Skip to comments.Rick Santorum now TRASHES candidates he SUPPORTED in September
Posted on 12/07/2010 11:27:00 AM PST by Moseley
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Real Santorum? This tells all, imo:
“Santorum famous for dumping Pat Toomey overboard in 2006 in favor of Arlen Specter”
Gosh you guys. Maybe he is disappointed in the way she ran the campaign. He supported her when it counted and now thinks she either could have done better or ran a poor campaign. I don’t see why this is news or that he should be bashed after analyzing her loss and coming to this conclusion. We are VERY hard on folks who give opinions on certain people.
Yes. Rick Santorum was a good man, and reliably pro-life and pro-family. He was persuaded by Bush and Rove to support Arlen Specter, whom they insisted had a better chance to win than Pat Toomey.
I’m sorry he did that, because I think it lost him the next election, because his conservative base was angry with him. He did it at the urging of the party leaders, Bush and Rove. And he also said he did it out of loyalty because Specter had earlier supported him.
I blame Rove for that as much as anybody. Specter was predictably a disaster, and Rick lost the election for doing what he was asked to do by the party leadership.
Since the Tea Party revolt, people have been more willing to revolt against the party elite, but that was not the case back then.
Still, I don’t know what possible purpose Santorum can have for saying this stupid stuff now. I think he’s hoping one day to get his job back. But this ain’t the way to do it. Not now.
Maybe he is disappointed in the way she ran the campaign. He supported her when it counted and now thinks she either could have done better or ran a poor campaign.
As a Delaware resident, I can testify very well that she could have campaigned harder and more aggressively. Some criticism was certainly deserved. It wasn’t a forward and active enough campaign to really show that she meant to win.
AND lost ALL credibility at the time in doing so. Has he ever explained or apologized for that?
Of course, GW Bush also campaigned for Specter during that very same primary.
Rove trashed her before she even got out of the starting gates.
But Santorum was his best to sell very weak candidate, since she was the nominee.
But do we want a roster full of Christine O’Donnells? I don’t think so.
What else do you want from him?
Right you are! Nevada and Maryland are RAT states. While I respect both Angle and O’Donnell for their attempts, they were, at the end of the day unelectable for any number of reasons. During their campaigns (and I really watched Nevada because we have business interests there) I cringed on almost a daily basis when I read what came out of the mouths of these two. They were so wedded to their personal philosophies that they thought that every looney statement they made was a plus, when it was a minus for most of the voters. If you didn’t know anything about the election and showed up to listen to the candidates, you just had to get the feeling that both of these women were too nutty to be elected. It’s really too bad for all of us because despite these foibles, they would have been good legislators.
I like Santorum. He was a good Senator here. I am dumbfounded by his action the last few years. It seems he got a real shell shocked after the Toomey/Specter race in ‘04 and his loss to that loser Casey. He needs to get his act together.
He made a political mistake but he is still right on policy.
He also said in 2007 The only one I wouldnt support is McCain.
“They were so wedded to their personal philosophies that they thought that every looney statement they made was a plus, when it was a minus for most of the voters.”
Conservatives can win everywhere once they start acting like responsible adults and not like radio talk show hosts.
Never been a Santorum fan. Hope he doesn’t run for POTUS.
I don’t see how he will matter either way.
> AND lost ALL credibility at the time in doing so. Has he ever explained or apologized for that?
No and despite some (what I think) feigned support (he’s running for something?) for _certain_ tea party candidates, he still really is an anti-libertarian, anti-small gov., anti-truly free market. Like hinckley buzzard says - pro-life is about it.
“I am not a witch” was certainly a FUBAR campaign item.
> Still, I dont know what possible purpose Santorum can have for saying this stupid stuff now. I think hes hoping one day to get his job back. But this aint the way to do it. Not now.
Yours was possibly the best spin on where Santorum stands, but I’ll never forget his comments on libertarians even before the Toomey thing. He’s in the John Kasich traitor territory for me... Kasich got the first assault weapons ban passed for Clinton.
Santorum made his choice six years ago when he supported Arlen over Pat.
Arlen’s Democrat vote was the extra vote needed for Obama-Care to make cloture,IIRC.
I voted for Santorum in 2000 and thought he had solid conservative values, in 2006 I grudgingly voted for him again(I loathed Casey) but he strayed and now I’m done with him.
As far as I’m concerned he’s an arrogant opportunist who sucks up to the Rob Gleason-Brabender-Cox Republican establishment big government crowd.
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