John Thune; Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.

Recently John Thune said this in a televised debate;

“We need to have someone in there that can punch with the big dogs, and that’s what I do on a daily basis,” Thune said.

It took me awhile to climb up off the floor after that comment.

Remember when Ironic Johnny told us we had to boot Daschle because of his allegiance to the Democratic Party instead of South Dakota?

Recently Michael Keller of Brookings said this in a opinion piece in the Brookings Register;

Thune’s case reminds me of a line in “Please,” a poem by American poet Robert Creeley: “Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.” In kindness, what can we do but wish the depleted pol, peddler of shoddy policies, a peaceful senescence and put him out to pasture, where, blithely oblivious to the impending crises, he can continue feeding upon the common fodder.”

Speaking of old horses (or at least people who may or may not fall off of them on occasion) it seems the snow queen’s justification for sending National Guard troops to the Texas border was just a line of horse puckey;

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem described the U.S. border with Mexico as a “war zone” last year when she sent dozens of state National Guard troops there, saying they’d be on the front lines of stopping drug smugglers and human traffickers.

But records from the Guard show that in their two-month deployment, the South Dakota troops didn’t seize any drugs. On a handful of occasions, they suspected people of scouting for lapses in their patrols, but mission logs don’t contain any confirmed encounters with “transnational criminals.” And a presentation from the deployment noted that Mexican cartels were assessed to be a “moderate threat” but were “unlikely” to target U.S. forces.

But didn’t we already know that? It’s unbelievable to me that Noem can be this corrupt and dishonest and actually be leading in polls. Any sane electorate would have sent her and Thune packing years ago. Unfortunately, this is as good as it gets in SoDak.



8 comments ↓

#1 "Woodstock" on 11.06.22 at 9:41 am

“Say, what’s Thune’s continual obsession with dogs and even prairie dogs?”…. “I thought his new thing was night crawlers”….. :

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-22/thune-says-challenge-to-biden-win-to-go-down-like-a-shot-dog?leadSource=uverify%20wall

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/08/ar15-prairie-dogs-thune-guns-republicans/

#ThuneTheNextDoNothingKarlMundt

#2 Very Stable Genius on 11.06.22 at 9:51 am

That’s right, Kristi had us fight a war that wasn’t. But if you are worried about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore, then I guess you might also fantasize about war as well. Also, does this make Kristi one who was for the war before she was against it? Or, does a no show only make you look like a fool on a horse in search of relevance… or would that be the “ranch”?

AND, if Jamie wants to tax “more things”, then I suggest a super surtax on Botox injections, that would be just fine with me.

Eventually, John and Kristi will ride off into the sunset for good, but it can’t come fast enough for me. But for now, we will just have to put up with the dog analogies and the “Dog Days” of summer along the southern border, I guess.

#3 Really? on 11.06.22 at 9:58 am

The GOP only knows how to hit the voter’s hot buttons. It has been proven that when it comes to actually governing they turn cold. The GOP is a regressive hate filled group who never can say a good word about anything remotely positive about their voters. It’s easy to complain about dreamers and visionaries and the GOP has it down to a science.

The Dems on the other hand don’t seem to understand anything about the GOP and their well worn tactics. The Dems both nationally and statewide continue to let the GOP surprise them time and again.

GOP has made Nixon’s southern strategy a seemingly permanent part of our lives and the world is a worse place because of it. Nixon’s dream of an authoritarian empire appears to be coming sooner than later.

#4 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.06.22 at 10:02 am

I wonder what it would be like to be Thune’s dog? His youngest granddaughter would probably terrorize you on a routine basis with a half dead night crawler or bug.

#5 "Woodstock" on 11.06.22 at 1:13 pm

“Say, did you see where it looks like Georgia is going to trade Warnock for Herschel Walker?”…. “Man, that’s going to be the worse trade since the time the Vikings acquired Herschel back in ’89….”….. (…. “OH NO!”… “Trump isn’t planning to run with Herschel, is he?”… 🙁 )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschel_Walker_trade

#6 The Guy From Guernsey on 11.07.22 at 8:57 am

There wasn’t much ‘punching with the big dogs’ from Thune the time during which the Republican party held the White House, US Senate and House of Representatives (beginning in 2016).
Inexcusable.
We need a new US Senator.

#7 The Guy From Guernsey on 11.07.22 at 9:25 am

“Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.”
Yep! Not much production from Thune since his re-election in 2016.

Over the most recent decade, the story of the behavior of the South Dakota electorate – staying with incumbent officeholders about a term (or a term and a half) too long.
(See also: Johnson, Tim; Rounds, Marion M.).

Whatever happened to the days when South Dakota voters turned their pols out well before the “Best if Elected By” political expiration date? (e.g. Pressler, Abdnor, Daschle).

Modern day voters in South Dakota need to become more like Bill Belichick (of NFL fame) – moving on from team talent one term early, rather than a term and a half late.

#8 D@ily Spin on 11.07.22 at 10:43 am

I’m not sure handsome or pretty can keep you in office anymore. Cute puppies or prairie dogs might. Noem wants to go to war with Mexico. Why? We need labor, not prisoners. Buses from the border bring immigrants to northern cities. More taxpayers who don’t file tax returns. No refunds and people who pay social security we benefit from but they’ll never see. Is Noem slang for No Emigration.