Skip to comments.Thompson and the 'Laziness' Issue (MSM Bias Alert)
Posted on 06/02/2007 4:22:57 PM PDT by Zakeet
Does Fred Thompson have what it takes to be president? The former senator turned "Law & Order" actor, who launched an exploratory committee last week, has been dogged by rumors that he doesn't have the work ethic for a long campaign. "The book on him is he's lazy," David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union, said last week. The criticism seems fed by Thompson's time in the Senate, where he maintained a less rigorous schedule than his colleagues and was known to duck out of late-night debates. Of the 90 bills he introduced during his eight years in the Senate, only four became law.
Thompson has never denied being irritated with the pace of Senate life and cited it as one of the reasons he opted out of a 2002 re-election bid. "I don't like spending 14- and 16-hour days voting on 'sense of the Senate' resolutions on irrelevant matters," he said in 1998. "There are some important things we really need to get on withand on a daily basis, it's very frustrating." His 2008 competitors have privately questioned his endurance, with one rival consultant (anonymous so as not to reflect badly on his own man) telling NEWSWEEK, "I doubt he has the fire in the belly to compete."
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We already have enough laws. We only need to enforce what we have now. Congress only needs to deal with maintenance.
This makes him lazy??? LOLOLOL!
IOW , do not waste his time with pissin' contests!
"I don't like spending 14- and 16-hour days voting on 'sense of the Senate' resolutions on irrelevant matters," he said in 1998. "There are some important things we really need to get on withand on a daily basis, it's very frustrating."Doesn't sound lazy to me. Sounds intelligent. Doesn't want to sit around in elitist circle-jerks. Too smart for that.
Can you imagine having to listen to Byrd and Kennedy and the rest of the gasbags pontificating for hours on meaningless drivel, and obviously socialist claptrap? I know I couldn't take it, I can't handle 30 minutes of CNN without throwing in the towel.
AMEN, BROTHER — AMEN!
As Mr. Jefferson declared, “That government that governs least governs best.”
And as far as his legislative record goes, fewer bills equates to less interference in our lives.
Take care of defense and facilitate commerce among the states. Beyond that, they’re writing their own ticket.
The Founding Fathers envisioned a part-time legislature of men who brought talents from many fields of endeavor to the task, came together at infrequent intervals, got the job done, and went back to their private enterprises.
If Fred got tired of the egotistical blowhards in the Senate who are in love with sound of their own voices and think that federal legislation is the only solution to every conceivable human problem, that speaks well of him.
Total spin. That has nothing to do with Thompson...it would be true whether he were in the Senate or not. The vast majority of all bills introduced into Congress are never passed into laws.
I don’t think the MSM appreciates just how lame this attack really is.
For one thing — the rigors of campaigning will support or refute it in a big hurry.
If this is all they have on Fred... they’re going to have to return a big chunk of that bag money to the DNC.
If you want a job done efficiently and economically give it to the laziest person in the room...
scratch gravitas, go with lazitas
i think they should set a maximum limit on the number of laws (the total number; not how many new ones they can add).
then, if congress wants to add a new one, they have to eliminate an old one.
the maxlimit should be set at about half of what we have now.
congress could then focus on figuring out which laws to eliminate until they get it down to the max allowable.
they would have to delete 25% of the surplus laws each year, until they get it down to the maxlimit.
if they fail to delete enough in any single year, laws would be deleted at random.
this would solve most problems in this country.
Well, I hope a LOT of taxpayers hear that quote - it ought to raise his poll numbers significantly!
How many of HRC's or Obama's became law?
My sentiments exactly.