Did not see that one coming.
In the 2008 debates, Fred Thompson started to go after Romney at the South Carolina Presidential debate, and Romney was ready. When Fred brought up the topic of government mandates, Romney jumped in immediate with... ‘I like mandates, mandates work!’
To imagine that Fred Thompson would endorse Romney at any point after that exchange, in which Fred was literally speechless while Romney ranted like the liberal he is, is very difficult for me. That he’d choose Newt Gingrich out of the remaining field doesn’t surprise me. He dislikes Ron Paul, and while Rick Santorum might meet Fred’s personal parameters for endorsement, I honestly doubt that Rick’s campaign would have the foresight to actually ask for it.