Now just a minute. He was a good candidate regardless of your opinion here, he just happened to have the media and the establishment against him (and he didn't have billions to spread around like Romney). He refused to go whoring after the job like Rudy McRombee and demonstrated the character of someone who was the most worthy of the office, with the record to match the rhetoric. I disagree profoundly that he "bumbled through." He is a good speaker who can articulate points. When he was up on stage with the other RINOs, it was clear who held the floor and who was a leader, and who wasn't... Thompson was the only one who could've united all the factions, and we wouldn't be seeing all this ugly infighting right now. He was a gift to us, and all this party and primary voters did was spit in his face. It was disgusting.
Damn those voters! Now if we could just make it illegal for them to vote, out guy would win. /s
Uh huh. Thompson couldn't unite squat because he couldn't speak, persuade and reach sufficient numbers of people. Just because you liked him is irrelevant. It takes votes to win.
Again - until we have a conservative candidate who can speak and persuade left leaning Republicans as well as conservatives (Thompson couldn't even persuade enough of them to vote for him) into a big tent we're screwed. Unfortunately many on our side haven't a clue as to what the problem is and how to fix it. It can only be fixed by getting the right candidates recruited that can persuade and reach large numbers of people.
Then he is the gift that keeps on giving!
He is one of the principal reasons McCain is where he is at today. All summer long he was going to announce soon, real soon. The announcement kept getting delayed and other conservatives couldn't get any traction because Fred was going to be savior. When he finally entered he came across as lackluster and disinterested.
He went nowhere and it was too late for any other conservatives to get traction or join the battle.