It’s come to this. An idle threat, surely — he won’t kneecap McCain if it means President Hillary — but it’s as close to a Romney endorsement from him as you’re going to get.

Meanwhile, Carl Cameron reported at around 7:15 that Fred’s aides say he won’t be at the Florida debate on Thursday, just in case you’re wondering which way tomorrow’s big announcement is heading.

Exit question: Is Bainbridge right?

Update: More Cameron. I just don’t believe it:

Fred Thompson sources say the actor and former Tenn senator may withdraw from the race. There are no plans to attend Thursday’s Florida debate…

From THE FIRST DAY FoxNews broke the story last March of his candidacy, Thompson has always had a vice presidential bid in mind.