Fred Thompson Trips Over Himself Endorsing Palin

Summing up much of what’s wrong with the conservative mindset, conservatives for McCain points us to a Thompson’s endorsement of Sarah Palin up on townhall:

If Fred said it, that’s good enough for me.  Period.

Replace Fred with Bush and you have the last eight years wrapped up.  Let’s take a look at Thompson’s endorsement:

When John McCain selected Governor Sarah Palin, as his running mate, the Democrats and their far-left constituency let out a primal scream that could be heard from sea to shining sea. How dare he choose someone that they and their pals in the media had not had a chance to vet (i.e. libel, slander, and otherwise and otherwise eviscerate).

Starting off with an old man’s tenacious strength, Thompson misses the point and runs smack into the wall.  The problem was that McCain’s campaign didn’t vet the vp candidate.  Vetting is done so that when the media (and one’s opponents) get to work, you’re ready to handle whatever they can throw at you.  Obama was ready to handle attacks on Biden.  McCain floundered.  Great for Democrats watching it go down, but on the whole evidence of McCain’s lack of good judgment.

For a while there it seems the fact that so many uninformed yahoos (average people) love her was going to drive the main stream media nuts

Can’t speak for the mainstream media here, but it isn’t average Americans who love Palin.  Her singular consituency is the extreme of the religious right.  The people who think rape, incest, and medical necessity are not reasons for an abortion.  Amercians who want to deny homosexuals equal rights.  Voters who want to see creationism in our schools and evolution in the history books alongside global warming under “crackpot moonbat theories”.  Most of America is kind of freaking out that she was even picked.

Apparently what no one counted on was that a politician like this would actually show up on the national scene. The media was caught by surprise. The media doesn’t like surprises.

The media loves surprises.  Surprises drive news cycles, bringing in attention and advertising dollars.  (emphasis mine):

Wall Street and Washington were full of people who were “qualified and experienced” in the field of finance. Sen. Barack Obama, for one, has a great deal of experience in the housing field. So do many of his closest advisers. I would have traded some of that experience for a few more leaders with less experience and more courage to buck the establishment and tell the truth about what was happening.

Did you expect Thompson to make such a deliciously ironic statment?  Now I’m not in the media but I love the heck out of that sentence.  Do you think if Thompson concentrates just as hard as he can, a few situations over the past eight years might pop up where those words might have applied?

The angle of Thompson’s endorsement is “Heck guys Palin don’t need experience when she’s got fire in her belly”.  Thompson could literally pan Obama for being too inexperienced one day and praise Palin for being inexperienced the next.  So that’s just what he did:

Sen. Fred Thompson took aim at Barack Obama’s experience tonight in a sharp attack during the Republican convention. “The Democrats present a history-making nominee for president,” Thompson said. “History-making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for president.”

Fred Thompson phoned in his endorsement without bothering to check its validity.  Fortunately for him conservatives are listening raptly regardless of what he says.

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