No he couldn't. He couldn't even persuade enough conservatives to vote for him much less moderates. How many votes did he get? The more people heard him the lower his poll numbers got. He was pathetic.
Good speaking skills is just a minimum preprequisite requirement. The candidate has to "reach" people and get them fired up. Thompson's results speaks volumes.
I’m sorry, but you’re just not talking about the same man. Your comments describing him as pathetic are more projections of yourself.