The Viguerie Report on Fred Thompson
Richard Viguerie is a long-time conservative icon. He recently researched the record of the newest candidate to enter the race, Fred Thompson. Vigueurie is interested in policy, not how folksy and comfortable a candidate sounds. His fact-heavy report just demolishes the myth of Thompson as some kind of conservative giant. An example paragraph:
"For six of his eight years as a Senator, Thompson ranked in the bottom half of Republican Senators in terms of his commitment to conservatism. What makes this more remarkable is that he served as a Senator from Tennessee, winning his two elections by hefty margins. He didn’t have the excuse that his electorate was liberal, like the electorates of RINO Senators from Oregon, Maine, or Rhode Island. He had a safe seat with a conservative electorate. So when he voted liberal, we have to assume it’s because that’s what he believed."
I would add that the Senate Republicans are not very conservative. To be in the bottom half of that bunch is a pretty sorry show. His entire report is here.