Well, well, Fred Thompson gets in and flip-flopping pandering Mitt Romney drops the hammer on Thompson over campaign-finance reform. You will recall that this is the same Mitt Romney who was against public funding of campaigns in 1994, for it in 2002, and now against it. And the same one who was for radical campaign finance reform, well to the left of McCain-Feingold.
So what is going on? Mitt Romney is scared of Fred Thompson. David Yepsen explained why Thompson seriously damages Romney in Iowa. Over to Yepsen:
There is some evidence to suggest Thompson would hurt Romney, one of the three front-runners in Iowa, by entering the race.
It comes by comparing two polls of likely GOP caucus-goers taken during May. The Iowa Poll, taken by the Des Moines Register, did not include Thompson, who has not formally announced. But the American Research Group poll, taken by a Manchester, NH research firm, did include Thompson.
When you compare the findings of the two polls, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain actually increase their support if Thompson is in the race. Romney drops.
Yepsen also says:
But Romney’s also been plagued by talk he’s a flip-flopper on conservative issues, while Thompson’s conservative credentials are solid. And Thompson also seems like an electable candidate to many Republicans who have been dissatisfied with the 2008 field. So, GOPers looking for good, electable conservative may well move from Romney to Thompson.
Now, the thing that could save Romney is that he’s running a fantastic campaign (too bad about the candidate) and Thompson might not work hard enough.