A controversy has sprung up in the Republican primary for the Presidency as people jockey for the support of social conservatives. When you are struggling to get noticed by people in a crowded ten person field like Kansas Senator Sam Brownback sometimes you have to stir the pot.
One of the cornerstones of Brownback’s campaign is “the sanctity of life” and how we must end all abortions except for cases in which the mother’s life is in danger. That’s right, no exceptions for the horrific instances of rape and incest. Well, Brownback has found a couple of phonies in the pack of Republicans vying for the White House in his eyes.
It appears that Brownback’s venom appears to be spraying at Congressman Tom Tancredo and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The old automated phone call appears to be Brownback’s weapon of choice as he calls folks in early nominating states including Iowa in preparation for the August eleventh GOP Straw Poll in Ames.
Now what in the world could be making so Sam sour on those two? Well, it appears the milk in question here is the fact both Romney was publicly pro-choice during both of his statewide campaigns in Massachusetts in 1996 and 2002.and Tancredo, yes that Tom Tancredo who marches at the Right to Life national rally every year accepted campaign donations from a person in Michigan who also financially supports Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is this nation’s largest provider of legal abortions. As to why Brownback would go after Tancredo is something that is beyond me.
It could be because Tancredo has been critical of Brownback off again, on again love affair with a Kennedy-McCain backed immigration that Tancredo views as amnesty. If I were advising the Brownback campaign however if I were to challenge Tancredo on anything it would be his suggestion that the United States should bomb Mecca.
Tancredo’s credentials on protecting the unborn seem solid as a rock though. The donation in question came from John Tanton, a practicing physician who was one of the founders of a Planned Parenthood in Northern Michigan in the seventies. Tanton is also a proponent of strong border enforcement which is Tancredo’s bread and butter. Tanton’s support for Tancredo and his past contribution to Ralph Nader’s White House bid does raise eyebrows if you follow politics.
Tancredo was quoted as calling Brownback’s rhetoric “despicable” and untrue. He went to demand an apology. Romney for his part also demanded an apology, but he is a little hard to believe as he continues to go through his conversion on the abortion question. Brownback himself even questioned whether he would ever express his true views on abortion as he was running for public office according to his new book.
The peculiar thing is that while Brownback chooses to take on Tancredo and Romney on this issue he seems to leave Rudy Giuliani alone on the matter. He did go as far to say during a debate and public appearances that the Republican Party would have a hard time with and probably shouldn’t be supporting a pro-choice candidate.
Chris Mathews offered Brownback a chance to question Rudy about his support for abortion rights, but Brownback basically skated the question as he did when Chris Wallace posed the question during the FOXNews debate. Brownback of course isn’t the only remaining candidate to question his opponent’s positions with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee saying things like you won’t catch me on YouTube saying something five ago that I wouldn’t say now. It should be a contentious and fun time leading up to the Iowa caucuses in January.