"Everybody loves Fred. He has the healing qualities of Gerald Ford and the movie-star appeal of Ronald Reagan. He is relatively moderate on social issues. He has a reputation as a peacemaker and a compromiser. And he has a good sense of humor." -- The Washington Post's Sally Quinn on Fred Thompson, June 26, 2007.
Thompson's average share of the vote in the six states to hold Republican primaries, conventions or caucuses before he dropped out of the race today: 11 percent, and that includes a high-water mark of 25 percent in all-but ignored Wyoming.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.