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In the Wake of the Florida Fiasco, Time to Consider Bella Santorum's Dad, Rick
Catholic Online ^ | 2/1/12 | Keith A Fournier

Posted on 01/31/2012 5:59:50 PM PST by tcg

...While Mitt Romney "carpet-bombed" Newt Gingrich with merciless attacks; while Newt Gingrich succumbed to the temptation to respond with similar efforts, one candidate demonstrated the singularly most important trait we need in a President, character. His name is Rick Santorum, Bella's Dad.

There was a book of essays on Presidential leadership written in 1996 entitled "Character Above All" The book contained an excellent essay by Peggy Noonan on Ronald Reagan...

"In a president, character is everything..."

People like me, "former" Democrats, were inspired by the courage, character and manner of Ronald Reagan. His was the kind of "conservatism" which made sense to people like us - who never thought we were "conservatives". ...

We were not then - and are not now - comfortable with the "Nelson Rockefeller" blue blood image of the old Republican Party. Sadly, the image seems to be at work again in the coronation effort of the Republican establishment in Florida. ...

Sadly, this Republican primary has degenerated into a brawl. It just seems to get worse - at least between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Many people like me who are following this campaign are eager to replace the current occupant of the Whitehouse for many vital reasons. However, we do not want the "establishment" candidate for many reasons...

While "Mitt" and "Newt" were wresting in the mud (and I favored Newt in that match) Presidential candidate Rick Santorum stayed out of the fray. In fact, he went home to care for his beautiful daughter Bella. She had been hospitalized and was in a critical condition.

The very act of his leaving the campaign - while the pundit class was interpreting his exit as a sign of his demise - reveals the character of this good man...

(Excerpt) Read more at catholic.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fiasco; fl2012; gingrich; paul; romney; santorum
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While "Mitt" and "Newt" were wresting in the mud (and lest there be any doubt, I favored Newt in that match) Presidential candidate Rick Santorum went home to care for his beautiful daughter Bella. She had been hospitalized and was in a critical condition. The very act of his leaving the campaign when the pundit class was interpreting his exit as a sign of his demise, reveals the character of this good man. It speaks loudly as to why he should be seriously reconsidered in this hotly contested Republican primary. This race is far from over.
1 posted on 01/31/2012 6:00:00 PM PST by tcg
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To: tcg

By the way, had Santorum left the race, Newt STILL would have lost by 2 points so I don’t know what the big deal is. Not one state has Santorum taken a vote from Newt.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 6:03:36 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: tcg

I agree, he has my vote since I have no other horse in this race. The numbers are not good....


3 posted on 01/31/2012 6:05:07 PM PST by NTW64 (...)
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To: tcg

Character is what you have when no one is looking.


4 posted on 01/31/2012 6:05:54 PM PST by cubreporter (Happy New Year R ush and we look forward to 2012 with you and the EIB Microphone.)
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To: tcg

Santorum should have stayed home with Bella and the rest of his family.
Why would he put politics over his daughter’s/family’s needs? I sure wouldn’t.


5 posted on 01/31/2012 6:06:10 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: napscoordinator

Maybe Santorum leaving the race would have left enough support for Newt to have a stronger showing that some supporters of Mitt would have gone for Newt. Newt would have taken Iowa, if Santorum hadn’t been there.

Not complaining about Santorum, per se, but merely explaining the political consequences.

Make no mistake, the longer the Santorum stays in the race, the harder it is for Newt to win.

Santorum should also realize, that if he does screw over Newt, there will be a lot of Conservatives who will not vote for him because of it, no matter where he runs.


6 posted on 01/31/2012 6:07:17 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 50cal Smokepole; Allegra; AZ .44 MAG; b4its2late; Blood of Tyrants; bluerose; Clint N. Suhks; ...

For those interested.


7 posted on 01/31/2012 6:07:17 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: napscoordinator

Maybe Santorum leaving the race would have left enough support for Newt to have a stronger showing that some supporters of Mitt would have gone for Newt. Newt would have taken Iowa, if Santorum hadn’t been there.

Not complaining about Santorum, per se, but merely explaining the political consequences.

Make no mistake, the longer the Santorum stays in the race, the harder it is for Newt to win.

Santorum should also realize, that if he does screw over Newt, there will be a lot of Conservatives who will not vote for him because of it, no matter where he runs for Senate.


8 posted on 01/31/2012 6:07:32 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: NTW64



American Patriots of 2012 ... today in Florida, and across America .... from sea to shining sea .... we stand at the Crossroads of Destiny ...

We have ALEADY won today's "political battle" ... regardless of how the final Florida votes are tallied tonight ...

Why ?

Because as in "Lord of the Rings" ... the call to battle and Honor and Glory have (indeed) been answered ... from Patriots across this great land we call "America" ...

A gallant Call to Arms ... to Liberty, to preserve the Land that John Paul Jones defended as he cried-out "We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight" ...



Henry V ... in his St. Crispin's day Speech ... stood on the same kind of earth we see today ...

To the Ann Coulters, and her traitorous breed ... the Nikki Haleys, Mark Steyns, Bob Doles, Chris Christies ....

We "American Patriots" respond with:

"The (Traitor's) passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into their purse ...

"We would not die in their company whose fellowship they fear to die with us" ...



Let's us resolve ... this day ... to WIN the BATTLE for America's Renaissance of Liberty, Prosperity ... and Discovery to the Stars created by The Almighty ...



God Bless America !



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9 posted on 01/31/2012 6:08:54 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: tcg

So this is what it has come to? Newt loses one primary and we are supposed to throw him under the bus in favor of the guy Newt outpolled by 20%.

Get real!

And don’t forget Santorum backer Arlen Spector over Pat Toomey. Rick liked all the big government programs and pending of the Bush era. Rick was part of the country club establishment. That’s why he was slaughtered in 2006.

Newt fought the establishment when he was in congress and balanced the budget.

I’ll stick with Newt.


10 posted on 01/31/2012 6:08:57 PM PST by GR_Jr. (ABR / AB0 (Anybody but Romney, and then Anybody but 0bama))
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To: NTW64

His numbers are getting better and he may be last man standing if Newt & Mitt continue to destroy each other.


11 posted on 01/31/2012 6:10:26 PM PST by Kenny (<p><i)
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To: tcg

IF Willard gets the nomination, he’ll go to Rick for VP in a feeble attempt to woo the conservative base...

It ain’t gonna play with me.

No Mitt, sherlock. No Mitt. Not now. Not ever.


12 posted on 01/31/2012 6:10:29 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Jonty30
Lil'Ricky is working WAY TOO HARD for 30 pieces of silver Myth's VP slot.
13 posted on 01/31/2012 6:10:52 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: tcg

If Rick Santorum poses a threat he will also be “carpet bombed” Newt is going to be the only one who can stop Romney.


14 posted on 01/31/2012 6:14:03 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: napscoordinator

How many Santorum voters would have stayed home if it was only Newt and Myth?


15 posted on 01/31/2012 6:14:11 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: musicman

You gotta tell me how to change fonts, colours, and sizes. I don’t have a clue.

Absolutely. If Mitt has promised him something and thinks Mitt is going to deliver it, Santorum is a fool. Mitt will not disobey the GOP taskmasters in their pickings for cabinet slots.

The best Santorum will get is a favoured chance at another slot in congress.


16 posted on 01/31/2012 6:16:01 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: tcg

Why is it so hard to ask someone who is a conservative be the nominee? Santorum isn’t perfect, but at least he’s a conservative.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 6:17:17 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Jonty30

How would Santorum “screw over Newt”?

We have 50 states and they all need to have a choice in the primary.


18 posted on 01/31/2012 6:17:43 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: tcg

Nope, no little Ricky for me. My first presidential election I settled for Nixon in 68, then again in 72. Wore a gasmask for the Watergate mess and settled for Ford in 76 then relished my choice in RR for 80 and 84. Then had to go back to the dregs with Bush in 88 and of course we know what happened in 92. And 96........gawd how stupid is the GOP?

Then along came the great pretender from Texas in 00 and 04, promising to be a compasionate conservative. Well we now know how that turned out and then the GOP tried to cram McStupid down our throats in 08. I don’t know which was worse, Dole or McInsane.

So no, I will not go along to get along with what the GOP says is best for me and my country. Don’t know whom I shall vote for but it will not be Obammy nor Mitty.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 6:18:37 PM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: GR_Jr.

Arlen was bad.... so was Dede Scozzafava


20 posted on 01/31/2012 6:19:15 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GR_Jr.

Well said! Rick has gotten a free pass and he doesnt need to run as Bella’s dad. While prayers are up for his child...he doesnt get a sympathy vote. This is for the heart and soul of this nation and Newt has the conservative record. Santorum is a big earmark king, voted to fund the National endowment of arts and wants to allow felons that are rapist and drug kingpins to vote. NO thanks! GO NEWT! go home to your family Rick.


21 posted on 01/31/2012 6:19:30 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Keith in Iowa
I can never vote for Romney. His decision to take the low road may just have negative consequences in November.

I can't vote for him now, I don't care what he says about 'pulling together'.

22 posted on 01/31/2012 6:22:37 PM PST by skeeter
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To: tcg

I love the way Santorum cares for his family, however he has started the same negative ads against Gingrich as Romney.
I will no longer consider him.
When the primary gets to California I will vote for Gingrich.


23 posted on 01/31/2012 6:24:15 PM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen You up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: Jonty30

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2650195/posts

The link above will take you to the FR HTML sandbox.

You can “practice” and not disrupt anything else on FR.

I learned A LOT by going there.

I hope you will too!!


24 posted on 01/31/2012 6:24:33 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: napscoordinator

Only if all Santorum voters voted for Gingrich.


25 posted on 01/31/2012 6:27:15 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Jonty30
Santorum should also realize, that if he does screw over Newt, there will be a lot of Conservatives who will not vote for him because of it, no matter where he runs

...which is why he's where he's at in this primary because of what he did the last time. I'm almost certain that if he drops out he will endorse Romney again and do it claiming "he is the only one that can beat Obama"

Sorry Rick, that's not good enough for me.

26 posted on 01/31/2012 6:27:27 PM PST by tsowellfan (If its between Obama and Romney, there isnt all that much difference - George Soros)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
Henry V ... in his St. Crispin's day Speech ... stood on the same kind of earth we see today ...
To the Ann Coulters, and her traitorous breed ... the Nikki Haleys, Mark Steyns, Bob Doles, Chris Christies ....
We "American Patriots" respond with:

"The (Traitor's) passport shall be made, and crowns for convoy put into their purse ...
"We would not die in their company whose fellowship they fear to die with us" ...

Aye! Huzzah!

27 posted on 01/31/2012 6:27:42 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: nickcarraway

The fact that he doesn’t come across as an angry guy helps Santorum a great deal. My grandmother says he reminds her of Coolidge.

My congressman ran a nice guy campaign and the democrat incumbent and unions threw their worst at him and in the end it all just slid off as he killed them with kindness and took the seat.


28 posted on 01/31/2012 6:29:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: svcw

Santorum’s ads in Iowa were even more negative than those of Romney; Santorum was actually the idea guy in the nasty campaign.

I think Santorum is prissy, spiteful, controlling and Bloombergish, his ideas are either non-existent, incoherent, or the same old same old big government, and I think he’s working hand in glove with Romney because he wants to be Romney’s VP.

Santorum lost his last election by 700,000 votes. That shows you what the good people of PA thought of him.


29 posted on 01/31/2012 6:29:33 PM PST by livius
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To: nickcarraway

Only if all Santorum voters voted for Gingrich.

That is very true....which not every one would have. However, tomorrow we will hear stories about how Santorum ripped Newt off on Florida......they have been sounding like Democrats today for sure. Especially the nasty Bella talk. UGH!!!!


30 posted on 01/31/2012 6:30:24 PM PST by napscoordinator (Go Santorum!)
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To: katiedidit1
IMO, Santorum is just another bleeding heart, nanny state social conservative. Don't need any more of those.
32 posted on 01/31/2012 6:33:19 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Yo Mitt - Money can't buy you love...)
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To: GeronL

Do I need to explain this to you?

Each vote Santorum gets is, probably, 0.60 of a vote Newt could have had, because though not everybody voting for Santorum would vote for Newt, but a majority of them probably would vote for Newt as a viable second. So, if Santorum wasn’t a factor, Newt could get 3 votes of every 5 of the Santorum votes.

Santorum will likely not win another state. But enough people will cast their votes for him, state by state, Romney will walk up the middle because Newt and Santorum will split enough votes between themselves that neither will have enough votes to win.

Now, I know you might suggest that Newt drop out, so that many of those voting can then vote for Santorum. But in simply raw politics, I see nothing that suggests that if Santorum were the only alternative to Romney, that he could take the vote. Romney would still win.

Of all those running, Newt is the only one that has a chance to beat Romney. But it’s unlikely that Newt will win if Santorum keeps playing spoiler.

My criticism is the same with Ron Paul, but Ron Paul is running for Ron Paul and no other reason.


33 posted on 01/31/2012 6:35:46 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: tcg
We had a "character president" already. Man, did that work out great. His name was Jimmuh "Ah'll nevuh lah tuh yew" Carter.

This article is obscene.

34 posted on 01/31/2012 6:36:25 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: tcg
Not so minor point ... Santorum went home TO DO HIS TAXES. He just happened to be around when Bella was hospitalized. It speaks nothing about his character.

The race may be far from over, but I will not be supporting Ricky unless and until he becomes the only thing standing between Obama and the oval office.

35 posted on 01/31/2012 6:36:47 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: tcg

I voted for Santorum today and it was the first time since I voted for Reagan that I felt good about my vote.

Conservatives need to finally make a stand and stand with a candidate of this character caliber.

I would love to see Obama faced with defending his record and not handing him a punching bag he can spend $1 billion deflecting through negative ads.


36 posted on 01/31/2012 6:37:09 PM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: GeronL
How many Santorum voters would have stayed home if it was only Newt and Myth?

Good question. How many summer soldiers and sunshine patriots abandoned Washington in the winter of 1776?

37 posted on 01/31/2012 6:38:55 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: musicman
Thank you.
38 posted on 01/31/2012 6:39:54 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

I think people should have choices. They should vote for the candidate closest to their views.


39 posted on 01/31/2012 6:43:00 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: tsowellfan
Santorum endorsed Romney already, in 2008. Nothing since has happened to suggest he will do differently this time around.
40 posted on 01/31/2012 6:44:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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Perpetuating the fantasy of Ross Santorum will only drag us further into the weeds.


42 posted on 01/31/2012 6:46:53 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: GeronL

I can understand that.

But that has been leading the country down the path it has been going. It’s nice your conscience is clear, but how are you going to feel when you have lost your country?

There are times when you have to vote for the person most capable of turning things back, despite that it might weigh on your conscience a bit to do so.


43 posted on 01/31/2012 6:47:02 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: tcg

Santorum and his vulture groupies can go f@ck off.

Like I said, they are just rooting for Romney from the sides in some pathetic effort to justify him still being in the race.


44 posted on 01/31/2012 6:48:14 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Tzar
When you listen to him talk I think Gingrich is eying West for VP
45 posted on 01/31/2012 6:50:19 PM PST by tsowellfan (If its between Obama and Romney, there isnt all that much difference - George Soros)
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To: Jonty30

Nice job!!!!!!!!!


46 posted on 01/31/2012 6:50:51 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: tcg

Sorry, but if Bella were my daughter, I wouldn’t be wasting this precious critical time with her by running for president. I’d be home enjoying every minute.


47 posted on 01/31/2012 6:51:13 PM PST by CAluvdubya (My preferred taglines are not in the running...)
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To: GeronL

“Arlen was bad.... so was Dede Scozzafava”

One was a senator that reeked havoc in a close Senate.

The other was a no name from a poudunk congressional district that didnt swing a vote either way.


48 posted on 01/31/2012 6:51:35 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: GeronL

>> I think people should have choices. They should vote for the candidate closest to their views.

And sometimes it’s a matter of bucking up and preventing the worst case scenario.


49 posted on 01/31/2012 6:52:02 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: tcg

I don’t want to hear a single sanctimonious thing from any Santorum supporter tonight. Rick has thin skin and no one’s attacked him yet. How do you think he would act, and how do you think his poll numbers would hold up, if his big government liberalism was exposed with 99% of Mitt’s ad expenditures. That’s right, 99% of Mitt’s ads were aimed at Newt.

You think Rickie boy continues to play nice if he starts getting attacked? Yeah, right.


50 posted on 01/31/2012 6:56:51 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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