“A review of [Fred] Thompson’s record and public statements reveals him to be a small-government conservative who has moved rhetorically rightward on social issues. He also positions himself as a defense hawk, believes Americans are safer when armed and thinks the growing alarm about global warming is, well, a little silly…. He recently poked fun at growing worries about climate change, noting that temperatures on uninhabited planets also have been found to be rising. ‘This has led some people to wonder if Mars and Jupiter… are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle,’ he once wrote” — Linda Douglass, writing at National Journal.com.
tips to OpinionJournal’s Political Diary 9/12/07