Given that it’s still summer and he hasn’t announced yet, Fred Thompson does deserve some leeway in terms of offering policy specifics. However, once he does enter the race, it will be a problem if he continues to dodge specifics by saying “I just announced” or “I got a late start.” His whole non-candidacy has been built on generating buzz at a time when conservatives were dissatisfied with the Republican field, and he benefited from the fact that he dipped his toes in the waters late, avoiding scrutiny faced by the other candidates. But he cannot expect to claim all of the advantages of a late start and avoid all of the disadvantages–especially the fact that the other campaigns have had at least eight months to organize and craft policy proposals. Thompson decided to wait for the time of his choosing rather than be dragged into the race earlier. He should have to bear the consequences of that decision, both good and bad. But for now, I think we should all enjoy the remaining days of summer and lay off the big fella.
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