Senator Brownback decided to back down on his wacky crusade against a judge who attended a lesbian commitment ceremony. Whether this will help him or hurt him in Iowa and especially South Carolina is unclear.
I continue to find it deeply disturbing to find Sam Brownback being treated as an increasingly serious candidate for president. I guess that just shows how remarkably shallow the GOP bench actually is.
Earlier this year a close friend of John McCain gave me [Richard Cohen] fair warning: McCain was about to become much more conservative, and I would not like what was coming. He was right. I did not like McCain’s speech at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, and I think his support of intelligent design is — sorry, John — just plain brainless.
I hope to start a meme about McCain by repeating that “Like all great indie acts, his early work was better.” McCain-Feingold was well-intentioned and at least it brought us ads with the funny tagline: “I’m so-and-so and I approved this message.” What has he done for anyone since?