As Iowans cast a wide net in attempting to launch the GOP nominating process, a South Dakota senator was on the minds of more than one leading Iowa Republican.
While the names Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels and Chris Christy fall off the lips of many a TV pundit, it was John Thune who was mentioned by key members of the GOP in our neighboring state. One even said he was “in mourning.”
This from a CNN report:
One Iowa GOP insider said he’d welcome Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota or Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to the fray: “All three are more palatable to the American people than the current slate of candidates.”
Said another insider, who remains undecided over whom to vote for in the caucus: “I’m still in mourning over the fact that John Thune didn’t jump in.”
The Iowa GOP’s inability to coalesce around a clear front-runner could be a harbinger of what to expect in other states. If so, expect Thune’s name to continue to be bandied about as one who got away.