Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback is working hard but is still having trouble raising his profile in the 2008 presidential race. A New York Times article Monday reported that Brownback “has been running a shoestring campaign with a heavy focus on three early voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — hoping a favorable showing will help catapult him from the second tier of Republican candidates.” But it noted that he isn’t drawing crowds or much local media attention at his campaign appearances, and voters who do like his message — which Brownback describes as “bleeding heart conservative” — are still concerned about his electability.
Meanwhile, Brownback’s campaign wasn’t helped by the Cal Thomas column in Wednesday’s Eagle, in which Thomas suggested that conservatives are mature if they don’t just vote for someone who shares their social values. “Put it this way: If you were about to have major surgery and your only choice was between a churchgoing doctor with a high mortality rate and an agnostic with a high success record, which would it be?” he asked. “I’d choose the agnostic.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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