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Brownback for vice president?

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[The Washington Times][1] comes out today to suggest that Sam Brownback would make a great GOP candidate in 2008 - if he ran for vice president."In general, there are four main criteria, often overlapping: someone who unites the party's disparate factions behind the ticket; someone who brings balance to the ticket, typically but not necessarily regional balance; someone who offers an immediate electoral payoff in terms of an increased chance of victory in a swing state or special appeal to a broad-based bloc of voters; someone who will be seen as a plausible successor, not so much in the sense of ascending to the Oval Office because of a premature vacancy but in terms of the ability to use the vice presidency to prepare a run for the presidency," commentator Tod Lindberg says in an op-ed piece today.His first suggestion: The senior senator from Kansas."Who might fill the bill? One of the most intriguing possibilities at this point is that Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas will get into the race, in effect running for vice president. He's got the conservative bona fides and an activist streak on such issues as halting genocide in Darfur and human rights more broadly. If conservatives demonstrate support and enthusiasm for him during the primaries, he might well be the one."But Lindberg, tonge-in-cheek, closes his piece with another possibility:Joe Lieberman.Other links today:Pat Roberts[(WorldNetDaily commentary)How NAFTA superhighway is built under radar screen:][2] Last week, in Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, seemed like he was short on domestic, backyard intelligence when he was asked in Saline about the NAFTA superhighway project again, prompted by reports in WND. "There's nothing I'm aware of in any authorization bill," Roberts said with derision. "I don't know where these things get started. This is one of those blogosphere things that makes you wonder what's going on." ... But you can't hide for long a superhighway, in some places, according to plans, four football fields wide.How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][3] [1]: http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20060828-101135-6337r.htm [2]: http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51730 [3]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed

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cutny 8 years, 3 months ago

No way! The fine people of Kansas will accept nothing less than Brownie as the GOP Presidential candidate. Clearly he has the broad and mainstream support of his constituents.

rayikeo 8 years, 3 months ago

You have to be kidding me! Brownback stands about as good a chance as Kerry or Libberman.

63BC 8 years, 3 months ago

"Clearly he has the broad and mainstream support of his constituents."

Well, yes. In the most recent federal election, 2004, Senator Brownback received 780,863 votes---the most votes ever received by any candidate for any office in Kansas history.

In seven contested elections as a candidate, Brownback has won all of them by double digit margins.

So, yes he does have the broad support of his constituents.

KsTwister 8 years, 3 months ago

Joke of the Day!!! And a good one,I'm still laughing hours later.

mom_of_three 8 years, 3 months ago

I don't describe myself as a democrat or republican as I find myself supporting issues on both sides. And although Brownback has support from his constituents, he does need support from the rest of the country. And as history lately shows, anyone from Kansas doesn't fare very well in running for President or Vice President.
I wouldn't vote for him. But don't let that stop him.

rhd99 8 years, 3 months ago

mom_of_three: Actually the ONE exception is Eisenhower. Otherwise, BROWNIE is not going ANYWHERE but OUT if that 2.5% support base does not increase.

rhd99 8 years, 3 months ago

Oh, one more thing, the broad base support BROWNIE gets from Kansas says PLENTY about the voters in this great state, everywhere except for Douglas County. Most in Douglas County DESPISE the policies that the right wing nuts of Kansas adopted in government, education & elsewhere. Brownback being the Republican nominee for President or Vice President is not a sure thing anyway, because he represents a state whose extremist factions made decisions on that Kansas Board of Education that made this great state the butt of MANY late night talk shows. ENOUGH is ENOUGH! BROWNIE, Go spread your poison somewhere else!

karolynk 8 years, 3 months ago

You just have to remember the Washington Times is a biased, neo-conservative rag that always upholds anything the republicans say, do, or think. I just hope Americans are not as ignorant as they have been in the last 2 elections to vote for a continuation of the disgraceful and ruinous policies that have been the norm for the last 6 years. Brownback is a joke. Cheney is a war-monger. America cannot afford either one.

cutny 8 years, 3 months ago

Sorry if anyone thought I was serious. THE BROWNIE has about as much chance of becoming president as I do. Nonetheless, I think we should all encourage him to resign his post in Washington and devote all of his time and energy to running his failed presidential campaign FULL-TIME. I actually tried to email him and tell him this, but the link the LJW provides did not go through and my email came back. He's vile little man and all to eager to suck up to anyone that thinks can shine a little more light on him. GO BROWNIE!!! BROWNIE '08

mom_of_three 8 years, 3 months ago

I realize Eisenhower was the last politician (and I don't know if I would call him that) with Kansas ties to be elected. That's why I said "as history lately shows".

maybe that is the key for someone with Kansas ties - don't be a politician - be a military man.

rhd99 8 years, 3 months ago

Understood, mom. Thanks. As for BROWNIE, something stinks, & his venom is ALL OVER IT! NEO-CONS, go blow all your extremism up your barracks bag!

bunnyhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

Brownback is perfect for any national office in '08! He will lose and the whole country will be free from his incompetence, mean-spiritedness and narrowmindedness!!!!

GO SAM!!!! It's time for you to hit the road, toad!!!

MyName 8 years, 3 months ago

The reason why Brownback has gotten so much support from Kansas voters is because he's basically ran un-opposed since he was appointed to fill out the end of Bob Dole's term in the Senate. It has little, if anything, to do with what people think of his politics. If given a choice between Brownback, and nothing, up until the last few years the vast majority of people in Kansas would have chosen Brownback. Now I think his approval rating may have slipped, but he's still going to have to screw up really badly before the Dems, or anyone else, will even try to campaign against him.

ronwell_dobbs 8 years, 3 months ago

You're doin' a heckuva job, Brownie!

Nothing like that extra 2.5% draw for voters to push the GOP ticket over the top for the Presidency.

/Who actually thinks up this stuff?

ronwell_dobbs 8 years, 3 months ago

Just one more thought: perhaps he could run with Katherine Harris at the top of the ticket.

It would be like watching a bus wreck happen at about .5 MPH -- good political theatre.

xenophonschild 8 years, 3 months ago

Amen to that, ronwell:

Brownie is a political joke who, unaccountably, takes himself seriously.

I hope he does run for president or vice-president; his doing so will pretty much guarantee a Democractic victory.

63BC 8 years, 3 months ago

"The reason why Brownback has gotten so much support from Kansas voters is because he's basically ran un-opposed since he was appointed to fill out the end of Bob Dole's term in the Senate."

---above posting

Facts:

(1) Senator Brownback has defeated over the course of his career---a two-term former Governor [John Carlin]; a sitting United States Senator [Shelia Frahm]; the dean of the Kansas Legislature [Paul Feleciano] and the heiress to the most famous Democratic name in Kansas politics [Jill Docking].

(2) Every victory was by double-digits.

(3) He was not, as the above post suggests "appointed to fill out the end of Bob Dole's term." Then-Gov. Bill Graves appointed his Lt. Gov. Shelia Frahm to the seat. Brownback had to overcome that incumbency, as well as the support of the sitting Governor in 81 days---a feat regarded as basically impossible by the political/media establishment.

(4) In the process of doing so, he was the leading vote-getter in what is still the highest turnout primary election in state history [1996] as he is still the leading vote-getter in the highest turnout general election in state history [2004].

Perfectly understandable that some folks [obviously the noisiest on this board] don't approve of these facts, but they are facts.

How about some manners and respect where it's due?

Steve Jacob 8 years, 3 months ago

It's pretty well known that if Hilary wins the Democratic nod, the republicans will get a female VP. I say Sen. Snowe from Maine.

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