Fred Under Fire

One reason for the Republican candidate competition to out Ronnie one another is that President Reagan didn’t leave as public a paper trail as Richard Nixon.

ABC’s hard hitting investigative reporter Brian Ross illustrates the point today with a straight from his Bat Phone ross-brian-abc-news.jpg report. It’s the latest version of what is becoming a beloved classic: Richard Nixon dumping on young Fred Thompson.

The old war horse saying Thompson nixon-thompson.jpg “isn’t very smart…But he’s friendly” never loses it’s charm. It also isn’t terribly new.

The New York Times had all the quotes in August, and a not very comprehensive Google search finds 1997 Wall Street Journal mentions from the last big Nixon tape dump.

Ross does provide a public service by putting a tape excerpt on the ABC News site

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