It isn’t fair for me to blame Fred’s forgetfulness on stupidity.
He couldn’t help it. He just plain forgot. I accept that. It can’t be comfortable for the Thompson crowd to have his lapses of memory to be pointed out and held up for public ridicule.
Fred was asked about last year’s Senate hearings on the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts, whom Thompson “shepherded” through the confirmation process. The former Tennessee senator had this to say in response:
“Even though the other party controlled the Judiciary Committee, we got some votes there. For a good, sound, what I would call conservative justice.”
News flash: Democrats didn’t regain control of the Senate until 2006. Roberts’ confirmation took place in 2005, when the GOP was still firmly in charge of both chambers.
Just a momentary lapse. Besides, he’s been real busy filming ‘Law and Order,” who can blame him if he hasn’t had time to follow current events.
Although no cable channel could get enough of the Terri Schiavo saga two years ago, Thompson claims he doesn’t “remember the details of it.” And Everglades drilling is an important issue in Florida — something one would expect a southern Republican senator to know. Perhaps the most surprising statement he’s made came last week, when Thompson said he didn’t know lethal injection procedures in his home state of Tennessee had recently been ruled unconstitutional.
And, when asked about Iran, it just isn’t gentlemanly of me to point our Fred’s misnomer….
his answer included the statement, “I’m afraid that the Soviet Union & China are not ever going to do anything that’s going to hurt them that badly but we need to ratchet those up if at all possible.”
Uh, Fred, the USSR has been kaput since before your Senate race in ’94, Remember? Back when you were unabashedly “Pro-choice” .
So, please accept my apology. Or not. Whatever.