Sam Brownback’s curtain call
He enters to big band music. I have no idea what to say about that.
He begins by eulogizing the “giants” of the Religious Right (Falwell, Kennedy, et al), implores us “to pick up the cause and move forward.” Not exactly in tune with his references to helping the poor, the imprisoned and the immigrant.
Earlier Perkins said ‘values voters’ aren’t single issue voters. Brownback – “you’re right, I care about two issues.” [Okay, that's a paraphrase, but he said it. Those issues are abortion and "restoring decency" to America's culture.]
Brownback sure knows how to work a pro-life crowd. He even got applause when he talked about working with Ted Kennedy!
“WHEN we repeal Roe vs. Wade. WHEN we repeal Roe vs. Wade.”
Gay marriage “takes the sacredness out of it.” In northern Europe, where gay marriage (civil unions, I believe) has been allowed, in-wedlock births are falling. Therefore, gay marriage leads to out-of-wedlock births. News to me, but that’s some unassailable logic.
On faith: “it can be misused and abused, and it has been through history.”
“I believe in American exceptionalism. I believe this is a special place.” Quotes Blair saying “It’s your time, and it’s your destiny.”
“We are great because we are good, and if we lose our goodness we will lose our greatness.”
Exits to big band music. I still don’t know what to say about that.
Applause: warm, standing, nonvocal, short.