Bob Novak hypes Fred Thompson, and for good reasons

Nattering nabob Robert Novak says in his latest Evans-Novak Political Report that ex-Sen. Fred Thompson is “a strong Republican presidential prospect because of the weaknesses of the GOP’s ‘big three.'” He continues:

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) remains anathema to social conservatives. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is having dreadful fund-raising problems. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), though rising in the primary state polls, is castigated as a flip-flopper (most recently on immigration).

Bob can rattle off all the one-liners he wants, but he knows the real reasons that Fred Thompson will surely be the Republican nominee are two: 1. Since he’s an actor and a conservative, Republican voters will unquestioningly believe he must be the second coming of St. Ronald Reagan, and 2. Satan’s own towelboy Karl Rove will be directing Thompson’s campaign through a slimy proxy. Per an innocuous snippet in Wednesday’s Washington Wire:

Backers look for Fred Thompson to use a June 2 speech to Virginia Republicans to step closer toward the race. Thompson allies have had discussions with Tim Griffin, the Arkansas U.S. attorney and Rove protégé, about taking a top job with the campaign.

Yes, that’s thee Tim Griffin, the one all caught up in Attorneygate, the same dirtbag lawyer that journalist Greg Palast accused of scheming to “wipe out the voting rights of 70,000 citizens prior to the 2004 election.”

Egad. That aside, crusty Novak takes an obligatory swipe at Pelosi’s Posse, saying that “Congress has enacted almost no major legislation and finished no regular appropriations bills.” He tops it off with this damning assessment of ruling Democrats, which is really not that far off the mark…

Their first major accomplishment, as of this week, has been to reissue the “blank check” to President Bush on the Iraq War, which they had complained about so vociferously in the last election campaign.

x-post: JAZZ from HELL

8 replies »

  1. Mike,
    Thanks for pointing out this new Republican strategery, as The Decider would call it – raise the dead – if not literally, at least figuratively by subbing Thompson for President “mistakes were made.”.

    For more info on Griffin and how attorneygate is tied to the voter caging and other dirty tricks here’s a piece on Palast’s new book.

    As for the Dems, unfortunately, Novak’s got ’em dead to rights. I suspect they may have lost the ’08 election with that vote last week.

  2. Let’s make sure we remind people frequently, then, that Fred was a K Street lobbyist extra-whore-dinaire, shall we? The Big Jesus crowd won’t like hearing it, which means we should say it even more…..

  3. Can someone explain to me how the headline of this post matches the content? WHAT EXACTLY is the “good reason” Novack has in hyping Thompson runnning? I’m not trying to be nit-picky but it is not clear from the post why or what reason Novack has in pushing Thompson. Could someone explain the importance?

    I don’t read the old goats columns on a regular basis(never have liked his style) nor do I like Thompson (but I do confess I liked him on Law and Order his first time around), but I still don’t see the connection….

  4. Thanks Jim Booth, Your judgement that “they” probably have lost the 08 election, motivated me to cancel my donations to the democracy bonds. (I save $25:00 per month). I will pay more attention to Mike Sheehan in the future. Now I have to determine which Republican to vote for. Gingrich has now been saved.

  5. Burnsey, how often does Karl Rove lose? The man is unindicted, unchallenged, untouchable, even at this late date. And one of his hand-picked underlings, Tim Griffin, is leaving the Justice Dept. to reportedly work for Fred Thompson. If you can’t see why Novak would be titillated that his old pal Rove will remain in the election business – however tangentially, and after all the scrutiny Rove’s undergone of late, indirect involvement is wise – then yeah I failed to make my point a strong one, and you failed to read between the lines.

  6. Here’s hoping for an LA Lakers outcome. Griffin sounds like Mitch Kupchak to Rove’s Jerry West. And we see how that’s worked out….

  7. “Thanks Jim Booth, Your judgement that ‘they’ probably have lost the 08 election, motivated me to cancel my donations”

    Boy, you’re easy.

    “I will pay more attention to Mike Sheehan in the future.”

    Please send me money, and lots of it. I have expensive hobbies.