As is his wont, Rich is just exactly right. Was Thompson’s performance tonight a one-off? The old lion finally, overawingly–but, alas, temporarily–roused? Will he settle back into slumber tomorrow? And just what was he up to? Clawing Huckabee out of sheer annoyance? Or establishing himself as king of the jungle? And if the latter, why not a paw or two in the direction of McCain?
We’ll know soon–in my judgment, Thompson need only sustain this performance for a couple of days before votes, and money, start moving in his direction. But tonight the one consistent and authentic conservative in this race made himself the man to watch. When Fred roars, he roars.