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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Two Thompsons Down

posted by on January 22 at 11:52 AM

First Tommy, now Fred

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson quit the Republican presidential race on Tuesday, after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states. “Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort,” Thompson said in a statement.

…with only Mitt, John, Mike, Rudy, and Ron left to go. All save one will drop out of the race and one very lucky boy—fingers, toes, legs, eyes, nuts crossed—is going to make a concession speech on November 4, 2008.

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no more babydoll pictures.

Posted by LMSW | January 22, 2008 11:58 AM

It's like he wasn't even there...

Why did he enter the race again in the first place? For someone who garnered so much press, his campaign was almost nonexistent.

Posted by NaFun | January 22, 2008 12:00 PM

Ha: "nuts crossed." You kill me sometimes, Dan.

Posted by Dianna | January 22, 2008 12:12 PM

What? Alan Keyes dropped out already?

Posted by Nat | January 22, 2008 12:16 PM

"is going to make a concession speech on November 4, 2008." God willin' and the crick don't rise. Democrats have a real talent for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Posted by Margaret L. | January 22, 2008 12:17 PM

I'm still tripping out over the news footage last night that showed Guiliani racing his campaign bus around a NASCAR track.

My days. This forthcoming election is already a god damn circus. And it's only January.

Posted by kerri harrop | January 22, 2008 12:20 PM

How exactly would we have "benefitted from...this effort", except by realizing he looks like Sam the Eagle on Fen Phen.

Posted by yearning | January 22, 2008 12:21 PM

For the love of jeebus, Dan, you had better run outside, turn around three times, and spit!

Posted by TCBATL | January 22, 2008 12:27 PM

Fred hasn't had a chance since he admitted he wasn't actually interested in being president (WTF *are* you doing, then?)

"All save one will drop out of the race"

I hope you're wrong about that... a Ron Paul independent run would negate any Nader/Bloomberg damage and almost certainly lock it in for the Dems.

Posted by w7ngman | January 22, 2008 12:31 PM

The funny part has been watching the MSM types all avoid talking about loony tunes Ron Paul, who continually got more votes than either their chosen candidate Guilani or Thompson.

Won't be missed.

But, eventually, all will succumb to the Blue Tidal Wave.

Hey, GWB fans, how's that privatizing Social Security and putting it in the stock market idea sound like NOW?

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 22, 2008 12:36 PM

so sad. i wish that we didnt have to have any repubs at all this time. it would be more fun with obama vs. clinton in november. not one of them vs. boring ol' mccain or romney or (Godforbid) huckabee.

Posted by um | January 22, 2008 12:37 PM

you can cross your nuts? yikes!

Posted by Mike in MO | January 22, 2008 12:39 PM

No no, the hope is that two of them don't drop out, and one runs independently and splits the base.


Posted by Christin | January 22, 2008 2:42 PM

#11, given Democratic vs Republican turnout this primary season, if we axed the primary system and went to a runoff vote, that situation wouldn't even be that far fetched...

One can dream.

Posted by w7ngman | January 22, 2008 2:47 PM

So will his delegates go to Romney? And his endorsement? PLEASE?

*crosses fingers*

Posted by tsm | January 22, 2008 3:34 PM

@14 - true. McCain "won" South Carolina with FEWER votes than he got when he "lost" to GWB in 2000.


Turnout for GOP caucus/primaries is very very low in every state - but Dems have very very high turnout.

Feel the Blue Tidal Wave ... it's a comin!

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 22, 2008 3:43 PM


** @14 - true. McCain "won" South Carolina with FEWER votes than he got when he "lost" to GWB in 2000. **

Where's ecce?

I'm not particularly ignorant - and I do seek out news from many alternative sources - but I hadn't heard THIS before.

If Will can spread the news, why not Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher? (And Dan Savage?)

Thanks, Will - handy fact to know!

Posted by Ayden | January 22, 2008 8:53 PM

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