I spoke with one of Fred's advisors a little while ago. We should note that
Fred Thompson has not and will not be endorsing any of the other candidates. My
understanding is that with no strong clearly conservative person in the race, he
saw no point in endorsing.
But, this is not the end of Thompson. I'm told we'll be hearing much
more from him in a few days. His mother is recovering from an illness and he is
with her. But, I suspect he'll be engaging in forums around the country to talk
about conservatism and make sure we hold the other candidates to some
consistency -- no more talking populist in Michigan, Mitt Romney.
it would not surprise me in the least to start seeing Fred showing up and
engaging in Republican primaries where a corrupt Republican who has lost his way
might find Fred supporting an opponent in the primary.
The race for the Presidency is over for Thompson, but the fight for the
party might just be beginning for him.
Frankly, I totally understand his desire to be the conservative conscience, but his ability to affect the race will now diminish quickly. He may only have a day or two to make some comments about his friends running for office, and then he won't have much impact.