Let's be honest for a minute. John Thune is a great United States Senator from South Dakota. But the only reason people talk about him for President is because he's a good looking guy in a city full of lesser looking people, is tall, and has an attractive wife.Other than that his greatest accomplishments are doing nothing. But he gives a great talk about biennial budgeting, the topic of choice for establishmentarians who want to show a little leg.The other day, Thune went on record dinging Jim DeMint for helping conservatives get elected. Thune also sided with Lisa Murkowski on her keeping her Senate seat.Now comes word that Thune is doing zilch, zip, nada to help tea party backed Senate candidates.In fact, in a review of Thune's giving:
- Thune's PAC gave $10,000 to Shelby (appropriator with no real race) and $5,000 to earmarxist Trey Grayson, but nothing for Rand Paul (anti-earmarker in tough race), even post-primary.
- His PAC gave $10,000 to Murkowski (earmarxist party traitor), but nothing to Joe Miller (anti-earmark primary winner).
- His PAC gave both Crist and Rubio $5,000.
- Thune's PAC gave Jane Norton $5,000 but gave Buck nothing. Update: Thune has now given to Buck and will be doing a fundraiser for him.
- His PAC gave earmarxist Bob Bennett $10,000 for a 100% safe GOP seat, but only gave $5,000 to the anti-earmark Pat Toomey who's running in blue PA.
This guy has all the makings of a Presidential candidate . . . in an Aaron Sorkin drama for NBC. That's about it. By every other measure he is toast.Frankly, the talk about Thune 2012 is a greater commentary on the vapid nature of inside the beltway punditry and Senate egos than on his actual, factual chances. Need we roll the tape on Senate Republicans who've won the White House? Bob Dole will run the slide projector while John McCain serves crow.