December 12, 2007


Fred Thompson: a maverick conservative who loves the law: The GOP presidential hopeful has often defied his party and colleagues to chart his own course (Ariel Sabar, 12/13/07, The Christian Science Monitor)

It was an odd time for a dispassionate look at federalist theory. Fifteen people had been killed in one of the worst school shootings in US history. Even the National Rifle Association had scaled back its annual meeting.

But in many ways, it was signature Thompson: a defiant faith in his own judgment, an indifference to political fallout, and a near zealotry about the limits of government. A few days after his hearing, he not only opposed a juvenile-justice overhaul backed by his own party but was one of just three senators to vote against funds for a set of antiviolence programs.

"In all of the years I worked for him and all the vote memos and summaries I wrote for him, he never once wanted to know what the [party] leadership wanted him to do," recalls Bill Outhier, a former Senate aide. "It stemmed from a larger view of his role in the Senate, which was not to do things for political reasons but to do them because he thought they were right."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2007 7:30 PM

Thompson's refusal to play a kindergarten student and raise his hand at the "debate" this afternoon convinced us. He has our vote.

Posted by: erp at December 12, 2007 9:27 PM

I saw the YouTube clip on Thompson’s smackdown of the Leftist reporterette moderator.

The other candidates knee-jerk-raised their hands in response, and Thompson slapped her down.

And further, Romney chimes in, “I agree”, and the others applauded - but NONE of them made a move off script before Fred stepped out of ranks.

He took the lead, and the others followed the path he beat through the weeds. They gave him the mantle of leadership, without a word.

For the very first time since this whole circus began, I can honestly say...

I grok Fred.

Posted by: Bill at December 12, 2007 9:33 PM

Bill: Fred is a stranger in a strange land isn't he.

Posted by: Bartman at December 13, 2007 11:21 AM

Bartman, aren't we all though?

Posted by: erp at December 13, 2007 4:46 PM