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Conservatives take stock of Brownback's presidential prospects


Sen. Sam Brownback sure looked like a presidential candidate Sunday on ABC's "This Week," even if he played coy about it.Now conservatives are starting to take a closer look at the Kansas Republican.[CNBC's Larry Kudlow][1] offered the following opinion at conservative National Review Online:![][2]_My friend Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas is thinking of throwing his hat into the Republican presidential ring.I hope he does.Sam Brownback is an economic, fiscal and social conservative who has strongly backed human rights and democratization in the Middle East.He is an uncommonly moral person, who can make an uncommonly good contribution to the uncommonly sagging post-election Republican fortunes._The similarly conservative [Human Events][3] ranks Brownback - and other GOP contenders - on the "Gipper Meter," the inevitable Ronald Reagan standard to judge Republican candidates:_The young congressman from Kansas who replaced Bob Dole in the U.S. Senate has championed the cause of social conservatism in the upper body of the congress. This has made him a hero among so-called values voters, who find precious few senators from either party willing to fight for their issues. Compared with Reagan, Brownback would rate at least a 7 or 8 for ideology, but would only get a 2 or 3 for experience and charisma, thereby rendering him a mediocre 5 overall at best._Readers of [World Net Daily][4] don't give much support to Brownback, where he registered at 3.46 percent in a recent online poll. That sampling might be particularly skewed - Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo led the field of that particular survey, with 43 percent, which seems ... unlikely.[Captain's Quarters,][5] another prominent conservative blog, also weighs in:_Brownback has the same problem as any Senator or Congressman -- a lack of executive experience. Legislators reach compromises, and those come back to haunt candidates on the presidential trail. One only recall John Kerry's clumsy explanation that he supported the $87 billion emergency war appropriation before he opposed it during the 2004 campaign to see how such consensus-building efforts can damage one's prospects for the Oval Office.On the other hand, Brownback doesn't appear to have too many of these waffling points on the resume. On abortion, for instance, Brownback gets a perfect 100 from the National Right to Life Committee and a perfect 0 from NARAL. Likewise on the 2nd Amendment, he gets high praise from firearms groups and the worst ratings possible from gun-control advocates. He gets high marks from budget and tax hawks, but on immigration he appears to be a little bit of a squish. He supported the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform plan, a vote that will find him at odds with the conservative base he claims to represent.__Brownback may still surprise. Unless he does something spectacular soon, he simply won't knock Giuliani, McCain, Romney, or Gingrich off the front pages, though. Without that kind of coverage, and seemingly unable to generate that much attention throughout most of his career, Brownback doesn't look promising as the Great Conservative Hope._Other headlines today: Rep. Dennis Moore (D)![][6][(LJW) Disabled, needy bear new burden of proof:][7] Thousands of low-income and disabled Kansans have lost or been denied health care coverage since new rules took effect that require documented proof of U.S. citizenship, according to state officials. ... U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, whose district includes eastern Lawrence, said federal officials were aware of states' problems with the new rules and probably would work on it when the new Congress takes office in January. "I opposed the legislation that included this mandate, which is already adversely affecting thousands of Americans," Moore said. "I am working with my colleagues to address this problem so that we are not excluding those who need our help the most." [1]: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZDI0ODU3ZTY3ZmEyY2E5MWUwMWZkNmQ0MTEzNzE4MDk= [2]: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/fr/thumb/c/c8/Sam_Brownback.jpg/150px-Sam_Brownback.jpg [3]: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18210 [4]: http://sixthcolumn.typepad.com/sixth_column/2006/11/fyi.html [5]: http://www.captainsquartersblog.com/mt/archives/008550.php [6]: http://gala.ntdtv.com/2006/en/vips/i/ks_dennis_moore.jpg [7]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/nov/28/disabled_needy_bear_new_burden_proof/?state_regional


sarahkatheryn 11 years, 7 months ago

if the R's choose a moderate like Rudy or McCain - Sammy B would be the ideal Veep to appease the right wing voters.

cutny 11 years, 7 months ago

So, Brownback is "for" peace in the Mid East? I'm sorry, but are there actually politicians out there who are against it? Save your breath Brownie, you've got not a prayer of being president. And a moderate would never choose a neo-con like Brownback to run, so as far as being "ideal," I don't think so.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 7 months ago

the text on immigration seems to have been lifted word-for-word from a recent ljw article on the brownback candidacy. are we just recycling words now to fill the paper?

will therefore repeat my comments at least in meaning since I wouldn't just cut-and-paste like some newspaper did. this text undersells the intensity we in the conservative base of the republican party have about immigration. brownback absolutely will not be nominated and won't even be named for Veep because we're hot mad about how the senate behaved RE immigration and Senator Brownback cast about a dozen votes which were terrible! we remember.

now, let's repeal the 17th amendment so the senators don't have to raise campaign funds and return their selection to the original constitutional method! brownback sold our security and economy out for the big ag interests donating to him.
certainly won't ever vote for Brownback again.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 7 months ago

From one nationwide blog Brownback is no stranger as to his neoconservative Christian Coalition attitudes. No way.

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