David Montgomery has a very interesting in-depth article out in this morning’s Argus Leader about the possible paths Senator Thune could take in the near future.
How does Vice President Thune sound? If Mitt Romney likes it ? and some say he might ? then Thune could follow in the footsteps of Joe Biden, Dick Cheney and Al Gore.
What about Senate Majority Leader Thune? The man Thune beat in 2004, Tom Daschle, once held this position. And while Thune might be years away from following suit, he could be one step away by Christmas.
Either path, or others entirely, could set the stage for Thune to capture the most significant title of them all: Mr. President.Or maybe not. There?s plenty of competition among other talented politicians for all these positions.
Nevertheless, Thune?s political talents have helped him rise from a conservative hero after defeating Daschle, through a series of leadership roles in the Senate, to flirtation with a presidential run last year. Now, after building strong relationships with both his Senate peers and Romney, who Thune endorsed early on in this campaign, the South Dakotan is at a crossroads with multiple paths leading to national prominence.
And just because I can, I want to say BJ Nesselfluff came off as a classless SDDP Chairman with his comments in this morning’s area papers. Even for a party official, he came off as outlandishly partisan. I might consider Nesselfluff slime, but even for him this is a new low.
By the way BJ, John Thune received 100% of the vote from South Dakotans in 2010. You received 39.23%.