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Sen. John Thune Eyed for President in 2012

By    |   Sunday, 24 January 2010 07:02 PM

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Sen. John Thune Eyed for President in 2012
2. ‘MasterLard’ Ad Lampoons Reid’s Pork for Votes Deal
3. Scott Brown’s Win Called Victory for Netanyahu
4. Chris Matthews Turns on Obama
5. We Heard: Laura Bush, Hillary, Scott Brown

1. Sen. John Thune Eyed for President in 2012

A new figure is emerging as a possible Republican presidential candidate to challenge Barack Obama in 2012 — South Dakota Sen. John Thune.

“For those in the GOP who aren’t giddy about a second Mitt Romney run and aren’t sold on the viability of Tim Pawlenty, Thune represents a mainstream conservative alternative,” Politico reports.

Republican strategist Mark McKinnon declared: “No one seems particularly excited about the current prospective field. And everyone loves Thune.”

Thune served in the U.S. House from South Dakota from 1997 to 2003 and ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Tom Johnson in 2002. Then in 2004, he defeated powerful Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, becoming a Republican Party favorite as the first candidate to beat a sitting Senate leader in more than half a century.

With no serious challenger for his seat appearing so far this year, Thune will likely seek a higher profile by campaigning for other GOP Senate candidates, according to Politico. And thanks to his race against Daschle, he has a 100,000-strong fundraising list and more than 
$6 million that could be transferred to a presidential bid.

As a senator, Thune has been sharply critical of excessive spending by the Democrats.

“Thune’s message of focused fiscal restraint, coupled with aggressive small-business incentives to drive growth, will resonate extremely well with the GOP base and independents as well as Democrats,” Republican lobbyist Jeff Kimbell told Politico.

The American Conservative Union gave Thune a perfect rating of 100 in 2006.

Thune could have an edge over other Republican presidential candidates in early caucus state Iowa, because the ads he has aired were heard in parts of the state that share a media market with South Dakota.

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2. ‘MasterLard’ Ad Lampoons Reid’s Pork for Votes Deal

A conservative group has created an Internet video that humorously criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “buying off” of two Democratic senators for their votes supporting the healthcare reform bill.

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu expressed opposition to the healthcare bill prior to the Nov. 21 vote to bring it up for debate in the Senate.

Reid, who needed several more votes to keep the bill moving, arranged for Louisiana to receive $300 million from the federal government for Medicaid recipients in her state, and she agreed to support the bill.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson received an exemption for Nebraska residents to projected cuts in Medicaid, and he too voted to bring the bill up for debate.

The ad, created by the nonprofit group Let Freedom Ring, shows several pigs competing for space at a feeding trough, superimposed on a photo of the Capitol.

The voiceover, playing off the familiar MasterCard ads, says:

“Buying off a senator from Louisiana — $300 million.

“Buying off a senator from Nebraska — Who knows?

“Making every other state pay for it? Priceless.

“When it comes to buying votes with your money, Harry Reid is a master. That’s why he carries this — MasterLard.

“There are some things that money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterLard.”

Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna told CNS News: “Humor properly applied can be devastating.

“There are a lot of people who were deeply offended by the way votes were bought in the healthcare debate. That didn’t seem to be the result of substantive presentation of policy choices at all. It was the worst kind of old-fashioned palm-greasing, closed-door politics.”

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3. Scott Brown’s Win Called Victory for Netanyahu

The election triumph of Republican Scott Brown in the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts is a “huge victory” for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.

Netanyahu has been pressured by Obama to make concessions to the Palestinians to help restart peace talks. But with Republicans now holding 41 seats in the Senate, Obama will be more dependent “on the support of his Republican rivals, the supporters and friends of Netanyahu,” Haaretz reported.

Netanyahu dragged out negotiations over a freeze on Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, then declared that a freeze would last for 10 months and end in September — “just in time for U.S. congressional elections in which Democrats are expected to suffer heavy losses,” the newspaper observed.

“Netanyahu understood he must withstand the pressure until his right-wing supporters recapture a position of power on Capitol Hill and work to rein in the White House’s political activities. The election in Massachusetts . . . will from this moment on be a burden for Obama.”

With the current political atmosphere in the U.S., “Netanyahu can rely on Republican support to thwart pressure on Israel.”

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4. Chris Matthews Turns on Obama

Add Chris Matthews to the list of liberals in the media whose fawning adulation of Barack Obama has turned to pointed criticism.

Last week the Insider Report disclosed that CNN commentator Jack Cafferty launched a blistering attack on Obama and the Democrats over the closed-door negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform, asserting that Obama’s campaign pledge of transparency was a “lie.”

Now Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” has expressed deep concerns about Obama’s spending policies and the debt the federal government is compiling.

“I look at the numbers and I’m worried,” Matthews told colleague Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night as they covered Scott Brown’s election win in Massachusetts.

“I’m worried about this government committing itself to so many entitlement programs and committing itself to such a level of taxation that supports those entitlement programs . . .

“The debt is too big. The government’s taking on too many responsibilities . . .

“We’re a dissatisfied people. We are easily drawn to a candidate who promises deliverance. Two years ago, we voted for deliverance with Barack Obama. We will vote for deliverance again in two years if we’re not happy.”

Matthews was such a staunch supporter of Obama during the campaign that he declared: "I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often."

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5. We Heard . . .

THAT former first lady Laura Bush has joined The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board, a group of civic, philanthropic, and business leaders who help the organization in a variety of matters including strategic planning.

Bush, who has attended her first board meeting in San Antonio, Texas, is a longtime supporter of The Salvation Army's charitable works and served as the keynote speaker during the Army's 2007 National Advisory Organizations Conference in Dallas.

"We are honored that Mrs. Bush will be joining The Salvation Army's National Advisory Board to help serve The Salvation Army in its mission nationally," said Board Chairman Rob Pace.

"Mrs. Bush's experience, compassion and leadership will be an asset for the organization, and we look forward to working with her for years to come."

THAT China has rejected Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s criticism of its Internet censorship, saying it “damages China-U.S. relations.”

Clinton said on Thursday that in the last year there has been a “spike in threats to the free flow of information,” and cited China among the countries that are restricting Internet access and erecting other electronic barriers.

Ma Zhaoxu, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said on Friday: “We firmly oppose such talk, which runs counter to the facts and damages China-U.S. relations.”

Ma urged the U.S. to “respect each others’ core interests and concerns, and handle issues of disagreement and sensitive issues in an appropriate manner, in order to guarantee the stable development of China-U.S. relations,” the Financial Times reported.

Harsher words came from The Global Times, a Communist Party mouthpiece, which stated that China would not be “victimized by information imperialism.”

THAT some people are betting newly elected Senator Scott Brown could have a future in an even higher office.

Several days before the election, the rights to the domain name ScottBrownforPresident.com were purchased, The Hill newspaper reported.

On Tuesday, the day Republican Brown won a stunning victory in Massachusetts, someone acquired the domain names ScottBrown2012 and ScottBrown2016.

A Tuesday night posting on CraigsList.org stated: "Need a great web designer to volunteer their services to create a website to help elect Scott Brown for president in 2012. Only conservatives need apply . . . I own 2 superstar domain names.”

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