by Jeff Woods
on Fri, Jan 4, 2008 at 9:08 AM
What is Fred Thompson thinking? His campaign manager, Bill Lacy, has sent an email to supporters claiming Thompson's "got a ticket to the next dance," and making this unsupported claim:
Fred's policy proposals and his stances on the issues that matter in this campaign remain the most consistent and impressive of all the candidates. He's got the wind at his back and is poised to make a serious move.
The Tennessean seems to have bought this spin. But the hard truth is that Thompson's campaign is out of money and ought to be out of business.
Politico lays out Fred's situation accurately:
Fred Thompson had said in recent days that he needed to come out with a second-place finish. His third place gives him no surge of momentum and compounds his financial problems.
Thompson is said to be hoping for a comeback in South Carolina. That's delusional and Fred is bound to recognize that, or he will soon enough when his fundraisers report there's no money coming in. By delaying the inevitable, he's only making himself appear pathetic. There's one plausible explanation for his refusal to quit. He was enraged by all the buzz yesterday over his anticipated withdrawal and he's bent on proving the media wrong. At least he can control when he ends his candidacy. The campaign's ass was definitely chapped, as is evidenced by this interview on Fox:
Thompson has real disdain for reporters. But my guess is that he'll come to his senses in the next couple of days and realize that the pleasure of thumbing his nose at the media isn't worth prolonging the misery of his campaign.