Let me paint the pictures. People email Kansas Senator asking for his position on the immigration bill. Someone puts together a responds and emails back. To everyone. With all the email addresses in the To field.
An e-mail barrage ensued with a number of people replying to the full list with their comments on Brownback’s position on immigration. “C’mon Mr. Brownback . . . .tell us what you’ve been promised in exchange for your YES vote for amnesty for illegals,” wrote Alan Doll in an e-mail obtained by The Fix. “Thanks for the preview of the man who wants to be president.”
Jinny Hayden, who lives in suburban Atlanta, wrote: “Your track record doesn’t convince me that you would enforce any new laws any better than you have with the laws that are in the books now.” Hayden said she received “a hundred” e-mails from people on the original message.
Brownback, whether because of the email response or not, responded by having a John Kerry moment:
Did the storm of comments bear fruit? On Thursday, when the Senate held another cloture vote — which, it turned out, would seal the demise of the bill– Brownback initially voted “yes” on moving the bill forward. Ten minutes later, he switched his vote to “no.”
Brownback told reporters that his initial vote Thursday was cast out of a desire to “showcase” the need for immigration reform. Explaining the last-minute switch, he said: “I wanted to signal that I support comprehensive immigration reform, but now is not the time, this is not the bill.”
Sam Brownback: He was against the immigration bill before he was for it.
H/T: Brendan Loy for the video