Sometimes you've got to take those lemons and make lemonade, but, in this case, it might be better to just change the subject. Thompson was not convicted of manipulating the process to get something for herself. She was convicted of manipulating the process to benefit the politicos to whom she reported.
The Dem spin is that she did it on spec, just like Sean Gismonte and Matthew Bevilaqua shooting Christopher Moltisanti near the Skyways Diner in Kearny. Just like Bevilaqua got wacked near that "George Washington slept here" house, Thompson's bold initiative went down in flames. Just like
The problem with all that is the only way that the jury could have convicted Thompson is to believe the testimony that she repeatedly stated that her bosses wanted Adelman. If the jury didn't believe that, then there was absolutely no evidence that she acted for an improper purpose.
Of course, maybe she just imagined that her bosses wanted Adelman.
Or maybe smoke generally comes from fire.
Update: James Wigderson points out that the Moltisanti hit was on spec for Richie Aprile and not Ralphie Cifaretto. Its hard to keep all the wise guys who have slept with Janice straight.