South Dakota’s Senator John Thune will soon be the senior senator from conservative red state South Dakota. But is he really a conservative? In 2004, he defeated an ultra-left wing liberal Democrat, Tom Daschle vowing to advance the conservative values of South Dakotans.
My how “the worm has turned.”
On the heels of voting for cloture in the US Senate so Harry Reid’s Democrats could send their messiah’s “clean’ continuing resolution to the US House thereby helping to undermine the true conservatives in the Senate, Thune has voted for complete surrender to the liberal left by voting for the Reid-McConnell “compromise.”
Thune’s reason for this capitulation: “Congress needs to end this impasse.” No conservative cojones evident in these two votes.
And what a grand “compromise” it is. The brief summary: Give the socialist liberals, led by Obama, an additional 1 trillion dollars to spend, set up another committee to agree on a “plan,” reopen the government to permit continuation of spending wantonly and give the Obamaites another shot at getting even more “compromise” in January 2014. Oops, I forgot that we will investigate whether ObamaCare subsidies recipients are legitimate…..no details here but I’m sure that the liberals will be diligent in excluding their voter base from subsidies, aren’t you?
So, let’s stipulate that John Thune started out a conservative. What has caused his departure from the “right?” One might speculate that he has more lofty political aspirations and has decided to take the path of his friends, Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, and slide to the center of the political spectrum. In so doing, he would be ignoring the lessons of history. We all have vivid memories of the success of the last three GOP centrists, while noting that the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue didn’t concern himself with centrist voters. Or maybe Senator Thune has changed his mind about conservative values altogether.
Regardless, his most recent vote on the whole shutdown/debt ceiling/ObamaCare debacle are unacceptable and inexcusable.
But we still have the question: John Thune, Is He Really a Conservative?
***Ed Randazzo*** has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media and Co-Producer of Liberty Today, a weekly television program seen in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota