On the new primary schedule Team Thompson puts out a press release saying:
“Changes to primary dates are only a problem for long-running
candidates,” said Randy Enwright, national political director of the
Thompson committee. “Large organizations with detailed political
strategies that include roll out dates may find it more difficult to
change their playbook mid-game.”
They have a point but they of course need to set up thier own organization from scratch and quickly start some retail politics. Thompson seems to understand this and also announced his first visit to Iowa. Where he chooses to campaign and whether it makes sense for him to contest in Iowa at all will be one of his first key decisions. South Carolina seems his best bet among the early states but he may be disinclined to cede New Hampshire and Iowa, however uphill a battle those two states might be and however far behind he is in local organization, to the other top candidates.