From Rich Galen’s Mullings:
Thompson never got more than 16 percent of the votes in any of the primaries or caucuses, so his endorsement would not seem to be crucial to any of the remaining candidates. Nevertheless, two of them were gracious in their comments. According to Associated Press reporters Dave Espo and Liz Sidoti, John McCain said:
“Fred Thompson ran an honorable campaign. He and I will remain close friends, and I wish him and his family the best.”
Mitt Romney responded to the news of Thompson’s exit:
“Throughout this campaign, Fred Thompson brought a laudable focus to the challenges confronting our country and the solutions necessary to meet them. He stood for strong conservative ideas and believed strongly in the need to keep our conservative coalition together.”
Mike Huckabee, on the other hand, whined that Thompson should have gotten out of the race before South Carolina because “the votes that he took essentially were votes that I would have most likely had.”
That should tell you everything you need to know. If the “Oops, I didn’t mean to slander Mormonism,” and “Golly, that does look like a cross” BS didn’t tell you what a dirtbag this guy is, or how low he plays, that sums it up.
Despite my belief that we are left with a terribly weak field, I now have a new favorite – anybody but Huckabee.