Fred Thompson ended his lame campaign for the presidency today. His campaign was a total disappointment to me. Of the existing candidates, he was my favorite. There was tremendous hype and hope when he began his effort a few months back, but talk about a major fizzle. Freddy T just didn't seem to want it.
Thompson insiders (and I know a particularly powerful one) have continually assured me that he worked hard during his short-lived campaign and genuinely did have the resolve to stick through a grueling campaign. Sorry, I just didn't see it.
Thompson, in my opinion, had the chance to really sky rocket ahead of the Republican field. I sort of think the lack of a solid front runner back in September made him believe leading the race would be easier than it turned out to be. Again, a big disappointment. I thought his platform was solid, certainly someone I could get behind.
I think Thompson's exit helps Jimmy Carter...um...I mean...Mike Huckabee. Ironically, McCain and Thompson are closer on paper than Thompson and Clinton...um..I mean Huckabee, but most pundits think Thompson's presence is what cost Huckabee the S.Carolina race. I think Thompson's exit really gives Huckabee a better chance of beating McCain and Rudy "I'm betting the farm on Florida" Giuliani. Whatever the case, Thompson's exit is causing me to really study up on the remaining candidates. Let's see what happens in Florida.