When then Governor Kathleen Sibelius was nominated to be President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kansas Sens. Sam Brownback (R) and Pat Roberts (R) promptly issued a joint statement congratulating her and then helped secure her Senate confirmation, but when Gov. Brownback announced his nomination to be ambassador at-large for international religious freedom, ugliness erupted all around.
The Kansas City Star story on Brownback’s “relatively obscure ambassadorship” had the graceless headline, “Kansas lawmakers says ‘good riddance’ as Brownback prepares to take Trump post.” The state media’s six-year jihad against Brownback encouraged the faithful to unhinged, unreflective hyperbole, much of which was on display these past 24 hours–from the top down.
“He’s left a lot of carnage and destruction,” said Kansas Democrat House leader Jim Ward in the kind of apocalyptic rhetoric that has become routine in the left’s new age of ugliness. “There is not an area of state government that’s not worse off because Sam Brownback served as governor.”
“To paraphrase Gerald Ford’s statement about Nixon’s resignation, our long state’s nightmare is over,” said the equally apocalyptic Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. “He is moving on not because of anything he accomplished in Kansas but because of who he knows in Washington.”
The Topeka Capital-Journal saw fit to quote Thomas Witt, executive director of an LGBT group called Equality Kansas and an witting spokesman for the age of ugliness.
“Governor Brownback is unsuited to represent American values of freedom, liberty and justice whether at home or abroad,” Witt told the Cap-J. “His goal is not to use religion as a way to expand freedom, but to use a narrow, bigoted interpretation of religion to deny freedom to his fellow citizens.”
Twitterdom was even more shrill and more profane. Some samples:
“Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. What an obscenity.”
“Major promotion for Governor Brownback, who will be made Ambassador at Large for Getting The F*** Out Of Office.”
“I just threw up in my mouth. Brownback you couldn’t lead yourself out of a paper bag.”
“Sam Brownback basically bankrupted an entire state and now he works for the White House. Meritocracy is a f***king lie.”
As the response to the Brownback announcement confirms, progressives no longer hear themselves. No one in their media tells them how vile they can sound while preaching the virtues of tolerance and co-existence. On the left, it is not just the age of ugliness. It is the age of hypocrisy, the age of stupidity. And it is only getting uglier, stupider, and more hypocritical.