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Jan 31 2012

Michelle Malkin Makes the Case for Santorum

Hopefully Florida voters read up on the candidates at Michelle Malkin before heading for the polls. She makes a compelling case for the only conservative left in the race:

Rick Santorum opposed TARP.

He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.

Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.

He voted against cap and trade in 2003, voted yes to drilling in ANWR, and unlike Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never dabbled with eco-radicals like John Holdren, Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi. He hasn’t written any “Contracts with the Earth.”

Santorum is strong on border security, national security, and defense. Mitt the Flip-Flopper and Open Borders-Pandering Newt have been far less trustworthy on immigration enforcement.

Santorum is an eloquent spokesperson for the culture of life. He has been savaged and ridiculed by leftist elites for upholding traditional family values — not just in word, but in deed.

He won Iowa through hard work and competent campaign management. Santorum has improved in every GOP debate and gave his strongest performance last week in Florida, wherein he both dismantled Romneycare and popped the Newt bubble by directly challenging the front-runners’ character and candor without resorting to their petty tactics.

He rose above the fray by sticking to issues.

Most commendably, he refused to join Gingrich and Perry in indulging in the contemptible Occupier rhetoric against Romney. Character and honor matter. Santorum has it.

As for the worst option:

Then there’s Newt, who has long made a career out of trashing progressive Saul Alinsky while employing his tactics at every turn. I’ve been making this point for years and have chronicled his dalliances with leftists as long as anyone in the conservative blogosphere.

Many grass-roots conservatives were awakened to Newt’s double-talk and double-dealing during the NY-23 race. Inconvenient truth: Newt’s transgressions are not from decades ago. It’s not ancient history. It’s here and now. Readers of this blog know the truth: It’s not just “the GOP establishment” that’s repulsed by Gingrich’s combination of moral baggage and K Street/Beltway culture of corruption. It’s the very grass-roots that Gingrich’s cheerleaders purport to represent.

If you aren’t sure whether to take a given conservative pundit seriously, find out what they think about the thoroughly unacceptable Newt and you’ll have your answer.

As for Romney, he falls in the middle: less reliable than Santorum; a massive improvement on egomaniacal establishmentarian statists Gingrich and Obama. But why settle for a slippery moderate when there is still a chance a conservative countermoonbat could win?

Use your head, Florida.

On a tip from AC.

  • Spider

    There’s a lot to be said for what Michelle says about Santorum. Yes, he is a true Conservative, but IMO, he lacks the needed toughness to go against what the Marxist-in-Chief and his MSM has in store for the Republican winner. He lacks the fire-in-the-belly that Newt has, the street-fighter mentality that will surely be needed.

  • dave

    Yes, and he lost by 19 points in his last race. I fail to believe that our founders thought of “life” when they penned “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as interpreted by Rick. The 90’s were a much different time than we enjoy today..that said, conservatism works the same and in many things Rick is not conservative. (fiscally) We have not really seen all his history because he has not risen above 30%. When he does that, then all will come out. He has tons of vacant factories, in a union state, with unions he supports, and would not vote for “right to work”. What the heck do you think other leaders are battling? Rick is NOT my leader.

  • Hedgehog

    I am convinced that Santorum can take the fight to the Communists. He is a good man who never abandons conviction. He is honorable. Give him a chance.

  • Agnostic Conservative

    Santorum? He’s the best debater in the lot but he’ll get creamed by Obama because teh gheys will glitterbomb him into hell.

  • A. Levy

    Neal Boortz Sounds Off On Allen West;

    Florida Republican Rep. Allen West isn’t afraid to call it like he sees it and he doesn’t mince words. Gotta love it! Take a look at his latest message for Democrats like Ceasar Obammus, Harry Reid, Princess Pelosi and Ditzy Debbie. At a speech in West Palm Beach, West says …

    Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America…

    Too bad there aren’t more people in America, much less in Congress, who recognize the threat of these proggies and libs. The America that you and I and Allen West love can’t survive much longer under their reign.

  • Spider

    If Conservatives ever needed a true warrior, a dedicated street fighter, it’s now. And sorry, Rick is not that guy. Newt is. Yes, i know Newt is not perfect, but who is? Never demand perfection unless you yourself have achieved it first. Remember, we’re not electing a Pope, just a president.

  • AC

    What good is a fighter if he’s made a career fighting for statism?

    Newt is more than a fighter; he’s an arrogant man with a control fetish. He comes out with grand plan after grand plan and expects us all to submit, whether it’s buying the insurance he says we’re to have, reducing our carbon emissions, or funding Jurassic Park theme parks.

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  • Brian_Boru

    Rick’s been my pick since the very beginning of all of this. He’s the only true conservative left in the race and has a good chance of rounding up a lot of support in the mid-western swing states. He just needs a LOT of money.

  • Had it up to here :-/

    It’s a damned shame that Mitt or Newt or even Rick don’t have the same no nonsense liberty defending policies Ron has. Ron is the ONLY one that could actually make a positive change to our situation. It’s also a damned shame that we have to focus solely on getting the moonbat messiah out of office. I will be holding my nose once again at the general election.

  • Dr. 9

    BRAVO to the above comment!

  • IslandLifer

    Paul still remains the only one in the race who believes in getting the government out of our lives. He gets my vote.

  • AC

    I’m off to vote for Paul now.

  • Bob Roberts

    Good luck with Paul – he is on the right side of many issues, it’s just that he’s so far off on a few he’s really not a good candidate. Then again you might say that about most anyone the Republicans put forward these days.

    It is indeed true that the best we can hope for this year seems to be figuring out who can be assured to beat Obama and vote for him once the time comes.

    Yeah, Rick is not perfect, neither is Ron Paul, Mitt Romney or Newt Gingritch. Maybe I’m wrong putting Newt before Mitt in terms of desirability, maybe Mitt is ultimately better positioned to beat Obama and that is a critical point – we simply cannot allow another 4 years of obamunism.

    But I’d like to think that no matter who goes forward from the Republicans, enough people will wake up come election time to realize that it is imperative we get rid of Obama.

    The sad thing is that even if Republicans get control of the House and Senate, I have a sneaking suspicion they may just leave obamacare intact and come up with some excuse about it.

    As for Santorum being so far behind, that’s pretty much a money issue and secondarily about who is best at slinging mud.

    I find it humorous when Newt starts whining about others doing it.

  • Stephan the Original

    I’m amazed that anyone could argue that you have to worry which of the candidates can defeat Obama. The truth is I believe all of them could, because, frankly, so could a slobbering lunatic in a straightjacket. So stop all the ‘electable’ crap and stick with your conservative principles.

    Many here do not seem to understand that if you are prepared to compromise your principles, then you have already lost because the moonbats sure aren’t willing to compromise even one small bit of theirs, if you could call what they believe ‘principles’.

  • Had it up to here :-/

    Stephan the Original says:
    January 31, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    You make good points and I couldn’t agree more. But…..

    I don’t think getting rid of the Obamunist is going to be nearly as easy as you project. There’s the 33+ or – % that love him, the God knows how many unions that back him, and the wealthy power mongers that are extremely generous to HIS cause, the nanny state leeches who don’t want to lose their ENTITLEMENTS (not to include those that are legit), and on and on. How do you think The Great Campaigner managed to gather more campaign donations than all the others combined? To be so arrogant as to think Obutthead can’t win again is foolish, akin if you will, as to call victory before the war has started. If the majority of America voted strictly on principle Ron Paul should be the big man on campus right now. The rest of those clowns are about one thing. Power. Too many people in this country have gotten so far away from principle over the years that it has clouded collective sensibilities.

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