It's not just the elves who have broken into Fred Thompson's website and turned it into an exploratory committee website.
Check out his biographical sketch. To those who are familiar with Thompson's career and record, some of the rougher edges have been scrubbed away. (It's common: you wouldn't expect Hillary Clinton to brag about her service for the Rose law firm or Rudy Giuliani to recall his bachelor-bunker-ship with a gay couple.)
To wit: Thompson "retired with a 100% pro-life voting record." The arbiter of such things, the National Light To Life committee, gave Thompson a rating of 87% for his service in the 105th Congress, 78% for his service in the 106th, and 33 percent for his service in the 107th. (Search for yourself.) The caveat here is that two of the three NRLC scored votes were about campaign finance reform, and Thompson did vote the correct way on the one piece of legislation dealing with abortion on military reservations.
Thompson also brags about the campaign finance hearings he convened in 1996 to investigate. Actually, let's go back to National Right to Life. Thompson subpoenaed reams of internal documents. They were not happy. Republicans at the time did not judge Thompson's committee a success, and, in fact, when interviewing Republicans who knew Thompson in the Senate, his inability to expose Clintonian wrongdoing is one of their chief complaints (aside from the integral role he played in writing and advocating for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation.)
Thompson would return to Tennessee, where he maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington. His practice varied from pro bono work to representing the state of Tennessee and large corporations, such as Westinghouse.
True. He was a well respected trial lawyer.
Well, that's where he omits to mention that he served as a federal lobbyist.