The Fred Thompson Entry Plan

In case anyone still doubts whether Fred Thompson is well into the planning stages of his entry into the race, one of his aides told me last night that he is probably going to announce as early as the first week of July. "Not on July 4th by the way," said the aide. "Fred is not that pretentious."

The Thompson spin, as iterated by the aide, is that "he would be the conservative with the best record."

"He has an ability to communicate our principles as conservatives," the aide said.

As for Thompson's late entrance, the aide said that it gave Thompson a freshness that the other candidates lacked.

"A lot of them have been positioning themselves for this run for years," said the aide.