Mar 12 2007
11:11 am

Is it just me, or does it look like Michael Silence is trying out for a spot in Fred Thompson's administration as press secretary?

I count sixteen consecutive posts about Fred Thompson. (One is ostensibly about Ann Coulter, but it mentions Fred Thompson, too!)

Anyway, Michael wonders why the lefty blogs aren't talking about Fred Thompson! Fred Thompson! Fred Thompson!

Well, there you go. Happy now?

rocketsquirrel's picture

wrong again Michael

Knoxviews was ahead of the GOP's mighty wurlitzer on this one. Posted about Fred on March 7, as I recall. That is Fred Thompson, defender of convicted felons. Fred Thompson loves felons. Fred Thompson loves felons.

So much for law and order. heh.

Eleanor A's picture

I dunno, I think this lefty

I dunno, I think this lefty blog's take on Thompson is pretty accurate...


Bbeanster's picture

Republican family values

One thing that's interesting to me about these GOP candidates is that except for the Mormon guy, the front-runners are a bunch of horndogs who have traded their first (and in the case of Gingrich and Guiliani, their second) wives for newer models.

Fred's womanizing was absolutely notorious during his first campaign. Lots of his supporters lived in fear of bimbo eruptions. And his current view on abortions may well come back to haunt him.

I never quite understood the appeal myself.

Bbeanster's picture

Mo' Fred

R. Neal's picture

OMG! That's about the

OMG! That's about the funniest stream of consciousness rant I've read in a while. Too good to excerpt. Read the whole thing. Thanks, Beanster.

rikki's picture

shiny, happy invaders

With so much to not talk about, Republicans are desperate for topics to occupy their sunny, optimistic minds.

If you were a Republican, what would you rather talk about:

The military dead or Fred?
Wounded soldiers in roach-infested hospitals or Fred?
Soldiers scapegoated for torture so their trainers and commanders can escape investigation or Fred?
A White House run like a marketing firm for military contractors or Fred?
The Congressional Republican jetsam in Abramoff's wake or Fred?
Katrina recovery or Fred?

Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred, Fred!

R. Neal's picture

Party pooper. I thought

Party pooper.

I thought Fred was excellent in Hunt for Red October. He helped save us from the Soviet silent-submarine-o-nuclear-death!

Bbeanster's picture

Michael's wife is a GOP

Michael's wife is a GOP political operative and was pretty close to ole Fred, as I recall.

R. Neal's picture

Yeah, that's how they met.

Yeah, that's how they met. His full disclosure here:


I'm with Kleinheider. It's time for an intervention.


rocketsquirrel's picture

freepers not happy with Thompson

Michael may be concerned that the left is not yapping much about Thompson. That's because the freepers are doing it for us.

To: greyfoxx39
Between Fred Thompson and Bill Richardson, it could be the "Bimbo Eruptions" campaign!

3 posted on 03/08/2007 6:55:27 AM PST by zarf

Bbeanster's picture

OK, that makes it a little

OK, that makes it a little better. Good that he made that clear up front. Does this mean that his wife will be employed in the campaign?

And I confess to not being a religious reader of Silence's blog -- or being much of a Phred Phan. And speaking of religion, I've watched him morph from a moderate (to liberal, even) Republican into a card-carrying rightwinger over the years since he used to run with the editor of the Knoxville Journal. I spent a week in DC in the mid-nineties doing a story on him for MP, and was struck by how much he'd changed.*

*On edit, I'm talking Fred here, not Michael.

rocketsquirrel's picture

code of ethics

In Michael's "personal note" he divulges clearly who he'd vote for...should Thompson choose to run.

Should a journalist/blogger be shilling so obviously, so breathlessly, for a possible candidate under the newspaper's web site umbrella?

From the SPJ code of ethics:

Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.

In Michael's own breathless words, "Now back to the Fred Watch!"

I don't see him blogging as vigorously on the "Gore Watch," do you?

hmmm, indeed.

WhitesCreek's picture

If we're going with people

If we're going with people who aren't really presidents but who play one on tv...I'm for Martin Sheen.

Look, people...Actors pretend for a living. That's a useful trait for a politician but not a good thing for the Country. Can we try to get somebody real this time?

Just hopin'


StaceyDiamond's picture


If Silence's wife is an operative they should make him write about sports like when Eric Vreeland had to because his wife was working for Madeline. On Thompson, I saw him on a Roseanne re-run recently where he played a horn-dog asshole. He would fit right in to their slate of candidates but he would unfortunately probably do well in the South and give the Sentinel someone to rally around. Stacey

R. Neal's picture

Michael Silence in business section

Maybe that's why Michael Silence is in the business section now?

Not sure how the blog plays in. They must consider that separate and personal or something. And it's not like he's "advocating", just "linking". Wink wink.

Anyway, he's just having some fun with "All Fred All the Time". It's turned in to a running joke, and getting his blog some traffic.

rocketsquirrel's picture

blogs are "activities"

I'd lump blogging in the category of "activities" in relation to the SPJ code of ethics.

And while I'm sure it's all fun and all, I resent a newspaper blog shilling for a possible candidate.

Looks like a double standard to me. They got rid of Don Williams because he wouldn't write his column on the right local topics, but a business writer can blog on newspaper time about politics when his wife has worked for the politician in question?

R. Neal's picture

Hmmm. Well, when you put it

Hmmm. Well, when you put it that way...

Amish's picture

Fred headed to Iraq.

I suspect Fred's going to take on some role as an ambassador to Iraq, given that coalition forces are now engaged in Operation: Fardh al-Qanoon.

(For those of you playing at home, that's Operation: Law and Order. Chung chung.)

gttim's picture

He may be a womanizer, but

He may be a womanizer, but he holds every proper wingnut position to delight the religious right and corporate overlords.

- Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
- Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
- Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
- Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
- Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
- Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
- Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
- Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
- Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
- Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
- Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
- Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
- Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
- Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
- Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
- Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
- Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
- Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
- Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
- Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
- Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
- Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
- Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
- Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
- Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
- Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
- Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
- Voted NO on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
- Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
- Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
- Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
- Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
- Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
- Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
- Voted NO on medical savings accounts. (Apr 1996)
- Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
- Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
- Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)

Andy Axel's picture

He may be a womanizer, but

He may be a womanizer, but he holds every proper wingnut position to delight the religious right and corporate overlords.

Don't forget his role as Grand Inquisitor Minority Counsel in the Clinton impeachment proceedings.


Recursive blogwhore.

R. Neal's picture

he holds every proper

he holds every proper wingnut position to delight the religious right and corporate overlords.

Yet, the wingnuts still call him a liberal.

cafkia's picture

What's that quote??

It's all about sincerity. Once you learn to fake that you are good to go.

Fred Thompson is really good at faking sincerity. The paternal visage, the serious voice, the meaty and current acting roles all point to what a sincere guy he is, just like he wants them to. If you are easy and not so bright, you'll fall for it again. I will personally view whatever he does or says like that big red pickup truck he used as a campaign prop when running for the senate. Someone else had to drive the thing around and back it up or park it for him. He just used it to help him fake sincerity.



It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
  - William G. McAdoo

Andy Axel's picture

The paternal visage, the

The paternal visage, the serious voice, the meaty and current acting roles all point to what a sincere guy he is, just like he wants them to.

And Dick Wolf has been giving the guy a free platform from which to broadcast his personal beliefs for the last few years. L&O has become a nifty little partisan bitchfest megaphone for FDT.


Recursive blogwhore.

Knox Insider 007's picture

Rudy, Newt

and the local CBT. A gang indeed.

redmondkr's picture

If all this discussion has

If all this discussion has not as yet won you over to Fred's side, consider this.

Come See Us at

The Hill Online

R. Neal's picture

Hahaha. That ought to really

If all this discussion has not as yet won you over to Fred's side, consider this.

Hahaha. That ought to really seal the deal.

talidapali's picture

All I need...

Is a case of single malt scotch and a REALLY BIG ROMAN CANDLE aimed at Mars.

P.S. and some chocolate cookies...mmmm....chocolate....argghhhhhhhhhhhhhh

"You can't fix stupid..." ~ Ron White"

"I never said I wasn't a brat..." ~ Talidapali

lovable liberal's picture

Perfect Republican

Fred has proven Hollywood gravitas, and he can read a line. After Duhbya, the party elders will be looking for a new Reagan-style figurehead. Mortimer will be ponying up his dollar and admitting that scraping the bottom of the barrel for Duhbya went further than even the sleeping America voter could stand.

Anyway, Fred has a helluva lot better chance than "frontrunner" Rudy. If Rudy wins anything Republican other than RNC 2008 Most Likely to Wear a Dress, it will prove that they really can fix any election and they threw 2006 just to throw us off the scent.

Liberty and justice for all.

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