The fact that Fred Thompson has left the Republican race leaves conservatives without many good options to support. I suppose that the most conservative remaining candidate is Mitt Romney. I don’t see many people getting too excited about Romney, but at least his positions are somewhat conservative.
It is pretty depressing that Republicans failed to support the one conservative candidate in any significant numbers. Fred Thompson ran a very poor campaign—but his positions were far better than those of any other candidate. It makes one wonder how the voters in the early primary states decided who would receive their vote. Iowa seems to have given its votes to Huckabee since he was an evangelical, the reasoning behind New Hampshire’s embrace of McCain seemed due to large numbers of independents voting in the GOP primary, Mitt Romney’s well-timed pander to Michigan voters (a $20 billion stimulus plan for the auto industry) gave him Michigan (Mitt is not content to spend considerable amounts of his own fortune to get votes, he also must promise to supply voters with taxpayer money), and the reason South Carolina went for McCain is anyone’s guess. Apparently, the candidates’ positions on the issues are of secondary importance. This should forever lay to rest the idea that Republicans are somehow smarter than Democrats.