NAPLES, Fla. - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson quit the Republican presidential race on Tuesday, after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.
Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," Thompson said in a statement.
Thompson was by far our best candidate, though his run was always a long shot. His views were the most conservative and consistent and his policy proposals showed the most serious thought (though I had serious doubts about his elective flat tax). Now that he's gone, there's simply no one left to be passionate about.
What will I do? Well, if Thompson's still on the ballot in Oklahoma I'll probably still vote for him. If not, I don't know what I'll do. Romney's the closest to my views of those left, on paper at least. As I've said before, I don't really trust him. Come to think of it, if Fred's not on the ballot, I'll probably write him in.
So what about the general election? If it's Romney, he'll get my vote, but I won't be passionate about it. For McCain, I'd probably hold my nose and still pull the R lever. Giuliani and Huckabee seem far-fetched, but I don't think I could vote for either of them. Giuliani promises originalist judges, but he's pro-abortion and basically a big government conservative as far as I can tell. (That used to be an oxymoron.) Huckabee sounds like John Edwards would if he thought he was on a mission from God.
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