Sam Brownback - A Reagan Republican and a clear, consistent, and conservative voice
The Mason Conservative has a good post about Brownback here. The USA Today had a good article about him back in July titled Will Christian right embrace - and support - one of its own? A few lines from the piece:
Big issues like ending abortion, banning same-sex marriage, battling indecency on TV and refusing to fund embryonic stem cell research fuel Brownback's long-shot hopes for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. Most Americans have never heard of him, but the conservative Christian leaders who play a critical role in the GOP take him seriously.
After delivering what they see as the decisive votes to elect and re-elect George W. Bush, they grumble that social conservatives haven't gotten all they deserved on the issues that matter most to them, especially the campaign for a constitutional amendment to bar gay marriage.
The question for them next time: Support a candidate who has a good shot of winning but a short history on their core issues? Or back a true believer who faces a steep uphill fight?
Time will answer that question. His bio is refreshing. A man with a farming heritage in the heartland of America that supports
• Saving and reforming Social Security for current and future generations;
• Providing tax relief to working families through ending the marriage penalty and providing marginal tax rate reductions;
• Reforming and streamlining the way the federal government does business;
• Making the federal tax code flatter, simpler and fairer;
• Fighting to protect the most vulnerable in our society: the unborn, the weak, the elderly, and the disabled;
• Ensuring that America continues an aggressive war on terror;
• Guarding against the erosion of our freedoms and right to govern ourselves. Read more about that here.
Like the MC, I have my doubts as to his electability. While I could support him wholeheartedly, I don't know if the electorate would follow. I do hope Brownback's views make some waves in the upcoming campaign. He will need a strong John Tester type grass roots to be successful. If this man gains the full support of the Christian right he will make some serious waves. Something to think about.