There’s a disturbing bit of speculation in The Hill today that should probably be taken with a grain of salt, or perhaps a pillar of salt and some strong antacids. Ever since Sam Brownback, the principled conservative Republican, gave up his bid for the GOP nomination late last week, political spectators and pundits alike have been wondering aloud which of the remaining candidates, if any, the distinguished Senator would endorse.
Sam has already stated quite clearly in the last debate that, unlike Ron Paul the spoiler, he would be willing to endorse the eventual nominee. He clarified then and reiterated later that he would not support a pro-abortion candidate, saying confidently that the GOP nominee would absolutely be pro-life. That was very reassuring. And when asked about Rudy Giuliani, Brownback stated he would not be the nominee because “He’s not pro-life.”
Back to the article in The Hill. It makes the claim that Sam Brownback is giving consideration to who he is going to endorse. Perhaps an endorsement is close at hand. He has reached out to other candidates in an effort to clarify in his mind who to support. Here’s where it gets worrisome.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is considering endorsing Rudy Giuliani for the GOP presidential nomination and will meet with him Thursday in Washington to hear his views on abortion.
That’s already been made very clear, he’s pro. As in pro-abortion. What more is there to hear? Perhaps the Senator is just being courteous to avoid embarrassing the former New York mayor in the press. Sam is just that kind of guy, generous to and thoughtful of others.
Brownback, who ended his White House run last week and is a champion of social conservative issues, said he would consider Giuliani because he had heard that the former New York City mayor had changed his position on partial-birth abortion and has pledged to appoint to the courts strict constructionists who would not overturn anti-abortion laws.
Let’s not get carried away here. He’s still pro-abortion, even if he doesn’t support crushing a pre-born’s skull and sucking its brains out with a hose just prior to birth. Only the most heartless of the secular progressive left support that kind of barbarism.
If Brownback pledged his support, it would be a big boost for Giuliani. It might help shore up the biggest perceived weakness of his candidacy — namely, the lack of support among social conservatives because of his stance on abortion.
Actually, no it most certainly would not. Richard Land has made that clear. Pro-life Republicans have made that clear. Giuliani is simply a deal breaker. There’s no way that Senator Brownback is going to sell out his strongly held beliefs in the sanctity of life, and even if he were to somehow endorse Giuliani during some kind of temporary demonic possession, his supporters aren’t going to be led like lambs to the slaughter. It simply isn’t going to happen. This reporter is starting to tick me off.
“I’m going to meet with him and I’m going to talk to him and hear what he is specifically saying now because he’s changed on a number of the abortion issues,” Brownback said in an interview. “He’s changed on partial-birth [abortion] and he … has said he would appoint strict constructionists.”
When asked about Giuliani’s position on allowing women the right to late-term abortions, also known as partial-birth abortions, Brownback said: “He is opposed to it. That’s what I’ve been told indirectly. I want to hear it from him.”
This is really misleading. I smell a rat. This reporter is trying to create a narrative that simply doesn’t exist. Sell it somewhere else, pal.
Brownback has not indicated that he is likely to support Giuliani, but he has not ruled it out.
Oh, give me a break. That’s called wishful thinking. I have not indicated that I am likely to win the lottery tomorrow or drive to the moon, but I haven’t ruled it out, either. What is this, a gossip column or a creative writing exercise? This is utter nonsense. The agenda in this story is palpable. Time to come back to the real world.
He said he is also considering endorsing other top-tier Republican candidates. Several have asked for his support in telephone conversations, and Brownback has already met with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to discuss a possible endorsement.
“I haven’t decided who or if and I haven’t decided when,” said Brownback.
That’s more like it. So far only the last quote of the Senator’s was all that was needed. This author is just trying to fill column space. No decision has been made, and, regardless of all the obvious pleading you’ve done here, it will never be Rudy Giuliani. Not in a million years. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve just been through the spin cycle.
Brownback’s advisers, however, predicted that he would make an endorsement within the next few weeks. It would be a huge boon to any candidate because of the impressive ground operation Brownback has built up in Iowa, site of the first contest of the presidential primary.
Now wait a darn minute. All along the press and conventional wisdom has been saying that Sam had zero support, zero funds and zero chance of winning. Now suddenly a single word from him is going to determine the outcome? Who wins and who loses? This is utterly ridiculous. It can’t be both extremes at once. That’s called cognitive dissonance.
So let’s just get back to the agenda pushing okay, dear author?
Giuliani would gain the most from Brownback’s endorsement because he has consistently encountered opposition from social conservatives owing to his views on abortion.
And there you go again! Keep wishing for ponies.
He has drawn strong criticism for reiterating in a televised interview earlier this year his position that the federal government should provide funding for an abortion if a woman could not afford one. Giuliani’s standing atop national polls has scared Christian conservative leaders so much that several prominent leaders threatened last month to support a third-party candidate to block his path to the White House.
Of course, knucklehead! He’s PRO-ABORTION! He supports FEDERAL FUNDING of abortions. So what’s all this breathless nonsense about /what if/? It ain’t gonna happen.
Brownback’s support, however, could assuage the concerns of many social conservatives and provide him a path to the Republican nomination.
NO IT COULD NOT. SHUT UP. THIS IS NOTHING BUT PURE UNADULTERATED PROPAGANDA.
“It would be absolutely huge,” said Ross K. Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. “It would mean that Giuliani is getting support form a part of the Republican Party that has been hostile to him.”
Yes it would be in Never Never land, but it’s not going to happen, you blatant and obvious Giuliani supporter. Next time try to be subtle if you’re trying to actually, you know, fool anyone.
“Brownback is very well-respected,” Baker added. “It would give a lot of social conservatives and evangelicals cover if they want to support Giuliani.”
Baker’s obviously trying to get Senator Brownback to commit political suicide. And who in the world wants cover to support a pro-abortion candidate? Only a hypocrite of the highest order would even consider it. This is an insult, a slap in the face, to socons and evangelicals. It’s right there in the open. He’s calling you phoney hypocrates. I don’t need cover from my own values, you hack. I can’t believe what a tissue of lies and special pleading this whole article is. Is this from The Onion?
Karlyn Bowman, a scholar who specializes in public opinion and politics at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, said a Brownback endorsement would help Giuliani enormously.
“If true, that would be an enormous coup for Giuliani, especially given what we’ve heard about Brownback’s organization in Iowa,” she said.
Again with trying to set the agenda rather than reporting the facts. It would be a coup, alright. That’s the only way that a liberal New York mayor would get the GOP nomination. A coup d’état, that is.
Jay Heine, who until this week was Brownback’s Iowa political director, said he could envision Brownback and many of his supporters backing Giuliani because he is widely considered to have the best chances among Republicans of beating the expected Democratic nominee, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.).
Who are these people talking to? Selling one’s soul to the devil to nominate the anti-Christ? No wonder the Brownback campaign faltered. This Jay Heine guy is a complete moron and sell out. If it wasn’t his incompetence that did it, it surely must have been sabotage.
“The Republican Party’s spirits are pretty low,” said Heine, noting landslide Democratic victories in the 2006 election. “We’re looking at an environment in Iowa where Democrats are really outworking Republicans. I think a lot of people would be open to [the] Giuliani endorsement because they don’t want to lose to a Democrat.”
And listen to this Heine guy! (Isn’t “heine” another word for one’s backside?) Sam Brownback is an optimist, he always spoke about hope for the future. This Heine guy is the complete opposite: a gloom and doomer, an abject pessimist. I can’t believe this guy was running the show in Iowa. Brownback didn’t lose, he was sabotaged from within his own organization. He could even be a Giuliani plant, the way he’s talking here.
Brownback’s former rivals are now scrambling to grab a piece of his campaign infrastructure in Iowa.
Like vultures tearing at the flesh of a dying man in the desert. They all want a piece of it and can’t even wait until the heart has stopped beating. How pathetic! How macabre.
I’m about to burst a blood vessel as I type this, so I’ll skip to where someone actually interjects a little reality into this RINO RUDY pipedream. At long last.
“Brownback got quite a bit of Catholic support,” she [Kim Lehman, president of Iowa Right to Life and Iowans for Brownback member] said. “I’m seeing a lot of people at my end trying to decide which way to go.”
She said that social conservatives are beginning to peel away from Romney as they learn of statements he made in favor of abortion rights when he ran for Massachusetts governor in 2002.
She said she would be stunned if Brownback backed Giuliani.
Right. Now that actually makes sense. If people are turning away from Romney who’s flipped back and forth on the issue of abortion, why would they then flock to the guy who’s rock-solid PRO-ABORTION? That would be certifiably insane.
“I find it simply hard to believe because Giuliani has expressed his position to even pay for abortion,” she said.
Lehman’s son, Zachariah Gordon, who served as pro-life coalition director for Brownback in Iowa, said Huckabee’s campaign has expressed interest in hiring him.
He said it would be “hypocritical” for Brownback to endorse Giuliani or Romney because of their views on abortion.
AMEN! Thank you for speaking the obvious and plain truth at last. We have gone full circle. From no on Rudy and Mittens, to yes (the author hopes) on Rudy and back again to no way, absolutely not, I don’t think so, thank you very much.
One Brownback source predicted the senator would announce his endorsement within the next month.
“We’ve done some internal polling to see where [Brownback supporters] are going to make sure they’re not flocking to someone we’re not going to endorse,” said the source.
This might be a good time for Brownbackers to email and phone Senator Brownback and make sure that he doesn’t have any turncoat advisers trying to counsel him to make a fatal choice.
It seems Satan the serpant is again tempting man with the forbidden fruit. He’s whispering lies into the ears of Americans trying to get them to back Giuliani. It’s time to reject Satan. Not in this lifetime, bub. Giuliani will NEVER have my support. You can count on it.
If you’re not angry about the implications of this article, you’re not paying attention. Get active. Now!
Hat Tip: Tommy Oliver at Race 4 2008: Will Brownback Turn to the Dark Side of the Force?
Update: Hot Air doesn’t think so either, but can’t resist calling him “Switchback.” Grow up, guys.