Finally, we get a glimpse of what GOP senatorial primary contender, John Brunner, actually thinks about some of the issues that Missourians are concerned about. So far, his approach to public campaigning has been like that of a burlesque fan dancer, tantalizing the audience with hints about what’s behind the fan while revealing almost nothing of interest.
Recently, though, Brunner lowered the fan for a tiny peak at what he’s got to offer. No tax hikes for sure – but we didn’t really expect him to endorse the popular desire to have the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. He’s running for the nomination in today’s Republican Tea Party after all. Otherwise, he identifies problems he says he would address – like keeping jobs in the country – but seems unable or, perhaps, hesitant to let us know just how he would address them.
Most interesting is trying to figure out how Brunner reconciles his stated desire to “protect” seniors with his subsequent comment that the Ryan plan, which would privatize Social Security and decimate the Medicare, offers a “a fantastic step in the right direction.” To be fair, he adds that he would like to see a Democratic plan as well – seemingly unaware that it’s been on offer for some time. But, of course, financial stimulus to stabilize the economy, raising the cap on Social Security income, and endorsing those parts of ObamaCares that would slow the growth of health care and concomitant Medicare costs are all solutions that run afoul of GOP orthodoxy, and I suspect that Mr. Brunner would find them anathema.
I don’t know about you, but if this is all that Brunner’s got to show, it doesn’t strike me as particularly edifying. Nor does it deviate in any interesting way from what the other two candidates, Sarah Steelman and Todd Akin, have put on display. I hope he thinks that sinking a big chunk of his considerable fortune into the effort of getting himself to Washington so he can read from the same Republican playbook the other candidates have in hand is worth the price.
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