kiss_letter.jpgIf Sally Quinn were any further up Fred Thompson’s ass, she’d be tasting the brylcreem.  (Apologies to the Sopranos, but clearly a little dab would do her.)  Nothing like using your op-ed column to send mash notes to an erstwhile Presidential candidate:

Everybody loves Fred. He has the healing qualities of Gerald Ford and the movie-star appeal of Ronald Reagan. He is relatively moderate on social issues. He has a reputation as a peacemaker and a compromiser. And he has a good sense of humor.

He’s good enough, he’s smart enough, and doggone it, people like him. Is Quinn trying to compete with the love stylings of Harriet Miers ?   I know we have to pass the time somehow, but how about we try some actual news reporting for a change?

Because, frankly, a news flash that some Republicans are not happy with Dick Cheney is not exactly a news flash.  Although I suppose it is good for a little Lynn Cheney indigestion to bring up replacing the Veep after his next heart surgery, so that’s something — it’s not news, but it is something. 

Something quite a bit less than what 50 high school kids managed to put together on the rule of law and respect for the Constitution, (H/T to The Other Pat and twolf1 and Redshift for the link on this.).  But hey, Sally Quinn is the doyenne darling of the Washington cocktail weenie set, so I’m clearly being uncivil by even bringing up her blowing kisses in a light, friendly Fred Thompson fluffer piece.  How dare I, a reader, want actual substance with my morning java?

Here’s a good start:  I’m working my way through the Becker and Gellman Cheney installment from today, and a single phrase comes to mind — Dick Cheney owns George Bush.  (H/T to *xyz for stealing the “Tim Russert” phrase.)  David Shuster, continuing to sub for the not-missed-at-all Tucker, made that point and then some on MSNBC.  (Note to the network:  Give Shuster his own show.  He actually DOES the work — and it shows.  More of this, please.)

Please keep those calls going on habeas

And, as Oklahoma Kiddo suggests, “In addition, pen letters to the editor (email makes it so easy) of newspapers and news magazines. Folks who read these letters vote. And if you want to take the pulse of the nation, read the letters to the editor. Most newspapers can be found online.”  This is absolutely right — and, in addition to catching the eye of folk who read your local paper — which has a lot of value — most legislators also pay attention to issues that constituents raise in LTEs.  Thanks for all the calls thus far, gang!  Let’s keep that capitol switchboard humming today.

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
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1 (877) 851 – 6437

UPDATEBob Geiger asks why there aren’t more than 22 Senators supporting the habeas bill?  I’d like to know the answer to that as well.  Remind your elected representatives that actions speak a helluva lot louder than lip service.  And what we want is action.

UPDATE #2:  Speaking of non-news types, what in the hell is CNN thinking with a decision to put Glenn Beck on as a Paula Zahn sub?  Blergh.  (H/T to Atrios.)

UPDATE #3Emptywheel brings up a very good point about Thompson — replacing Cheney with Cocktail Weenie Fred wouldn’t exactly be a huge sea change in policy — given that one of his big policy advisors is none other than Liz Cheney.  (Bonkers, the Thompson nickname just came to me for some reason…)