So, I learned at Tom Cat's Blog, Politics Plus today that Fred Thompson, who I formerly only knew from television, is an attorney and big-time politician. Which means it didn't take a heck of a lot of skills to play those roles on tv, now did it?
But more importantly, this man who seems to be playing himself off as a Washington outsider, a regular boy...is really very much an insider. He was even involved in the investigating Watergate and warned Nixon that the tapes/taping system was about to be exposed. And he wrote his autobiography about it a whiles back so...maybe he isn't trying to pretend to be a Washington outsider but that's how it seems to many of us young people unfamiliar with his Washington history.
I had no idea that Freddy boy had experience dancing in political circles. He was a lobbyist in Washington for at least 18 years and is an attorney and a former Tennessee Senator! He's apparently also a recent friend or anyway strong supporter of Scooter Libby. And his Law and Order job is perhaps a reward for lobbying in favor of NBC parent company, GE, in Washington. Of course, Reagan himself was a GE spokeman and his "GE Years" are considered pivotal in his conversion from a democrat and "New Dealer to the Core" (as he called himself prior to his time with GE) " to a staunch supporter of corporate interests.
Note: Perhaps in his favor, Thompson also represented Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, that populist leader that the US went in and kidnapped.
And if you still think perhaps he's just a regular guy, driving his pick-up truck and living with the common folk...Here's the Wikipedia description of good 'ol Mclean, Virginia where he lives.
"McLean is home to many diplomats, members of Congress and high-ranking federal government officials, entrepreneurs and service businesses partially attributable to the close location to Washington, D.C. and the Central Intelligence Agency."
Just your common folk. Shucks...bet they'd come if I invited them to a barbecue.
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