Fred Thompson announced today he is dropping out, further winnowing the Republican presidential field before the key Jan. 29 primary in Florida.
"Today, I have withdrawn my candidacy for president of the United States.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," Thompson said in a statement.
Thompson, the former actor and US senator from Tennessee, was once seen as a savior by conservatives, but waged a campaign largely viewed as lethargic. He waited until September to enter the race and he briefly appeared at the top of national polls. But he never caught on with the Republican rank-and-file. After declaring South Carolina's primary to be his last stand, he finished a disappointing third on Saturday.
The "true conservative" who isn't a "true conservative" is gone. Yay.