OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Why no Democrat has stepped forward to run against Senator Brownback for Governor is a mystery greater than Stonehenge. It's not like Brownback is a human dynamo.
Brownback is neither striking in appearance, nor good at political speeches. One wonders: "How did he get this far?" People tell me the answer is money. He married into a powerful family that had lots of money, and buddied up to corporate interests like Koch Industries, so that he has stacks of cash.
So what? If you have a deodorant that doesn't work, it doesn't matter how much you spend advertising it, sooner or later people figure out it doesn't work. In spite of the millions and millions spent to promote Senator Brownback, he approval rating is 49%. Shouldn't it be more like 70%?
And the fact that he is mixed up with a secret religious group that is cultish at best - this guy is a sitting duck. The Emperor Brownback has no clothes, but no one can tell because he is hiding behind millions in campaign cash.
In a conservative state like Kansas - one of the most religious states in the Union, why would voters even consider voting for someone who is a key player in "The Family," a cultish group in D.C. that believes Jesus of Nazareth got it all wrong?
I wish it was just a "frat house for Christian Congressmen and Senators." But using the name "Christian" for this secret outfit is a stretch. Anyone who has ever attended Sunday School knows that Jesus of Nazareth came to reach out to the poor and the oppressed, the down-and-outers.
Not according to Brownback's spiritual leader Doug Coe - basically the Pope of "The Family." Doug Coe has taught Brownback - and dozens of other leaders, that Jesus of Nazareth got it all wrong. In fact, God favors the power elites like Brownback, says Coe. God favors "the haves" and they can pretty well do whatever they want. The ordinary rules don't apply to them.
Senator Ensign and Gov. Sanford - both members of "The Family" - had tawdry affairs, and Brownback's "Family" leader Coe basically says: "It's O.K. The normal rules don't apply to you. You are chosen." What is this, a throwback to the "Divine Right of Kings?"
When the average Bible-toting Kansan learns that Brownback's mentor Doug Coe has the Gospel totally upside down, they will start to wonder: Can we trust Brownback to make sound decisions about government when he can't even read the four gospels and see who Jesus came to save? My information about Brownback's cultish group comes from Jeff Sharlet's book, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Every Kansan should own it.
If these issues are properly pointed out to people of faith in Kansas - Brownback can't possibly be elected.
Democrats, step forward! I hear the Governor's Mansion is nice!