Call it the Wedding Party law, but any bride will tell you that you don’t have more bridesmaids than best men — even if it means calling in your cousin Ricky with the drinking problem and the grabby hands.

Some in the political circles are hedging their bets on a Fred Thompson candidacy, but the mere potential for him to enter the race is helping out a Democrat: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Since the earliest days of the campaign, there’s been a focus on the top three in each camp — Clinton, Obama, and Edwards on the Dem side and Giuliani, Romney, and McCain on the GOP side. But with Thompson’s surprising climb to the first tier in nationwide and some state polls (even though the cash really hasn’t followed) some websites are turning that to a top tier of four.

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That means that Richardson, who’s polling ahead of Edwards in New Jersey Hampshire (though with recognizably less support nationwide) has entered the top tier by default. Now all Richardson has to do is pray that McCain’s campaign stays in the running — at least until he gets in a stronger position against Edwards.

UPDATE: Oops on mixing up the New Whatevers. I was probably reading a story about New Jersey and UPS.


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