John Thune announced this morning that he will not run for President in 2012. I’m a little disappointed, as Thune is one of my favorite politicians. But he could become the number two Republican in the Senate upon Jon Kyl’s retirement, and it is hard to argue with his rationale for staying out of the 2012 race:
Along the way, we have been reminded of the importance of being in the arena, of being in the fight. And make no mistake that during this period of fiscal crisis and economic uncertainty there is a fight for the future direction of America. There is a battle to be waged over what kind of country we are going to leave our children and grandchildren and that battle is happening now in Washington, not two years from now. So at this time, I feel that I am best positioned to fight for America’s future here in the trenches of the United States Senate.