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NO WONDER THOMPSON WANTED TO LOWER EXPECTATIONS; WEEK 1 PRODUCED NEITHER LIGHT NOR HEAT NOR GOOD VISUALS

This is how it went last week for Senator Fred Thompson and anyone hoping that his hearings into campaign-finance abuses would play a role in reducing them: on the first day, Thompson waved a big red flag in front of the TV cameras, charging he had information that the Chinese government was trying to subvert American democracy. The problem was, it was mostly classified, and he couldn't give any details. On the second day, the Republicans' lead witness was so docile and unresponsive that staff members began faxing reporters his deposition, as if to say, "This is what we were hoping...

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