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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Thune boycotts CPAC boycotters

By Jennifer Rubin

Senator John Thune (R.-S.D.) has much the same dilemma as Tim Pawlenty: He's a fine conservative but not well-known and not instantaneously a stand-out in the crowded primary field. But he is, it seems, going to make a go of the 2012 presidential race. He has announced he is now appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference gathering next month.

This is a rebuke, of course, to the boycotters. However, it is Thune's big chance. Can he captivate a room and put his knowledge of national security matters to good use? Is he too much of a Washington insider, or can he capture the attention of the Tea Partyers? We'll get some answers next month.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 13, 2011; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  2012 campaign  
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More importantly, can he produce a sufficient amount of foam and U!S!A! cries out of the mouths of the conference attendees??

Posted by: danw1 | January 13, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The last time anybody has been elected in their own right from a state so small in population and unimportant is well . . . never! (Coolidge never would have been president if it were not for the death of Harding)

Arkansas looks like a metropolis next to SD. Many will say that it doesn't matter, but such "coincidences" have funny way of reaaserting themselves, over and over again.

Posted by: 54465446 | January 13, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about the TPs. He should be worrying about us independents - we are the ones he needs to win over. I have to say though - he makes more sense than the others in the field. I can't think that anyone with a brain would vote for Palin or Pawlenty or Huckabee or Romney.

Posted by: pamfah_99 | January 14, 2011 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Has Senator Thune said he is going despite of the groups not participating or does he not even know about the controversy? Unless he is purposefully going to spite those groups your title and tone make no sense. Try to get some facts behind what you write first instead of projecting your own views onto others

Posted by: FamilyMac | January 14, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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