(h/t Virginia Virtucon)
That's what Tim Russert is saying. I don't know what his sources are, but that's encouraging news.
Makes sense...the "school day" schedule will be back in full swing, more people will be sitting down to watch the evening news after dinner, and just at the beginning of pre-primary season...Fred Thompson's name, face, and voice will be all over the evening news and on the cable news networks, as well.
I don't know if this is the logic behind such a date, but it makes sense to me.