Rothenberg Report predicting Thune seat “Safe Republican” for 2016 cycle.

It’s a John Thune news day apparently.

Our Senior US Senator was officially installed as the chair on the Senate’s Commerce Committee. He commented on Nebraska’s Supreme Court tossing a Keystone XL pipeline court case which was holding Obama back from action on Keystone.

And now the Senator’s seat is in the mix for predictions from the The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call Race Ratings.

What’s the verdict for Thune’s South Dakota seat in 2016? It’s a no-brainer, considering that Democrats failed to run a candidate for the office in 2010. Thune’s Senate Seat is listed as Safe Republican.


With South Dakota Democrats at lows in terms of voters as well as potential candidates who could run at the level of US Senate, it’s doubtful that it’s going to move from a “safe Republican” status anytime between now and November 8th, 2016.

7 Replies to “Rothenberg Report predicting Thune seat “Safe Republican” for 2016 cycle.”

    1. Anonymous

      Wait a minute! You damn RINOs claim to be red blooded conservative Republicans to seize power but then show your colors after you get in.

      Isn’t a big piece of the SD GOP platform about supporting and upholding the constitutions?

      SD’s Constitution says Thune is limited to two terms. That was upheld by SD voters in 2006 after a group of RINOs sided with the Democrats to have it put on the ballot to be taken out.

      Thune has turned into Daschle, DC and power is more important than principles and South Dakotans.

      We need 3 parties, Republicans, The Crony Party, and Democrats.

      1. El Kabongg

        U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton, 514 U.S. 779 (1995),[1] was a case in which the Supreme “Court of the United States ruled that states cannot impose qualifications for prospective members of the U.S. Congress stricter than those specified in the Constitution. The decision invalidated the Congressional term limit provisions of 23 states. The parties to the case were U.S. Term Limits, a non-profit advocacy group, and the politician Ray Thornton, among others.”

        (via wikipedia)

        So it seems like having that passage included in the big cleanup amendment “F” in 2006 was simply to remove useless language from the state constitution. It has no force of law. Sorry to wreck your argument.

  1. Anonymous

    “Over the past couple of weeks, at least three Republicans … have raised the possibility of the GOP winning back the House of Representatives [in 2010]. That idea is lunacy and ought to be put to rest immediately. None of the three actually predicted that Republicans would gain the 40 seats that they need for a majority, but all three held out hope that that’s possible. It isn’t. … the chance of Republicans winning control of either chamber in the 2010 midterm elections is zero. Not ‘close to zero.’ Not ‘slight’ or ‘small.’ Zero.”
    —Stuart Rothenberg

    “A god complex is an unshakable belief characterized by consistently inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility. A person with a god complex may refuse to admit the possibility of their error or failure, even in the face of complex or intractable problems or difficult or impossible tasks, or may regard their personal opinions as unquestionably correct.”


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