The rumor that Tommy! will run for Herb Kohl's Senate seat in 2012 has not been met with enthusiasm by the wing-nuts. The Club for Growth has gone after him for his support for health care reform. Senator Ron Johnson has been less than encouraging.
If the current Republican Party establishment treats Thompson the way they have treated Newt Gingrich since he dared to criticize Paul Ryan's Medicare privatization scheme, Thompson may decide to ditch the Senate race and instead run a primary challenge to Scott Walker in a recall election. Anyone care to predict how that would turn out?