Some -- not all, but some -- of Thompson supporters are sounding like some of the nuts that support Ron Paul:
- I won't vote.
- I'll vote for a Democrat.
- I'll vote for a 3rd party candidate.
All because they'll "never" vote for Rudy. Or McCain. Or Romney. Or Huckabee. Or whoever.
Okay. Fine. Do whatever you think you must.
But I'm not going down that road.
You see, in 2000, George W. Bush wasn't my first choice. (No, McCain wasn't my first choice, either.) But, come general election time, it was easy to pull the lever for Bush.
In 1996, Bob Dole wasn't my first choice. (And, no, Buchanan wasn't my choice.) But, in the general election, I had no problem voting for Dole.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan wasn't my first choice. But I had no trouble voting for him in November.
By the way, the years I left off, my vote went to the incumbent ... or the near-incument: 2004, Bush; 1992, Bush; 1988, Bush (the "near-incumbent," having served 8 years as Reagan's Vice-President); 1984, Reagan.
So, other than the sitting President (or Vice-President, in 1988), the person I ended up voting for in November wasn't my first choice.
And, so it appears, that will be the case this year.
Fred Thompson was my guy. From a long time back.
So, now that Fred's out, it looks like I'm going to end up voting for someone who wasn't my first choice.
I've done it before.
And maybe that's why it'll be easier for me than for others.
Or, maybe -- just maybe -- it's because I'm an adult, and know how to deal with things if I don't get my way.