Taking Stock of Thune
Some New Hampshire political observers were busy watching former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum recently, but I’m much more interested in keeping an eye on South Dakota Senator John Thune, who also appears to be quietly ramping up for a run at the Republican presidential nomination. While Santorum has no chance of being the Republican standard bearer in 2012, Thune could quite plausibly end up as his party’s eventual nominee. If you follow the political futures markets online, you already know that Thune is currently trading near the top of several indices, just behind the likes of Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, who, unlike Thune, are two highly visible politicians with serious national name recognition.
I first suggested almost a year ago that Thune was someone important to watch in the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes. While his candidacy would check a lot of conservative boxes on paper, we of course still need to see him in action on the ground in New Hampshire. The retail politics/media fishbowl of the presidential selection process can do strange things to promising politicians, but Thune’s impressive early performance in the futures markets demonstrates that I am by no means the only political observer who thinks he has real potential for the Republicans.
Note: Back posting on Friday. -Dean


Posted On: 12-03-2010 08:30:13 by Jim Splaine
I observed two years ago that Jugg Gregg would be a viable candidate for President, if he wanted it. I bet we'll see some discussion about that during the next few months. He's still a young guy, politically speaking -- and as a former Governor, Congressperson, and soon-to-be former U.S. Senator with depth on issues, he's got the background.

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