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Bottum: Requiem for Fred Thompson

11:50 AM, Jan 22, 2008 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
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The problem with Fred Thompson's campaign is that he didn't actually follow his strategy - which was based on the idea of his receiving an enormous boost by riding in late, as the white knight, just at the point when we were all sick of these guys. Instead, he came in before the divisions were clear and the other candidates were sharply defined.

Filing deadlines certainly contributed to the failure, but, still, it's worth saying: Despite all the criticism he received for being a latecomer, Fred Thompson actually stumbled because he entered the race too early. Our poor lost leader: We shall march prospering - not through his presence; / Songs may inspirit us, - not from his lyre.