Thursday, July 19, 2007

Big Yawns for Hired Guns

Confirmation is all over the Intertubes this a.m., based on this NYTimes investigative report, that ex-Sen. Fred Thompson took some $5,000 to lobby for the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, a pro-choice group. Even more significant ... the Thompson campaign has stopped denying it, choosing rather to claim that their boy was mostly asleep while making those advocacy calls, or that he made the calls just for the money. But, hey!

"It is not unusual for a lawyer to give counsel at the request of colleagues, even when they personally disagree with the issue," said Thompson's spokesman.

This is something Republicans understand, taking money under pretense. And explains an apparent total lack of interest in the story among Thompson enthusiasts. If there's one thing they understand in the marrow of their bones, it's the necessary expedience sometimes involved in pocketing other people's money.

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