Skip to comments.Rick's Missing Message
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 ...
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.
"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
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!
So are their rental properties their savings account.
According to Santorums 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.
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.....
Well, hell, let’s elect the whole damn family because they’re sweet and love each other.
Give. Me. A. Freakin’. Break.
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.
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.
Santorum lacks a message because he lacks intellect.
Yeah, I connect with that. /s
I think a lot.
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.
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.
Your posts are nauseating.
Well good thing I’m not running for anything then, isn’t it? Off subject much?
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.
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?
Analysis: Romney tax plan strongly favors the rich
Many more negative Romney tax plan analysis out there...
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?)
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.
Those are your words.....not mine.
[Your posts are nauseating.]
As are your childish personal attacks.
..but you seem to not have eyes to see or ears to hear.
I don’t doubt CM thinks through what she does.~
I don’t doubt CW thinks through what she does ~
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.
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.
..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!
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.
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.
Obama will humiliate him if he survives the primary. (But he won't, so, not to wonder.)
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.
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.
Horsesh*t. Critcizing Santorum’s message isn’t posting a hit piece.
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.....
That is the ugliest family portrait I have every seen and I have seen some dossies before.
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.
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.
Ill 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.
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.
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.
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.
[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!
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.
To you, the whole unadulterated TRUTH is vile.........Got it!
Good point on the tag line. I was offended by that too, intellectually and personally.