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Posted on 01/30/2012 8:11:27 AM PST by Kaslin
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.
Of course, Santorum is not perfect. As I’ve said all along, every election cycle is a Pageant of the Imperfects. He lost his Senate re-election bid in 2006, an abysmal year for conservatives. He was a go-along, get-along Big Government Republican in the Bush era. He supported No Child Left Behind, the prescription drug benefit entitlement, steel tariffs, and earmarks and outraged us movement conservatives by endorsing RINO Arlen Specter over stalwart conservative Pat Toomey.
I have no illusions about Rick Santorum. I wish he were as rock-solid on core economic issues as Ron Paul.
And I wish Ron Paul was not the far-out, Alex Jones-panderer on foreign policy, defense, and national security that he is.
If Ron Paul talked more like his son, Rand Paul, about the need for common-sense profiling of jihadists at our State Department consular offices overseas and if he talked more about the need for strengthened visa screening and airport security scrutiny of international flight manifests, I might have more than a kernel of confidence that he would take post-9/11 precautions to guard against jihadi threats and protect us from our enemies foreign and domestic. But he doesn’t, so I can’t support Ron Paul.
Mitt Romney has the backing of many solid conservatives whom I will always hold in high esteem — including Kansas Secretary of State and immigration enforcement stalwart Kris Kobach, former U.N. ambassacor John Bolton, and GOP Govs. Nikki Haley and Bob McDonnell. With such conservative advisers in his camp, Romney would be better than Obama. And a GOP Congress with a staunch Tea Party-backed contingent of fresh-blood leaders in the House and Senate will help keep any GOP president in line. Romney’s private-sector experience and achievements are the best things he’s got going. Only recently has he risen to defend himself effectively. But between his health care debacle, eco-nitwittery, and expedient and unconvincing political metamorphosis, Mitt Romney had way too much ideological baggage for me in 2008 to earn an endorsement — and it still hasn’t changed for me in 2012.
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.
Remember October 2009?
From reader Barnaby, who sent back his crossed-out Republican solicitation forms with a “NO RINOS” sticky note for Newt Gingrich:
Remember the rebuke in Dubuque? May 11, 2011:
Guy: Speaker Gingrich, what you just did to Paul Ryan is unforgivable.
Gingrich: I didnt do anything to Paul Ryan!
Guy: Yes, you did. You undercut him and his allies in the house.
Gingrich: No, I
Guy: Youre an embarrassment to our party.
Gingrich: Im sorry you feel that way.
Guy: Why dont you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself.
Lest we forget, this election is not about choosing a showboat candidate to run against John King or Juan Williams or Wolf Blitzer.
It’s not about “raging against” some arbitrarily defined GOP “machine.”
For many grass-roots conservatives across the country, Romney and Gingrich are the machine.
And at this point in the game, Rick Santorum represents the most conservative candidate still standing who can articulate both fiscal and social conservative values — and live them.
Side note: Unlike many bloggers and pundits weighing in on GOP 2012, I have zero connections to any of the final four GOP candidates’ campaigns. I have neither received a single penny from, nor donated a single penny, to any of their campaigns. I have not served as any kind of consultant or adviser to any of the campaigns. I have not written any speeches or talking points or briefing papers for any of their campaigns. I have not organized any blogger calls or social media efforts for any of their campaigns. I have not spoken to Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich since interviewing them for Hot Air at CPAC in 2006, and as far as I can recall, I have not communicated directly with either Santorum or Paul. My first and only contact with Santorum’s campaign came last week when a spokesman called to assure me that Santorum was not withdrawing from the Florida primary or the race in general and was in it for the long haul.
So much for my “establishment” credentials, eh?
Santorum is headed to Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nevada.
“The Rick Santorum for President Campaign will expand nationally this week with campaign stops in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nevada in the coming days,” a spokesman MAtt Beynon said in a statement.
Santorum is slated to make several stops in battleground states over the next few days, but did not appear to be heading back to Florida, where Republicans go to the polls on Tuesday.
Santorum is expected be in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday when the Florida results are known.
After winning Iowa — the first state to chose which Republican they want to face Obama in November — Santorum’s campaign has struggled to catch fire.
In Florida — a winner-takes-all race — the former senator has not appeared much and is barely avoiding a vote share in single digits according to polls, putting him in third place behing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
Nevada will vote just four days after Florida, while Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri all vote on February 7th.
Santorum had put campaigning in Florida on hold Sunday, as his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized just days before a key primary vote.
Two days before Florida’s winner-takes-all primary, Santorum spent the day in Pennsylvania, where his three year-old was admitted to a Philadelphia children’s hospital.
A reader writes:
I read your “For Santorum” article on your website. You wrote the argument against Newt clearly and completely. While Romneys been on both sides of issues, Newt has been on both sides at the same time. I think Newt would be almost as combative and adversarial to a Republican congress than a Democratic one…
Question of the day: Who is the “machine?”
Secondary question of the day: If you were a simple machine, what kind of machine would you be — inclined plane, wheel & axle, lever, pulley, wedge, or screw?
OK Michelle, it’s your vote to throw away, and you did.
Who knew she wanted a Theocrasy and wants the govenment in her bedroom.
She’s not for Romney.
Well guess she goes for Romney because an endorsement for the looser Santorum is a vote for Romney. Sometimes one has to select the lesser of the two evils. Michelle screwed up in spite of all her raving. I’m done with her.
Guess you just don't get it. A vote for Santorum IS a vote for Romney.
Just curious. When did one of the liberal memes become a talking point on the GOP side? The whole “Theocracy and Government in the Bedroom” meme goes back to it’s use by the Left on Reagan. Apparently, as your use is not nearly the first I have seen, the GOP, or portions thereof, do not want better than a third of their traditional voters - the Social Conservatives.
The wedge and screw are fancy inclined planes.
Besides. Newt is just as social conservative as Santorum.
I respect Santorum. I respect his supporters. That said, he strikes me as a .22 caliber candidate in a .50 caliber kind of political war. Even this booster article has to concede his fiscal weaknesses. What are we now? Oh yeah, not just broke, but hocked.
His daughter is not well and he had to suspend his campaign to care for her - the right thing to do, and that is another proof of his upright character and his love. I do not dispute his virtues. However, he will not have that freedom of action as a president. Suspending his campaign hurts only himself. Suspending his governance as a president hurts the entire nation.
If he wins the primary I will vote for him in the general. Right now though, his actual contribution is to keep conservatives divided, and as a result each conservative candidate will be defeated in detail.
Pray for America
Delegate Math: Dont Anoint Romney Just Yet
Mitt Romney may have won Iowa and New Hampshire, but even if he wins in South Carolina and Florida, he will technically still have a long way to go before winning the GOP nomination.
Mathematically, no candidate can seal the nomination until late April, which leaves a lot of campaigning yet to be done.
Don't be like the establishment who say we shouldn't vote like we want, but have to vote for their candidate. Most are willing to vote for Newt if we can't get Santorum, but are Newt's backers saying no to Santorum out if he starts to win? Is it never Santorum like its never romney?
Your analysis might be more convincing if you spelled ‘theocracy’ with two ‘c’s.
“Santorum is strong on border security..”
Oh yeah, Michelle??
Voted AGAINST increasing the number of immigration investigators:
VOTED AGAINST HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS, paid for by reductions in state grants.
VOTED TO GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens.
SANTORUM: Trim Social Security now- even if painful.
VOTED AGAINST FOOD STAMP REFORM
VOTED AGAINST MEDICAID REFORM
Voted to increase the social services block grant from $1 BILLION to $2 BILLION
VOTED TO RAID SOCIAL SECURITY instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
Voted to impose a uniform federal tax mandate on states to force them to allow convicted , rapists, arsonists drug kingpins and all other ex-convicts to vote in federal elections.
Santorum; Big government spender:
Santorum needs to put his country before his ego and drop out.
Do you think all pro-life conservatives want America to become a "Theocrasy", whatever that is -- or just Rick Santorum?
Do you support marriage as Rick Santorum does, and if not, why do you consider support for "gay marriage" appropriate?
Do you believe in religious liberty and respect those with beliefs different from your own? If not, what are you doing on FR, and if so, why do you care about what Rick Santorum and his wife do in their own bedroom?
Is your view that anyone who espouses opposition to contraception - the near-unanimous view among Christian churches until the 20th century - should be held up for scorn and persecution?
So, if Newt is so concerned about having a Conservative voice represent the party, why doesn’t he do the honorable thing and drop out and throw his support to Santorum? Polls show Santorum would do better against Obama than Newt.
So you two are OK with Newt trashing Paul Ryan, supporting Dede Scazofazzi and carrying on an affair with Calista for EIGHT YEARS????
The Calista thing is in the not so distant past, but the other two were within the last year and a half! And the guy is out there currently trashing capitalism.
Newts a peach all right.
Calling the 2008 Financial Crises “manufactured” seems like a bit of a stretch - it seemed very real to me. Maybe she means manufactured years earlier by the government.
As far as TARP is concerned, most of it was paid back only $132 billion is outstanding of which is mostly owed by GM, Chrysler and AIG - two of which were not originally supposed to be part of TARP
Notice how she starts off with this when she mentions Romney:
“Mitt Romney has the backing of many solid conservatives whom I will always hold in high esteem... “
But for the House Speaker, who gave us the GOP majority for the first time in 40 years, she starts off with:
“Then theres Newt, who has long made a career out of trashing progressive Saul Alinsky while employing his tactics at every turn...”
So if you are really for Romney and you know your audience will freak out if you say you are for him, just say you are for Santorum!
Michelle also had a nice piece about the fact that Santorum left Florida to spend time with his little daughter, Bella, who is very sick in Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.
It was despicable that the press and the other candidates made fun of Santorum for going home at this time.
Newt’s for 0% capital gains tax for everyone because he hates capitalism.
You’re a fake. A fraud. A phony. And a lousy speller.
I refuse to let the SRM (State Run Media, their pundits and the establishments dictate to me who to vote for.
I also will never vote for Romney, but my plan is right now is to vote for Rick Santorum on super Tuesday March 6
I completely agree with this. I don't understand the push to get Santorum out of the race, when both Newt and Rick are advocating conservative principles. As long as Rick stays in, the buckshot from the left is scattered and not focused on only one candidate. I think that many here are misreading the importance of the primary process and too much in a hurry.
Most are willing to vote for Newt if we can't get Santorum, but are Newt's backers saying no to Santorum out if he starts to win? Is it never Santorum like its never romney?
That's a really good question, Linda. I know for a few, this is true....that it's "never Santorum," but is that a truly conservative position considering that both our best guys have some negatives?
I actually find myself agreeing with most of what Michelle is saying here.........and that's rare.
Michelle, those are not the advisers the devious Romney intends to take to the White House. Hes just using them to get there. He'll cut them adrift in Nov..maybe even sooner..
And a GOP Congress with a staunch Tea Party-backed contingent of fresh-blood leaders in the House and Senate will help keep any GOP president in line
Does the GOP Congress "help keep Obama in line" ???
Michelle, Williard Mitt Romney thinks hes immoortal, above other men..
He doesnt listen to TEA Party Conservatives now...
Whatever makes you think he would if he was elected ???
To him we're just a joke...
That is true and she made it clear that she isn't. Some people can obviously not read, or translate what they read in to what they want
I see very little to disagree with in this article!
Who knew that a freeper who uses the name "Reagan" is a full blown liberal?
I'm not so concerned that you are too dense to spell Theocracy wrong, but I AM concerned that you are so dense that you use it without having the foggiest idea what the word means.
Mitt Romney may have won Iowa
Santorum won Iowa
A vote for Santorum is a vote for Santorum.
If you think Malkin likes Romney you aren’t connecting well to reality
I support Newt, but if he crashes, and bows out, I will support Santorum over Mitt. And yes, there is a long way to go.
I think Michelle's article is devastating.
I know Santorum won. ???
liberaltarians who think its their bedroom and they have every right to sleep in the nude with their kids if the kids don’t object.
Explain to me why he should drop out? If anyone does need to drop out, it is Ron Paul. He is in last place and has not won any state yet. Rick Santorum won Iowa
Santorum backers have Newt as their second choice universally, accusing them of secretly backing Romney is simply foul.
Besides I don’t want Dede Scozzafava on the Supreme Court
That is your opinion and you’re entitled to it.
A good essay, but it’s a tad late.
Even Malkin seems to recognize that it is too late. Notice all her talk of keeping a Romney in line?
Where was this essay 6 weeks ago?
She had pneumonia, but is doing better.
No a vote for Santorum is a vote for Santorum. See how that works? You vote for someone and your vote gets added into count of the guy/gal you voted for! Imagine that, wow.
Reagan69: Use Firefox and make sure your spellchecker is working
We all know there is only one viable conservative in this race:
Of course, I've never seen such a picture of Rick Santorum.
It was the language I was concerned about, not comparing Newt and Rick. I did find it interesting, however, that most of the attacks on Newt come from Romney/Obama, and that most of those against Rick come from Paul. In both cases, the attacks distort the truth wildly.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Oh, thank you. That is certainly good news. I guess that every time Bella is hospitalized, it’s a traumatic event for the family.
“Well guess she goes for Romney because an endorsement for the looser Santorum is a vote for Romney.”
Oh, you meant “loser.” Funny way to describe someone with as many accomplishments as Rick Santorum.
But enough 5th-grade spelling lessons. Someone who supports Santorum is supporting Santorum, period. If Michelle Malkin wished to support Mitt Romney, she would have entitled her piece “For Romney.” And the same goes for me. I didn’t see Newt supporters rallying around Santorum when it was clear that only the could stop Romney from winning Iowa, and I fail to see how it makes me a bad conservative for me to support Santorum, whom I happen to believe is preferable to Newt. If we can’t support our preferred candidate in the primary, why have primaries in the first place?
Don’t you find it laughable that there are some here, who demand Santorum to drop out, but are not asking Ron Paul to, who is in last place and has not won any state yet?
Ron Pauls covering Romney’s flank...he won’t be dropping out until Romneys in the bag.
"This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I dont think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldnt get involved in the bedroom, we shouldnt get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals cant go it alone." [source]Check out his brochure, 50 Things You Didn't Know About Rick Santorum.
"What was my vision? I came to the uncomfortable realization that conservatives were not only reluctant to spend government dollars on the poor, they hadnt even thought much about what might work better. I often describe my conservative colleagues during this time as simply cheap liberals. My own economically modest personal background and my faith had taught me to care for those who are less fortunate, but I too had not yet given much thought to the proper role of government in this mission." Rick Santorum, p. IX It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)
"I suspect some will dismiss my ideas as just an extended version of compassionate conservatism. Some will reject what I have said as a kind of Big Government Conservatism. Some will say that what Ive tried to argue isnt conservatism at all. But I believe what Ive been presenting is the genuine conservatism our Founders envisioned. One that fosters the opportunity for all Americans to live as we are called to live, in selfless families that contribute to the general welfare, the common good." Rick Santorum, p. 421 It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good (2005)
"If you're a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you're a Republican, if you're a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now and that's Mitt Romney." Rick Santorum, 02/1/2008 [source]
Quite pushing the Romney propaganda. You might not like Newt but stop playing into enemies propaganda war by posting it on FR....especially since you well know the owner is fully supporting Newt! It’s less than distastful.