I have been fascinated and a little puzzled by the mooning over a Thompson candidacy. The swooners are legion, and their love blinds them to problems that would count as black marks against any of the other Republicans currently running. Here are a few blemishes that Republicans overlook in their infatuation with this smoldering president-type:The reason Thompson looks so good to so many is that they only have the haziest idea of who Thompson really is and what he's really like. He's staying out of the race for now because he wants to postpone having to define himself--and thereby adding himself to the list of disappointing GOP candidates.
His past McCain habit: Before the Thompson boomlet, the fastest way to excite a room full of conservatives was to mention John McCain's name. They just don't like him. They may have qualms about Romney and Giuliani, but they regard McCain as a political traitor. Thompson co-chaired McCain's 2000 presidential campaign and was his ally when the two served in the Senate.
He supported campaign-finance reform: When conservatives list their grievances against John McCain, the first is usually the McCain-Feingold legislation that restricted unlimited donations to political parties. They see it as an unconscionable attack on free speech. Thompson co-sponsored that legislation!
He was soft on Clinton: News flash: A lot of movement conservatives really, really dislike Bill Clinton. During Clinton's impeachment trial, Thompson was one of only five Republicans who voted not to convict him for perjury. It wasn't the sex; it was the "rule of law" at stake. No other Republican would live that vote down so easily. Just a few weeks ago, fellow conservative Newt Gingrich explained that the Clinton perjury charge was so deadly serious that it inspired him to ignore the hypocrisy of his own ongoing extramarital relationship at the time.
You can read Dickerson's complete post here.