ANN ALTHOUSE: Is Fred a fizzle? He’s had a lot of time to put together a well-oiled machine, and from what I can see he hasn’t done so. Since putting together an effective team is a major part of being a successful President, I think that’s a bad sign. My own take is that Thompson makes a good ticket-balancer for Giuliani, and that his campaign is good enough to get him there, but probably not good enough to get him to the White House. I forget who it was I saw recently who noted that Thompson has always been a supporting actor, but that fits, too.