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Rick's Missing Message
The American Spectator ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ross Kaminsky

Posted on 03/08/2012 4:45:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

....SenatorSantorum's other reference [to jobs] hits a level of self-absorption that even the patrician Mitt "I'm not worried about the very poor" Romney has not, at least when taken in context, come close to reaching:

"Karen and I have seven children, ages 20 to three, not exactly the best time to be out running for president of the UnitedStates. We've given up our -- our jobs. We're living off our savings. Yeah, we're making a little sacrifice for a very, very big goal…"

Yes, during his Tuesday evening speech, RickSantorum's only mention of someone losing a job was about him and his wife voluntarily giving up whatever they were doing.....

Talking about "living off our savings," something many unemployed Americans only wish they had as a fall-back position, also struck a discordant note from the Republican most trying to portray himself as a "man of the people."

Note to Rick: It was your choice to have seven children. (We certainly cannot question your opposition to contraception.) Don't use them as an excuse for your financial woes; we don't want to hear it, especially while you drag them around the country like a traveling circus act.

Other important issues during this campaign season include debt (Romney mentions: 3, Santorum:0), unemployment (Romney 3, Santorum0), economy (Romney 9, Santorum 1), tax (Romney 9, Santorum0) and perhaps the biggest threat to the economy, Obama (Romney 9, Santorum 2).

.....Instead of drifting from economics to birth control to the size of government to being a fighter, instead of complaining about being outspent, his own "sacrifices," or the unfairness of having opponents who won't do him the courtesy of dropping out (when he selfishly wouldn't do the same for them), Rick Santorum needs to get a message -- any message -- and stick with it...

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: economy; gopprimary; message; santorum2012
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Rick is having trouble finding and expressing a message. He needs to have something to run on other than being the anti-Mitt.

Mitt's "next in line" problem and inability to connect to "ordinary" people with a powerful message is obvious.

Newt connects and he's turned around a state and a party to show his ability to lead and inspire (and rub the GOP-e the wrong way).

Oh, and Newt doesn't need to apologize and explain away a liberal voting record due to the political landscape.

UNLIKE Rick and Mitt, Newt Gingrich didn't sit on his laurels complaining about the liberal political landscape of his state. Newt CHANGED the political landscape in GA (as he did in Washington), brought Democrats into the party, rallied people to get involved in politics -- all by pushing conservatism.

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"ATLANTA — It wasn't so long ago that the Republican Party in Georgia was just an afterthought, and Democrats were in firm control of all the levers of state government. Back then, Newt Gingrich and other die-hard GOP stalwarts ventured across the state with the far-fetched message that Republicans could reverse the tide.

Now with commanding majorities in the Statehouse and control of all statewide offices, Gingrich is hoping his vision for how the GOP could overcome decades of Democratic dominance in Georgia will pay dividends. He sorely needs a victory when his home state votes Tuesday, along with a big chunk of its 76 delegates, to prove his stumbling presidential bid has staying power.

Many Republican figures in Georgia still credit him with championing conservative policies, outlining a framework for what a GOP majority in the state could accomplish and broadcasting talking points to a generation of up-and-coming conservative leaders. He's also applauded for lobbying conservative Democrats, like then-Rep. Nathan Deal, to switch parties.

"Everyone else was trying to lose as slowly as possible, and to die with dignity at the Alamo. He was talking confidently that the Republican majority in Georgia, in the South and nationally was right around the corner," said Ralph Reed, a veteran Georgia GOP operative who founded the national Faith and Freedom Coalition. "On the one hand it was crazy, but on the other it was just the most exciting thing you've ever heard.".....................In Ga., Gingrich helped build conservative base

1 posted on 03/08/2012 4:45:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rick Santorum and his sweet family connect with the people!

The whole family is making a sacrifice because they love our country------ they know they have to count the costs.....and they find it worthy, very worthy!......

...Karen Santorum and the children love their dad....they believe and support what he's trying to do!....the oldest daughter, Elizabeth, is taking a year off from college to help her dad.

..and if you don't think being part of a 24/7 political campaign is anything but a sacrifice you should try it sometime.....ask any of the candidates.

...All the Santorum family is charming, engaging and genuine!

2 posted on 03/08/2012 4:56:24 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So are their rental properties their savings account.

According to Santorum’s public financial disclosure form, he makes an income of $15,001 to $50,000 per apartment annually on rent and royalties from the residences.

Santorum is the landlord of five apartments in Beaver Plaza — 304, 306, 603, 604 and 610 — that have a net worth of $100,001 to $250,000 each.
http://uwire.com/2012/03/02/rick-santorum-landlord-for-several-penn-state-students/


3 posted on 03/08/2012 5:14:40 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Guenevere

So you think the country is looking for a “father figure”?

I’m not trying to be ugly about Santorum, it is true. He has a lovely family. But.....


4 posted on 03/08/2012 5:15:32 AM PST by georgiagirl_pam (STEP ONE: SECURE YOUR DOOR (gives you time to get your gun!) mysafedoor.com)
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To: Guenevere

Well, hell, let’s elect the whole damn family because they’re sweet and love each other.

Give. Me. A. Freakin’. Break.


5 posted on 03/08/2012 5:19:03 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Sad, isn’t it? So many of them - desperately needing a role model apparently. It’s like the Deacons discussing who we should pick as pastor.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 5:19:55 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mrs Cincinatus,

I have a great deal of respect for you, but while you are busy posting hit pieces on Santorum, Romney is waltzing away w/ the nomination.

You need to think very carefully.

7 posted on 03/08/2012 5:22:48 AM PST by Pietro
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

Santorum lacks a message because he lacks intellect.


8 posted on 03/08/2012 5:24:36 AM PST by j.argese (FR is a Newt-ist Colony, not a Romney Room, Paul Pavillion or Santorum Sanctum)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
The family sweater vest picture is eerily reminiscent of the creepy Huckabee blue striped Christmas photo. Just has Stepford written all over it...

Yeah, I connect with that. /s

9 posted on 03/08/2012 5:26:42 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Pietro

I think a lot.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856238/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856228/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856227/posts


10 posted on 03/08/2012 5:29:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I’ll go you one better - I think RS’s use of his family as props borders on shameless. They are “paraded around” and “trotted out” and it mesmerizes a certain group of folks into some kind of fantasy about how cute they would all look as First Family and it’s like they totally forget that much of America is going to hate this man - and this is like giving Obama the keys to the kingdom.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 5:38:46 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I have to imagine then you had the same thoughts on Gov. Palin in 2008.
12 posted on 03/08/2012 5:46:25 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Rational Thought

Then your imagination has run wild. And frankly, I resent trying to compare Santrorum to Palin or to Reagan (as he himself has done). Shame on you for that.

I instinctively was drawn to Palin and to Reagan. Was one of the very first national internet writers to notice Palin and Reagan was my first Presidential vote. There is absolutely nothing about Santorum that seems even the slightest bit like Palin or Reagan to me. The very comparison is nauseating.

In every possible way.


13 posted on 03/08/2012 5:51:37 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Your posts are nauseating.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 5:52:59 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Houghton M.

Well good thing I’m not running for anything then, isn’t it? Off subject much?


15 posted on 03/08/2012 5:54:36 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Guenevere

Amen!


16 posted on 03/08/2012 5:56:27 AM PST by gardner
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Pietro

CW and I do not always agree - got into a bit of a tussle few days ago in fact - but no one can say that CW does not think through what she posts.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 6:02:53 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: All
So Santorum's message is by necessity a different one, some might say a more principled one. Santorum mentioned "liberty" three times; none for Romney, and "rights" five times to none for Romney. He reminded us that "we are a great country because we believe that rights don't come from the government."

I think maybe that tunnel focus is a bit of his lawyer skirt showing. Speaking of suffering, money and lawyers...whatever happened to the money the Santorums sued for? You know, the type of lawsuit that has driven up medical and insurance costs (made his wife feel fat and she couldn't campaign)? Maybe that is their savings account? Or how about that charity money...oh, that's right they disappeared that charity.

Mitt Romney on a message of job creation, especially following Romney's revamped jobs and tax plan which economic conservatives, including the Wall Street Journal's editorial page praised (though acknowledging that it, like the other candidates' plans, is not without flaws).

Just this morning I was reading about what a bad tax plan Romney has and this isn't the first time I've read such. I think I heard yesterday that Team Romney also wants to up the gasoline tax?!

Instead, Romney gives us tax-bracket tweaking and — this is rich, coming from a guy who hardly pays income taxes, since his wealth derives largely from capital gains — “limits placed on deductions, exemptions, and credits that are currently available” on “higher-income Americans.” Explain to me again how Romney is a conservative?

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/292887/wanted-deus-ex-machina-michael-walsh

Analysis: Romney tax plan strongly favors the rich

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57389459-503544/analysis-romney-tax-plan-strongly-favors-the-rich/

Many more negative Romney tax plan analysis out there...

18 posted on 03/08/2012 6:05:05 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Guenevere

I thought for sure, you were going to include the part that he as such nice hair, and looks good in a casual sweater vest and jeans.

You mean the Economy and the National Dept is a problem too? Really? (Who knew?)


19 posted on 03/08/2012 6:08:04 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Santorum has an excellent message and connects well with people. That's why he's the leading not-Romney in the field. Even Henninger in today's WSJ (who doesn't like Santorum) admits he connects and hits it out of the park against Romneycare. The Gingrich supporters don't get it that they have to pull voters off of Romney to have any real prospects. If Santorum broke up and disappeared, Gingrich would only get some of the Santorum votes, but he would still be left with being unable to be viable alternative to Romney.
20 posted on 03/08/2012 6:08:10 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: j.argese
Santorum lacks a message because he lacks intellect.

That's a first!...Rick Santorum has been called many things on this very forum....

...but I've never read that he lacks intellect?????---How in the world can you say that????.

Obviously you never listen to him, or read his articles or listen to his wife...

The man is brilliant

He can addess any topic with intelligence and accuracy.

Even when he's dodging reporters 'gotcha questions'...he answers gracefully and truthfully.

21 posted on 03/08/2012 6:10:31 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Those are your words.....not mine.


22 posted on 03/08/2012 6:11:23 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Houghton M.

[Your posts are nauseating.]

As are your childish personal attacks.


23 posted on 03/08/2012 6:12:03 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
Rick Santorum is trying to give you a break....

..but you seem to not have eyes to see or ears to hear.

24 posted on 03/08/2012 6:12:31 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
I would vote for Newt in the general but absolutely would be ecstatic if Santorum becomes our President. However, you need to figure out how to get people to vote for Newt. That is his major problem. Nobody wants to vote for him. You take out SC and GA which will go Republican anyway and Newt has practically zero votes. That is a big problem that you guys never discuss. Again I wish Newt luck but man does he have a problem attracting votes.
25 posted on 03/08/2012 6:12:56 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I don’t doubt CM thinks through what she does.~


26 posted on 03/08/2012 6:14:09 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I don’t doubt CW thinks through what she does ~


27 posted on 03/08/2012 6:15:38 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Awww, let's all vote for them because they are a family! That is so sweet!
28 posted on 03/08/2012 6:15:41 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

When I see the family paraded about, I always wonder about Bella. Where is she— other than a pin on his shirt, a blurb at the end of a campaign brochure (Dad to Bella)

It makes me wonder if they are spending time with her, she has limited time, doesn’t she? I would think they would want to have every second they could with her.

I also never liked Santorums answer about what he would change at the WhiteHouse, he said they would need to add on rooms for his seven kids. Joke or not, I didn’t appreciate it.


29 posted on 03/08/2012 6:20:26 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: napscoordinator

Weill I’ll vote Santorum in the general if it comes to that too - and I don’t disagree with you on Newt’s campaign. They have made some very bad decisions - which has played into Santorum’s hands in a lot of ways.

First was Bain Capital, when Mitt (and Rick by the way) were piling onto Newt in Iowa.

Newt’s decision makers (and Newt himself) decided to skip Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri for typical inside the beltway reasons (very few official delegates, etc) So did Mitt.

Santorum went, won them, even though the total vote count for all three states combined was less than SC by itself - he got “credit” in the public’s mind for “three state wins.”

It was vapor — and the key word WAS. It is not vapor anymore. He did parlay that into much more momentum than it should have gotten him. But it worked.

The problem is - this is no way to win the general. All of these states, except SC, have had low turn outs. Tennessee was about even on turn out, and that is Santroum’s best win IMO. Mitt’s scorched earth and Santorum’s niche politics are winning now, but neither strategy can possibly win in Nov.


30 posted on 03/08/2012 6:20:26 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
As I am a huge Santorum fan.....I will post opinions and facts from my perpective .....

..and let others on this forum who support him post from their perspective...

..we are all different but our common goal is to SUPPORT THE PRESIDENCY OF RICK SANTORUM....

I'm posting encouragement and hope....

...others will post more facts and links.

It's ALL good!

31 posted on 03/08/2012 6:21:38 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Irenic

That comment about “adding on” to the White House is so telling in so many ways if you analyze it. But I won’t go there now.....except to say that it’s related to the point this article was making on the jobs non comments.


32 posted on 03/08/2012 6:23:34 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Irenic
You are hitting pretty low.....do you really want to go there?

Karen Santorum is not as often on the campaign scene...(ask any reporter) because as heart of the family she is home with the younger children and little Bella.

And they have round the clock nursing which they pay out of pocket....because of Bella's special needs.

33 posted on 03/08/2012 6:24:56 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Irenic
Santorum is a joke.......When ever he steps up to the podium to blabber on about himself, even the dog leaves the room. He talks on and on, about mostly himself or platitudes that even he does not fully understand.

Obama will humiliate him if he survives the primary. (But he won't, so, not to wonder.)

34 posted on 03/08/2012 6:27:28 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Guenevere

So I’m not a Christian because I don’t support Rick Santorum? Is that your meaning with “ but you seem to not have eyes to see or ears to hear?”

I know the Lord Jesus Christ as my King. And I don’t support Rick Santorum, period.


35 posted on 03/08/2012 6:27:44 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

That is scary. Does it make me nervous that we are going to pick the wrong candidate. Heck yeah. I swear if Newt is the guy to win the general, I would be behind him immediately. He just has to win AL AND MS, but he also needs to win some states outside the state. This is why I know he loves Ronald Reagan because he is following Reagan’s Southern Strategy of 1976, but Reagan did not get enough delegates because he did not get enough outside the South. Newt is doing the same thing which is fine, but going outside the South is crucial and Kansas would have been an outstanding opportunity, but alas he has decided not to compete there either. Anyway good luck Newt in AL and MS.


36 posted on 03/08/2012 6:30:28 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Pietro

Horsesh*t. Critcizing Santorum’s message isn’t posting a hit piece.


37 posted on 03/08/2012 6:31:52 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: napscoordinator

I’ll tell you what is scary. It is scary that you and I are agreeing so much. The Kansas strategy on his part is huge mistake. I am somewhat on the inside, and everything I have predicted since November has come true.

Unfortunately, almost none of my advice given with those predictions was taken.

The huge difference between now and Reagan’s day, is now the tiny states count “just as much” because they change people’s minds for the upcoming states. Santorum has proven that strategy. He was considered the serious challenger to Romney at a point when he had less than half of Newt’s raw votes because while RS didn’t have many total votes, he had a “bunch of states.”

People watch Fox News and see “number of states” and they are largely ignorant to populations and certainly ignorant to what a caucus is versus a primary versus a non binding primary.

But if you and I are agreeing, there’s hope.....


38 posted on 03/08/2012 6:35:05 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

That is the ugliest family portrait I have every seen and I have seen some dossies before.


39 posted on 03/08/2012 6:37:51 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Guenevere

Well said!

Santorum is the man! And I don’t feel the need to be disrespectful of the other candidates in order to praise him. Why have so many here taken to stooping to such vile attacks? Sometimes, I think I am reading the words of the leftists.


40 posted on 03/08/2012 6:39:07 AM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Well then, what do you think Newt's chances of winning the nomination are?

Honestly.

41 posted on 03/08/2012 6:40:16 AM PST by Pietro
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To: Guenevere; Cincinatus' Wife; C. Edmund Wright

We get your pollyannish, drippy Santorum goop.

We can even abide it.

But your tagline gives it away, as does numerous other comments you make.

If one is not for Santorum, one is against God’s chosen.

And you wonder why people reject you, unless they’re just like you, natch.

You might get your Santorum.

Being elected by the entire nation as its President, and serving as one, is quite a different thing, than you getting your Santorum/sweet family.

More likely it will be Mitt to step forward and lose, if it is not Gingrich for the win over Obama.


42 posted on 03/08/2012 6:45:22 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I’ll tell you what is scary. It is scary that you and I are agreeing so much.

lol. Because bottom line we are on the same side. Conservatives who want whats best for the United States of America. We just disagree on which person to get us there and actually that isn’t necessarily true either because if Newt is the nominee, I immediately begin to work hard through donation and getting him voters to get him to the Presidency. So after this primary, I will be back to agreeing with you about our prime goal....getting Obama out of that White House.


43 posted on 03/08/2012 6:45:22 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Bigg Red

Vile? Now it’s vile to note that Rick Santorum talks about himself too much on the campaign trail?

Man-oh-man. Santorum supporters have it easy compared to Palin, Cain, and Perry supporters. Those were vile attacks.


44 posted on 03/08/2012 6:48:36 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Guenevere
Right, and you will soon find out, that your choice to support a candidate like Santorum, when you have repeatedly been shown actual record that show his moderate history, that contradicts everything you AND he is saying about himself. Including the fact that before he ran as a Representative, he was pro-abortion and choice. He has also supported legislation that supports it.http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/10549-santorum-voted-to-subsidize-abortion-planned-parenthood

That Santorum should have dropped out before the first primary when he was below 5%. Instead, he stubbornly stayed in and by a stroke of luck after Romeny spent millions destroying Newt, the base very blindly and stupidly dropped everything and made Santorum the front runner.

Now that there is no turning back, and we are guaranteed to lose this to Romney, and certainly to Obama if Santorum is nominated, all you can still manage to do is avoid reality.

There are some of us who post Santorum’s real record, which is also every bit as important as those highly inflated, Utopian fantasies that your side posts. And we have every much of a right, as you do, to get the whole truth out.

45 posted on 03/08/2012 6:49:11 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Guenevere

I don’t think it is hitting low wondering about Bella.

He wears the pin, it is noted on his campaign hand-outs, those things just punctuate her absence with the constant fan of family behind him. We know she is sick and all of that makes me think about her.

As a parent (yes, I know all parents are different) I wouldn’t bother with running for president if I had a child with a limited life expectancy. That’s a personal opinion on what i would do.

If you see that as hitting low, so be it.


46 posted on 03/08/2012 6:49:11 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: txrangerette

[We get your pollyannish, drippy Santorum goop.]

LOL! Oh, that is such a colorful way of putting it! And you nailed it. Now, if I could just find that picture of a hammer!


47 posted on 03/08/2012 6:54:24 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

My wife and I were instinctively drawn to Newt Gingrich because he is Fiscally Conservative and his voting record on Social Conservative issues is at least as good as Rick’s even if you don’t count Rick’s “one for the team”. Newt also has advanced the Conservative Agenda, helped build the Conservative element of the Republican party, reduced Federal spending, the size of the federal government, passed welfare reform and I could continue. What we don’t really understand is why there is even a race, there wouldn’t be for the Romney, Paul slime machine.


48 posted on 03/08/2012 6:55:31 AM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: Bigg Red

To you, the whole unadulterated TRUTH is vile.........Got it!


49 posted on 03/08/2012 6:57:17 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: txrangerette

Good point on the tag line. I was offended by that too, intellectually and personally.


50 posted on 03/08/2012 6:59:48 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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