What #1 said.
Well...at least his wife isn't related to Cheney...
By the way,
Love the bio in your Author Archive, Dan.
So are you gonna endorse Thompson, like you endorsed the other former employee of the Christian Right - Tim Burgess?
I'm pretty sure he stopped working for the American Nazi Party when he became a US Senator.
So. Who's going to have the stones to ask him about that on national TV? And then compare it to what he was saying/doing back then? As far as I can tell, even the Republicans distance themselves from those asshats.
Fred Thompson won't be running for President anymore by mid-to-late January of next year, anyway.
Big Deal. John Roberts did some legal work for gay rights in the mid 90s (possibly Romer vs. Evans, not sure since Wikipedia was no help) but that doesn't mean he'll be any friend of gay rights that gets argued before the Supreme Court. No reason to believe that this means Thompson thinks fags burn in hell or whatever Westboro vomits up as their dogma.
@5: Nice use of equivocation!
Look, the Christian Right is to Westboro Baptist as a post-coital wet spot is to santorum.
santorum is my post-coital wet spot, and the christian right and westboro are even slicker and stankier than that. fwiw.
What #8 said. He ought to be careful about spending too much of his own money on his campaign, however, because unless Mel Gibson is set to produce a Law and Order spin-off, he probably won't get much work in Hollywood once this is over.
Fred Thompson who? I so can't believe we're experiencing presidential politics OVER 1 YEAR away from the general election. I haven't even started paying attention. . .
Oh MY GOD!!
I also just read where John Adams represented the British soldiers who were accused of the Boston Massacre! He later became our Vice-President twice and then our President.
Do we now look back 236 years ago to rightly conclude that Americans were actually more intelligent and informed then because mental midgets of today can't figure out that lawyers represent clients!?!?
Well, Winghunter, information has been a lot easier to come by now that we have the Internet. I think history books will be a hell of a lot dumber now, too.
@14 john adams was pretty much an Asshat, what with the alien sedition act and war mongering with france, and then giving bribes to the french so his war mongering wouldn't result in actual war
but legal representation does not equal support for the group or its positions. otherwise the ACLU would live up to the Right's picture of it as NAMBLA loving.
Of course legal representation equal support to some degree. Are we to assume that lawyers cannot refuse to represent someone who requests them? You can rightly argue that he does not necessarily endorse their position, but he should certainly have to answer for his support. The Westboro Baptist Church should not be tolerated or humored, and his representation of them does both without question.
Or, it would be anyway, if they were such huge assholes in the mid '80s as they are now, which I can't necessarily find evidence for.
@18 as a law student, ive been told that there are some circumstances in which you cannot ethically refuse to represent a particular client. though the distinction is not clear.
man everybody wants somebody to hate and what is the type of person that anybody of any race can hate...the gays. I say that if everybody hates me then fuck em. I am glad all of you straight mutherfuckers are dying in iraq and fucking suffering in a bad economy and your dumb mutherfucking asses are getting kicked out of your apartments cuz they are turning into condos and shit. yeah. I am happy. so if you want to hate gays great. hate me because I live good with my disposable income while you mutherfuckers suffer....HA HA HAHA HA. yeah hate me assholes I like it. punks. hey bitches...I am drinking MOET champaignn right now while you are sitting on your broke asses. motherfuckers! fuck fred phelps, fuck that nigga hutcherson, fuck jesus cuz he is a blonde bitch who got 4 nails put in him. shit I wish
I got to put 4 nails in jesus...blonde mutherfucker.
The Phelps are a weird family, weirder than you might think in that while insanely homophobic, their law firm actually handles many regular law cases. In fact Fred Phelps used to be known as a civil rights attorney and their firm still handles a fair number of discrimination cases (not Fred, he was disbarred).
I believe a lot of the really insane stuff like picketing has come in the past 20 years, if Thompson dealt with them in the mid-80s they were weird, but not batshit-insane like today.
I would highly recommend Louis Theroux's excellent documentary on the family
Wait, wait, wait. This is bad, but you're more pissed off over this than his defense of Libyan terrorists that killed hundreds?
#20 is a bright one...
umm, thompson didn't provide legal representation. he was a lobbyist for hire. he provided influence for pay, influence that he gained while on the federal payroll. don't confuse him with an aclu lawyer who represents unpopular clients.
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