The new National Review carries my article on Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas:
Brownback is hardly the country’s most visible Republican governor: He hasn’t battled with Big Labor, like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, and he doesn’t appear to be thinking about a presidential run, like Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, or Rick Perry of Texas. Yet he has quietly become one of the GOP’s leading conservative reformers, pushing for smaller government and lower taxes in the heartland — and he believes that Kansas has an important role to play in America’s coming political contests. “You change America by changing the states,” he says. “We have a red-state model and a blue-state model. It’s going to break one way or the other. One will win and migrate to Washington.” Nothing’s the matter with Kansas that conservative ideas can’t fix, and Brownback intends to make his state a showcase for the country.