Me, last April, re: the Fred Thompson hype:
I hate it when people cite polls about non-candidates as if it’s indication they’d win if they did run. See, the speculators in the media don’t realize that people who aren’t active politicians virtually always have elevated positives […] When someone isn’t going through the standard song and dance to get elected they come across as somewhat human, people like that.
AP via MSNBC today:
Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician who attracted more attention as a potential presidential candidate than as a real one, quit the race for the White House on Tuesday after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.
“I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort,” Thompson said. “Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.”
Thompson’s fate was sealed last Saturday in the South Carolina primary, when he finished third in a state that he had said he needed to win. […] Thompson, best known as the gruff district attorney on NBC’s “Law & Order,” placed third in Iowa and South Carolina, two states seemingly in line with his right-leaning pitch and laid-back style, and he fared even worse in the four other states that have held contests thus far. Money already tight, he ran out of it altogether as the losses piled up.
Oh well. Onward with the confusion! If the writers strike lasts long enough & the results of these primaries keep splitting like they have, the GOP convention might be the best show on by then. Train wrecks, fuck yeah!