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Rick Santorum: Finally, A Man I Can Vote For
International Business Times ^ | 02/09/12 | Walt Osterman

Posted on 02/10/2012 7:23:34 PM PST by writer33

I am amazed at how, every four years, many otherwise sane human beings want to become president of the United States. Harry Truman, our 33rd president, is reputed as having said: "If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog."

Usually, a president is inaugurated with great pomp and jubilant celebrations followed by a brief "honeymoon" period. After the honeymoon ends, however, he pleases practically no one and disappoints nearly everyone. Why anyone would wish that upon himself or herself is beyond me.

Minus a few exceptions, Ronald Reagan being one who comes to mind, the men who have occupied the Oval Office have aged at a far faster rate than their peers in Congress or the Supreme Court.

With that understood, I gleefully celebrated Rick Santorum's three-state win. Finally, a real Republican conservative - someone who understands and loves the Constitution -has taken Mitt Romney to the woodshed. Hopefully, it will happen many more times.

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1 posted on 02/10/2012 7:23:48 PM PST by writer33
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To: Antoninus; Colonel_Flagg; cripplecreek; darrellmaurina; fieldmarshaldj; FresnoRobert; GeronL; ...

Can I get an Amen for brother Osterman.


2 posted on 02/10/2012 7:24:57 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33

He’s had my vote since Cain and Bachmann dropped out.


3 posted on 02/10/2012 7:28:11 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: writer33

On a side note.

You really have to wonder about the sanity of Mitt Romney. What kind of man wants to be president from a party where the voters can’t stand him?


4 posted on 02/10/2012 7:30:46 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: writer33

By the way, it might interest some of you to know that Rick Santorum has both a law degree and an MBA. A lot people seem to be unaware of that.


5 posted on 02/10/2012 7:30:46 PM PST by Eva
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To: cripplecreek

Likewise.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 7:31:27 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Eva
By the way, it might interest some of you to know that Rick Santorum has both a law degree and an MBA.

Are you by chance implying that Rick is smart? Surely you jest, Eva. :-)

7 posted on 02/10/2012 7:32:40 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33

You have to be kidding me.

“But I do have concerns about women in front-line combat, I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission, because of other types of emotions that are involved,” Santorum continued. “It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat, and I think that’s probably not in the best interest of men, women or the mission.”


8 posted on 02/10/2012 7:36:05 PM PST by Toespi
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t think he knows the voters cannot stand him, otherwise he wouldn’t have gotten as far as he has.


9 posted on 02/10/2012 7:40:01 PM PST by madison10
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To: Toespi

Give me an Amen, Toespi. LOL!


10 posted on 02/10/2012 7:40:39 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33
Can I get an Amen for brother Osterman.

Amen!

I did some checking recently, and, among those who had hinted at running, I voiced my preference for Santorum (on another site) on September 1, 2010. (That's almost a year and a half ago.) I still held out hope later that a Mike Pence or a Tom Coburn might change their mind and throw their hat into the ring, but I have been very pleased with Rick. I have had a Rick Santorum bumper sticker on my car since last summer. People pitied me as some deluded sort when Santorum languished for months at less than 1% in the polls. No longer.

Rick took the arrows for years on social conservative issues while others were running for cover. That by itself made him worth considering, and I've respected him greatly for that, but he is much more than a social conservative.

I decided not to hold my nose this election cycle. I decided to vote FOR someone.

Go Rick!
11 posted on 02/10/2012 7:40:56 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Eva

Yes, I had to remind a few of my children during the returns from MO. He’s a very bright guy with white- and blue-collar appeal.


12 posted on 02/10/2012 7:41:34 PM PST by Mach9
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To: Toespi

Are you being sarcastic? Color me ignorant, but I don’t see anything wrong with the statement.


13 posted on 02/10/2012 7:41:39 PM PST by madison10
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

No, sir. No longer.


14 posted on 02/10/2012 7:42:43 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: cripplecreek

“You really have to wonder about the sanity of Mitt Romney. What kind of man wants to be president from a party where the voters can’t stand him?”

Romney has Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter and Grover Norquist telling him that only right-wing kooks oppose him. It’s the opportunists and insiders versus the grassroots.


15 posted on 02/10/2012 7:43:41 PM PST by Pelham (Vultures for Romney. We pluck your carcass)
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To: writer33
Every time I send a candidate money, it's like the kiss of death.

I sent Herman Cain some money and POOF he was gone.

I sent Noot some money and POOF he was gone.

Maybe I should send Myth some money?

16 posted on 02/10/2012 7:44:59 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: madison10

No, Toespi isn’t being sarcastic.


17 posted on 02/10/2012 7:45:11 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Toespi

Guess you missed the desensitizing hearings in the 80s about women in combat. Essentially you have two choices: desensitize the men and allow the women who can barely carry their own packs to serve alongside the men, and—oh yeah—try to reverse the desensitization AFTER combat; or refuse to allow women to serve in combat. I like efficiencies, especially in combat. I go for the latter.


18 posted on 02/10/2012 7:45:54 PM PST by Mach9
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Write Myth the biggest check you can afford to write. LOL!


19 posted on 02/10/2012 7:47:23 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: writer33

AMEN!


20 posted on 02/10/2012 7:48:35 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: writer33

Oh yes, Amen to Mr. Osterman! Bob


21 posted on 02/10/2012 7:49:23 PM PST by alstewartfan (27 of 36 of Romney's judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: writer33

Wish I’d thought of that.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 7:49:23 PM PST by Mach9
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To: writer33

Rick Santorum is the guy that psychotic liberal, sexually deviant Hollywood psychos, pro-abortion radicals Planned Parenthood extremists hate most...they attack him constantly...so he must be doing something right.


23 posted on 02/10/2012 7:49:49 PM PST by exist
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To: writer33

bump


24 posted on 02/10/2012 7:50:50 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Maybe I should send Myth some money?

Better yet, send Obama some money!

25 posted on 02/10/2012 7:51:16 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Well, I had my Palin metallic sticker removed, and ordered Santorum the other day. He doesn’t need name recognition in my state of Pa. He has been my favorite since Sarah declined, by a light year. Bob


26 posted on 02/10/2012 7:52:28 PM PST by alstewartfan (27 of 36 of Romney's judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: cripplecreek
I donated to him yesterday. I've always thought he was a decent, intelligent human being. I don't understand the vitriol directed at him by so many on this site. I'm really tired of them referring to him as “Saint Santorum”. They're putting down the man's faith just like the left would.
27 posted on 02/10/2012 7:52:50 PM PST by bushinohio
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To: ScottinVA
Better yet, send Obama some money!

I might actually do it.

28 posted on 02/10/2012 7:55:15 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: Toespi

Have you spent time in a combat zone? Because I have, and Santorum’s statement sounds right to me. And he doesn’t even mention all of the in-theater pregnancies, some unplanned, some planned so the woman can get the hell out of there.


29 posted on 02/10/2012 7:56:26 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: writer33

Santorum’s CPAC speech was stellar. I am voting for him February 28 in Michigan.


30 posted on 02/10/2012 7:56:41 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: bushinohio

Just ignore the vitriol. They’ll come around.

Looks like some real excitement is building for Santorum in Michigan and if he beats Mitt in Michigan, he’ll be the nominee.


31 posted on 02/10/2012 7:58:09 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: E. Pluribus Unum
Every time I send a candidate money, it's like the kiss of death.

I can sympathize. I have contributed to several conservative candidates, and have yet to have one cross the finish line ahead. But usually the people that I back are so conservative that they tend to scare the horses and the children. (I did back a winner, of sorts, the only time that I contributed to a moderate, when I sent money to Brown in Massachusetts, but that one doesn't leave so much a feeling of exhiliration as it does a feeling that I've dodged a bullet.)

I'm hoping to break my losing streak this year. Even if I don't, I think that my money has been well spent just allowing the conservative message to get out for a little while longer.
32 posted on 02/10/2012 8:00:47 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands
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To: Mach9

:-)


33 posted on 02/10/2012 8:00:56 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: cripplecreek

That would be great! If Santorum wins Michigan, I think it’s a done deal.


34 posted on 02/10/2012 8:02:36 PM PST by bushinohio
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
I'm hoping to break my losing streak this year. Even if I don't, I think that my money has been well spent just allowing the conservative message to get out for a little while longer.

Yes, sir. Money well spent. My Santorum gear is currently on its way.

35 posted on 02/10/2012 8:03:46 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: Eva

Another lawyer. Whoopy!!!


36 posted on 02/10/2012 8:29:31 PM PST by Apollo5600
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
"I sent Noot some money and POOF he was gone."

I would not give-up the ship just yet. Meaningless as it is, I guarantee you Newt will be back in it. Winning a beauty contest when you have been shielded from the mud slinging does not translate into delegates. This has been the most bipolar primary that I can remember and just because santorum is getting his turn in the barrel does not mean he has the nomination sown-up. But I do believe it does mean that mitt cannot buy the votes he need to win.
37 posted on 02/10/2012 8:42:20 PM PST by JoSixChip (Top 10% of wage earners pay 70% of total income taxes collected. Bottom 50% pay less then 3%, fair?)
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To: writer33

Did you happen to see the interview? He definitely was not using a teleprompter and in retrospect, should have. All of the statistics may be correct about women in combat. However, his response was silly, amateurish and showed his lack of experience. To assert that women can not make good judgement because of emotions is inflammatory and this will haunt him.. There are far more valid reasons why a woman should not be in combat, yet Ricky chose the hormone aspect of women. I am an extremely conservative woman and do not believe women should be on the frontline but he made my ears hurt.


38 posted on 02/10/2012 8:48:04 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Toespi; writer33; All
Toespi, I wrote on another thread my concerns about Santorum’s comments.

You may want to read this: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2844712/posts?page=136#136

Key point: “As a former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee whose father was a career Veterans Administration psychologist, Santorum is better qualified than most people other than military veterans to make his statement. His father spent his entire career dealing with the consequences when servicemembers break down ... I know lots of kick-butt female soldiers and respect their service. I strongly believe most women would not want to do what they do, and would not be very good at doing it. Those positions are not incompatible in the least. Let's let women who want to fight do so, while respecting the fact that it takes personalities and skills to be a soldier which most women do not have and do not want to have.”

Bottom line: Santorum’s comments are defensible to conservatives but they sound bad even in our circles, and may be indefensible to moderates and liberals who don't understand the military.

Repackaging them and reminding people of his father's career and his own service on the Senate Armed Services Committee may help.

39 posted on 02/10/2012 9:10:36 PM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: bushinohio

When is the Michigan primary? I can’t wait.


40 posted on 02/10/2012 9:21:04 PM PST by Mountain Mary ("Mush is not going to carry the day" Mark Levin 2/09/12)
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To: darrellmaurina

I am not well informed about a woman’s ability in combat, but have always felt it should be limited. Santorums delivery was the issue to me. He is going to have to be far more agile than standing there like a deer caught in the headlights, groping for words and decides the best approach is to attack a womans emotional state in combat. Not a good day for Mr. Rogers in his neighborhood.


41 posted on 02/10/2012 9:26:38 PM PST by Toespi
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To: writer33
By the way, it might interest some of you to know that Rick Santorum has both a law degree and an MBA.
Are you by chance implying that Rick is smart? Surely you jest, Eva. :-)


That's what liberals say about all conservatives. He is a intelligent man with common sense, which is something liberals lack, among other things. Newt is smart, but lacked common sense in his decisions.

42 posted on 02/10/2012 10:21:27 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: Toespi
Rick was saying that “emotionally” men and women are different, which is true. Do you believe what liberals believe; that men and women are the same? We’re not. We will react differently in the similar situations. What drives a person when they must make life and death decisions? Our emotions; how we react to fear, anger, witnessing death, and guilt....
43 posted on 02/10/2012 10:36:16 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: Mach9

Some one needs to find the video Rush played on his old TV show, showing the women in bunkers trying to put a ladder up. There are probably some women that can carry a 200 pound person to safety, but those two were not among them.

It is a shame that we are trying to make a unisex world in a place occupied by hetrosexual humans. If you want a clue how that turns out take a little trip down market street on gay pride day in San Franisco.


44 posted on 02/10/2012 11:02:07 PM PST by itsahoot (I will Vote for Palin, even if I have to write her in.(Recycled Tagline))
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To: itsahoot

Valerie Jarrett saw Starship Troopers on HBO and thought having Women in Combat was a really progressive idea.

She really liked the coed shower scenes. (hubba hubba)


45 posted on 02/10/2012 11:11:18 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: Eva

Santorum’s a failed lawyer and with no business experience. He’d be nothing without his political career. Oh wait, he lost that.


46 posted on 02/10/2012 11:36:50 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: madison10
Are you being sarcastic? Color me ignorant, but I don’t see anything wrong with the statement.

The statement was right on (not fully on the Rick bus yet, but that's a different topic). You cannot remove the natural instincts from men and having women in combat will cause many men to start to focus on protecting them. I believ there are also in-bred instincts that say women should not be in harm's way - If you have a few men and a lot of women, you can repopulate with a vengeance. if you have a few women and a lot of men, the species is in danger of failing.

47 posted on 02/11/2012 3:50:49 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: bushinohio
...the vitriol directed at him by so many on this site. I'm really tired of them referring to him as “Saint Santorum”. They're putting down the man's faith just like the left would.

You got a hole in your glove, FRiend. Somehow you missed catching the fact that many, if not most of those referring to him as "St. Santorum" are God-loving Christians. They're hardly "putting down the man's faith" -- they're putting down his sanctimonious tone and trumpeting of his own righteousness.

48 posted on 02/11/2012 4:02:39 AM PST by Finny ("Raise hell. Vote smart." -- Ted Nugent)
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To: Linda Frances

Did you bother to read my post? I will do it again...I am not well informed regarding women in combat, I feel it should be limited. NO, I DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT LIBERALS BELIEVE. Unless they believe that Santorum’s delivery on this was ridiculous and amateurish. If he wants to be the CIC to men and women in the military, he better get a hell of a lot better than insinuating women can’t make good judgement because of hormones. If I was a woman in the military right now, I would tell him to kma.


49 posted on 02/11/2012 6:32:06 AM PST by Toespi
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To: Toespi; true believer forever; writer33; cripplecreek; CharlesWayneCT
41 posted on Friday, February 10, 2012 11:26:38 PM by Toespi: “I am not well informed about a woman’s ability in combat, but have always felt it should be limited. Santorums delivery was the issue to me. He is going to have to be far more agile than standing there like a deer caught in the headlights, groping for words and decides the best approach is to attack a womans emotional state in combat. Not a good day for Mr. Rogers in his neighborhood.”

I'm not sure we disagree. Perception can become reality, and delivery can destroy an otherwise good message.

You may want to read my comments on the other thread, which say more about the women-in-combat issue.

I do believe that due to President Obama’s bad reputation with the military, Santorum’s negatives on this issue will not be as problematic as they would be if he were running against a Democrat like Sen. John Kerry with military experience. Obama cannot say certain things without sounding foolish, and while retired female generals who support him could speak up on his behalf, it will be hard for him to respond effectively.

Imagine this: “Mr. President, you think I want to limit promotion opportunities for women in the military. You're wrong about my views on women in the military. But even if you were right, you have already said you want to cut more than a hundred thousand troops, and that will hurt both men and women. I think you've cut short lots of military women's careers already.”

Or this: “Mr. President, you want to talk about supporting the troops. I grew up as the son of an Veterans Administration psychologist. Which of us do you think knows more about the pain, suffering, and struggles of soldiers?”

Or this: “Mr. President, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I tried to keep our last Democratic president from gutting the military. I understand what Reductions-in-Force look like. I've seen the pain of communities with closed bases. You want to repeat that pain. I want to build our military. So don't talk to me, after just a few years in the Senate, about what it means to support the troops when I've walked the walk and you just talk the talk.”

Long term, I think that foreign policy and military issues are ways that Santorum can break out of his perceived “social issues rut” in a way that will be credible and on which he can legitimately say he's been saying the same thing for his entire political life.

50 posted on 02/11/2012 8:58:02 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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