I've said it here several times already: Fred Thompson will endorse John McCain and he has today. This does not make me a soothsayer because it is only to be expected that a loyal Republican would endorse his party's candidate for president. It would have been news if he had declined to do so, but I doubt that any prominent Republicans will. This leaves only unreconstructed Southerners and toothless ideologues like George and Henry to oppose him with (or without) the party.
I would urge Henry and George not be crestfallen by this news but to embrace it as the lifeline which it is for them. There would be no chance that McCain would pick Thompson as his running-mate unless he endorsed him while his endorsement could still do him some good. So now Thompson is in the running for vice-president and his chances are much better of being on the national ticket than at any other time in the campaign. Thompson has proven that he is a good soldier and that's all that a vice-president needs to be. Although Thompson's characterization of balseros as "suitcase bombers" still irks me as does McCain's support for the "Wet Foot/Dry Foot" policy, I, unlike George and Henry, do not believe that I have been entrusted by divine warrant to pick the Republican ticket, and I could offer the ticket of McCain-Thompson my full support not for its merits alone but because of the great danger posed to the future of this country and Cuba by the Clintons and/or Obama.