Lost in the media swarm over The Speech and Huckabee’s lead in the Des Moines Register poll is Thompson. He’s in fourth, at 9%, just ahead of McCain. Unlike McCain, Thompson has been up on the air with his TV ads but they seem not to have moved the meter for him. Given the focus on the duel between Romney and Huckabee it may be difficult for Thompson to get attention. His campaign manager talked ahwile ago about using Iowa as a stepping stone to SC. Does a fourth place finish plus possibly coming in behind Paul in NH do him in? Lots of possibilities (e.g. Romney and Huckabee inflcit damage on eachother, allowing Thompson to move up) and perhaps the last Iowa debate will help Thompson, who has gotten very favorable reviews for his substantive proposals lately, get some traction.
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