01 July 2007

Democrats Launch Attack on Fred Thompson

You can smell the fear. It hangs like a cloud over the DNC, and HRC knows better than anyone what a formidable opponent Senator Thompson will be. Expect a lot more of this in the coming months as we "shift into the top slot and drop the hammer" (truckers term for high gear and top speed).

Strap in tight, folks; this is going to be one hell of a ride!!!!

Former Sen. Fred Thompson hasn’t yet announced if he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2008, but the Democrats have already gone on the attack in anticipation of a Thompson run.

A fundraising e-mail sent out by the Democratic National Committee focuses on the general perception of Thompson as a Washington outsider, calling him the “inside-outsider.”
The e-mail reads in part: “Remember the Republican culture of corruption? The revolving door of Republican politicians moving in and out of top political offices and Washington, D.C., lobbying firms? That’s Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

“For years, acting wasn’t the ‘Law & Order’ star’s profession — it was a hobby. In the real world, Thompson has made a fortune in a decades-long career as a Washington lobbyist . . .
“As he runs for president, he’ll try his hardest to hide the truth from the American people. And we need to stop him.”

Seeking to cast Thompson’s Senate career as lackluster, the DNC has also released a “research document” headlined “Major Legislative Accomplishments of Sen. Fred Dalton Thompson (1994-2002).” The page is then blank until the line, “Paid for by the Democratic National Committee,” politico.com reports.

Another DNC paper outlines several approaches to an attack on Thompson, including “defender of George Bush,” “already has a flip-flop problem,” “controversial legal clients may cause problems,” and “lobbying career full of land mines.”

Thompson has not set a date for an announcement of a presidential run, but advisers told politico.com that the need to prepare for the likely attacks will probably push the date back from the first week in July to later in the month.

A recent CNN poll found that Thompson now trails only Rudy Giuliani among candidates for the Republican nomination.

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