Phil, you write that “Thompson’s Southern accent and folksy charm create the impression that he is a social conservative.” What then are we to make of this, from MSNBC this morning (scroll down)?
In an interview with a handful of reporters yesterday in South Carolina, Thompson acknowledged that he’s not a member of any church. He says he attends church when he’s in Tennessee; he usually goes with his mother. He does not attend church regularly in the DC area.
The impression here is that such details will undermine what appeal he can have as a social conservative.