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Fred’s Last Chance

Fred Thompson will be starting a bus tour in South Carolina tomorrow rather than spending primary day here in New Hampshire. Should John McCain win here, it will effectively end Mitt Romney’s presidential ambitions, though he’ll probably stick around for his home state of Michigan next week. With Romney out of the race by South Carolina (or at least severely disabled), those who want to preserve the three legs of the Reagan coalition but still can’t stomach McCain, may flock toward Thompson. This will especially be true if with another week and a half of scrutiny Huckabee finally loses some steam (though I wouldn’t bank on it at the moment).

Conservatives have been eager to rally around Thompson all year, and he has had a number of openings, but hasn’t been able to deliver. Or perhaps more accurately, he hasn’t been able to deliver consistently. Sometimes he shines, other times he underwhelms. In any other election year, he’d be out of it now. But given the weakness of the Republican field, he still has one last opening–and less than two weeks to take advantage of it.

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