John Deeth Blog: Timing is Everything: Tommy Thompson's Missed Opportunity
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Now that Strawpollpalooza is over, the three no-shows -- Rudy
Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John McCain -- are coming to Iowa this
week. Trying to pick up those legions of Tommy Thompson supporters, no
doubt. Speaking of the late candidate, Political Insider makes the
Preposterous Claim Of The Day: If George W. Bush had declined to run
(in 2000), or had not defeated Ann Richards in 1994, Tommy Thompson
might be president today. Quotes T.T. as saying "I should have run in
'96, and I should have run in 2000." Still, there's a point. No guts,
no glory, and the brass ring only revolves around every four years.
Joe Biden and Chris Dodd must be having similar regrets about 1992.
Back in that early 1991 decision window, coming off Gulf War I, Bush
the Elder was looking invincible.