Republicans should not complain that the campaign season is too long and, at the same time, complain that Fred Thompson is late jumping into the campaign. This campaign season started nearly two years before the next president will be sworn. Does anyone believe that this long season will produce better candidates out of the two parties, yield the most informative discussion of national affairs, or produce the most capable president? Well, I've not read anyone who thinks so. What it has mainly done is produce jockeying among states to host early primaries and obtain political influence. Whenever Fred Thompson declares, if he does, we'll listen to him and go from there.