John Thune's victory over Tom Daschle was won, in large part, on the rationale that a South Dakota senator allied with the White House could do more for the state. The centerpiece of the claim was that Rove's enmity towards the then-minority leader would spur him to close Ellsworth Air Force base, while Thune's election would halt that process.
Thune beat Daschle, but the base is still being closed. So what's a freshmen senator to do? Vote against everything the president cares about. And leak it to the New York Times. First on Thune's shit list is Bolton, who, contrary to past statements, he's now leaning against. So welcome aboard, John Thune. You're a small, petty man whose campaign was a lie, but right now you're a vote against Bolton and I love you for it.