Having raised a paltry $800,000 in the most recent quarter, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback has reportedly decided to drop out of the 2008 presidential race. Sources tell the Associated Press that Brownback will announce his decision in Topeka Friday.
Ironically, the hard-right Republican's decision to bail comes just as other competitors for the GOP nomination are racing for the mantle of "true conservative." With Fred Thompson failing to make much of an impression and Brownback headed for the door, it's probably a very good day to be Mike Huckabee, who already seems to be surging in Iowa.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.