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Is Brownback really shooting for veep role?

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¢ Allan Cigler, a KU political science professor, says Sen. Sam Brownback's bid for the White House - to be announced Saturday - may be more about setting himself up to be a pick for vice president, the [New York Times][1] reports today. "He hasn't really been able to bring his own party together within the state," said Cigler, who compared him with state Republican leaders he believes had widespread support -including former Sens. Bob Dole, the 1996 Republican presidential nominee and longtime occupant of the seat Brownback now holds, and Nancy Landon Kassebaum._"He doesn't have that personal charisma to make people like him in any deep way. If he can't do it here, you wonder whether he can do it externally," said Cigler.¢ A KU graduate is featured in a [CNN.com][2] story about the emotional changes of retirement. Sally Jennings, the third woman to earn a chemical engineering degree from the university, retired in 1989 after a long career with Texaco Chemical._The transition from the work force to retirement is often measured in financial and career-centric terms: When is the time right? How big is the nest egg? How to spend it? [1]: http://www.nytimes.com/cq/2007/01/18/cq_2142.html [2]: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/01/09/law.emotional/

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KEITHMILES05 10 years ago

Brownback has done nothing for the state of Kansas. He is only looking to make a name for himself nationwide. It is obvious why many state people abhor him.

Nate Poell 10 years ago

I'm pretty cheesed off that he didn't even vote on the ethics bill yesterday. (See here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070119/ap_on_go_co/senate_ethics.) It passed 96-2, but Sam couldn't even be bothered to vote. Really classy, leaving your constituents in the dark about your position on transparency in government.

bunnyhawk 10 years ago

seems to me the only way Kansans can be in the dark about the magnitude of brownback's self-aggrandizement at the cost of all else is if they keep their eyes closed ALL the time! Which is the ONLY explanation I can think of for his continued presence in Washington!!!!

rhd99 10 years ago

Brownie is shooting for something. Hope he's not on a hunting trip or he will get pinned down. Talk about shooting, here is a guy who knows all too well about shooting from the hip.

BigDog 10 years ago

Wow! It took this political genius this long to figure that out. Hell not even his own party sees him as a major contender for the presidency.

toefungus 10 years ago

Sounds like more people are figuring Sam out. I wonder if he is using the same people that helped Ryun with his campaign. "Hey, Sam, you're a shoe in!"

tlitwiller 10 years ago

BROWNBACK FOR PRESIDENT! Phil Kline can be the next evil, cheney-esque Veep. Lesse... Jim Ryun - Secretary of State, Phred Phelps - Secretary of Defense BTK - Secretary of the interior...

C'mon on along, you dunderheads! Join the idiot train! choochoo!

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