October, 18th 2007

Brownback to exit presidential race

– Liz Mair

Well, this should help tighten up the debates:

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) will drop out of the 2008 presidential race tomorrow, the AP reports.

"Brownback, a long-shot conservative contender, had trouble raising money to compete in the race. He is expected announce his withdrawal in Topeka, Kan."

It also isn't much of a surprise. Those tracking the presidential race have noticed that Brownback has sunk and sunk in the last few months. There's been plenty of urging among conservative bloggers that he focus on defending his Senate seat, and quit toying with the notion of being president.

From my perspective, while I've often directed plenty of vitriol at Brownback, this is a sad thing for him personally, but a good thing overall, both for national politics, generally, and from the perspective of advancing good policy. Brownback has a number of good ideas on economic and fiscal items that I'd like to see him focusing on, and it's incredibly tough to try to move such policies in the Senate while running a presidential campaign. With his withdrawal from the race, fiscal and economic conservatives should stand a better chance of seeing him advance those proposals and bring those pet issues back into the spotlight.

Of course, we may also see more of him in Washington, banging on about abortion and gay marriage, too, but I'll put up with that if he's prepared to get back to work on tax reform and the like, which is critically important, especially with this Congress.


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