This is one of those rumors that just will not go away. Rothenberg sums it up this way,
But try as I might to dismiss the idea of a Thompson candidacy, I no longer can do so. It isn't that the former Senator from Tennessee is such a good fit for the role of presidential candidate. It's simply that none of the other cast members is a perfect fit either.
As every political analyst on the planet has observed for months, all of the top-tier GOP hopefuls face serious obstacles on the road to Minneapolis, and there clearly is a vacancy in the race for a mainstream conservative who doesn't have a reputation as a troublemaker within the party.
What Rothenberg fails to mention is the reason why Thompson will not be the nominee and also probably why he won't even run.Thompson suffers from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma which is incurable, although Thompson insists is also in remission.
How can the GOP run their whispering campaign (already in full swing) against Edwards for his wife's illness with their nominee having cancer?