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Brownback decision soon on presidential bid

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Sam Brownback (R) ![][1][(AP) Republican Sen. Brownback Considering 2008 White House Run:][2] Sen. Sam Brownback, who is considering a White House bid in 2008, said Monday the Republican field has room for a "full-scale Ronald Reagan conservative" and pledged to make a final decision next month. The Kansas senator said he was not discouraged from running by the Democrats' strong gains in this month's midterm elections, including majority control of the House and Senate. "It does not make it less likely," he said in an interview. "I really believe that the basic conservative ideas and ideals were not repudiated. Our execution was."[(GOPUSA commentary) Brownback: 'Conservative' Democrats Will Follow Radical Liberal Leaders:][3] Republican Senator Sam Brownback is among those GOP members in Congress expressing concern that, even though a number of the Democrats elected to the House and Senate claim to espouse moderate or conservative values, the radical liberalism of the Democratic leadership will chart the party's direction. Although the November 7 midterm elections brought about several Democrat victories, Brownback insists the vote was by no means a rejection of conservative values by the electorate. He says there are plenty of values voters who remain concerned about protecting life and traditional marriage, but who were simply "overwhelmed" by the issues of Iraq and corruption charges against the Republicans.Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][4][(The Hill) Fiscal battle lines drawn:][5] As partisan wrangling over spending priorities dominates the Senate's lame-duck session, the battle lines are forming for next year's Democratic effort to reinstate pay-as-you-go budget rules that Republicans decry as a back-door tax increase. ... New Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), a strong supporter of pay-go, blocked floor action last week in a push to secure a vote on his $4.5 billion emergency farm aid package. Six farm-state Republicans, including Mike Enzi (Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (Kan.), signed on as cosponsors of Conrad's amendment, but some conservatives were taking notes on the move with an eye to the coming pay-go debate.Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R)![][6][(The Hill) Irritating appropriators, GOP punts spending bills to Democrats:][7] The fractured relationship between appropriators on one side and conservatives on the other should play a role in upcoming elections to pick the next chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). Some conservative staffers believe Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) has been floated as a leadership-friendly candidate to temper some of the group's outspoken firebrands who have also been mentioned as possibilities for the chairmanship, such as Reps. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). [1]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [2]: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,231031,00.html?sPage=fnc.politics/youdecide2006 [3]: http://www.gopusa.com/news/2006/november/1121_mcconnell_senate1.shtml [4]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [5]: http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/112106/fiscal.html [6]: http://gala.ntdtv.com/2006/en/vips/i/ks_todd_tiahrt.jpg [7]: http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/112106/bills.html

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RustyShackleford 8 years, 2 months ago

Run, Sam Run! The Journal-World needs someone to endorse in 2008. I can't imagine a right wing radical Christianist more fitting for it! Brownback could pick up hundreds of votes nationwide.

heysoos 8 years, 2 months ago

Doesn't the Governor get to appoint his replacement if he leaves the Senate to run for President? If that's the case, then I say go for it! It isn't like you stand a chance at actually beating McCain out for the nomination, so we can finally be done and done with you.

rhd99 8 years, 2 months ago

Go for it Brownback, but once you leave the Senate, the door slams shut behind you. When you lose to McCain, don't come crying for your JOB BACK, religious zealot!

white_mountain 8 years, 2 months ago

Stop killing the babies!

Bring Terri back from the dead!

Opppose medical research that could save thousands of lives!

Teach our kids religion in science class!

Put the gays, women, and the Africans back in their Biblically-ordained places!

Vote Brownback in '08!!!

Sigmund 8 years, 2 months ago

As a Conservative let me be the first to DISCOURAGE Sam from running.

grimpeur 8 years, 2 months ago

The people who have, more than anyone, and despite their laughable claims to be conservatives, repudiated conservative values in the last 8 years are the right-wing liberals in the white house and their supporters in Congress. If anything, it is this type of radical right-wing, big-government, deficit spending liberalism that voters have rejected.

Execution--HAH! That's what they said about the Soviet Union. The tax cuts are not tax cuts--they are INCREASES for the next generations. Thanks to the incompetence and miserable judgement of our Cominch, there are more terrorists and sympathizers ready to got to battle against the U.S. and its interests than ever before, not less, so as a society we are less safe than before.

Protecting life, indeed. Senator, you have zero credibility on this. The hypocrisy. The insensitivity. The total moral disconnect and dissonance. Look, if you want control of your women and their reproductive functions, and you want to jail kids for having sex (um, yes, they do have it), and you want your religious views (which are quite insulated from reality) to control your fellow citizens' way of life, and if you dare to equate the humanity of sentient human beings with that of a lump of cellular matter that is scheduled for monthly disposal anyway, why don't you just come out and say it, instead of cloaking your belief system in a silly "pro-life" mask? You condone the senseless killing of innnocents and U.S. children alike in a war of choice, and then have the nerve to claim you're pro-life? Please.

Protect traditional marriage from what, Senator? From the cesspool in which hetero breeders and philanderers have drowned the institution to date? Good god, man, if you (or any other myopic observer of the matter) think your marriage needs protection against the desires of any right-minded adults of consenting age, then the problem lies either in your own marriage or your perception of it. Period. Why don't you find something important to focus on, instead of this type of ill-informed fear-mongering. There's a bloody war on, and if you don't have any suggestions about how to end it ASAP, then why don't you just go home and leave the hard decisions to those who are willing to make them?

yourworstnightmare 8 years, 2 months ago

Well said, grimpeur. Brownback is a right-wing liberal socialist who favors big-government, nanny-state solutions to problems that exist only in his ideologically-addled mind.

Having said that, I encourage him to run (and lose in the primary) so that Governor Sebelius can pick his replacement (Dan Glickman? David Adkins?).

janeyb 8 years, 2 months ago

Sen. Sam Brownback, who is considering a White House bid in 2008, said Monday the Republican field has room for a "full-scale Ronald Reagan conservative". Gosh, does he know one?

Mkh 8 years, 2 months ago

While this will surely cause even more people across the nation to laugh at Kansas. I'd love for Brownback find out how the rest of the country feels about his views and then come home to find his senate seat filled!

Jackalope 8 years, 2 months ago

Yourworstnightmare said: "Well said, grimpeur. Brownback is a right-wing liberal socialist who favors big-government, nanny-state solutions to problems that exist only in his ideologically-addled mind."

I really don't have time to enter into this debate in depth this evening, but as well said as your statement is, and it really is, are you not also describing the Lawrence city commission? I to belong to a political party best described as the Militant Middle. I am sick to death of all those on the extreme edges of society trying to tell the rest of us how to live. And using our tax dollars to promote the message and provide them with a bully pulpit. No matter what a person does there seems to be no end to groups willing to stand in front of a camera and scream about it, march in the street, and make posters. So much time is expended by some of those extremes that it is a wonder how they actually have time to make a living. Or do they? Do they just rely on handouts? Do they really do anything to actually hands-on improve their community, state, or nation? I would venture to state that most do not.

News_to_me 8 years, 2 months ago

My, my. These politicians sure do get full of themsleves. Full-scale Ronald Reagan conservative. He only wishes. That smacks of Dan Quail (sic) comparing himself to JFK.

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