Tommy Thompson is out

I'm not sure that it has any real impact on the race, but Tommy Thompson, former Gov. of Wisconsin, is dropping our of the race for the Republican nomination.  This is almost certainly a result of his poor showing in Saturday's Iowa straw poll, where he placed sixth.  Thompson had previously said he would drop out of he didn't place first or second in the poll.

"I have no regrets about running," Thompson said in a statement released by his campaign. "I felt my record as Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as President, but I respect the decision of the voters."

Thopmson's dropped bid for the nomination will likely have limited impact on either the Republican or Democratic race for the nomination, as he has languished near the bottom of the Republican heap ever since he announced his campaign.

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Mike Gravel Interview - I think he's a nut

I am currently listening to an interview that one of my favorite progressive radio hosts, Mike Malloy, is conducting with Se. Mike Gravel, and it's a very surreal experience.  My only experience with Gravel has been through his performance in the debates, when he didn't get to talk very much, but I got a feeling that something was a little off with him. Well, now I know for sure.

Malloy has had the Senator on for several segments (over an hour now), so I now have a pretty good idea of where he is on the issues:

Health Care: he is proposing a system of health care "vouchers" that people would sign up for, which they could then present to the insurance company of their choice.  The insurance companies would all be required to offer exactly the same services.  The only difference would be the amount of paperwork (and I assume, the level of customer service) that the company provides.

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