Saturday, January 19, 2008
Fred Thompson and the South Carolina primary
Fred made a good point that he’s held up a mirror to the Republican Party. He has appreciated the values of our first president; the party has had other preferences. I think he’ll be inclined to follow George Washington’s lead after finding a lack of support for his position immediately after winning against the British and depart, trusting to Providence. Mr. Thompson said ‘it has been for the country,' and I think he may wonder if continuing fragmentation is positive or not in the Republican primaries. So many Republicans have said you wouldn’t vote for McCain and he may think that conceding thus to the Democrats may not be in the best interest of the country. He may think it better that the Republicans have a winner in the primaries. If Fred withdraws, the animus against McCain can be measured in votes. If it is sufficient, McCain will not win. If it is not, those who have preferred someone else may feel they have had their say and lost fairly.