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We all remember, I’m sure, the mania that gripped the conservative base during the 2008 primary season, when everyone seemed to be searching for the perfect candidate. We are of the mind here that there isn’t one, but that among the host of imperfect candidates, Gov. Romney is the best. Some of the loudest cries of denunciation we and our guy received, interestingly enough, came from the supporters of Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. To hear some of these folks talk, the dude never met a tax he didn’t cut, an unborn baby he didn’t rescue, or a soldier he didn’t hug, and if you suggested otherwise, you were a LIAR. Sen. Brownback, of course, was not elected president, but he did just win the GOP nomination for governor of his home state, and he will most assuredly be inaugurated in January, given the political landscape there.

How interesting, in light of all this, to see that in his final months in D.C., Sen. Brownback has come out in favor of telling you what kind of energy you can buy. In so doing, he seems to have rescued a Big Government mandate Sen. Harry Reid has pushed, but was about to drop for lack of support. This is awful news for anyone not connected with Kansas’ wind-power industry. The guys at the Competitive Enterprise Institute have the sordid details on NRO.

Suffice it to say it’s now clear that anybody who told you Sen. Brownback (for all his virtues, which are numerous) was some kind of conservative messiah was really just blowing a lot of hot air. He’s a politician, just like our guy, and he’s shown it here. Perhaps those who tried to convince us otherwise could have used all that hot air to turn a Kansas windmill instead?

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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