“As Republican voters think about who they want to nominate, it really ought to come down to which candidate can defeat President Obama,” he says. “It really comes down to match-ups. Sometimes you have a very talented group of athletes. But at the end of the day, it comes down to who matches up best against your opponent.
“That’s the reason the Lakers have a hard time against the Celtics,” Thune chuckles. “They have a hard time guarding certain people; they have a hard time guarding Kevin Garnett. There are simply teams that match up better against other teams.” Voters, he predicts, are going to have to play strategist, coalescing around the “most conservative, most electable” candidate.