The designated pinch-hitter

We’ve written from time to time about the gap in the Republican presidential field that arises from the absence of several prominent traditional conservatives, most notably George Allen. It’s the gap that Mitt Romney has been trying with some success, and Sam Brownback with none, to fill. It’s the gap that makes Fred Thompson’s candidacy appealing to many.
In an interview with The Hill, George Allen made it pretty clear that he sees Fred Thompson filling the role left vacant by his own defeat.
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