Given how most politicians bend in the slightest breeze, Gov. Mark Parkinson deserves credit for his decisiveness about not running for his job in 2010. But he's "reaching the point — if he's not there already — when breaking his promise would be the noblest thing he could do," wrote Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Ric Anderson. That's because Kansans deserve a real gubernatorial campaign with real issues and debates, not simply a coronation for Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. Without a real Democratic candidate such as Parkinson, Anderson wrote, "What we might see instead of meaty discussion are commercials of Brownback walking around in a wheatfield, shaking hands with farmers, parading down old-timey Main Streets with his smiling family and telling us how Kansas is one goshdarn great state" — nice TV, he concluded, "but not so great for democracy."
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