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December 06, 2006



Wow, I didn't know he was Catholic. That does make him somewhat more electable. Catholic voters are still one of the primary swing voting blocs in the country.

I think it's going to be really tough for him, but not for the reasons you stated. I do believe he is much more authentically religious than Bush. But I just think his beliefs - when you go outside of human rights issues - are pretty damn extreme.

Also, it's going to be hard for him to find political space in the primary since he is not anti-immigrant. Anyone who wants to beat McCain in the GOP primary is going to have to oppose immigration.


"Anyone who wants to beat McCain in the GOP primary is going to have to oppose immigration."

Interestingly enough, Brownback's "compassion" pushed him to vote FOR the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill. The article points that out.

I also think its just a smidge disingenious to say that Bush is not "authentic" in his faith. Bush is plenty authentic, he's a born again.


I posted about him also MC. I like him and I hope he makes some waves.

George Templeton

I am not as big a fan of McCain, in particular because of campaign finance reform. That and his vote in favor of pro-amnesty Senate bill is a problem. I just wish Brownback had supported the House version or the Pence-Hutchinson compromise, he would be perfect then.


MC: I guess you didn't read what I posted. I said that Brownback will LOSE the GOP Primary because "he is NOT anti-immigrant."


I am thrilled to see this new development. I like Brownback. His letter announcing his bid was steeped in conservative thought and philosophy--he doesn't dilute his message for more votes.

While he has quite a mountain to climb, this will add a new voice, a new dimension, to a race that thus far, has been filled with a moderate voice.


I think Brownback's importance won't be whether he wins or loses, its that conservatives will now have a genuine voice in the primary to put our issues on the table and make the other candidates address them. I never bought Romney becoming the "right wing" vote, and Brownback will be articulate and strong without being too partisan. I think he could pull this off, but he now has to be the front-runner for the VP slot if McCain wins.

David C.F. Ray

I agree that Sen. Brownback alone gives voice to the Reaganite message. He hits pretty much a bull's eye on every major policy issue. He is 1,000 pro-life (opposed to embryonic stem-cell research, for example), anti-tax, etc. No other candidate comes close. John McCain is bad on campaign finance and stem cell research; Mitt Romney has a checkered history on gay rights issues and abortion; Mike Huckabee raised taxes; Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki are not pro-life and bad on gay rights, Tom Tancredo is a jingoist.

As for the number of Catholics who have run for President, the number is QUITE lengthy. To wit:

Bruce E. Babbitt (D) (1988)
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D) (1988, 2008)
Carol E. Moseley Braun (D) (2004)
Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. (D) (1976, 1980, 1992)
Patrick J. Buchanan (R, Reform Party) (1992, 1996, 2000)
John W. Byrnes (R) (1964)
Wesley K. Clark (D) (2004)
Christopher J. Dodd (D) (2008)
Robert K. Dornan (R) (1996)
James A. Farley (D) (1940)
Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (1988)
Thomas R. Harkin (D) (1992)
John R. Kasich (R) (2000)
Edward M. Kennedy (D) (1980)
John F. Kennedy (D) (1960)
Robert F. Kennedy (D) (1968)
John F. Kerry (D) (2004)
Alan L. Keyes (R) (1996, 2000)
Dennis J. Kucinich (D) (2004)
Frank J. Lausche (D) (1956)
Paul D. Laxalt (R) (1988)
Eugene J. McCarthy (D) (1968, 1972, 1976, 1992)
Paul N. "Pete" McCloskey (R) (1972)
Ellen McCormack (D) (1976)
Edmund S. Muskie (D) (1972)
Larry L. Pressler (R) (1980)
John G. Schmitz (R) (1972)
R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. (D) (1976)
Alfred M. Smith (D) (1924, 1928, 1932)
Robert C. Smith (R) (2000)
Thomas G. Tancredo (R) (2008)
James A. Traficant, Jr. (D) (1988)
Thomas J. Vilsack (D) (2008)
John A. Volpe (R) (1968)

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