Is it the end of the line today for Fred Thompson's presidential bid? The Tennessean reported
this morning that Thompson is "unfazed" by commentariat predictions that a poor showing in Iowa tonight will unravel his never-really-all-that-raveled campaign. But one imagines he is plenty fazed by the latest poll
out of New Hampshire Wednesday showing Thompson with just 2 percent support, down from 8 percent in the last version of this poll in September.
It's true that Thompson has largely ignored the granite state, but it's hard to fathom how a candidate of whom just 33 percent of the voters in his own party report a favorable opinion can possibly be headed anywhere but into oblivion. Even Rudy Giuliani, who has plummeted to 10 percent and has largely written off New Hampshire, maintains a 65 percent favorable rating in this new Franklin Pierce University/WBZ poll. Thompson is one of just three candidates in the poll with a negative net favorability rating (the others are Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter).
The Politico reported
last night that officials close to the Thompson campaign "expect the candidate will drop out of the race within days if he finishes poorly in Thursday's Iowa caucus." How poorly is "poorly"? One Politico
source labeled it "a strong likelihood" that a distant third-place finish tonight (defined as less than 15 percent) will lead Thompson to exit the race by this weekend. Thompson is spending his day coping with the rumors rather than the real business at hand, such as this
on MSNBC this morning: “I have given absolutely no thought and certainly have not said publicly or privately to anybody that I would do anything like that."