Skip to comments.Ann Coulter: The problem with Rick Santorum
Posted on 03/10/2012 12:04:55 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Even when I agree with Rick Santorum, listening to him argue the point almost makes me change my mind.
I also wonder why hes running for president, rather than governor, when the issues closest to his heart are family- oriented matters about which the federal government can, and should, do very little.
Its strange that Santorum doesnt seem to understand the crucial state-federal divide bequeathed to us by the framers of our Constitution, inasmuch as it is precisely that difference that underlies his own point that states could ban contraception.
Of course they can. States could outlaw purple hats or Gummi bears under our Constitution!
State constitutions, laws, judicial rulings or the people themselves, voting democratically, tend to prevent such silly state bans from arising. But the Constitution written by James Madison, et al, does not prevent a states elected representatives from enacting them.
The Constitution mostly places limits on what the federal government can do. Only in a few instances does it restrict what states can do.
A state cannot, for example, infringe on the peoples right to bear arms or to engage in the free exercise of religion. A state cant send a senator to the U.S. Congress if he is under 30 years old. But with rare exceptions, the Constitution leaves states free to govern themselves as they see fit.
In New York City, they can have live sex clubs and abortion on demand, but no salt or smoking sections. In Tennessee, they can ban abortion, but have salt, creches and 80 mph highways. At least thats how its supposed to work.
And yet when Santorum tried to explain why states could ban contraception to Bill OReilly back in January, not once did he use the words Constitution, constitutionally, federalism, their synonyms or derivatives. Lawyers who are well familiar with the Constitution had no idea what Santorum was talking about.
He genuinely does not seem to understand the Constitutions federalist framework, except as a brief talking point on the way to saying states can ban contraception. Otherwise, he wouldnt keep claiming, falsely, that Obamacare is the same as Romneycare.
Rick! Were conservatives! We believe the states can establish a religion and the federal government cant.
If he truly believed in the Constitution, Santorum wouldnt be promoting big social programs out of the federal government, such as tripling the child tax credit exemption and voting for No Child Left Behind.
No federalist can support this man.
Most recently, Santorum assailed Obama for saying everyone should go to college by responding: What a snob!
No! No! No!
Santorums response merely reinforces the insane liberal worldview that going to college is the preserve of our betters, a hoity-toity proof of social class, a desirable consumer product like a Louis Vuitton bag.
This isnt the 20s, when only the upper classes went to college. These days, every idiot who can scratch an X on his checkbook assumes hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to make himself less employable by taking college courses in for example Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame (University of South Carolina, Columbia), GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender and Identity (University of Virginia), Arguing With Judge Judy: Popular Logic on TV Judge Shows (University of California, Berkeley), The Phallus (Occidental College), Zombies (University of Baltimore), Comics (Oregon State University), Harry Potter: Finding Your Patronus (Oregon State University), and Underwater Basket Weaving (University of California at San Diego).
My fellow Americans, Meghan McCain has a bachelors degree.
Its not snobbery that compels liberals to promote college for all; its a scam to manufacture more Democratic voters, much like their immigration policies.
Is a Valley Girl who takes courses in Self-Esteem at Cal State Fresno (an actual course at an actual college) a finer class of person than a skilled plumber with approximately 1,000 times the earning capacity and social worth of the airhead?
No. But she is more likely to vote Democratic.
Encouraging everyone to go to college creates an all-new class of people entirely dependent on the government, which is to say: reliable Democratic voters.
First, the taxpayer subsidizes the wasted human space teaching these moronic courses (at prices far outpacing inflation), and then the taxpayer pays the incomes of the graduates who are resigned to filling ever-growing no-show, self-paced and self-evaluated government jobs.
Who else would employ a graduate with a degree in Womens Studies, Early Childhood Education, Physical Education , Sociology or Queer Studies but the government?
Santorum cant be the one arguing for our side.
Even when hes asked to defend his own blindingly obvious point, Santorum manages to blow it. A few weeks ago, George Snuffalupagus asked Santorum about a perfectly reasonable quote from his book It Takes a Family, where he suggested that a lot of women feel pressure to work outside the home because of radical feminism.
Santorum disavowed the quote and gallantly blamed it on his wife: Well, that section of the book was co-written, if you want to be honest about it, by my wife, who is a nurse and a lawyer.
Mrs. Santorum is neither listed as a co-author nor thanked in the acknowledgments of the book. (Rick should read his book! Its probably chock full of interesting quotes like that.)
Then, when asked about another criticism of radical feminists from his own book, he said: I dont know thats a new quote for me.
My imaginary beagle could have defended Santorums book better.
(The only worse quote in the campaign so far was from Newt Gingrich explaining why he denounced the Paul Ryan plan on Social Security as right-wing social engineering. Newt went on Fox News and said: Let me say, on the record: Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.)
It was the same thing with Santorum on gays serving openly in the military. Again, Santorum is right but he still manages to lose the argument.
Back in October, when Chris Wallace was interviewing Santorum on Fox News Sunday, he fell into a trap a 14-year- old high-school debater wouldnt have walked into, by agreeing with a quote without knowing who said it.
Wallace asked Santorum if he agreed with the following quote: The Army is not a sociological laboratory. Experimenting with Army policy, especially in time of war, would pose a danger to efficiency, discipline and morale and would result in ultimate defeat.
To no avail, I screamed at the TV: NO! DONT AGREE! ITS PROBABLY A HITLER QUOTE! SAY YOULL USE YOUR OWN WORDS!
Santorum agreed with the blind quote only to be informed that it was a quote from someone arguing in 1941 against blacks in the military. (I didnt catch the segregationists full name ... Franklin Delano something.)
He still could have recovered by demanding to know if Wallace was suggesting, therefore, that the Army IS a sociological laboratory and a splendid place for social experimentation in time of war, but Santorum just shrugged sheepishly and mumbled something about how that was different.
The problem is not Santorums conservative positions, its that he cant defend them.
I shall try!
The slang term “baggage” has virtually always been used to refer to negative (or negatively perceived) past behaviors or issues, NOT to weight.
There is no doubt that Washington DC is a collosus of bureaucrats and government. It is like putting someone in charge of a jumbo jet. You wouldn’t want someone piloting a jumbo jet when all they know how to fly is a Cessna. Newt has his jumbo jet pilot’s license.
It speaks for itself. Thanks....
When used in the sense of hindrance, baggage can be seen as drag weight or overload. The use of the word “baggage” has that subliminal message.
For a 65-year-old guy, that's an awfully good jawline -- better than his wife's. Wonder who does his "work"? Can I get a Medicare jowl tuck under Romalangobamacare?
You are right — I should have phrased it as “dangerously naiive foreign policy”
I thought this column was about Santorum, who I wouldnt elect POUS unless my only other choice was Obama.Romney is not now or ever been any kind of Conservative, he is the typical Elitist Eastern Liberal Rockefeller Republican.
Except that we know that Ann has been backing Romney . . . which makes anything she writes about the primaries presumptively pro-Romney in intent. And indeed, this article knocks Newt as well as Santorum - the two who are a threat to Romney.
Ann Coulter likes Romneycare (”3 Cheers for Romenycare” and Ann Coulter likes Romney. Called Newt crazy and thereafter is not a credible source for opinion in the election.
Ann, shark, jump
Newt’s the one keeping Newt out of the presidency.
Wow. If I were undecided, spam flam like that would really, really, really, really, persuade me
If all his supporters can do is spam the crap out of a thread, why would anyone be attracted to the spammer’s Great Hero?
I wish she could be zotted....
Except that we know that Ann has been backing Romney . . . which makes anything she writes about the primaries presumptively pro-Romney in intent. And indeed, this article knocks Newt as well as Santorum - the two who are a threat to Romney.”
“presumptively” is a loathsome word. But the article speaks for itself. If I wanted interpretation and vitriol about Coulter, I’d listen to the MSM. I tend to deal with what’s in front of me, not what someone else thinks what is in front of me PROBABLY means. And this crap about demonizing someone ALWAYS because of some of their divergent views on some is childish and foolish and will defeat us in the long run. Thanks for the presumption.
The problem is with ann and that she thinks we give a crap what she thinks.
I was wondering about that :)
[ Newts the one keeping Newt out of the presidency. ]
WRONG.. American women are doing it..
American women want their President to be a pussy cat..
Newts no pussy..
Drafted by the Romney Campaign. Does not dignify a response.
If I were a betting man, I would bet you are not a Santorum supporter!