Brownback and Rudy: Part 2
Brownback had his meeting w/Rudy and it doesn't look good. From The Hill:
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), a potential kingmaker in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, said Thursday that he is much more comfortable with Rudy Giuliani's position on abortion.
Brownback and Giuliani, the former New York City Mayor who is leading the GOP field in national polls, met for more than an hour in the senator's office.
Posing with former rival before a crowd of photographers, Brownback, the Senate's preeminent advocate of unborn life, declared after the meeting that he is "much more comfortable now that I understand the mayor's position."
But he stopped short of endorsing Giuliani.
Brownback said the two talked about the ways a president can affect the controversial issue of abortion rights, namely by influencing the availability of federal funds for abortion and appointing judges who rule on the Constitutionality of abortion laws.
"Justices are key," said Brownback, referring to Giuliani's potential impact on the Supreme Court. "And he's stated many times his support for strict constructionists" who would be unlikely to overturn laws restricting abortion rights. ...
Sources close to Brownback said he expects to make an endorsement in the presidential race within a month. In an interview Wednesday, Brownback said he needed time to "process" the decision. At least five GOP presidential candidates have already contacted Brownback seeking his backing.
I sincerely hope the guy was just being polite...perhaps enjoying the new attention he's getting from dropping out of the race. But the type of language he's using here seems a little more polite than is necessary.
It's looking more and more like Brownback may be heading for a Fredo moment...as in, "taking sides against the family".