It's pretty clear to me, at least, that Romney would win a general election against any of the feeble Democrat field. He has the comportment, bearing, eloquence, and appearance to effectively sucker the weak-minded. Yet the Republican so-called base is clamoring for the feeble Fred Thompson, a professional phony even before his political career, whom they suddenly feel has some claim to ideological authenticity. Thompson is a sure loser, a Bob Dole reincarnate whose best public performances were bit parts in B-movies. You can't underestimate the folly of a party in crisis. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the 'Crats are Fred's biggest back room supporters, much as the French left fostered Le Pen, and the elephants are clapping and snickering for Obama, allowing him to spread doomed political wings.