There is a reason Mike Madigan has been Illinois House Speaker for 24 of the past 26 years (the exception being the hiccup of the Gingrich Revolution year of 1994 which Madigan quickly rectified in 1996).
Fred Thompson is not the only presidential candidate suffering under the weight of unrealistic expectations. It appears that exuberant Democrat primary voters are finding out that Barack Obama's appeal begins and ends with his personal story.
Last week, Newsweek magazine came out with a poll showing 91% of Americans believe in God. Newsweek surveys this question every year secretly hoping, I think, that the percentage of faith-based Americans will decline-but it doesn't.