Senator John Thune tells national talk radio that he's not running for President in 2016. Thune is smart: if he ran for President, he'd have to figure out how to get all those non-white folks to vote for him. Why would Thune give up the safe Whitopia of the South Dakota electorate to be cruising-for-unemployment standard bearer of a nationally doomed party?
(By the way: minority enrollment in the Sioux Falls School District is 30%.)
Senator Thune's non-declaration (not 100% ironclad, says Thune, but sure enough for our planning purposes) means South Dakota Democrats had better be working on a plan to unseat Thune in 2016. We don't get the somewhat easier fight of contesting an open seat or the slightly greater challenge of fighting a promotion-seeking Kristi Noem. We should plan on taking on the big dog, the third-most powerful Republican in the Senate (and hey, maybe he'll be up to second by 2016!).
So Dems, since Corinna Robinson will be seeking re-election to the House, and since Joe Lowe will be busy Governoring, and since I don't think you'll ever get Bernie Hunhoff to leave Yankton, who's our pick to take out Thune and join Rick Weiland in the Senate in 2016? Will it finally be Brendan Johnson's moment? Will Stephanie Herseth Sandlin send Zachary Lars to school and rekindle her fire? Will Stace Nelson realize he's in the wrong party and join us Dems to fight for balanced budgets and property rights?