Fred Thompson’s candidacy has been a complete disaster since the day he organized his exploratory committee. He took forever to get into the race, skipped the NH debate, referred to Russia as the Soviet Union, wasn’t up on some relative recent events (Elian Gonzalez and Terri Schiavo), told a bunch of church goers in the South he doesn’t attend Church when at home in Virginia, asks for applause, disappears from the campaign trail, and so on and so forth. But his most recent gaffe could be the death knell.
In an interview with Cam Cameron, Fred jokingly said, “The next president of the United States has a schedule to keep and so do I.” Granted, it was joking, however it is yet another sign that he is not really taking his candidacy all that seriously and really doesn’t believe he has any better chance to win the Presidency than Chris Dodd. Behind every joke is a shred of truth. And while this would usually be a relative small thing for most candidates, for Thompson, who was already being criticized for his many mistakes, this is one that he will likely not be able to recover from.