I’m glad to see someone other than myself is still a little less than enthusiastic about our current crop of presidential candidates, and wouldn’t you know it, she’s clamoring for Senator John Thune.
O John Thune, John Thune, where art thou?
He?s comfortably ensconced in Hill office SD-511, of course, going about his daily duties as the Republican senator from South Dakota.
He?s not on the campaign trail for president of the United States.
Too bad for the GOP.
Even back when the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls was filling a debate stage end-to-end, my answer was the same when asked which one I thought could beat Obama in November: ?The guy who?s not running.?
Thune pushed back early against presidential speculation, announcing in February 2011 that he wouldn?t seek the Oval Office this year.
That undoubtedly evoked a bigger sigh of relief from the Democrats? campaign operation than when Mitt Romney said he didn?t care about the very poor. In July 2010, DNC Executive Director Jennifer O?Malley Dillon told the Huffington Post that there was just one prospective Republican candidate who scared her, and he was never a Pennsylvania senator.
?This is personal but John Thune is somebody that I have nightmares about,? she said. ?I?ve worked for Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle and he is just a guy you can?t ever count out. He has his head down and is doing some policy stuff. [You] just got to start looking at him.?
Hard for any of us who are familiar with Senator Thune to think any different. In a year when I’m feeling lethargic about my presidential options, campaigning for Senator Thune would have been a great experience. Back when he was contemplating a run, I knew countless people who said they were willing to pack up and move to Iowa to campaign for him. Caucusing for Senator Thune to be a delegate to the national convention would have been a great experience.
I’m going to leave it up to Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney to head into a brockered convention where our party is forced to nominate a uniting candidate who could easily win a general election against President Obama. Hey, I can hope can’t I?