Failing to play the part

Jonathan Martin of The Politco finds it “interesting” that conservatives had little if any negative reaction to allegations that Fred Thompson once lobbied for a pro-abortion group. To some extent, Martin may be the victim of the stereotype liberals have of conservatives — the same one that caused many non-conservatives to believe two years ago that Rudy Giuliani had no shot at the Republican nomination.
In reality, of course, conservatives have the wit to make distinctions, even on the abortion issue. Since Thompson’s advocacy (if it occurred at all) happened 16 years ago; since it arose in the course of a minor legal representation rather than sua sponte; and since Thompson’s subsequent Senate voting record was solidly pro-life, all of the relevant distinctions cut in his favor.
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