Stacy links to Alex Isenstadt's 2009 Politico article which shows how Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK) were able to rise in the ranks of the GOP leadership as former Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) fell from grace:
A little birdie — my, how these birdies love to sing! — points out that this seeming coincidence might help answer a question we asked last week: Which Senators Are Protecting Backstabber Lisa Murkowski?Stacy says the Thune presidential bandwagon appears to be headed for a ditch. Good thing, too, considering that the Senator from South Dakota has demonstrated poor judgment in his choice of political pals. Read the full post at The Other McCain.
It also seems that others have begun to notice that Thune doesn’t much care for his conservative colleagues:The other day, Thune went on record dinging Jim DeMint for helping conservatives get elected. Thune also sided with Lisa Murkowski on her keeping her Senate seat.So here we have two new data points in a scatter-chart, and we are beginning to see a pattern that doesn’t seem purely coincidental. Who is the Palpatine who dreams of exchanging the dignity of a senator for imperial power?
Related: This diary from Erick Erickson at RedState.com