I’ll let them roll under there on your own.” This was the gist of a recent Thompson campaign press release and statements by Sleepy-time Thompson himself.
[Philip Martin, a]n adviser to Republican Fred Thompson quit the presidential candidate’s campaign Monday, one day after [the release of] a report about his [24-year-old] criminal record for drug dealing.
Well, that’s the upright thing to do: resign so that you don’t cast a shadow over your friend’s campaign. Here’s what Fred Sed (emPHAsis mine):
Thompson said Sunday he was unaware of Martin’s criminal past, but that he wouldn’t “throw my friend under the bus” for decades-old indiscretions.
“Nobody’s made any accusations that he’s done anything illegal with regard to our campaign,” said Thompson, questioned about it on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“I know Phil is a good man. He is my friend. He is going to remain my friend. He didn’t go to jail, he got probation, he’s paid his debt to society and turned himself around and become a good, productive, successful citizen,” Thompson said.
He said he would talk to Martin and figure out “what the right thing is,” but that “I’m not going to throw my friend under the bus for something he did, you know, 25 years ago if he’s OK now.”
Fred will stand by his friend, not throw him under the bus (I love it that the GOP has appropriated that LGBT term!), etc. etc. Wow, that’s quite the honorable stance to take, and I commend Fred for taking it. However, he is apparently willing to let his great friend throw himself under the bus.
The campaign issued the [resignation] statement.
If Martin’s illegal pursuits are all in the past and not paying for the jet fuel Fred is currently burning (he uses Martin’s private jet to get around the country), then why accept his letter of resignation? Why let a good and dear friend impale himself? Or is the truth closer to something like this:
Fred: “Men, we’ve got a situation here. Phil, I love ya, you know I do. But we’re gonna hafta fly you under the radar for a while. Molly, honey, be a good girl and go type up a letter of resignation for Phil to sign. Pronto! We’re gonna make ’em think you fell on the sword for me, because that’s just what you’re gonna do. Molly, ya got that yet? Now fix me up some nice copy about how I’m gonna bleed to kingdom come for my friggin friend Phil here. We gotta baffle ’em with some bullshit so they, uh, don’t hear the axe crackin through ole Phil here’s neckbones. Ya see, we’re gonna say we’d never throw him under the bus to cover for the fact that that’s exactly what we’re making people think we’re letting happen.”
Can the Thompson campaign get any more flimsy? I’m guessing yes. 😉