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Oh this is nice on the day of the caucuses - Thompson might quit and endorse McCain? (updated)
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, January 03, 2008

A story circulating out there from Politico:
Several Republican officials close to Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign said they expect the candidate will drop out of the race within days if he finishes poorly in Thursday’s Iowa caucus.


Friends and advisers said they have long considered it likely that if the lobbyist-actor is forced from the race he would endorse John McCain his former Senate colleague who lately has been staging a political revival in New Hampshire.
Finish poorly (i.e. below third)? Well if he wasn't going to finish poorly before, this certainly might help make it a fact.

And back McCain? Lord help us all.

Loved this line though:
Thompson’s departure could shake up the race more than his continued presence.
Unfortunately, given how it has gone to this point, this is both sad and true.

UPDATE: And then there's this from Rasmussen:
One impact of the long run-up to Election 2008 can be seen in public perceptions of the leading Presidential candidates. After a year of campaigning with no votes actually being cast, only one candidate in either party is now viewed favorably by more than half the nation’s voters. Stunningly, especially given the status of his campaign six months ago, that candidate is John McCain. This is one reason why a recent article noted it is a good time to be John McCain.

The Arizona Senator is now viewed favorably by 53% of all voters (a total boosted by the fact that 56% of those not affiliated with the major parties have a positive opinion of him.
Oh, man ...

UPDATE II: From Byron York at The Corner:
I just got off the phone with Rich Galen, a top adviser to Fred Thompson, and it would be an understament to say that he is strongly denying the Politico story reporting that Thompson "will drop out of the race within days if he finishes poorly in Thursday's caucus."

The story cites "several Republican officials close to Fred Thompson's presidential campaign." Galen told me, "I'm a Republican official in the Thompson campaign, and I'm denying it." Galen also said that no one inside the campaign was a source for the story. "I can't put enough adjectives in front of the 'deny' to accurately describe how vehemently I'm denying the story," he said.

Galen said that "just to make sure," he checked with Thompson himself, who told him the story was not true. "We have the schedule for Saturday and Sunday in New Hampshire, and then we're going down to South Carolina," Galen told me.
So what is this report from Politico and who are these "Republican officials close to Fred Thompson's presidential campaign"? Sounds like the the same sort of rumor about Mike Huckabee and Rush Limbaugh (both of which began on Politico if I recall correctly).
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If this is true, I’m burning the autographed picture I have of him, and spitting whenever I hear the names "Fred", "Dalton", "Thompson", or any combination of those three.

Just to be sure I don’t miss it when his name is spoken.
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Thompson is saying Politico made up the whole thing.
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Yeah, I know, I’ve updated it with a Byron York link.

And it reminded me of the Huckabee story which essentially quoted the same sort of source when it broke the story. Of course the Huckabee campaign then fumbled the ball afterward, but it does start to make you wonder about Politico.
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