighty, are you? They sound like something overheard in a Pentecostal church service.


30 posted on 04/25/2007 5:34:27 AM PDT by RightFighter
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To: Russ
I agree. This does not bode well.

If I were his age, I'd take the ABC gig over the rigors of today's obscenely-hateful campaigns and the thankless stresses of POTUS any day.

If this report is true, it has NOT made my day.

Leni

31 posted on 04/25/2007 5:35:14 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Bahama Mama ( moi ) planning FReeper vacation week. Not a cruise. It's "FReeps Ashore!" Stay tuned!)
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To: HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath
Because, just for the official record, this is what Revelation chapter 22 says about putting words in God's mouth:

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

32 posted on 04/25/2007 5:39:19 AM PDT by RightFighter
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To: RightFighter

To represent the word of God without divine control is blasphemy.


33 posted on 04/25/2007 5:40:51 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
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To: Nephi
No thanks, I'll keep looking

Let us know when Mr Perfect shows up. For the rest of us, Fred looks like the most conservative choice who has a viable chance of election

34 posted on 04/25/2007 5:41:14 AM PDT by PapaBear3625
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To: webboy45
I have two words about Fred - McCain Finegold.
That applies the George Bush, too. And we voted to reelect him anyway. At least I don't think Thompson was a point man on Feingold, like McCain was.

The reality is not merely that McCain-Feingold contravenes the First Amendment, but that all "Campaign Finance Reform" legislation does so - and that the licensing of broadcasters by the FCC contravenes the First Amendment even worse than "Campaign Finance Reform" does.


35 posted on 04/25/2007 5:44:23 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Sturm Ruger
I like Fred.

He articulately and intelligently speaks on issues. He doesn’t avoid questions.

As straight a shooter as I have seen.

36 posted on 04/25/2007 5:58:46 AM PDT by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Co-sponsor of the McCain Feingold bill.

‘Nuff said......and one too many rights of mine stolen from me.


37 posted on 04/25/2007 6:00:32 AM PDT by ElectricStrawberry (27th Infantry Regiment....cut in half during the Clinton years......WOLFHOUNDS!!!!)
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To: Fairview; HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath; RightFighter
Where did you get that from?

Found it here with a Google search:


38 posted on 04/25/2007 6:01:12 AM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: Nephi

“He looks like death warmed over and he has cancer. (I’m sure it’ll stay in remission while enduring the stress of office.)” I think you can say the same about Rudy. Oh, yeah, and he’s MUCH WORSE on policy issues, and has less experience (mayor just ain’t that hard a job).


39 posted on 04/25/2007 6:13:16 AM PDT by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: Sturm Ruger

I am absolutely thrilled that FDT is making ‘Federalism’ a campaign issue.

Most people do not know what Federalism means. In a nutshell it means there are limits to power at the federal level and beyond those limits it falls to the States and local governments.

It means overturning Roe vs. Wade.

It means abolishing the Department of Education.

It means a reversal of the abuse of the commerce clause.

It means a thousand other things that will enable America to get back to the business of the States, where they function as semi-sovereign laboratories in the practice of governing to maximize freedom and prosperity.

FDT is right for the times.


40 posted on 04/25/2007 6:13:30 AM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: SE Mom; Politicalmom; jellybean; NeoCaveman; RockinRight

frederalists ping.


41 posted on 04/25/2007 6:15:14 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Sturm Ruger
Quite frankly, I wouldn’t care if Mr. Thompson was a Democrat! Now back off and read the rest... ;-)

1) He is a thoughtful person who engages his brain before his mouth.

2) He knows that rebutting an argument does not include a personal attack.

3) His mind may be changed by fact, not by “wind of the day”.

4)He has conviction and would not be a candidate thrown up by the Republican party just “Beat the Demo”... That, to me, was the biggest of Kerry’s sins... Not the least by any means, but it was the biggest.

5) He is... A statesman... Something we have not seen in this country since, in my opinion, FDR.

Does this make me a liberal, heck no! I’m a conservative, but statesman, which this country truly needs, have been far and few between in the last 70 years, IMO. And I do not care which side of the isle a statesman comes from; Lieberman or Thompson.

Blast away...

42 posted on 04/25/2007 6:15:23 AM PDT by Freeport
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To: mware

Every time the RNC asks me for money, I tell ‘m “I’m waiting for Fred!” ;-)


43 posted on 04/25/2007 6:21:13 AM PDT by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: ElectricStrawberry

Oh, bullcorn. Nobody stol Jack Shiite from you. LOL!


44 posted on 04/25/2007 6:32:15 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("The government, basically, cannot manage large projects very well." - Fred Thompson)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Draft Fred


45 posted on 04/25/2007 6:38:08 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: Sturm Ruger

Tort reform??? THAT is what Fred’s opponents think will galvanize folks against him? How pathetic.


46 posted on 04/25/2007 6:44:52 AM PDT by montag813
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To: msnimje

The story is over. Ponnuru had his 15 seconds.

The story only served to signal FDT is going to educate the populace on the philosophy of ‘Federalism’.


47 posted on 04/25/2007 6:48:15 AM PDT by Hostage (Fred Thompson will be President.)
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To: Hostage

Ahem! That’s FRederalism. :D


48 posted on 04/25/2007 6:50:48 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (www.washingtonspeakers.com/speakers/PlayVideo.cfm?speakerid=3996&contentid=484&type=asx&res=high)
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To: deaconjim
No Republican president, not even Reagan, was successful in breaking the back of the permanent bureaucracy in the Federal agencies, especially ones like the State Department, the Interior Department, and the Justice Department, that have been dominated by liberals, in some cases since the days of Franklin Roosevelt. Neither of the Bushes were willing to take the permanent bureaucracy on, and they helped wreck the elder Bush and are in the process of sabotaging the son. Reagan had some good intentions in this area, but backed down after the MSM and the Democrats, with the assistance of these bureaucrats, destroyed James Watt and other early appointees.

Reagan was a conservative, but was tempered by pragmatism. We got Sandra O'Connor on the Supreme Court and a hasty withdrawal from Lebanon because the Great Communicator saw that a more conservative, tougher stand on such issues would be politically untenable. To his credit, President Bush has stuck to his guns on the Iraq war, to the detriment of his approval ratings. (Unfortunately, his limited war and nation building strategies are wrong.)

If Thompson and his appointees are tough enough to clean house in the liberal agencies and effective enough in communication skills, he will be a President even greater than Reagan had been.

49 posted on 04/25/2007 7:05:26 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: Sturm Ruger

Wow....Fred steals my 1A rights and Fred supporters use the tired tactic of denial to make it go away.

Clinton lives....


50 posted on 04/25/2007 7:12:54 AM PDT by ElectricStrawberry (27th Infantry Regiment....cut in half during the Clinton years......WOLFHOUNDS!!!!)
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