Even though the Senate seat he's leaving next year has sparked a GOP family feud, Sam Brownback appears to have broken a cycle of GOP gubernatorial primaries going back at least six elections. The Kansas City Star's Steve Kraske hands it to the two-term senator in a column on today's Opinion page: "Brownback has salted his conservatism with just enough pragmatism to give pause to even die-hard skeptics," Kraske writes. He concludes: "Brownback is off to Cedar Crest. Here's betting that with a few years of executive experience, he'll try one more time for residence in another mansion — that big, white one in Washington, D.C."
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