Well, he didn’t, but you can bet Senator John Thune will take credit and relish in the glory of Ellsworth Airforce Base being spared by BRAC. Ellsworth is a central part of South Dakota’s economy and Thune campaigned that he’d have a better chance of saving Ellsworth than Tom Daschle. That was one reason he was elected.

It came as a slap in the face when the Pentagon then recommended Ellsworth be closed. But, Ellsworth and Thune have now been redeemed.