Sen. Fred Thompson was supposed to be The Man. A Southern politician and an actor (like Ronald Reagan) with solid conservative credentials, Thompson could have been—should have been—the Great Hope of the Republican wing of the Republican Party.
In Tulsa, Thompson won the endorsement of Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. John Sullivan, both of whom seemed to buy into the Great Hope idea. Several prominent Oklahoma bloggers also supported Thompson.
That hope died today in South Carolina, where Thompson finished a weak third, well behind the winner, Sen. John McCain, and Gov. Mike Huckabee, who finished a strong second and swamped Thompson's campaign.
Thompson has yet to come close to a victory in any state, a situation not likely to change. The last time we checked, Thompson's poll numbers in Florida were at an underwhelming 5 percent.
The buzzards are circling, Fred.