Amidst the Third Quarter money wars Thompson made news on other fronts this week. Thompson explained his position to the Des Monies Register on a Constitutional amendment to ban on gay marriage here. He explained his proposal was focused on court imposed gay marriage and commented that if a state legislature and a governor signed a gay marriage measure into law “so be it.” This drew some attention as did his comments telling off James Dobson. This certainly will endear him to those who appreciate forthrightness and independence. For Thompson, federalism is a value on equal footing with a gay marriage ban and he’s not going to go on bended knee for an endorsement. (Does this sound a bit like McCain?) Some voters will surely say “Good for him!” But this may not be the niche he was going after when he entered the race, trying to fill a gap on the right. Then he saw an opening to appeal to the base as the “consistent conservative.” Is there room in the race for another “independent conservative” ? It would appear that both he and Rudy in his own way (see here) are banking on going over the heads of social conservative leaders and right to the voters. Will it work? With a fragmented field it could for one of them.