Cyclone Conservatives has a first hand account of Saturday’s Lincoln Day Dinner in NW Iowa. Unlike downbeat reports I have seen in the MSM, Don McDowell proclaimed it a gigantic success. Here’s his observations about our favorite candidate:
Sam Brownback: Steady, Compassionate, and Reliable
Senator Sam didn’t wow anybody last night with any firery rhetoric but that’s not Sam’s style anyway. Brownback is instead slowly taking the race voter by voter and continuing to drive home his record as a reliable conservative who has been “pro-life his whole life”. (No doubt a dig at Romney).
I’ve seen Brownback and Thompson to most out of any of the candidates and I can safely say that I do like Brownback a lot. He’s a very genuine guy and very sincere. There’s just not a fake bone in his body.
It was neat seeing him interact with an older gentleman from NW Iowa during the reception. I was waiting in line to shake his hand and tell him thanks for coming and I listened to this older farmer talk about how he is a neighbor to all the wind turbines up near Storm Lake and Alta and how it is good for the economy.
By the time the guy was done talking, Brownback had written down his contact information and said that he wanted the guy to take him on a tour of the area and a wind farm when he was up there. There’s no doubt that the man was unbelievably thrilled by that idea.
Brownback is a natural campaigner. When you talk to him, you can tell he is listening and processing it. There are other candidates who you don’t feel that way about. I was also impressed by all the Brownback stickers everywhere on the shirts and jackets. Brownback’s steady style might just be about ready to bubble to the top very quickly.
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Sounds like Brownback is quietly and steadily building a winning campaign. He’s been mostly ignored by the mainstream media, yet seems to impress voters who are able to see and hear him in person. It’s still early in the season. Unlike the frontrunners, Brownback hasn’t made any gaffes and has nothing to hide, unlike Rudy McRomney.
Sam doesn’t have to contort himself and pretend to be a conservative. He is one. All he needs to do is get in front of the GOP faithful and they recognize that he is the real thing. The more the pretenders speak the more they expose themselves as false conservatives. By way of contrast, Sam Brownback has nowhere to go but up.
Update: Students for Brownback has pictures of the event.