GOP Presidential field – dropping like flies

In more bad news for those of us who would again like a conservative President somewhat in the mold of Ronald Reagan, Fred Thompson announced his withdrawal from the race. In a brief statement on his website, Thompson wrote:

Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States.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. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.

A withdrawal of few words. But it leaves a gaping hole in the field as the two most mainstream conservative candidates remaining have dropped out in the last week.

I’ve been asked who I would endorse for President, since my first choice dropped out over the weekend, and I was leaning toward Thompson. Well, scratch that. Unfortunately, I’m not nearly as excited about any of the other candidates with the exception of the hold-my-nose-and-vote-for-him-in-November John McCain. I’m excited in the wrong way about him, as to me he’d almost be as bad as Hillary.

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So I’ll have to go back to the drawing board I suppose. There’s more information out there about the candidates than I had when I made my initial decision so it gives me a chance to read up and study on them again before February 12 – that is, if none of the others drop out.

It’s sort of a sad commentary on the election process that states representing just 7% of the population have decided but several in the original field have already been whittled away. This makes for a renewed call for a small number of regional primaries, rather than the way we have it now.

Crossposted on monoblogue.

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