Thune is one of the best guys we’ve got on our side of the aisle. He is very able, a solid conservative, seemingly liked by just about everyone and yet tough, I think, in the way that a political leader has to be. He is one of several Republicans who clearly have the right message; it remains to be seen whether voters find him to be the best messenger. If so, it’s fine with me.
Now, the piece from the Politico article which I found most interesting:
Thune is generating buzz, but the early chatter also poses an important question: With few significant accomplishments, is the talk reflective of somebody seen as real presidential timber or a leading indicator of a party establishment casting about for a candidate in what could be a thin field?
But when pressed on the matter of Thune’s record, some of his backers effectively conceded the point by privately noting that the current occupant of the White House didn’t exactly run on a lot of experience.
The commonalities between Thune and Obama are few and remarkably superficial: general good looks, height, youth, athleticism, and yes–little executive experience. It will be interesting to see how all of this pans out, but I would not be surprised to find that many people would be leery of another young senator on the top of the ticket–no matter how orthodox his conservative views may be.