Via Atrios — Fred Thompson the prosecutor
But more than anything, Thompson took on the state’s moonshiners and a local culture, rooted in Tennessee’s hills and hollows, that celebrated the independent whiskey maker’s battle against the government’s revenue agents.
Twenty-seven of his cases involved moonshining — more than any other crime.
“Hell, I made whiskey and was violating the law, but I didn’t do nothing wrong,” said one of Thompson’s many moonshining defendants, Kenneth Whitehead. “I would do it again if I had a still. I can’t afford a still now.”
Just what we need. A not-too-bright fossil who likes prohibition.
Of course, other than Ron Paul (who is far above the pack), every single Republican candidate would be as bad, or worse than, the current disaster.
On the Democratic side, there would be a slight improvement. In the top tier candidates, it would probably be mostly due to a degree of comparative neglect, rather than any positive effort. The lower tier candidates — Kucinich, Gravel, Richardson or Dodd, could result in noticeable, though still minor, reform.
I do want to take a moment to highlight Chris Dodd — not for any particular stance on drug policy in particular, but because of his recent effort to oppose telecom amnesty and stand up for Constitutional rights of Americans. It’s important for us to remember that the drug war’s erosion of rights led to abuses in other areas, and authoritarian leadership in general will also result in exploiting the power inherent in escalating the drug war.
And in that regard, it is likely that the absolute worst option for our country would be Giuliani in the oval office.
The biggest bully on the block turns out to be Giuliani. That would be a sad reason to make him president.