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The cover story of the current Weekly Standard, “Mr. Compassionate Conservative,” is about Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). I haven’t gotten all the way through the article yet (and will post again once I have), but in the meantime, all I have to add to what I’ve already written about Brownback is the following: Can you name one person who isn’t sick and tired of the term “compassionate conservatism” right now? Man, I can’t think of a worse phrase to be married to (well, except maybe “loves Hezbollah and Fidel”). Note: I’m talking about the political term and what it has been alleged to represent, not the underlying principles. Marvin Olasky’s original ideas on this score were surely good ones, and all Christians are clearly called to be compassionate, but the way they’ve supposedly been implemented so far by the Bushies? (Read: huge Medicare expansion, No Child Left Behind, bloated farm bill, and budget deficits to match.) Ugh. Not sure that headline does Brownback any favors.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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