I don't want to gloat in his loss...only to say that it isn't hard to see why he lost. His message was text-book "conservatism" and most of his speeches seemed to be an amalgamation of conservative bumperstickers. Yes, we found out that he didn't like the ACLU, taxes, or "illegal immigrants," but did anyone here why exactly Fred was the best person to lead the nation, other than that he was a "conservative"?
Well, I'll gloat. I've known since Day One that Fred Thompson was done for. His candidacy has always been exactly as Sean describes: short on ideas, long on platitudes and lazy like a log. Fred Thompson's presidential bid, and the Tennessee right-wing bloggers who so hurriedly jumped on his bandwagon, have been amusing to watch. The pleading for cash on Thanksgiving, the delusion that entering the race late was somehow going to be a boon, the continued vapidity of his statements (or lack thereof) have all been highly humorous to me, what with all the quickly thrown together paperbacks and blog begging by Middle Tennessee's most rancorous radio personalities, GOP mouthpieces and online writers. You need only look to see who is (was?) supporting Fred Thompson in his great state of Tennessee to understand why he would be a colossal failure in the White House. Glad most of the rest of the country sees a fraud when presented with one.
UPDATE: The good times are gone. Fred done packed up his pick up and headed home.