Fred Thompson appeared tonight on Hannity & Colmes. The Caucus Blog’s Katherine Q. Seelye blogged about the program… (photo credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)
While Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee, wasn’t among the Republican candidates on stage at the G.O.P. debate, he appeared just afterward on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.”
First off, let’s deal with one of the issues of the day that hovered over the Republican debate, too. Mr. Thompson has long been a defender of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who was sentenced today to 30 months in prison after being convicted on obstruction of justice in the Valerie Plame Wilson case. Again tonight, he called the case a fiasco, a witch hunt and a gross injustice. And unlike the candidates who hesitated on stage about whether Mr. Libby should receive a pardon, Mr. Thompson emphatically reiterated his position that were he president, he would pardon Mr. Libby. “I would absolutely.”
UPDATE: The New York Sun’s Rryan Sager writes about it as well…
One might call him the 6′5″ elephant in the room — but he wasn’t in the room at all. He was in Fox News’s Washington, D.C., studio, waiting to go on “Hannity & Colmes” for a softball interview that would serve as his own personal post-game show, free of such petty distractions as a moderator or, say, his opponents.
Sean Hannity tried to get the former Tennessee senator to weigh in on the just-concluded melee, but Mr. Thompson was having none of it. “I don’t want to talk about other candidates,” he said. “I’m sure that they’re good guys.”