Fred Thompson: Not Just a Lawyer, Senator, and Actor, but Now a Metaphor for Deflated Expectations

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I could be the Fred Thompson of Fred Thompsons.
  • I could be the Fred Thompson of Fred Thompsons.
In this morning's NPR coverage of the Supreme Court's big Ricci decision yesterday, Nina Totenberg includes a sound bite (2:45 in) from University of Washington law professor Eric Schnapper:
"This case could be the Fred Thompson of the court's term: much anticipated but quickly forgotten."
The metaphorical possibilities here are vast. Sarah Palin was the Fred Thompson of VP candidacies. The Titans 2008 playoff run was the Fred Thompson of NFL postseasons. My third wife was the Fred Thompson of romantic relationships. This post is the Fred Thompson of Pith entries...

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