A few days ago I mentioned how Bob Novak was hyping Fred Thompson as the hottest candidate in the race for the GOP nomination, and with just cause: Karl Rove has been sticking his electoral feelers out via one of his monkeyboys, and as everyone knows, Karl’s sweaty touch is golden. He’s also got his fingers in the Giuliani campaign, but methinks with all of Rudy’s dirt and skeletons, he’ll be relegated to the VP slot on a ticket headed by Reagan-Bot Thompson.
The lovefest for Thompson continues, with Novak again penning a fellatiop-ed talking up the former senator from Tennessee. Novak needs no Viagra at his late age as mere thoughts of Thompson’s booming monotone are enough to give him a raging hard-on: “…Thompson at the dinner table confirmed the widespread perception inside the party of his potential to be an extraordinary candidate.”
Mike Allen of ‘The Politico’ sings of “a stream of former Bush-Cheney aides and supporters who are signing on with Thompson, in some cases quietly.” He also just happens to mention that GOP heavyweight talking head Mary Matalin “will be advising Thompson.” Without pay, even.
Even Agence-France Presse – a foreign wire service – gushes, “Thompson looms over Republican debate.”
All this for a guy who hasn’t done much aside from serve a term in the Senate, grunt in a few movies and shows, date a few hotties, and sound like a redneck James Earl Jones.
To top it all off, to really convince you that Fred Thompson is the Rove-picked successor to George W. Bush, who will (if elected) pardon the whole gang of criminals in one of his first acts as president in 2009, remember that Thompson feels Scooter Libby got the shaft and isn’t ashamed to cry it from the mountaintop:
Mr. Thompson, who has viewed Mr. Libbyâ€™s prosecution as a severe miscarriage of justice, told Fox News recently that if he were president, he would pardon Mr. Libby, the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame Wilson case.
Now that he is on the verge of declaring his presidential bid, Mr. Thompson may have the opportunity to do just that.
Springing someone from the slammer would be an unusual presidential platform. But Mr. Thompson, a former senator from Tennessee and Washington lobbyist, has been adamant that Mr. Libby was the victim of an overzealous prosecutor, wrongheaded justice and a bungling C.I.A. “It makes me mad as the devil just to think about it,” he has said.
Keep in mind that Thompson didn’t even know Libby until midway through Scooty’s court ordeal. Continuing:
Championing the Libby cause could further endear Mr. Thompson to some conservatives. It would also carry obvious political risks, but Mr. Thompson has said he doesnâ€™t care.
“He doesn’t care.” Hm. Wonder what else a President Thompson wouldn’t care about…
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