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Mar 23 2012

Santorum Jumps the Shark

I try to like Rick Santorum despite his Big Government proclivities because he is a conservative at least in some respects. But it has been getting harder every time he opens his mouth:

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term if Santorum isn’t the GOP nominee…

Santorum sulked that if he doesn’t get the nomination,

“we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”

“Etch A Sketch” refers to admittedly unnerving uncertainty as to whether Romney really has become a conservative. But at least we know that he’s an adult capable of grasping the permanent consequences for this country if Barack Hussein Obama is reelected.

Even Newt Gingrich, whose hopeless campaign appears to be based mostly on peevishness at this point, acknowledges the obvious:

“Rick Santorum is dead wrong. Any GOP nominee will be better than Obama.”

Santorum knows he is highly unlikely to beat Romney. For him to suggest that patriots stay home on election day rather than doing everything in their power to drive Obama out of power is unconscionable.

In the extremely unlikely event that Santorum does get the nomination, he will have disarmed himself by putting on the record that he regards Obama as preferable to a guy he himself endorsed just a few years ago.

The nice thing about the primary process is it allows us to vet the candidates, so that we don’t go up against the Obamunist establishment with a fool the media would instantly reduce to laughing stock.

On a tip from Shawn.

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  • http://www.henrypbabcock.com Henry

    Santorum sees the writing on the wall. Knowing the party is just about over, he’s taking a shit in the punch bowl on his way out the door.

  • J

    It is not a wise thing to say in the current environment and Romney may end up as the candidate. But there are a few things to keep in mind.

    - Romney gave us Romneycare. Yes I know he promised not to do it again. Frankly, don’t put too much stock into it. And he will get hammered on it if he’s a nominee.

    - Romney is ok with homo marriage, abortion, etc, etc. In social issues plane, he’s not that much different than Obama. Although perhaps a better comparison would be Billy. Romney is not a communist after all.

    Romney is different than Obama, but only in terms of hitting the brakes. Don’t expect him to change the direction, he’ll just slow it down.

  • lao

    Aw come on blunt, rick is the last real conservative standing!

    Santorum: I Would Vote For GOP Nominee No Matter Who It Is

    In a phone interview with Fox News channel’s Neil Cavuto, a fiery Santorum said, “This is a made-up story…That’s just absurd. It’s laughable. The idea this is a gaffe is a joke.”

    His comments followed a written statement the campaign released earlier in the day, that said, “I would never vote for Barack Obama over any Republican and to suggest otherwise is preposterous.”

    It went on to blame Mitt Romney and the media for the attention his comments have gotten, and read in part, “This is just another attempt by the Romney Campaign to distort and distract the media and voters from the unshakeable fact that many of Romney’s policies mirror Barack Obama’s.”

    Meanwhile, GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich wasted little time in seizing the moment, and took aim at Santorum’s struggles.

    He told reporters in Port Fourchon, “I’m often cheerful about bashing the media. I don’t think the media said that. I think it was Santorum who said it. So I it’s a little tricky for him to attack them for reporting what he said. I’m pretty sure the videotape shows him saying it.”

    (lao has to stop to wipe away a few tears>)

  • AC

    We needed Ron Paul. Too late now.

    It’s Romney vs. Obama, and neither one is going to stop the spending.

    It won’t happen.

    The Republican budget proposal is a joke, as we would have expected it to be, considering that John Boehner started with Nancy Pelosi’s hideously reckless budget levels, then raised spending on top of that.

    Make peace with the fact that, short of a state-led constitutional convention which implements a balanced budget amendment, the federal government will not be stopping the runaway deficit spending, nor will it be stopping Helicopter Ben’s runaway money printing to monetize said deficit.

  • J

    Rick is a in someway a flip side of Romney. Conservative in social, not so conservative in fiscal matters . In some way he may be like John Adams who left many regulations and an increased debt for Jefferson to clean up.(though Romney left a huge financial mess with Romneycare)

    The sad prospective is both him and Romney will likely be mediocre. But at this point anything is better than a stick in an eye…

  • J

    My apology for many posts. But

    Ron Paul, really? Iran is not a threat to US, should be ok for it to get a nuke? 9/11 was deserved by US? Ron Paul who got CAIR endorsement? and so on Listen I love his fiscal perspective, but his understanding of Islamism is… You get the point right?

  • Jimbo

    Rick needs a few days of rest.

  • Bob Roberts

    Yeah, Santorum hasn’t exactly been inspiring me lately, either.

    Hey, but he’s got lao’s vote sewn up!

    But, since lao can’t even spell your name right, I’m not sure how significant that is.

    Now lao is quoting FOX NEWS?

    Interesting.

    I knew that, though they claim to hate it, moonbats were part of why Fox News consistently beats other sources in the ratings.

    They’re obsessed with it! They tend to know what was broadcast there before I and other moderates/conservatives do!

  • Bob Roberts

    AC says: March 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    It’s Romney vs. Obama, and neither one is going to stop the spending.
    —————
    Aren’t you forgetting the Constitution?

    Presidents can’t tax and spend.

    That power belongs to Congress.

    Stop ignoring that – that is half of why we can’t seem to get spending under control. People keep crediting/blaming the President for Congressional budget actions and their results.

    We need to REFORM CONGRESS NOW.

  • Bob Roberts

    (Although AC does suggest he’s fully aware Congress is to blame later in the post – I think, anyway.)

  • wth

    After Romney wins the nomination, can we transplant Newt’s brain into his head?

  • Jeff

    Truely, truely I say unto you: Yeah the republican party is the party of Stupid. Dear Santorum, you brain dead idiot. You are supposed to offer an opposition/alternative option to what the traitorous members of the jackass party stand for. If the public wants a real socialist they will for Obama. You Santorum are a gutless, brain dead wimp.

  • libertea73

    Senator Santorum wandered out on a limb and painted himself into a rhetorical corner where, like the proverbial blind man he grasped the elephant’s tail and wound up riding the tiger like a whirlwind. Sort of.

    Mixed metaphors aside, his poorly made point was that there is no point in changing horses in mid-stream if both are going to drown. (Sorry, another metaphor.) True enough except that in trying to highlight the differences between himself and Governor Romney he reduced the Governor to the level of the President and the liberal establishment. Governor Romney may not be the best choice but he is certainly better than that.

    There is no sense dousing your own party in gasoline and then handing the other party a lighter. (Excuse me, I have to go take my metaphor pill.)

  • AC

    The reckless deficit spending starts in Congress, and neither Romney nor Obama will threaten a veto to shut it down. Paul may be a bit kooky at times, but he’s stubborn as a mule and would not participate in the bipartisan circlejerk of compromise which is bankrupting the nation.

  • Amazed

    Not that he was ever at the top of my list, but he lost me the day after (my home state of) Michigan’s primary when he started with the “I really, really won….nyah, nyah, poopy face” speeches. There’s no whining in politics! He’s sounded like a 2 year old ever since. Good riddance.

  • Jimbo

    I will admit to a donation to the Santorum campaign about 4 weeks back. But then… I donated to the Perry Campaign early on, too. Since I seem to be on a trend of giving money to losers… maybe I should donate to the Obama Campaign! *sigh*

  • DoucheagLao

    (lao has to stop to wipe away his mouth>)

  • Sam Adams

    J says:
    March 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    (though Romney left a huge financial mess with Romneycare)
    ________________

    A couple of thoughts, via Ann Coulter. The problems with RomneyCare really isn’t the insurance mandate, but what Mass democrats did with the program. Specifically:

    “First, the overwhelmingly Democratic legislature set the threshold for receiving a subsidy so that it included people making just below the median income in the United States, a policy known as “redistribution of income.” For more on this policy, see “Marx, Karl.”

    Then, liberals destroyed the group-rate, “no frills” private insurance plans allowed under Romneycare (i.e. the only kind of health insurance a normal person would want to buy, but which is banned in most states) by adding dozens of state mandates, including requiring insurers to cover chiropractors and in vitro fertilization — a policy known as “pandering to lobbyists.”

    For more on “pandering” and “lobbyists,” see “Gingrich, Newt.” (Yes, that’s an actual person’s name.)

    Romney’s critics, such as Rick Santorum, charge that the governor should have known that Democrats would wreck whatever reforms he attempted.

    They have, but no more than they would have wrecked health care in Massachusetts without Romneycare. Democrats could use a sunny day as an excuse to destroy the free market, redistribute income and pander to lobbyists. Does that mean Republicans should never try to reform anything and start denouncing sunny days? ”
    ___________________

    On a personal note, I wish that Romney had long ago said “we tried RomneyCare, and, frankly it didn’t work.” I wish that Romney and Ron Paul agreed on most fiscal and constitutional matters. But they don’t, and Fomney will be far better than a wannabee fascist dictator.

  • Sam Adams

    Ann’s comments are found here:
    http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2012-02-01.html

  • Sid

    Okay guys, what about Mr. Romneys comments back in 2002 where he stated that he was a republican only on the voter registration card?

  • Apostle53

    Last conservative standing!!

  • AC

    There aren’t any. Paul isn’t standing and Romney isn’t conservative.

  • dan

    If I were a Democrat…I’d vote for Romney instead of ‘Token’
    if i were a conservative who actually believed in the Constitution….I’d vote for Ron Paul

    …but I’m a survivor and I’m seriously thinking of
    voting with my feet.

  • Sam Adams

    Sid says:
    March 24, 2012 at 6:23 am Okay guys, what about Mr. Romneys comments back in 2002 where he stated that he was a republican only on the voter registration card?
    ___________

    No one is suggesting that Romney stands out as a conservative candidate. However, he is far preferable to Obama.

    As Dan suggests, he may be ready to vote with his feet. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it is very easy for the wealthy to also vote with their feet, taking their capital, ideas, and jobs with them. Those folks would do far better under Romney than Obama.

  • alllie

    I would rather have a candidate who is authentic and not plastic and speaks his mind even if it isn’t P.C.! Candidates who have speech writers or focus groups telling them what to say is pathetic! I will judge them by their actions and Romney didn’t protect the preborn or marriage! Santorum did and will, that’s all that matters to me and lots of people like me! That’s why he is doing so well with limited resources! Reminder to Obama and Romney, “we will know them by their fruit”.

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