Fred Thompson, We Hardly Knew Ya
If you think that Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson has been missing from the campaign trail in New Hampshire, you are not mistaken. As The Hill reports today, Thompson will likely send a surrogate to file his candidacy papers in Concord, rather than partake of the tradition, himself. This speaks to the larger issue of whether the Thompson campaign has essentially decided to forgo competing in New Hampshire, in favor of a strategy that focuses on South Carolina, Florida, and beyond.
Although this may be frustrating for curious New Hampshire Republicans, given the brand of social conservatism on which Thompson is building his platform, and the preexisting blueprint for such a strategy from President Bush’s 2000 campaign, this may be a plausible approach for Thompson, provided he can keep himself even moderately relevant in at least one of the other early states.

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