There has been some debate over Sam Brownback’s position on the Iraq war.
First, of all, the visuals were pretty good. By announcing his position from Iraq, he got a certain kind of credibility. A sort of, "I’m here, I can see what’s going on, and I think it’s a lousy idea."
Second, there’s some political logic to it. Brownback may be trying to lock down his constituency. As TNR’s The Plank noted:
More interestingly, the move turns out to be pretty welcome among Brownback’s desired base of social conservatives. While 52 percent of Republicans support the surge according to a just-released AP/Ipsos poll, some 60 percent of white evangelicals oppose it, as do 56 percent of self-described conservatives.
I’m willing to bet that Iowa caucus-going conservatives are even more anti-war than that.