A RedState diarist imagines Thompson in September 2008 at the Republican Convention, having won the primaries:
While I realize that many of you who voted for me in the primaries were hoping that by tonight I would be able to give you a definite answer concerning my plans for the General Election in November, it is my firm conviction that decisions of this nature require great care and deliberation. I also understand that many of you may be … perhaps a little uncomfortable with my decision to delay a formal announcement until later this month … [Audible Groaning]
… or perhaps early next month. [Angry Muttering]
Memo to Fred: Get in the race. The delay is starting to define you, and not in good way.