From Brave New Films…a little lobbying background on Fred Thompson and the asbestos industry.

It seems the Beltway conservative crowd has its collective nose out of joint.  The Frederick of Hollywood (H/T digby) roll-out has been bumpier than a rent-by-the-hour hotel room mattress.  From George Will:

Is there, however, a huge cash value in the role for which he is auditioning — darling of religious conservatives? Perhaps. But their aspiring darling recently said in South Carolina, “I attend church when I’m in Tennessee. I’m in McLean right now. I don’t attend regularly when I’m up there.”

“Right now”? He has been living “up there” in that upscale inside-the-Beltway Washington suburb, honing his “Aw, shucks, I’m just an ol’ Washington outsider” act, for years. Long enough to have noticed that McLean is planted thick with churches….

Comparing Floppy Fred to the ”New Coke” fiasco, you can mark Will in the “not so impressed” column. Ditto that for Bob Novak:

Thompson’s late start is not in itself a fatal flaw. Still, it had been conceded in party circles that when Thompson finally became a candidate, his beginning needed to be memorable. It was not.

Tepid is an understatement.  (Do note the poke at Mary “Quite Contrary” Matalin.  Amusing — has the Prince of Darkness worn out his welcome with the Cheney set once again?)

They just haven’t developed a full-bodied appreciation for the “leadership” that is Fred.  Such as:

– Via Huffington Post:

Thompson was asked in an interview for Bay News 9′s “Political Connections” program whether he thought Congress’ intervention to save the life of the brain-damaged woman two years ago was appropriate.

“I can’t pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best,” Thompson said. “That’s going back in history. I don’t remember the details of it.”

Maybe if they’d asked him about L&Os “Age Of Innocence” episode, he would have had a clue. Ahem.

– From Carpetbagger:

Fred Thompson says a top challenge for the next president is fixing Social Security. Asked how his ideas for overhauling the system differ from those of George W. Bush, the actor and former Tennessee senator says: “I don’t even remember the details of his plan.”

This despite the fact that Fred’s plan was, essentially, the Bush plan.

–From Medical News Today:

DeSarno has said that in 1991, NFPRHA hired Thompson to urge the George H.W. Bush administration to withdraw or relax a federal policy on funding restrictions for clinics that provided abortion-related counseling. Minutes from a NFPRHA board meeting on Sept. 14, 1991, reportedly state that the group had “hired Fred Thompson Esq. as counsel to aid us in discussions with the administration” on the abortion-counseling policy.

Thompson in a column posted July 11 on the blog Power Line said he does not remember but will not dispute evidence alleging that he lobbied for NFPRHA….

Anyone else detecting a pattern of convenient amnesia when Frederick of Hollywood faces a difficult question? Haven’t we all had enough dodge and phony show to last a lifetime with the Bushies?  I’m with dday:

History? That was TWO YEARS ago. I know that those hazy, sepia-toned days of 2005 are barely recalled at all (does Google even go back that far?), but I think a candidate for President should have a memory that goes a bit beyond that morning’s breakfast.

We already have a President with absolutely no sense of history. This candidate has no sense of CURRENT history. Don’t ask Freddie about the Petraeus hearings, I mean, that was MONDAY.

Gingko biloba manufacturers unite for Frederick of Hollywood? News at 11.