As part of Foxnews 12 in 2012 series where they examine 12 possible candidates for president to run in 2012, they had a glancing look at our own John Thune this evening.
A South Dakota diner on opening day of hunting season is an easy way for John Thune to work a room. Where the owner and patrons talk health insurance or President Obama’s agenda, Thune can recount his battle on the front lines in the Senate. Thune says he fights to try to prevent the horror stories he hears at home about the rising price of insurance and the difficulties of employers trying to provide it.
Sounds like he is already campaigning a little. Talk of ?Thune? and ?campaigning? wouldn?t be complete without the obligatory:
Another part will be his tenacity, demonstrated in part by his ability to take down former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. His 2004 victory over Daschle gave Thune the reputation as a giant killer, and a real political star was born in the Republican Party.
We know, and like John, and he is a likable enough fellow. It takes more than being a nice guy win a presidential election.
Thune admits it is a grandiose prospect, especially given the demands required before even getting into office.
“It’s a very daunting thing to think about — the amount of money that you have to raise in modern politics, particularly for someone like myself, who comes from a small state that doesn’t have personal wealth and doesn’t have a big network out there so to speak,” he said.
Despite his credentials, Thune doesn’t define himself as an establishment candidate, instead opting to call himself “a Reaganesque conservative, right-of-center Republican who believes in a limited role for the federal government
Coming fresh of his latest ‘victory,’ in which the Democrats couldn’t even muster up a sacrificial candidate, and now there is more serious talk of running for The White House. I have to wonder is this a really such a wise move?
Thinking back to our Republican primary for congress, there were three very good candidates. There was discussion on this very blog about who best represent South Dakota and our interests, and who has what it take to knock Princess Stephine off her pedestal. Her royal highness has been handed her pink slip, however, the question remains how well will Kristi do in Washington? I believe she will be okay, there might be a fumble or two, however, nothing that can’t be recovered.
Now, can Senator John Thune defeat President Barack Obama, and if he does, can he lead the nation to the recover we so long for? The other question that is in the back of my mind, if elected, who would take his place? Considering that would be the same year that Senator Tim Johnson is up for re-election, who would run for his seat?
I don’t envy the choice in front of Senator Thune right now.