Many conservatives, uneasy with GOP frontrunner, Rudy McRomney (the three-headed RINO), have been awaiting a conservative to ride in on a white horse. Rather than recognizing Sam Brownback for what he is, a principled conservative Republican who supports all life, from the fetus, to those languishing in prison, to those suffering in Darfur, etc, many have been breathlessly awaiting Law and Order and movie “star” Fred Dalton Thompson.
Thompson has been holding back his announcement that he is indeed running for several reasons. He wants to appear like an outsider, a maverick. He hopes this will keep his popularity numbers up. He also knows that once he declares his candidacy, the gloves will come off and people will actually find out more about his checkered past. He’s not Ronald Reagan on a white horse. The longer he can sustain the illusion and keep his unknowns high, the better for Fred. And the worse for actual conservatives.
A chink in Thompson’s armor has been highlighted today. And it doesn’t look too good for the Hollywood hero.
Fred D. Thompson, who is campaigning for president as an antiabortion Republican, accepted an assignment from a family-planning group to lobby the first Bush White House to ease a controversial abortion restriction, according to a 1991 document and several people familiar with the matter.
A spokesman for the former Tennessee senator denied that Thompson did the lobbying work. But the minutes of a 1991 board meeting of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Assn. say that the group hired Thompson that year.
So he’s against abortion unless someone pays him to lobby for it. This is worse than a flip-flop. This shows he simply cannot be trusted. He is not the pro-life stalwart his groupies would have you believe. More:
His task was to urge the administration of President George H. W. Bush to withdraw or relax a rule that barred abortion counseling at clinics that received federal money, according to the records and to people who worked on the matter.
The abortion “gag rule” was then a major political flashpoint. Lobbying against the rule would have placed Thompson at odds with the antiabortion movement that he is now trying to rally behind his expected declaration of a presidential bid.
Below the headline is this:
A spokesman for the GOP presidential hopeful says he did no such work. An ex-colleague calls the denial ‘bizarre.’
Some may not recall that Norma McCorvey, aka Jane Roe in the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the murder of pre-born infants, recently endorsed Sam Brownback. She carries a heavy burden and converted to the correct side of the issue: the pro-life side.
As time goes by, and we learn more about Fred Thompson, social and religious conservatives will discover that FDT is riding in on a black horse, not a white one. As we get closer to the primaries the choice will be between a pack of RINOs and a genuine conservative: Sam Brownback.
Will Republicans make the right choice in time?
Update: Pro-choice Fred Thompson.
Update 2: Naturally the FredHeads are barking mad about this story. Too bad. The truth hurts. Are you going to bark all day, little doggies, or are you going to bite? Follow the link. It’s worth it just for the blog header!