We’ve already begun pondering the idea that Governor-elect Sam Brownback actually might end up disappointing his new legislative colleagues when it comes to championing social issues in Kansas. Now it seems that even leaders in the Republican party are working to lower expectations of the governor when it comes to pushing bills against abortion, reproductive health and other rightwing redmeat items.
Although there may not be a “big philosophical shift” in the Senate, a big shift may not be entirely necessary to push through legislation once it has been brought to the floor. The only thing to stop some anti-choice legislation during the last session was a lack of enough votes in the senate to override the governor’s veto. With a Republican governor in the driver’s seat, a majority is all that is needed, and Brownback could then continue his moderate stance untouched by appearing to champion rightwing social causes.