Back in March of 07 at the CPAC convention in DC several former Fred Thompson Congressional staffers told me Fred Thompson was thinking about a run. Some of his Tennessee cronies had been talking him up too.Not too surprisingly the wingers are not happy campers and for once I can't blame them. Macranger asks; Was it all a farse?
I reported first that he was eyeing a White House bid. At the time several insiders told me OFF THE RECORD that it was largely a trial ballon to guage his popularity and float his name as a possible vice presidential nominee. I was sworn to silence.
Those insiders have now lifted the conditions on our conversations. From March to August of 07 through postponed announcement days, staff changes, firings, resignations and general disarray the Thompson camp was stunned by the incredibly positive response and didn’t really know how to manage it. The trial balloon soared mighty high and he found himself being dragged into a race that he was not even sure how to run.
He took third in Iowa and Third in South Carolina, after which his aides openly suggested the #2 slot on the ticket. The circle has been closed, and Fred Dalton Thompson is waiting to see if he gets the call from the eventual nominee.
He has not said who he will endorse. He is friends with John McCain. But if he doesn’t throw his support behind anyone …it makes it easier to be picked by everyone.
It does explain why he didn’t attack McCain before the South Carolina primary, especially if the old birds were going to team up later on. They go back a long way, but the just the thought - if true - he played his supporters for fools, and that sucks.Some of his commentors are not so kind or diplomatic.
Much more if he does join in with McCain, what’s that say about how dear did he hold his conservatism? You deal with the Devil son, you lose your soul.