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July 13, 2007

Sam Brownback vs The Media Ceiling

Filed under: Election 2008,Media Bias,Sam Brownback — Psycheout @ 4:34 pm

Ever since I started blogging about Sam Brownback’s campaign for President, I’ve noticed how much attention the media lavishes on the RINOs and how little they pay to Senator Brownback, a principled conservative Republican. This cannot be an accident.

The media, rather than reporting the story and letting people make up their own minds, is trying to create the story by concentrating on the RINOs. They assume the American people are so dumb that they will only focus on what’s put before them. At the end of a recent article, Brownback Quietly Courting Conservatives, Sam Brownback seems to underscore my suspicion:

“The national media has put a ceiling on who they will cover and I haven’t cracked through that ceiling yet,” said Brownback. “If we can do well in some of these early contests and the early primary states, we can crack through that ceiling.”

I’ll be more blunt about it. If the Brownback campaign can do well in Iowa and the other early primary states, in spite of the virtual media blackout, they will be forced, at last, to cover Sam Brownback. And his star will rise when that happens. The more people hear about him, the more they like.

Rather than buying votes and getting a free ride in the media, Sam Brownback is campaigning the old fashioned way: grassroots outreach and meeting voters face to face in towns across the state.

“He is going to all the right places and saying all the right things,” said Chuck Laudner, executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa.

And veteran activist Bob Haus noted, “He’s putting some good old Kansas shoe leather into the state.”

The Senator is working hard and it’s going to pay off.

As the 50-year-old Brownback puts it repeatedly on the campaign trail, “I guess that’s what I learned growing up on a farm. You get up early, you work hard and you go to bed tired.”

And the more people find out about the other candidates in contrast to a good old fashioned honest to goodness conservative, the more likely they are to switch to Sam.

“From what I can see, he is chipping away at some of the social conservatives that Mitt Romney was able to pick up before a lot of people knew about his various positions,” Roederer said.

I think that’s supposed to read “his [Romney’s] multiple positions. ” The contrast between Brownback and Romney couldn’t be any clearer.

“He’s changed on a number of these issues over a period of time and at different times,” Brownback said. “I’m laying out a consistent message and I think people should know what has been different and where I have been on these issues.”

The strategy is straightforward and Brownback is doing what needs to be done.

Brownback figures that if he campaigns effectively in Iowa, does well in next month’s straw poll in Ames and finishes better than expected in the caucuses, he could burst onto the scene and become a major player.

And that will be a good day indeed.

There’s more in the article. Read the whole thing.

— Psycheout


  1. They assume the American people are so dumb that they will only focus on what’s put before them.

    The problem is that they´re quite right with that asumption….

    Comment by PG — July 13, 2007 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  2. Ironic, isn’t it?

    Comment by Adam Nelson — July 13, 2007 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  3. Brownback does have to do well in Iowa. That will force them to sit up and take notice. I think PG is right. If it’s not on the teevee, it never happened.

    Comment by Red State Guy — July 13, 2007 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  4. And speaking of “various positions,” I like Sen. Sam’s religious positions: First he’s not a Catholic, then he is. Any one who’d change his religion as late in life as he did has no moral fiber at all, and if he ever became president (haw haw haw, fat chance) he’d get talked into all kinds of liberal positions by all the communists in Washington, D. C. (District of Communists).

    Comment by M. Bouffant — July 13, 2007 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

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