GOP Senator John Thune of South Dakota is working on gaining political visibility with a proposal to reform the clearly broken Congressional budget process, according to an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal.
Thune, head of the Republican Policy Committee, is being mulled as a dark horse presidential candidate by Republican strategists disappointed with the present lineup of 2012 GOP stars, author John Fund writes.
His sweeping proposal would create a joint House-Senate panel on cutting government spending, call for a line-item veto — and require a 10 percent cut in the deficit every year until the budget is balanced.
Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, the Democratic National Committee's executive director,recently told a convention of liberal bloggers in Las Vegas that Thune represented real political trouble for President Barack Obama.
"This is personal, but John Thune is somebody that I have nightmares about," O'Malley Dillon told the bloggers. "I've worked for (Senators) Tim Johnson and Tom Daschle, and he is just a guy you can't ever count out. He has his head down and is doing some policy stuff. [You've] just got to start looking at him."
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