My Indirect Nazi Past Prevents Me From Defending The Racist Fred Thompson . . . or something like that

I think we have a candidate today for dumbest “serious news story” ever. In fact, you might want to email Tina Daunt and ask if she was serious. Or, better yet, you might want to email the Reader Representative at the Los Angeles Times and ask if this is really the level of journalism they have descended to.

Because while you would expect rabid lefties that no one takes seriously to make an issue of this, you would, I expect, be perturbed to realize a respectable mainstream national newspaper would let one of its journalists spend 1,053 words making the case that Fred Thompson cannot be President because he played a racist for three episodes on “Wise Guy” back in the 80’s.

So can “Law & Order” actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) become the first presidential candidate with this credit? Thompson played a white supremacist, spewing anti-Semitic comments and fondling an autographed copy of “Mein Kampf” on a television drama 19 years ago.

Now, I would defend Fred Thompson from this, but I was once a criminal defense attorney. Being a criminal defense attorney of several people found guilty of their crimes puts me in the same league as Maximilian Schell, a Hollywood actor who played Hans Rolfe, criminal defense attorney to the Nazis at Nuremberg in Judgment at Nuremberg. As a result of my past indirectly assisting Nazis through Hans Rolfe as played by Maximilian Schell, I am disqualified from defending Thompson.

I will have to leave it to Patterico’s Pontifications.

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  • This somewhat personifies the course that RS.com has taken, an unfortunate one in my opinion, over the last 6 to 12 months.

    I can’t read the article, needs some stupid sign-in and I don’t have time to get a throw away email, but if the author’s point is as presented it’s an incredibly stupid one yet it’s these types of articles that posters at RS occupy themselves with and not ones of substance.

    I’m a centrist republican, okay with the dramatic shift the party has taken in the last decade I’m now further left than the party, but used to enjoy RS even if I didn’t agree with the posts. Now all it seems to be is this stuff and posts about surrendercrats and defeatocons.

    There are serious issues not being addressed in any meaningful way and I think the present level of discourse is driving away people who would.

    How Medicare and SS should be addressed are not titanic battles between good and evil, aka Us and Them.

    Admitting that Iraq has been botched and Bush may not be a great leader isn’t a capitulation in this mighty struggle it’s separating a man from our National goals.