Jill Lawrence at Politics Daily has written an in-depth analysis of a potential John Thune run for the presidency in 2012. While she believes he has his charms, it seems that she is a little skeptical of his chances.
Who’s John Thune — and Why Is He on the GOP Short List for President?
John Thune is on every short list of Republican presidential prospects, which for most people raises two questions: Who? And why?
The South Dakota senator is renowned in political circles for ousting Democrat Tom Daschle, the Senate majority leader, in 2004. But he’s not associated with any particular issue and he’s certainly not a household name.
The past few days have shown why that could change, and not just because Thune is tall, dark and handsome. To be sure, he and New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand more than lived up to their advance billing as bipartisan nerd prom king and queen when they strolled into the House chamber together for the State of the Union address.
Yet the day had begun even more auspiciously for Thune, 50, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tossed out his name as a rising Republican star. “I think he should” run for president, McConnell said at a Politico Playbook Breakfast. “He’s a very sharp, capable individual — good speaker, good leadership qualities, which I see on display every week in the Senate. I’m a big John Thune fan.”
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