Brownback’s approval ratings tamping down 2016 talk

bbackwinThough the presidential prospects of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., have risen lately, much GOP speculation about 2016 continues to center on governors, with New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker among the most likely contenders. While sizing up the rest of the field, including Texas’ tarnished Rick Perry, Dallas Morning News columnist Carl Leubsdorf observed that “efforts by Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal and Kansas’ Sam Brownback to make reputations as conservative reformers have sapped their home-state popularity.” But Slate’s David Weigel, reporting on a recent Americans for Tax Reform event, noted that as a screen showed slides of “naughty” and “nice” political figures of 2013, Brownback was included in the latter category “for leading a conservative policy revolution in Kansas.”