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Friday, January 14, 2005

No thanks. My feet are clean already

Posted by Tim Tagaris

And you thought Rick Santorum running for president in 2008 was as bad as it can get. How about Senator Sam Brownback? From CNN's Inside Politics

Checking the "Political Bytes" on this Thursday, add the name of Kansas Senator Sam Brownback to the list of Republicans who may be considering a run for the White House. Brownback's home state newspaper, "The Kansas City Star," notes the senator has made what it calls repeated trips to Iowa, as well as several stops in South Carolina, home to an early primary.
As a Democrat, I am not afraid of Christianity influencing our democracy. In fact, I believe Jesus's message of taking up for the poor and suffering happens to be spot on.

I am however afraid of a theocracy taking over our democracy.

From Time Magazine: Now this, is extremist.

A man who takes his faith so seriously that he once washed a departing staff member's feet as a gesture of thanks, Brownback has an idea about what his constituents are praying for these days:

Or how about this? From the AP.

Six members of Congress live in a million-dollar Capitol Hill townhouse that is subsidized by a secretive religious organization, tax records show.

The lawmakers, all of whom are Christian, pay low rent to live in the stately red brick, three-story house on C Street, two blocks from the Capitol. It is maintained by a group, alternately known as the ''Fellowship'' and the ''Foundation,'' that brings together world leaders and elected officials through religion.

Yes. Brownback is one of them.

Posted at 06:38 PM in 2008 Election - President | Technorati


The thought of you staying awake at night worried that someone, somewhere is practicing their faith is too funny. It was delicious enough when you concocted new constitutional doctrines about church & state. Now the thought that someone would practice their faith in their private life is driving you nuts. Love it.

I'm worried. 2024 is looking very good for the Dems.

Posted by: Gary Matthew Miller at January 14, 2005 09:34 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

What I want to know is how this subsidized manse isn't a bribe? How can this be legal?

Posted by: Paul at January 15, 2005 12:16 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I don't know how sincere Brownback's religious conservatism is. I think I remember reading in "What's the Matter with Kansas?" that Brownback was a pro-business (and even possibly pro-choice) moderate until he realized that cultural conservatism was the way to power.

Posted by: Lavoisier1794 at January 16, 2005 02:14 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment