Thursday, January 3, 2008

Fred — In or Out?

Dueling headlines this morning at Memeorandum:

The Politico: Fred Thompson may drop out.

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.

Thompson’s campaign, which last spring and summer was generating fevered anticipation in the media and with some Republican activists, has never ignited nationally, and there are no signs of a late spark happening here in Iowa, where even a third-place finish is far from assured.

The Corner: Late-Breaking Surge for Thompson

The latest news from Iowa? According to Zogby’s latest—and I quote: “Sen. Fred Thompson…has seen a late-breaking surge.”

I had almost forgotten that Fred was in the race; he’s gone about it in exactly the wrong way and never given the voters any reason to believe he actually wants the job. (And it’s too late to go back to Law & Order; Sam Waterston has already moved into his office.)

It’s going to be fun watching Mary Matalin — a Freddie from the git-go — try to explain this one. And this will continue her string of bad luck; the last candidate she worked for was Sen. George “Macaca” Allen.