The NYT is pleased to report today that although Fred Thompson doesn’t remember it, billing records reveal he “…spent nearly 20 hours working as a lobbyist on behalf of a group seeking to ease restrictive federal rules on abortion counseling in the 1990s…”

Where to begin? Surely Fred’s opponents (and their staffs) will make hay of this, but let’s put this juicy bit of NYT reporting into perspective. Lobbyist routinely work 10, 12, even 14 hour days. It’s a nonstop lifestyle where the prize goes to he who bills the most. Are we to euthanize Fred before he even gets on the track because he spent “nearly 20” hours lobbying for a client between 1991-1992? No wonder he doesn’t remember it, that’s the equivalent of less than two days work that took place 15 years ago.

Good grief, I worked all day yesterday and I can’t remember more than about 2 hours of it.