The Fred Thompson buzz is booming, and the latest to weigh in is Jonathan Martin at The Politico, who writes that he is "more than a little skeptical of Thompson actually running, but one well-connected Tennessee Republican said the Senate Watergate Committee counsel turned Law & Order star is giving it a look."
"The Fox News report is accurate, he is still considering it," said the source, alluding to a Carl Cameron report last week that had Thompson "seriously considering" a bid. My source, who has not gotten behind an '08 candidate, said what was striking was that Thompson had not yet endorsed Sen. John McCain. The former senator got behind his fellow Tennessean, Lamar Alexander, early in both of Lamar's! presidential bids. When Alexander dropped out in 1999 following a weak showing at the Ames straw poll, though, Thompson got on board with McCain's campaign, serving as a national co-chair. The two remain close.
Except... McCain backed Trent Lott for the post of Senate Majority Whip, while Thompson was backing Alexander.
There's more on Thompson from Michael Silence at the Knoxville News-Sentinel's blog "No Silence Here," where he's tracking the blogospheric buzz. Just click this link or this link or this link or this link.