But as we urge him not to let the doorknob hit him in the posterior on his way out, think about this: There goes a guy who, if we went by the kind of candidate S.C. Republicans act like they want, should be someone they would like better than the stars who are still in it:
- Brownback beats Rudy on moral and cultural issues.
- He was always the kind of conservative Romney recently started impersonating.
- He’s thought the issues through a lot better than Fred.
And while I think McCain’s right about the surge, at least Brownback had a clear plan for what should happen next, something that no one in either party, outside of Joe Biden, could say.
So how come South Carolinians and other voters won’t get a chance to choose Brownback if they were so inclined? Because the TV networks decided long ago who was in, and who is out. And there’s a disturbing truth in politics that I have yet to fully understand — voters answer pollsters by saying who they think is GOING to win (generally based on what the herd is telling them to think), rather than who they think SHOULD win. It doesn’t make sense. It’s not in their own interests. But they do it anyway.