Longtime readers know what I think about Sam Brownback- I disagree with virtually EVERYTHING the man says, and I am currently struggling to think of something about which we do agree, but I have a certain amount of respect for the man. His principles may not be my principles, but he, at least, has some, which is more than I can say for many others. Last night on Countdown, Keith Olbermann and Ana Marie Cox discussed the odious Mitt Romney and his “position” on Larry Craig’s transgressions, which was to immediately cut all ties, whitewash his website to rewrite past press releases to remove Craig’s name, and generally being an opportunistic and unprincipled piece of shit:
OLBERMANN: Are we missing something here? Is there some base that he is appealing by being cruel to somebody in trouble? I‘m quite serious about his. Where the reaction is the reason he was doing something like this is that nobody ever stopped him before, I am going to be the one that shows him what the law is. Is there something to that?
COX: I think there may be. Although I think his understanding of even the conservative base is rather incomplete. I think that someone like Sam Brownback, you may disagree with him, but you really can‘t doubt his social conservative credentials, at least has the strength of character to extend Christian mercy. I know Mitt Romney is not himself Christian—or that‘s a point of debate.
But to show some kind of compassion for somebody who—at least their family is going through something really terrible. I think it smacks of opportunism for him to just throw the guy aside.
Time and time again, Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee, evolution deniers both, men who I think would be absolute disasters as President, show that at the very least they have a certain amount of decency that eludes the rest of the GOP filth.
I respect them for that. I will not support their campaigns, I do not support their outlook on life, but I do respect them for having some integrity and some basic human decency.