Former Tennessee Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson on Sarah Palin: “I can say without fear of contradiction that she is the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field-dress a moose … with the possible exception of Teddy Roosevelt.”

OK, so there was nothing really environment-related in Thompson’s speech, though he did mention that McCain has a vision for both “energy” and “the environment.”

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Most of Thompson’s speech tonight was about McCain’s time in the service and as a POW. But then there was also a really uncomfortable moment in which he talked about McCain’s days of youth: “In flight school in Pensacola, he did drive a Corvette and date a girl who worked in a bar as an ‘exotic dancer’ under the name of Marie, the Flame of Florida.” He was sure include scare quotes for “exotic dancer.” Most in the crowd just sort of looked around awkwardly deciding whether they’re supposed to laugh.

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