I guess Bob Novak was wrong- Thune did save Ellsworth:
The independent commission reviewing the Pentagon’s plan to close or reorient hundreds of military bases voted today to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, rejecting the Defense Department’s recommendation.
The 8-to-1 vote is a big victory for Senator John Thune, the Republican who last fall defeated Tom Daschle, then the Senate’s Democratic leader, on a promise to use his clout to spare the base.
The decision on Ellsworth, South Dakota’s second-largest employer, was one of the most politically sensitive to come before the panel in its three days of hearings this week. Shortly after the vote on Ellsworth, the panel began deliberating whether to close Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, N.M., a decision that some commissioners described as their most difficult.
Lieberman and company managed to save Groton, too.