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Brownback waffles but will vote to confirm Sebelius
The Kansas City Star ^ | Tue, Mar. 03, 2009 | STEVE KRASKE

Posted on 03/04/2009 11:55:34 AM PST by presidio9

After a day of uncertainty, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said Tuesday he would vote to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for secretary of health and human services.

“The president won the election and has nominated a Kansan to the Cabinet,” Brownback said in a statement. “Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

Brownback joined Sen. Pat Roberts, who also made his intentions known Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, Brownback had deferred. “He doesn’t plan to say anything either way at this point,” said a spokesman.

Some questioned how Brownback would decide, considering how abortion opponents — who have long seen Sebelius as unacceptable — are a major part of his base.

Brownback’s position had been a concern to the White House. Two sources have told The Kansas City Star that President Barack Obama himself called Brownback last week to gauge his reaction. The president wanted to be sure that Brownback wouldn’t work to derail the nomination, a top Democrat said.

Unlike Roberts, Brownback was not at the White House ceremony Monday and seemed to be wavering.

“He’s between a rock and a hard place,” Kansas State University political scientist Joe Aistrup said before Brownback issued his Tuesday statement.

Ron Thornburgh, the four-term secretary of state running against Brownback next year for the GOP nomination for governor, had ripped Brownback for “backpedaling” from a joint statement issued Saturday with Roberts that said:

“We are hopeful Governor Sebelius will be a voice for Kansas and rural America at the department. We look forward to working with her on issues important to the state…”

Thornburgh called the weekend statement tantamount to an endorsement: “I’m stunned that Sam would endorse her because she’s an individual who goes against everything he has said he believes in

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: 111th; abortion; bho44; bhohhs; brownback; btk; infanticide; kathleensebelius; moralabsolutes; partialbirthabortion; prolife; sambrownback; sebelius
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Email Senator Brownback here:

http://brownback.senate.gov/public/contact/emailsam.cfm

Phone Numbers for his offices:

Washington - (202) 224-6521 Topeka - (785) 233-2503

1 posted on 03/04/2009 11:55:34 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

What a retard. I think he can kiss any aspirations for higher office goodbye.


2 posted on 03/04/2009 11:56:39 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (True nobility is exempt from fear - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: presidio9

Republicans! Is there anything they stand firm on?


3 posted on 03/04/2009 11:57:05 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (I want Obama to fail.)
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To: presidio9

I’m an American but that doesn’t mean I support every American.


4 posted on 03/04/2009 11:57:12 AM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: presidio9

I’m glad the devil incarnatae is not a citizen of Kansas, else he would get Brownback’s vote.


5 posted on 03/04/2009 11:57:20 AM PST by basil ( It's time to eliminate all "Gun Free Zones")
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To: presidio9
“Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

Gary Heidnik is a fellow Pennsylvanian, but that doesn't mean I would support him for a cabinet position. What a dolt.

6 posted on 03/04/2009 11:58:27 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: presidio9

To be fair Obama is going to be nominating a serious pro choice person any way. This way she won’t end up in the Senate. I welcome the appointment.


7 posted on 03/04/2009 11:58:35 AM PST by bilhosty (Welcome to Eat the Press)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

For higher office he should vote “present”.


8 posted on 03/04/2009 11:58:46 AM PST by Lawdoc (My dad married my aunt, so now my cousins are my brothers. Go figure.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Unbelievable.

This woman is DOWNRIGHT EVIL. She is pro-infanticide. She might as well set up an altar to Molech in her office and sacrifice children to an idol.

And, we’re going to get “go home and die” medical care out of her as well.


9 posted on 03/04/2009 11:58:48 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Baby Brains is People, MS KS CRUEL GOV.


10 posted on 03/04/2009 11:59:17 AM PST by quickquiver (No, means N O.)
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To: presidio9
. “Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

That's just stupid.

11 posted on 03/04/2009 11:59:22 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: presidio9

Kansan First, Catholic Second. Not very smart, Sam.


12 posted on 03/04/2009 12:00:41 PM PST by RabidBartender
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

This is disgusting. Senator Brownback has presented himself a principled, anti-abortion conservative.

Sebelius isn’t just a wishy-washy, pro-choice woman. She is an abortion extremist activist. And for Sen. Brownback to support her is a betrayal.


13 posted on 03/04/2009 12:00:45 PM PST by exist
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To: presidio9

Brownback is one the biggest frauds....he always painted himself as some Christian Conservative....yet he is one of the most Open Borders pro-illegal/anti-American out there...and now is backing one of the most extreme abortionist Democrats for a Cabinet position


14 posted on 03/04/2009 12:01:32 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (The Biggest Threat To American Soverignty Is Rampant Economic Anti-Americanism)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Hmmmm, when Dollar Bill Jefferson, with whom I have profound differences, ran for office, I decided to support my principles first which required me to vote against him.


15 posted on 03/04/2009 12:01:45 PM PST by MarkT
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16 posted on 03/04/2009 12:01:45 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: presidio9
“The president won the election and has nominated a Kansan to the Cabinet,” Brownback said in a statement. “Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

Something Jean Carnahan couldn't do for her fellow Missourian, John Ashcroft.

17 posted on 03/04/2009 12:01:48 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: presidio9
“The president won the election and has nominated a Kansan to the Cabinet,” Brownback said in a statement. “Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

This statement is a display of the weakness that is the GOP today. How many times did we see/hear statements like this from the Dems supporting Bush nominees despite “policy” differences???

queue the crickets!!!!

18 posted on 03/04/2009 12:02:17 PM PST by skully (I hope to change hope before changes occur to hope that leave me with nothing but change...I hope)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
What a retard. I think he can kiss any aspirations for higher office goodbye.

Sam still thinks he's presidential material. That's why he's leaving the Senate and running for Kansas governor.

19 posted on 03/04/2009 12:02:49 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: presidio9

Brownback, you are a coward. Guys like you are what’s wrong with the GOP.


20 posted on 03/04/2009 12:03:09 PM PST by Antoninus (It's a sad time when Pravda's reporting is more reliable than anything in the major US media.)
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To: presidio9

Idiot!


21 posted on 03/04/2009 12:03:09 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: presidio9

Elections have consequences.


22 posted on 03/04/2009 12:03:48 PM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: presidio9

How about supporting your fellow Kansans who are slated to be aborted?


23 posted on 03/04/2009 12:04:09 PM PST by Marie2 (Ora et labora)
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To: presidio9
“The president won the election and has nominated a Kansan to the Cabinet,” Brownback said in a statement. “Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

I wonder what other rotten individuals from Kansas old Yellowback can throw his support behind.

24 posted on 03/04/2009 12:04:09 PM PST by Niteranger68 (Anarchy! Coming to a country near you.)
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To: presidio9

What exactly would it take for Brownback not to support a fellow Kansan?


25 posted on 03/04/2009 12:07:15 PM PST by mockingbyrd (patriotic dissent is a luxury of those protected by men and women better than they)
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To: presidio9
Brownback or Brownnose?
26 posted on 03/04/2009 12:07:36 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (FUBO Kenyan Usurper - "Let his days be few, and let another take his office." Psalm 109:8)
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To: presidio9
“He’s between a rock and a hard place,”

No, he isn't. He's between a principle and a taking a stand.

And he failed.

27 posted on 03/04/2009 12:07:44 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: presidio9

This is great!! At the end of the day we’ll have all the true and closet RINO’s flushed out!!!


28 posted on 03/04/2009 12:09:20 PM PST by mo
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
What a retard. I think he can kiss any aspirations for higher office goodbye.

See post #14. I think he did that when he decided that the interests of illegal aliens were more important than those of American citizens.

29 posted on 03/04/2009 12:16:17 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: presidio9

That is a disappointment. What a moron.


30 posted on 03/04/2009 12:17:00 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: mockingbyrd

Dennis Lynn Rader (alias "BTK Strangler") of Wichita. Judging by his track record, if the President nominited Mr. Rader to his cabinet, Senator Brownback would have no choice but to confirm him, right? After all, the man (or whatever he is) is from the Sunflower State.

31 posted on 03/04/2009 12:17:27 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: All

Brownback is doing this out of nothing else, but personal advancement. He wants to be governor of Kansas, and with Kitty Kat in DC, it makes it so much easier. The nominal opponent, the now Lt. Gov. is a turn-coat who flipped from R to D. There are people on both sides that don’t like him. While he would get the vote of all 10 democrats in KS, he would not have the support that Kitty Kat has.


32 posted on 03/04/2009 12:23:09 PM PST by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: presidio9

Between a rock and a hard place? She clearly is going to be confirmed, so why can’t he vote “no”? Just because she’s a fellow Kansan? Principles have sunk mighty low when geography is the top priority and not something small and meaningless like killing babies. (sarc)


33 posted on 03/04/2009 12:24:09 PM PST by nomoremods
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To: nomoremods

Laura Ingraham was saying yesterday that she would never support Brownback in any election of this, and would in fact campaign against him in Republican Primaries.


34 posted on 03/04/2009 12:26:41 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam Is As Islam Does)
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To: presidio9

Laura Ingraham was saying yesterday that she would never support Brownback in any election of this, and would in fact campaign against him in Republican Primaries.
_________________________

The Dems here in KS hate him so I thought maybe he was actually OK. He has proven by these statements that he is really not to be trusted. Time to fire off another e-mail to the senator.


35 posted on 03/04/2009 12:29:24 PM PST by RepubRep (God Bless America and may He guard our borders until we WAKE UP and do it ourselves!!)
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To: presidio9

Way to go, Sam - show that ol’ backbone of yours. HaHa.


36 posted on 03/04/2009 12:31:19 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: presidio9

“Brownback waffles”

Not the first time.


37 posted on 03/04/2009 12:32:36 PM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: presidio9
“Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

Two words -- Jean Carnahan.

Two more words -- John Ashcroft.

-PJ

38 posted on 03/04/2009 12:36:44 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (You can never overestimate the Democrats' ability to overplay their hand.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
I disagree.

Less than 20% of the population cares very much at all about the abortion issue.
I care deeply, but I am humble enough to realize that the general public does not care.

Let our Conservative politicians makes a few PR calls and judgment calls.

It is good for Kansas to get rid of Sebelius, as Governor.

It is bad for Tiller, who sends tons of money to pro abortion politicians, nationwide.

Do not ask our leaders to shoot themselves in the foot.

Learn to play smart, and play to win.

Please stop it with the circular firing squads. When Brownback runs against an Obama or a Sebelius, we need the 80% that doesn't give one whit about abortion to consider Brownback as a reasonable candidate.

39 posted on 03/04/2009 12:38:00 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: presidio9

Maybe Sen. Brownback needs to review what an abortion looks like:

http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/pictures_3.html


40 posted on 03/04/2009 12:39:23 PM PST by Cedar
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To: presidio9

This mystifies me. Democrat Senators are under absolutely no obligation to support Republican nominees from their home state (e.g. Carnahan voting against Ashcroft).

Yet somehow, Republicans must do so. WTF?


41 posted on 03/04/2009 12:41:20 PM PST by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything youÂ’ve been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: presidio9

Oh yes, Senator. By all means, support a person who advocates murder because she is from your home state. I guess if Charles Manson lived in Kansas, you would vote for his confirmation.

No wonder America is in the shape it is in!

You sir are a damned coward.


42 posted on 03/04/2009 12:43:56 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: Flycatcher
None of you, who are so harsh against Brownback, could possibly run for Senate and hold the office.

The standard for these appointments should be the competence of the nominee. Granted, I have issues with Sebelius in that category, too. However, the President SHOULD be given broad lattitude in his picks of a cabinet. Absent a criminal or absurdly incompetent appointment, the President should get who he wants.

If Brownback voted against, she would STILL win -— and Brownback would not vulnerable to those who want to paint him as a radical.

Again, we need to play a bit smarter, and QUIT demanding that our fellow Congressman and Senators jump on every single grenade that is rolled in front of them.

43 posted on 03/04/2009 12:44:10 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: presidio9
Well, tell Laura to let us Kansans decide this one for ourselves.

The political bloodbaths that we have had in this state would humble ALL Of you, if you had any idea at all what we have been through.

Do you want to make statements or do you want CONTROL?

Brownback has the best chance of anyone to become the first truly conservative governor of Kansas in my lifetime, and I am 50.

QUIT EATING OUR OWN!

STOP THE CIRCULAR FIRING SQUADS!

This is a principled vote. It has long been a Conservative principal that the President should, with few restrictions and reservations, have the cabinet that the President wants.

44 posted on 03/04/2009 12:48:17 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: Kansas58

Your reasoning is why this country is sinking (along with the GOP).

Abortion is murder of a baby in the womb. There is never any reason to support someone who is in favor of it. Never.


45 posted on 03/04/2009 12:49:03 PM PST by Cedar
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To: Kansas58

Again, we need to play a bit smarter


I agree with you there but disagree with just about everything else you said. So why have the senate vote at all?? We ELECTED these people and I refuse to play dead and let them make decisions simply to support their own political gain in DC. In my opinion, Selebius’ attitude toward Tiller and late term abortion (why Obama loves this person) IS criminal.


46 posted on 03/04/2009 12:50:43 PM PST by RepubRep (God Bless America and may He guard our borders until we WAKE UP and do it ourselves!!)
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To: Kansas58
Again, we need to play a bit smarter, and QUIT demanding that our fellow Congressman and Senators jump on every single grenade that is rolled in front of them.

Taking a principled stand against a zealous pro-abortionist is NOT jumping on a grenade.

(And if it were, I would be dead.)

47 posted on 03/04/2009 12:51:18 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Cedar
You have no idea who you are lecturing.
I have probably suffered the wrath of the pro-abortion political and legal forces worse than anyone you have ever met.
Not bragging, I am BEGGING:

STOP IT WITH THE LITMUS TESTS ON STUPID PR MOVES!

You demand that our politicians waste their ammunition when it does nothing for the cause.

Brownback OR a radical proAbort buddy of Tiller -—

THOSE are our choices. Grow up, study politics, realize that the vast majority of the world is NEITHER prolife nor PROCHOICE but apathetic on the issue.

Hurt Brownback, at this state, and you guarantee another Tiller buddy wins.

48 posted on 03/04/2009 12:55:25 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: ArrogantBustard

“Despite our profound policy differences, I will support my fellow Kansan.”

Gee, wonder who he’d support if he were German in 1933?


49 posted on 03/04/2009 12:55:47 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: presidio9

These people NEVER cease to amaze me. Geography trumps principles. What a way to vote. I guess if you are clueless, it’s as good as anything else.


50 posted on 03/04/2009 12:56:32 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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