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“Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Sen. Fred Thompson

If anyone should know, it is the late Fred Thompson, who was both during his lifetime. And we saw it illustrated this week in Washington. The impeachment is less a trial than a bunch of Hollywood wannabes behaving as if they were in some movie about a trial. They are less concerned about the facts and the law than they are about putting on virtuoso performances. (It is easy to give a virtuoso performance if you are unmoored by the truth.) The acting has been over the top and, except for the credulous few, unconvincing.

And all the overacting seems to have achieved is to alienate Republican senators inclined to listen to the Democrats’ arguments. (When you lose Lisa Murkowski, you really demonstrate ineptness.) But the clown show will go on because no one on either side has enough nerve to put it to the merciful death it deserves.

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  1. Hinch Member
    Hinch Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I voted for Fred in the ’08 Florida primaries. His campaign baseball cap sits next to Ben Carson’s in my closet. These choices say something about me as a voter, but I’m not sure what.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 6:07 AM PST
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  2. TCNYMEX Thatcher

    if I recall correctly, Fred served as a lawyer during the Watergate impeachment proceedings, then became an actor, and then went back to politics

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    • January 25, 2020, at 6:44 AM PST
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  3. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Tom Shillue’s impersonation of Adam Schiff on Fox does show that if Schiff wants to make a second try at hitting it big in Hollywood, he’s got a chance. Except instead of trying to do it as a writer, he needs to work as a character actor specializing in roles involving crazed psychotics. Those eyes would just sell the lunatic personality so well.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 7:00 AM PST
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  4. Mark Camp Member

    “Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Senator Fred Thompson.

    If anyone should know it is the late Fred Thompson, who was both during his lifetime.

    Was both what?

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    • January 25, 2020, at 7:39 AM PST
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  5. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Seawriter: The impeachment is less a trial than a bunch of Hollywood wannabes behaving as if they were in some movie about a trial.

    Exactly. And the news has taken on the role of movie reviewers. “Two thumbs up for Adam Schiff!” I’m surprised they aren’t dressing in gowns and tuxes for their red carpet interviews.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 8:12 AM PST
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  6. Arahant Member

    Hinch (View Comment):

    I voted for Fred in the ’08 Florida primaries. His campaign baseball cap sits next to Ben Carson’s in my closet. These choices say something about me as a voter, but I’m not sure what.

    Your endorsement is the death knell of a candidacy?

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    • January 25, 2020, at 9:11 AM PST
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  7. Arahant Member

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    “Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Senator Fred Thompson.

    If anyone should know it is the late Fred Thompson, who was both during his lifetime.

    Was both what?

    Actor and Washington politician.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 9:13 AM PST
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  8. Arahant Member

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):
    I’m surprised they aren’t dressing in gowns and tuxes for their red carpet interviews.

    Don’t give them ideas.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 9:13 AM PST
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  9. Mark Camp Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    “Politics is show business for ugly people.” – Senator Fred Thompson.

    If anyone should know it is the late Fred Thompson, who was both during his lifetime.

    Was both what?

    Actor and Washington politician.

    Seawriter will sea what I meant write away: Friends don’t let [writer] friends write sleepy ;-). Poets can get away with it.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 9:28 AM PST
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  10. Arahant Member

    Mark Camp (View Comment):
    Seawriter will sea what I meant write away

    I knew what you meant, Mark. You’re as transparent as a dirty window.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 9:41 AM PST
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  11. Mark Camp Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):
    Seawriter will sea what I meant write away

    I knew what you meant, Mark.

    I was hoping that you did not, since I had difficulty interpreting the reply, which would then be sarcasm, as good-natured fun.

    (I tend to have a Pollyann-ish delusion that everyone has the same liking and respect for me that I have for them. Most of the time, my inner reality is much more pleasant as a result, but when reality intrudes…it can be a little awkward!)

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    • January 25, 2020, at 10:50 AM PST
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  12. Arahant Member

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    I was hoping that you did not, since I had difficulty interpreting the reply, which would then be sarcasm, as good-natured fun.

    (I tend to have a Pollyann-ish delusion that everyone has the same liking and respect for me that I have for them. Most of the time, my inner reality is much more pleasant as a result, but when reality intrudes…it can be a little awkward!)

    Oh, no, don’t think that. I merely replied because someone else might stumble over that wording, too, and I thought it best to clarify.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 10:53 AM PST
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  13. Mark Camp Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    I was hoping that you did not, since I had difficulty interpreting the reply, which would then be sarcasm, as good-natured fun.

    (I tend to have a Pollyann-ish delusion that everyone has the same liking and respect for me that I have for them. Most of the time, my inner reality is much more pleasant as a result, but when reality intrudes…it can be a little awkward!)

    Oh, no, don’t think that. I merely replied because someone else might stumble over that wording, too, and I thought it best to clarify.

    Whew!! Thanks for putting my over-sensitive mind at rest, Arahant.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 11:08 AM PST
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  14. Hinch Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hinch (View Comment):

    I voted for Fred in the ’08 Florida primaries. His campaign baseball cap sits next to Ben Carson’s in my closet. These choices say something about me as a voter, but I’m not sure what.

    Your endorsement is the death knell of a candidacy?

    So *that’s* what happened to Ted Cruz!

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    • January 25, 2020, at 11:21 AM PST
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  15. Arahant Member

    Hinch (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Hinch (View Comment):

    I voted for Fred in the ’08 Florida primaries. His campaign baseball cap sits next to Ben Carson’s in my closet. These choices say something about me as a voter, but I’m not sure what.

    Your endorsement is the death knell of a candidacy?

    So *that’s* what happened to Ted Cruz!

    Me, too, friend.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 11:34 AM PST
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  16. Vectorman Thatcher

    Seawriter: And all the overacting seems to have achieved is to alienate Republican senators inclined to listen to the Democrats’ arguments. (When you lose Lisa Murkowski, you really demonstrate ineptness.)

    I always question “weak Republicans” such as Murkowski and Collins. Are they really Democrats within, but sucker enough”moderates” and RINOS to win their states? Or are just interested in potential payola by being fence sitters?


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    • January 25, 2020, at 12:16 PM PST
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  17. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    I liked Fred a lot, too. I was on the NRO 2008 cruise with him and his family. He had a young wife and I think she wanted him to get back into serious politics. They had two little kids on the cruise. What a shame as he was a great guy. Toomey, who was also on the cruise, is a jerk. Romney, of course, was being sweet.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 2:45 PM PST
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  18. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    Seawriter: And all the overacting seems to have achieved is to alienate Republican senators inclined to listen to the Democrats’ arguments. (When you lose Lisa Murkowski, you really demonstrate ineptness.)

    I always question “weak Republicans” such as Murkowski and Collins. Are they really Democrats within, but sucker enough”moderates” and RINOS to win their states? Or are just interested in potential payola by being fence sitters?


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    Murkowski is as crooked as her father, who Sarah Palin beat for Governor. Collins is from a state that has probably 75% of adults on Medicaid. She is OK but has a largely blue state.

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    • January 25, 2020, at 2:47 PM PST
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  19. OkieSailor Member
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    Hinch (View Comment):

    I voted for Fred in the ’08 Florida primaries. His campaign baseball cap sits next to Ben Carson’s in my closet. These choices say something about me as a voter, but I’m not sure what.

    Good sense.

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    • January 26, 2020, at 3:29 AM PST
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  20. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    Fred was so laid back he was the first to attempt a Presidential mosey.

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    • January 26, 2020, at 4:54 AM PST
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  21. Songwriter Member
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    I voted for Fred Thompson twice in his Tennessee Senate runs. I met him in DC and discovered he was quite tall. I’m 6′ and he towered over me. He ran for Senate promising to stay only for two terms and stuck to the promise. If he had chosen to run a third time he would have won handily, but he remained true to his campaign promise. Lamar Alexander could learn thing or two from Fred Thompson about self-term limits.

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    • January 26, 2020, at 7:07 AM PST
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  22. ShaunaHunt Coolidge

    I loved Fred Thompson! I was sad when he died. I liked who he was.

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    • January 27, 2020, at 11:08 AM PST
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