It really bothers me to see Fred Thompson in the number 4 slot on this list which is also discussed here. I initially supported Fred Thompson because he seemed like the most conservative candidate. What I came to realize, however, was that while Fred talks a good talk, he walks a bad walk. He started the race late, had no “fire in his belly”, and quit early. If you are honest with yourself, you’ll realize that Fred was never really in it to win it.
He was in it to help his “good friend John McCain” win the Republican nomination.
South Carolina was a pivotal primary in 2000, when McCain lost to an evangelical (Governor George W. Bush). Shortly thereafter, McCain gave his “Agents of Intolerance” speech, which he later doubled down on when he refused to apologize and said:
I must not and will not retract anything that I said in that speech at Virginia Beach. It was carefully crafted. It was carefully thought out.
McCain is no friend to evangelicals, but he pretended to be in this election. (Of course, the same is true of Obama)
McCain’s strategy for 2008 required him to win South Carolina. That’s where Fred Thompson comes in. Thompson’s mission was to draw enough votes away from another evangelical Governor, Mike Huckabee, to ensure that McCain won.
Mission accomplished, Thompson quit the race three days later.
Please don’t trust Fred Thompson. He talks a good talk, but his actions in the Republican primary directly contributed to John McCain becomming our party’s nominee.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Don’t be fooled by Fred Thompson.