Drop Dead Fred (thompson, That Is)

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THE PLANK JANUARY 1, 2008

Drop Dead Fred (thompson, That Is)

Everyone's already noted the surprising findings about Obama and Huckabee in the final DMR poll. But it's an unsurprising one that pleases me most: Fred Thompson is polling in the single digits and is tied with Ron Paul.

In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, you should read Mike's tragicomic pre-obit of the Thompson presidential campaign. Given what Mike witnessed, it's easy to think Thompson would actually be relieved by a fifith-place finish in Iowa, since it would give him an excuse to tell his wife that he's dropping out right then and there.

P.S. By the way, it's not modesty--but something else, alas--that's stopped me from linking to all the posts I wrote last year ridiculing the idea that Thompson was some sort of Republican savior. I'm so rarely actually right about something. And now I can't even engage in a little New Year's boasting.

P.P.S. Ah, here's an example of my prescience. (Sorry Chait.) The New Republic might not have TNR's archives, but the Free Republic does!

--Jason Zengerle

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