Thune had been rumored to be against earmarks and has since decided to support it. The main reason that I am interested in this is due to how he worded his mea culpa. On Monday afternoon after the November Speaks rally my friend Sandy and I went to every office of republican senators that we heard were against the ban to leave notes. The notes that we left very specifically said that we understood that earmarks are not a great deal of the total budget, what we really are opposed to is how they are used to basically bribe senators to vote yeah on tough votes. Listen to what he says.