I had contended, with some vigor, in multiple private conversations that Fred Thompson ought to stay in the race until at least after the Louisiana caucuses, because my knowledge of my home state told me that Thompson was likely to win there. For one thing, all of the old Bob Livingston team was on board with Thompson. Anyway, if Thompson had won LA, he could have claimed to have come back from near-death and claimed momentum going into Florida. Follow that up with a strong debate performance tonight, and he still may have had a chance. Even then, if he had finished in the pack in Florida, he could have done his Brer Fox routine and “just lay low” until other candidates dropped out. (I blogged on that idea.) All of which begs the question: yes, but would Thompson have won LA? Well, courtesy of NRO’s Jim Geraghty, it turns out I was right. The slate that won in LA, officially “uncommitted,” were actually mostly Fredheads.
Now comes a columnist for the Boston Phoenix to argue that my “lay low” idea also is viable.
All of which begs THIS question: Doesn’t ANYBODY here know how to play this game?!?!?!