I hereby nominate South Dakota for the State-of-the-Month award, to honor South Dakotans for turning out Tom Daschle from the U.S. Senate.
Unlike Tim Johnson in 2002, Daschle was unable to conjure enough votes from dead Indians to surmount John Thune's statewide popularity. Now, the People of South Dakota have one Senator who reflects their values, the U.S. Senate has lost its Obstructionist in Chief.
Daschle, who was always "troubled," "troubled and concerned," about everything and anything Republicans said, did or thought, played the self-appointed nemesis to President Bush -- until his Senate re-election campaign rolled around in a State that voted 2 to 1 for Bush in 2000, at which point Daschle attempted to present himself to the South Dakota voters as George W. Bush's most stalwart ally. The People of South Dakota were not as stupid as Daschle thought, bravo!
Now, look for the Dems to choose somebody with a very safe seat as their next Minority Leader, maybe Harry Reid or Evan Bayh; but we can always pray that they will manifest the usual Democrat self-destructive tendencies and choose someone like Chuck Schumer or Barbara Boxer.