Carol Platt Liebau: More On Thompson

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

More On Thompson

As I noted yesterday here, it will be interesting to see where Fred Thompson's people go now that he is out of the race. Patrick Ruffini's poll suggests Romney will be the chief beneficiary, which makes sense since he's the other mainstream economic/foreign policy/social conservative in the race . . . but it certainly undermines Huckabee's argument that Thompson cost them a victory in South Carolina.

Thompson's decision not to endorse anyone right away could reflect discomfort with McCain's less-than-conservative positions on a number of topics . . . or, perhaps more likely, a recognition that Thompson must be on the short list as a vice-president for either Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani.

In any case, it doesn't help McCain, whom Thompson endorsed in 2000.


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