From the Kansas City Star:
In South Carolina, which holds its Republican primary Saturday, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will be in the elimination position.
Having bypassed New Hampshire and Michigan, Thompson is looking to establish himself, at Huckabee’s expense, as the most appealing candidate to social conservatives in the South. “Our campaign is `all in’ in the Palmetto State,” said Thompson’s spokesman, Todd Harris.
The actor and former senator has staked his ambitions on the Palmetto State. He wrote off Iowa and New Hampshire. He gave up on Michigan. If he can just be heard, South Carolina could jumpstart his candidacy, or at least keep it alive.
“It’s gone start here in South Carolina,” he proclaimed.
Gone: rhymes with moan. Just as gumint is that thing up in Washington that keeps raising taxes. “It’s good to be around folks who don’t think I talk funny,” he said.
Oy vey! Just what we need, another reject from HeeHaw as preznit.
A top South Carolina aide in a rival campaign noted the other day that, for all the fanfare that went into announcing Mr. Thompson’s 11-day bus tour across the state, he’s only holding two public events per day – a laconic pace for a would-be president that, even so, seems to be taking some toll.
Mr. Thompson paid an ill-worded tribute to the men and women of the military, noting that “we have some with us here today who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.” But no one seemed to notice, and voters like Ross Cooke from nearby Fort Mill called him “very impressive.”
Mr. Thompson didn’t have Rock Hill to himself Tuesday.
Across town, Mr. Huckabee packed 400 or so into a country club ballroom a couple of hours later, matching crowds for the Southern rivals. But Mr. Huckabee’s got an Iowa win in his pocket, providing momentum pundits say will keep him alive for weeks. Not so Mr. Thompson.
“If he expects to stay in the race, this is a really extremely important state for him,” said Scott Huffman, a political scientist and pollster at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.
I usually don’t do this, but I am going to make a prediction. I predict that Fred will come in first in South Carolina. Alphabetically!