Bye Bye Fred

So Fred Thompson has dropped his bid for the Republican presidential race:

Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort,” Thompson said in a statement. […]

In the statement, Thompson did not say whether he would endorse any of his former rivals. He was one of a handful of members of Congress who supported Arizona Sen. John McCain in 2000 in his unsuccessful race against George W. Bush for the party nomination.

The actor-politician best known as the gruff district attorney on NBC’s “Law & Order” placed third in Iowa and South Carolina, two states seemingly in line with his right-leaning pitch and laid-back style, and fared even worse in the four other states that have held contests thus far. Money already tight, he ran out of it altogether as the losses piled up.

But really, was he ever really running? From start to finish his whole candidacy seemed more like just another role for actor Fred Thompson than a real desire to be president. Apparently Fred was just sucked in and didn’t know what the F, he was doing:

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.

It showed that he didn’t know “how to run.” And his aides are now floating this pipe dream: “the #2 slot on the ticket” for Freddy. Uh huh. Remember kids… In the words of everybody’s favorite former Republican president Ronald Reagan, “It’s only a movie.”

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