This is not the news you want to get from your spouse at the supper table:
Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States. I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people.
Yes, that's Fred Thompson speaking. I'm disappointed, but I guess I understand. Overhyped before he was a candidate, the media hardly gave him the time of day after. Of course, being a conservative, why would they?
I guess my next choice is Ron Paul, but as I've said before, he's not electable. I mostly like his ideas, but he just doesn't come across all that well in the soundbite arena of presidential politics.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm now back to choosing between the lesser of two evils. Lovely, just f'ing lovely.