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Saturday, September 8, 2007
posted by jason | 7:48 AM | permalink
Rick Brookhiser at The Corner says what every non-Tennessean is thinking today:

Fred Thompson came to the offices of National Review some years when he was still in the Senate. I liked him fine. He has done nothing, anywhere, ever. The Hubble Telescope could not find what he has done, because he has not done it.

It would be unwise to put such a man in the White House at this moment in history.

Obviously Rick hasn't seen Fred? talking to Michael Moore while smoking a cigar on video. That would change his mind very quickly.
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Well said. Well said. I posted a few Fred-related stories at NY for Mitt this morning. Fred is not impressing too well.

Actually, if Fred ever ran a Cigar Store he would at least have a little executive experience.

Fred Thompson is a lightweight. He said today that the tide is turning in Iraq because of Al Qaeda's smoking ban:


By Anonymous Old Friend, at September 8, 2007 at 8:35 PM  

Old Friend-

I was just going to mention that same thing. I just read that comment by Fred Thompson about the Al Quaeda smoking ban and thought that he can't be serious!

It's only estimated that over 400,000 American die each year due to smoking-related diseases. That leads to problems on two levels for good-ole Fred.

First, his attacking the anti-smoking crowd could obviously offend a huge number of people who have lost loved ones or suffer from disease because they used to smoke or continue to smoke as well as offending those who have had to be around smoking enough that it has affected their health as well.

So, for Fred to use that as his example is just dumb politically. Let's go out there and offend potential voters. Good thinking Fred! I'm sure that the #1 thing that voters want in a President is someone who will defend the Constitutional Right to Smoke!

More accurately, smoking bans pass almost everywhere that they go on the ballot. Is Fred dumb enough to attack the electorate that is supposed to put him in office? Here in Arizona, a state with about 150,000 more Republicans than Democrats, a wide in-door work smoking ban passed overwhelmingly, even though RJ Reynolds spent millions to fight it.

That's only one problem with Fred's position here. A lot of people actually view smoking as a character flaw, and Fred might not want to show off the fact that he loves to chomp on a cigar so much, especially if he wants to attract the votes of mothers across America who want the President to be a role model for their adolescent sons. "The Smoker for President" thing might not be so appealing to a large number of the 77% of Americans who don't smoke. They might ask themselves, does he smoke because he doesn't understand the health consequences of such a filthy habit? And this could lead to them asking themselves if they want a President who lacks the mental ability or self control to stop smoking.

I personally put the fact that George Allen was a chain smoker as a reason not to vote for him when he was considered a Presidential contender. And it was because I just naturally assumed that he must be challenged in the IQ column because he lacked the mental power to understand the negative affects of smoking or that he lacked the self control to make the sound health decision & stop such a filthy habit.

I'd suggest to the Thompson campaign that they pick more important rights to fight for than "the Right to Kill Everyone Around You by Blowing Second Hand Smoke in their Faces on a Daily Basis."

By the by, George Allen and Jim Webb both bragged that they both chewed as well. Ugh.

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