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Santorum: Conservatives Dropped The Ball
The Bulletin ^ | 3/2/09 | Bradley Vasoli

Posted on 03/02/2009 11:35:13 AM PST by Born Conservative

Washington — Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum’s acquisition of political-outsider status since his 2006 loss to Democrat Bob Casey is affording him a lot of bluntness.

“We were unethical,” he said of congressional Republicans involved in the scandals involving former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the securing of earmarks for special projects in their districts. “Let’s just be frank about it.”

Speaking at the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Omni Shoreham Hotel Saturday, the copious applause he received bespoke the self-criticism abounding in today’s conservative movement. The GOP’s performance on ethics, before the Democrats won Congress and the White House, he said, is especially troubling to him, an erstwhile member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ “Gang of Seven” in 1991, who were involved in fighting the banking scandals.

His extended his criticisms of his party’s record over the past eight years to George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina and the earlier phases of the war in Iraq, before 2007’s surge in troop levels.

“We were incompetent,” he said. “We were simply incompetent.”

And while Republicans complain about the most severe spending increases in the nation’s history ushered in by President Barack Obama, Mr. Santorum said Mr. Bush and other Republicans who supported the financial bailout last fall bear much of the blame.

“It opened up a door that the next president is driving a bulldozer through,” he said.

Much of Mr. Obama’s $787 million spending measure contains elements of what Mr. Santorum called an emerging American version of “European socialism.”

If all of the president’s projects on national health care, forced unionism and the environment come to fruition, Mr. Santorum said, the destruction of the Democrats’ reputation that may come afterward could amount to a Pyrrhic victory for the GOP.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 109th; acu; conservative; earmarks; santorum
Incompetent also includes campaigning for and supporting Arlen Specter in 2004.
1 posted on 03/02/2009 11:35:13 AM PST by Born Conservative
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To: Born Conservative
Uh...Rick Santorum was on Hannity last week defending earmarks saying he was "proud" of his earmarks while he was in office. So a big W.E. to Santorum.
2 posted on 03/02/2009 11:36:18 AM PST by exist
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To: Born Conservative
Incompetent also includes campaigning for and supporting Arlen Specter in 2004.

Incompetent also includes going on Sean Hannity's Fox show yesterday and saying he was proud of the earmarks he inserted into legislation.

Rick, you were a large part of the problem. Now go away and let someone else come up with a new solution.

3 posted on 03/02/2009 11:36:53 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Born Conservative

Oh ya and there was that time he helped leftist jihadist Arlen Specter get reelected. So whatevah Rick Santorum.


4 posted on 03/02/2009 11:37:10 AM PST by exist
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To: Born Conservative

“Fumbles” Santorum has a lot of nerve claiming that anyone “dropped the ball”


5 posted on 03/02/2009 11:38:21 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: Born Conservative

I think by “we” he must have meant “I”.


6 posted on 03/02/2009 11:40:00 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Born Conservative

Hey Rick, if it wasn’t for conservatives, there wouldn’t be any “ball”.


7 posted on 03/02/2009 11:41:09 AM PST by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: kellynla

I agree in principle with what he said. The GOP did mess up big time in drawing any distinction with the dems and with standing on principle. The messenger was part of the problem however. Maybe he has seen the light so to speak. Who knoes?


8 posted on 03/02/2009 11:43:18 AM PST by danmyte (dana)
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To: Born Conservative

If I hear one more Republican apologize for Katrina I swear I’m going to throw up.


9 posted on 03/02/2009 11:43:41 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: dirtboy

I was never impressed with Rick Santorum. Like Mel Martinez. Something about both of them just never seemed genuine when it came to advancing conservatism.


10 posted on 03/02/2009 11:45:03 AM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Born Conservative
Earmarks and Specter.

Don't talk to us about "dropping the ball", Ricky.

11 posted on 03/02/2009 11:45:15 AM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: Tribune7

Ping


12 posted on 03/02/2009 11:46:01 AM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Born Conservative
You can't drop what you never had.


RINO's need a new handle. Like Eunuchs Are Us

13 posted on 03/02/2009 11:47:58 AM PST by G.Mason
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To: Born Conservative

Santorum is not a Rino. However I think he could learn from the democrats, who are total scumbags but never say “sorry”.

Beating yourself up for the mass media is counterproductive and just helps screw America more while Obama is robbing trillions from the economy.


14 posted on 03/02/2009 11:55:48 AM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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Santorum is not a Rino.

He's more of a corporatist, and was fond of earmarks as well. He is NOT what we need directing the GOP - he got his arse kicked running as an incumbent in 2006. Wasn't even close.

15 posted on 03/02/2009 12:03:45 PM PST by dirtboy
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To: Born Conservative

Rick, old buddy, Conservatives didn’t drop the ball. The RINOS stole it.......................


16 posted on 03/02/2009 12:08:02 PM PST by Red Badger (The Zero has more Chicago Bull than Michael Jordan...................)
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To: Born Conservative
Conservatives still have balls.

The Republican Party does not!

17 posted on 03/02/2009 12:13:25 PM PST by DTogo (Time to bring back the Sons of Liberty.)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


18 posted on 03/02/2009 12:16:46 PM PST by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: Born Conservative

Santorum had great possibilities back in the day. But now, he has learned what all dishonest, RINO political hacks know so well...say what sounds good to the audience you happen to have at the time and then go on TV and bow down to the left. Sorry Rick. Why don’t you go make a few more “Specter 2010” signs and wait for our call.


19 posted on 03/02/2009 12:18:32 PM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Born Conservative

Santorum always struck me as a whiner. He should get together with little Scotty McClellan.


20 posted on 03/02/2009 12:22:44 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Born Conservative
As a guy who ran more to the center during his last campaign, Santorum’s criticism rings hollow and strikes me as more than a bit hypocritical.
21 posted on 03/02/2009 1:35:13 PM PST by TAdams8591 (When Obama FAILS, America SUCCEEDS.)
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To: Williams
"Santorum is not a Rino. However I think he could learn from the democrats, who are total scumbags but never say “sorry”."

He could learn from some FRreepers, who are total scumbags but never say sorry as well.

22 posted on 03/02/2009 1:51:19 PM PST by TAdams8591 (When Obama FAILS, America SUCCEEDS.)
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To: Born Conservative
“We were unethical,” he said of congressional Republicans involved in the scandals involving former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the securing of earmarks for special projects in their districts. “Let’s just be frank about it.”

He IS right. Many Republicans in Congress were unethical, but I don't see where he blamed it on conservative Congressmen.

23 posted on 03/02/2009 2:04:57 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Born Conservative

He threw Pat Toomey under the bus
He threw pro-lifers under the bus
He threw gunowners under the bus
He joined the spendaholics
Would not support the Fairtax
Moved to Virginia after criticizing his opponent for doing it.
He threw Republican Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidate Joe Weinroth under the bus


24 posted on 03/04/2009 7:27:30 AM PST by mombrown1 (PA Coordinatior SAS The Second Amendment is the reset button for the Constitution)
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