Fred Thompson Isn’t Perfect

You might have heard that the alleged great conservative hope Fred Thompson did in fact lobby on behalf of an abortion-rights group:

Billing records show that former Senator Fred Thompson spent nearly 20 hours working as a lobbyist on behalf of a group seeking to ease restrictive federal rules on abortion counseling in the 1990s, even though he recently said he did not recall doing any work for the organization.

I’m not particularly surprised. Everyone who has seriously looked at Fred Thompson knows he is not as conservative as his supporters would have you believe. Don’t misunderstand; he IS a conservative. But, like all the other candidates (and ever living person) he has his flaws.

In the long run, I don’t think this will hurt him too much. He does have a pro-life voting record, and the amount of time he spent lobbying for this group is minimal. But it might remove some of the edge he has over the other candidates, namely Giuliani, McCain, and Romney. He is no longer the “perfect conservative,” but instead, like the others, a “flawed conservative.”

Ultimately, we’re going to have to decide which candidate provides the best mix of conservative ideology and electability. Fred Thompson is still strongly situated to provide the best mix, but look for more revelations about his “moderate” (and possibly “immoral”) past to surface.

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