Follow the Logic
I am having a hard time following the logic on this one:
RAPID CITY, S.D. — John Bolton's nomination to the United Nations may not seem to have much to do with a proposed base closing in South Dakota, but the state's junior senator is seemingly drawing a connection in order to keep a promise to voters who sent him to Washington.
Ellsworth Air Force Base is home to the B-1 bomber, one of the most powerful weapons in America's military arsenal. But officials at the Pentagon want to close Ellsworth.
Sen. John Thune, a self-described loyal Republican, said he's considering using his most powerful weapon — his vote on the U.S. Senate floor — against President Bush's nominee for U.N. ambassador, a notable break with the administration that is tied to his displeasure over the base-closing proposal.
I fail to see the connection here. While I understand Thune's loyalty to the people of South Dakota, I don't see how obstructing the Bolton nomination as payback for the closing of Ellsworth Air Force Base accomplishes anything.
I believe his time would be better spent trying to convince others of the value that Ellsworth offers to South Dakota, and to national security as a whole. The list isn't final yet, so there is still time to attempt to save this base. Approaching the matter from the position of a crybaby isn't likely to get it done.
I don't believe fighting this nomination gives Thune any more clout than he had before. If anything, it probably soils his reputation on The Hill a bit. The Bolton vote for an air base tradeoff isn't likely to gain any traction because the two issues are polar opposites.
If Thune continues down this path, the scenario will likely play out this way-He will be painted as an obstructionist who will not play ball if things don't go his way. We all know the political consequences that come to senators from South Dakota who act this way, don't we?