Was Fred a Friend or Foe to Nixon?

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Fred Thompson earned his reputation as a straight-shooting country lawyer from his time as a prosecutor on the Senate Watergate Committee, and he even touts the fact that his line of inquiry led to the revelation of President Nixon’s secret taping system. ABC News’ Jake Tapper, however,  suggests that the history is a bit more murky.

Tapper writes, “While some Democrats on the committee to this day profess respect and admiration for Thompson, he was seen as others as a “spy” for the Nixon White House — an accusation buttressed, at least in part, by Thompson’s own writings, which confirm that he tipped off the Nixon White House about internal happenings on the committee.”

Ironically, those tapes also reveal what Nixon felt about Thompson. He called him “dumb as hell” but “friendly.”

Donation Database: The HuffingtonPost has launched Fundrace2008, allowing users to track giving to presidential candidates. A particular  favorite: Larry Flynt,  who gave $2,300 to Dennis Kucinich.

Quotable: Bill Clinton on Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of the Wall Street Journal, per the HuffingtonPost: “Anti-trust law should apply. I think we shouldn’t have abandoned the fairness law; if a media outlet were pushing a particular political point of view…then you had a right to demand the opposite point of view. The airwaves belong to the public, not to anybody, particularly not to Fox News.

“But having said all that, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal is even more right wing and irrational than most of the commentators on Fox News.

“And completely predictable…it’s like Pavlov’s dogs.”

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