Brownback: On second thought, I’m not sure why I switched

posted at 9:17 pm on June 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

Through sheer force of will and/or idiocy, he’s managed to stretch his vote Thursday morning on cloture into a three-day, Kerryesque fiasco. Yesterday he said he’d intended to switch from yes to no all along. Today, a more nuanced explanation emerges.

Exactly the type of man we need in the White House right now.

Though some on both sides of the issue accused Brownback of “flip-flopping” once he saw that he would end up on the losing side of the debate, the senator suggested that it was again compassion — this time for a general public deeply divided over how to deal with immigration — that drove his mid-vote change.

Brownback told Congressional Quarterly’s CQToday, “I just concluded as I was on the floor that the country is just not ready.” He added that the issue “just needs to rest for a while.”

More specifically, he concluded this while he was on the floor after he’d already voted and the bill had already gone down to defeat. So his insight into what America is “ready” for is basically of the same order of profundity as a kindergartner who can count successfully up to the magic cloture-busting number of 40.

Meanwhile, the Times is startled by the “heated rhetoric” and verbal “pollut[ion]“ of the amnesty debate. Not the Nazi jibes and slavery analogies and relentless, shrieking accusations of bad faith and racism directed at amnesty opponents from Bush on down, but rather by Jeff Sessions’s remark that illegals had “broken in” to America by running past the National Guard. Which of course, they have; hence the term “illegals.” We Nazis will pay dearly for such incendiary invective at the polls, the Gray Lady warns. Exit question: Is the fact that the Times considers him an official Reasonable Voice the final nail in the coffin of Lindsey Graham’s credibility?


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And we thought Paris was an attention whore

wecoyote6969 on June 30, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Damn it, I never joined the Nazi Party, well, I heard they didn’t take Jews.

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 9:22 PM

Paris probly doesn’t date Jews either, I’m lost. DAMN!

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 9:22 PM

We’re not “ready”?
Toast this crusty weasel, we’re still wating for the previous bills to be enforced, that is what we have been “ready” for for years.

bbz123 on June 30, 2007 at 9:24 PM

Next up: Brownback apologizes for switching his vote and announces he’s checking himself into rehab.

Blacklake on June 30, 2007 at 9:24 PM

Keep diging that hole you’re in, it doesn’t matter anymore.

xplodeit on June 30, 2007 at 9:26 PM

I voted for Shamnesty before I voted against Shamnesty.
I remembered why before I did not remember why.

Brownback, You served with Kerry. You knew Kerry. Kerry is a friend of yours. Brownback , you’re a John Kerry.

Wade on June 30, 2007 at 9:26 PM

Brownback for president! oh, wait…

*turns red and sits meekly down*

mica_ar on June 30, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Definitely a Kerry moment

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 9:28 PM

That guy is so full of s*** nuance.

BadgerHawk on June 30, 2007 at 9:28 PM

Samantha Switchback wrote a book. It’s called From Power to Purpose. The purpose of course is to get the power or to count the votes or back the winning horse or something along those lines.

This guy is an amazing piece of work. In three days he’s managed to piss off both sides of the illegal immigration debate, alienate his constituents, sink his already faltering presidential campaign and reveal himself to be a principle-free, spineless, intellectual cretin who would sell out our nation’s border security for a better parking place and a subscription to Political Toady magazine.

Thomas the Wraith on June 30, 2007 at 9:29 PM

Brownback for president! oh, wait…

*turns red and sits meekly down*

mica_ar on June 30, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Brownback wanted to be president before he could not remember why.

Wade on June 30, 2007 at 9:29 PM

Is it time to look into who donated to his campaign?

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 9:30 PM

I wanted to close the Quote of previous post but forget why.

Wade on June 30, 2007 at 9:30 PM

The real question is, why does the Senate allow votes to be changed anyway?

TheBigOldDog on June 30, 2007 at 9:30 PM

To allow Senators to test the wind during election years

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 9:33 PM

Is it time to look into who donated to his campaign?

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 9:30 PM

Money well spent.

BadgerHawk on June 30, 2007 at 9:35 PM

Stupid quote button.

BadgerHawk on June 30, 2007 at 9:35 PM

For every Latino vote the GOP lost on this immig. issue..The GOP has gained a vote, like myself who will never vote Demo. again. Maybe the Times should print that.

Legions on June 30, 2007 at 9:37 PM

LOL Blacklake…..that wouldnt surprise me either.

ajmontana on June 30, 2007 at 9:50 PM

AP, I can’t remember and am too lazy to look but didn’t you give Brownback got kudos for some of his positions, um, was it the last debate or the one before.

Not that it matters except for observing how quickly one turns from fresh bread to burnt toast by making one’s principles appear optional. By the way, anyone remember the name of that election race website that did the bread-toast thingie?

Dusty on June 30, 2007 at 9:51 PM

[BadgerHawk on June 30, 2007 at 9:35 PM]

LMAO

Dusty on June 30, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Worth Repeating:

Brownback with this flip flop in yesterday’s [June 28, 2007] cloture vote on immigration shows that he is not a man of character, but an opportunist. A typical politician that sticks his finger in the air to see which way the political winds are blowing when he doesn’t have his hand out for the special interests or trying to hide earmarks from public inspection.

Will he (Switchback) answer CNN’s request to provide his earmark requests? So far most of the House and Senate are refusing to do so.

Sadly and stupidly a staffer for a Republican Senator Crapo of Idaho gave the ludicrous response to CNN that to give the list of earmarks to CNN is against the law. It violates the Privacy law.

Now have you heard anything more stupid than that? Accountability is against the law. Really?

No wonder Congress has an 18 percent approval rating according to the Rasmussen poll. What a bunch of arrogant elites in Congress who think we, the People, are just stupid sheep.

I would have thought the Republicans would have learned something from the election of 2006, but apparently not.

Who am I? A life-long Conservative Republican in Florida who will not vote for Brownback after seeing his actions yesterday at the cloture vote.

FLLaw33870 on June 30, 2007 at 10:00 PM

I ain’t gonna pull that lever down just because the name has an “R” next to it. The party is going to have to purge the Rhinos and issue some by-laws

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 10:06 PM

Just as surely as Dukakis lost the 1988 election when he got in that Tank, just as surely as Dean lost the Democratic nomination for 2004 when he squealed like a pig, Brownback … uh well he never had a chance anyhow.

Buzzy on June 30, 2007 at 10:14 PM

Is this pitiful excuse for a Senator related to his colleague Voinovich by any chance?

To many members of our government also belong to the weasels R us club.

That’s what we get for the landlord absenteeism we’re all guilty of at some time or another.

Speakup on June 30, 2007 at 10:25 PM

For every Latino vote the GOP lost on this immig. issue..The GOP has gained a vote, like myself who will never vote Demo. again. Maybe the Times should print that.

Legions on June 30, 2007 at 9:37 PM

You can vote Demo. again, just not for ones voted for the Booosh/Kennedy/Clinton/Obama/McCain/Brownback/Dodd/Biden/Richardson/Kucinich AMNESTY SCHEME. This bill was the dealbreaker for the voters. No more Kool-aid drinking! Enforce our laws, NOW!!

DfDeportation on June 30, 2007 at 10:36 PM

I ain’t gonna pull that lever down just because the name has an “R” next to it. The party is going to have to purge the Rhinos and issue some by-laws

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 10:06 PM

Same thing for the Dems. The Times won’t tell you that however. Best kept secret! We know what’s up. Who needs The Times?

DfDeportation on June 30, 2007 at 10:38 PM

…STOP THE ANCHOR BABIES…Could it be legally possilbe that when the baby poppers show up at the ER to have their anchor pop, can we legally drive them over to a privately funded home (and I’ll donate) with mid-wives that can assist with their problem. Mid-wives do not issue gov. documents…Women every day use this way for child birth. WE ARE OUT OF OPTIONS..PERIOD..they all go away and stop coming if we stop the paperwork for the anchorpoppers..

Legions on June 30, 2007 at 10:39 PM

Wait just a minute now, I need the times to line the floor for paper training , for bird cages, packaging etc….

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 10:41 PM

On the other hand if we allow a few of the worst doctors in history to give their brand of care, they’ll be hell bent on having that anchor back in Mexico.

warpmine on June 30, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Blacklake on June 30, 2007 at 9:24 PM

Haha. One can hope.

Spirit of 1776 on June 30, 2007 at 10:52 PM

How come they never address the Legal side of Immigration with anything more than a passing acknowledgment that that option exists, anymore? They don’t have grand stories of stadiums filled with new American citizens from across the globe taking their oath’s while holding their miniature American Flags on the front page like they used to… back when it was fashionable.

Patterico did a good job of reminding me/us of that, though.

Those stories bring a tear of joy to my eye for thousands of people, much less one, I most likely will never meet in this lifetime. Theirs is the true courage. Theirs is the path less traveled, which was supposed to reward them for their efforts to comply with the Laws of the United States, not those who cheat, lie, and sneak to reap profit from fields of dreams built by those who comply with our laws. The current issues and leading news on immigration just makes me, a bit agitated. Mostly because those who are shoveling that steaming warm moist pile of horse manure are dead wrong on almost every justification. They know, I know it, most of us know it, but they shovel it by the truckloads ANYWAY. Like eventually we’ll all just get sick enough of their tantrum that we’ll give in and give em the damn cookie. Like my teenage son used to say when he was about six-years old, “Save the drama for Momma”

Why, I’d bet my brand spanking new pair of glossy red-white-and blue goose stepping boots that if they’d run as many Legal Immigration success stories, as they do the doom and propagandist-gloom stories, some of those who would benefit most out of realistic immigration reform might just get motivated to make it happen and shed that burdensome weight of being a law breaker. Although, that’s doubtful now that the MSM and every moonbat in America has convinced all 12 million+ ILLEGAL Immigrants that they’re the victim.

Vee haf vays of makink yoo talk, yoo knowww.

SilverStar830 on June 30, 2007 at 10:53 PM

Exit question: Is the fact that the Times considers him an official Reasonable Voice the final nail in the coffin of Lindsey Graham’s credibility?

More like the final nail in the coffin of the NY Times – and I don’t mean just its credibility, which was entombed long ago.

At least I hope so.

Herikutsu on June 30, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Whatever his reason, he will never, ever be able to explain it away.

Sorry Brownie. You’re either a weasel with no principles, and a “finger in the wind” voter, or you take us all for fools.

Either way, it ain’t good.

BacaDog on June 30, 2007 at 11:36 PM

Could we just pass a law making all hospital delivery rooms international diplomatic zones? Wouldn’t that take care of anchor babies?

Dusty on July 1, 2007 at 12:30 AM

I think Switchback’s latest announcement may actually move him beyond Kerryesque and into Carteresque levels of indecision and worthlessness.

ReubenJCogburn on July 1, 2007 at 2:26 AM

You guys aren’t giving this man enough credit. He can count to 40! That’s the clearest sign of intelligence we’ve seen in Congress in months.

Kevin M on July 1, 2007 at 3:44 AM

I have a friend from Kansas and even he says this was a ‘weenie move’ !

DoctorDentons on July 1, 2007 at 6:12 AM

“I just concluded as I was on the floor that the country is just not ready.”

Within the space of 15 minutes?

Is the country ready now?

Is the country ready now?

Is the country ready now?

saint kansas on July 1, 2007 at 6:36 AM

You guys aren’t giving this man enough credit. He can count to 40! That’s the clearest sign of intelligence we’ve seen in Congress in months.

Kevin M on July 1, 2007 at 3:44 AM

sad: but true

unseen on July 1, 2007 at 7:32 AM

The really sad thing about this is how condescending his new remarks are. Holy cow, you’ve had a couple of days to think of a good excuse and you come up with, “America’s still too stupid and/or racist. Maybe someday I’ll be able to vote my conscious!”

I’m also amazed that the Republican-at-all-cost crowd hasn’t shown up to tell us we have to vote for him because he’s better than the alternative. You know the folks. They always tell us what a great guy Giuliani really is even though NY was an amnesty city under his watch and he’s the RINOesque candidate out there. Or they whine that the party has abandoned Bush when it’s obvious that Bush gave the finger to the party long ago on spending and the reconquista. Where are they to defend Brownback?

cmay on July 1, 2007 at 8:43 AM

So, the New York Times warns that Republicans will pay dearly at the polls for their stance against illegal immigration? Exactly how will that be? Except in such Democrat strongholds such as Chicago and Los Angeles, illegal aliens aren’t allowed to vote. As for legal immigrants, most of them were not in favor of criminals being allowed to go to the head of the line ahead of the legals. Would someone from al-NYT care to explain this?

ogrrre on July 1, 2007 at 1:29 PM

Exactly the type of man we need in the White House right now.

Bingo.
But isn’t it extremely troublesome that people like this are in ANY office whatsoever? Switchback, Pelosi, Kerry, Kennedy, the list goes on.
Are we in a place today where anyone dumb enough to want the job gets it? Very few humble, good will seeking , altruistic types are running for office at any level anymore.
Am I wrong?

shooter on July 1, 2007 at 4:16 PM

Too little, too late…Moron.

tickleddragon on July 1, 2007 at 5:46 PM