Jennifer, now THAT is funny! I do think that forcing Mills out was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of indicating that the Thompson team wasn’t merely in flux as it organized, but seems in permanent flux, right up to and probably at least a little bit past the announcement itself. As far as I can tell, everybody likes Mills. I’ve only met him once — had a burger with him about 10 years ago — but I remember being very impressed with him. Meanwhile, the departure of Corallo, who ran the non-campaign from his back pocket when it was getting so many raves (raves in part because of Thompson’s own substance and performances and in part because of Corallo’s brilliant tactics), quite evidently in response to the shabby treatment of Mills, is another bad sign. Corallo enjoys great respect in this town. (Full disclosure: Corallo has been a good friend of mine ever since college days 20 years ago; but I also have friends strongly supporting/involved with several of the other candidates.) I repeat that I think Thompson still offers great potential. I am rooting for him to reach that potential as a candidate, just as I have been wishing good things for a number of the candidates. But I think the announcement left much to be desired. I have confidence he can do better.
Okay, now I go back to my above-the-horse-race stance that I have briefly abandoned for the past two days….. (I just couldn’t keep myself from commenting on the long-awaited FT entrance once he actually got in!)