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To Beat Obama, Mitt Romney Must Channel Rick Santorum
Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2012 | Ralph Reed

Posted on 04/13/2012 5:25:01 PM PDT by Steelfish

To Beat Obama, Mitt Romney Must Channel Rick Santorum

Ralph Reed April 13

History, we are assured, is written by the winners. But when it comes to American presidential politics, the losers have plenty of say.

Rick Santorum’s exit from the Republican presidential contest this past week cleared the way for Mitt Romney to win the party’s nomination.

But over the course of a low-budget campaign that relied almost entirely on volunteers and was met with disdain by the GOP establishment, Santorum won more than 3 million votes and 11 state primaries — the most by a conservative insurgent candidate since Ronald Reagan challenged President Gerald Ford in 1976.

Santorum has been denounced as a sore loser, a religious extremist, a crank. MSNBC host Martin Bashir referred to him as a theocratic version of Stalin. One columnist alleged in the Daily Beast that Santorum would use the power of the presidency to impose “his ideal of a Christian America” on the nation. The New Yorker compared him to Islamic extremists who seek to execute their opponents, adding that we need separation of church and state so that “Santorum and his party can’t impose dominion of one narrow, sectarian, Bible-based idea of the public good.”

But Santorum and his supporters may have the last laugh. From John C. Fremont to William Jennings Bryan in the 19th century to Barry Goldwater, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern and Ronald Reagan in our time, losing presidential candidates have previewed the ideological trajectory of their parties — and often of the nation.

Romney would be wise to remember this in his general-election campaign. Of course he can’t neglect independents, or women, or Hispanics, or other nontraditional Republican constituencies. But his immediate task is to consolidate conservative support and unify the party. The best way to do....

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ralphreed; romney2012; santorum

1 posted on 04/13/2012 5:25:03 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Lessee if the haters can refrain from further alienating Santorum supporters.


2 posted on 04/13/2012 5:26:44 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Steelfish

Even the devil can quote scripture. Doesn’t mean I’ll vote for him.


3 posted on 04/13/2012 5:28:15 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Steelfish
Too late. I've been insulted enough thanks.

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4 posted on 04/13/2012 5:46:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Steelfish

“But his immediate task is to consolidate conservative support and unify the party.”

Yawn....


5 posted on 04/13/2012 5:51:10 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Steelfish; Jim Robinson; onyx

I worked for President Reagan. Neither Senator Santorum nor Governor Romney are fit to shine his shoes. If Gov. Romney had any feeling at all for the mood of this country, he would’ve already named Governor Sarah Palin, Rep. Allen West or Rep. Duncan Hunter as his running mate. Or better yet, turn over the nomination to Gov. Palin and work out a deal where he’d be her treasury or commerce secretary or some such.


6 posted on 04/13/2012 5:52:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Steelfish

So the advice to Mitt is to keep flipping until he gets more supporters??


7 posted on 04/13/2012 5:53:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Caipirabob
Even the devil can quote scripture. Doesn’t mean I’ll vote for him.

Yeah, but Romney can do it with a straight face. LOL!

8 posted on 04/13/2012 5:54:56 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Caipirabob
Even the devil can quote scripture. Doesn’t mean I’ll vote for him.

Good one!

9 posted on 04/13/2012 5:59:17 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Haggai 1, V6.. and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. (My plight))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t think Mitt is fit for a cabinet post. How about Ambassador to Dubai?


10 posted on 04/13/2012 5:59:36 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Steelfish

(Ready for the flames). Romney won it. He won it with money, he won it with negative ads. He won it without my support or the support of us on FR. Do we have to go through all of the stages of grief here on FR? Really? Until election day I am stumping hard for all conservative House and Senate races where my support might help. In the meantime, I hope Romney pulls out all of his dirty tricks, negative ads and wads of cash to beat Obama. After the election I will be a vocal supporter of conservative causes. Hopefully I will be yelling at Romney, not screaming at Barry.


11 posted on 04/13/2012 6:01:47 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: GeronL

Mexico?


12 posted on 04/13/2012 6:03:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Steelfish

Mittens must be “severe” to people other than conservatives?

Hahahahah


13 posted on 04/13/2012 6:13:55 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: jdsteel
Well said. I even hope to be applauding Romney at times. As Mark Steyn says, it's better to try to push an imperfect person to do the right thing, than wait for someone perfect.

My own opinion is Myth isn't a liberal, nor a conservative. His only ideology is a general pro-business pragmatism. He ran for governor as a moderate-liberal, because that's what it took to get elected, and he governed as one because that's what he ran as, and it was politically expedient. Now he's running as a moderate-conservative, and my guess is if he is elected he will govern as one for the same reasons. Probably he'll be similar to G.W. Bush. I'll take that over a neo-Marxist like Obama any day.

14 posted on 04/13/2012 6:20:52 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Steelfish

This is another one of those all-that-matters-is-the-message stories. The message BS works for the out-of-touch voters but the conservatives usually aren’t the ones that are out of touch. At least I hope that’s finally true.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 6:24:59 PM PDT by MulberryDraw (He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind;)
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To: jdsteel

Well said. Obama must be defeated lest he permanently change SCOTUS and the federal judiciary and the country as well. All the resistance in the world is to no avail if we lost SCOTUS. These are lifetime federal appointments.


16 posted on 04/13/2012 6:28:07 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t think there is anything Romney can or will do that could get me to vote for him. Now there is a possibility Obama could do something to get me to vote for Romney.


17 posted on 04/13/2012 6:36:13 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Steelfish

He should also put on some bangle bracelets, gold hoop earrings, a couple of layers of eyelashes...and sit down and channel an Indian spirit guide who will assure us that “the soul of Ronaldus Magnus is here with us...”


18 posted on 04/13/2012 7:17:53 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (Retro Sark...because you just never know when you'll have needed a sark tag.)
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To: Lady Lucky

That costume and the proper lighting, he could pass for zero’s doctor.


19 posted on 04/13/2012 7:20:31 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: skeeter

>> Lessee if the haters can refrain from further alienating Santorum supporters.

So Mitt can also dupe Team Santorum? Whatever.

Go Newt!!!


20 posted on 04/13/2012 7:23:20 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Gene Eric

Alienate away.


21 posted on 04/13/2012 8:18:15 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: JimSEA

If Obama hasn’t done it by now, I will refrain from a long list, what more possible does he have to do for you to vote for Mitt.


22 posted on 04/13/2012 8:27:40 PM PDT by gusty
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To: Graybeard58; tsowellfan
I am completely "series"...

: )

23 posted on 04/13/2012 8:29:04 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Hugin
What people forget about Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts is that I believe there were less than ten GOP legislators, in both houses. With those conditions, near impossible to govern far from the middle. If Reagan had only 8 GOP members of the House and 2 Senators, he would not have accomplished much either.
24 posted on 04/13/2012 8:33:15 PM PDT by gusty
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To: jdsteel

“After the election, I will be a vocal supporter of conservative causes”.

Good luck with that one. You’ll be vocalizing about conservative causes only in the shower if the RNC and Romney have anything to say about it.

They will draw you in, try to convince you that Mittens is in fact a bona fide “conservative’ who has your best interests at heart...and then they will both throw the Tea Party and Conservatives under the bus so fast, you won’t know what hit you.

Now is not the time to support a flaming Rino and then hope he’ll change. He won’t...
Now IS the time to stand up for Constitutional principles, no matter what it takes.
That’s why Rick Santorum was such a good candidate. He presented enough of a contrast with radical socialism to defeat it.

Romney is a liberal in moderate clothing...doesn’t have a conservative bone in his deceitful, dishonorable body.


25 posted on 04/13/2012 8:38:45 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: skeeter

>> Alienate away.

Don’t expect me to walk on political eggshells. If the possible alternative of a Newt nomination isn’t enough to motivate the so-called conservatives, than why bother stroking their egos?

Go Newt — the 1st and 3rd Party candidate!!!


26 posted on 04/13/2012 8:59:23 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: gusty

Mittens didn’t have to put forth a liberal agenda, nor implement homosexual marriage-which was foisted upon the nation because of his actions.

Mitten didn’t have sign into law nor support Romneycare? Did he.

Better to be a “do nothing” governor in a leftist state, than an activist progressive-big government RINO!


27 posted on 04/13/2012 9:30:57 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: gusty

Mittens didn’t have to put forth a liberal agenda, nor implement homosexual marriage-which was foisted upon the nation because of his actions.

Mitten didn’t have sign into law nor support Romneycare? Did he.

Better to be a “do nothing” governor in a leftist state, than an activist progressive-big government RINO!


28 posted on 04/13/2012 9:30:57 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: Steelfish
To Beat Obama, Mitt Romney Must Channel Rick Santorum

He'd better channel someone, because the more voters get a look at Romney, the more they don't like.

29 posted on 04/13/2012 11:08:25 PM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: Steelfish

“Treason doth never prosper
What’s the reason?
For if it prosper,
None dare call it treason!

On Treason—Sir John Harrington


30 posted on 04/14/2012 2:55:29 AM PDT by RightLady (Throw the Traitors out)
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To: Mountain Mary

And your alternative that has a realistic chance is......?

(cricket....cricket)


31 posted on 04/14/2012 5:31:16 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Gene Eric
I wasn't talking about stroking egos, I was talking about being a ahole.

There's been plenty of that this season.

32 posted on 04/14/2012 6:33:19 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If Gov. Romney had any feeling at all for the mood of this country, he would’ve already named Governor Sarah Palin, Rep. Allen West or Rep. Duncan Hunter as his running mate.

Pure speculation: I think that IF Romney gets the nod, he will go "McCain" by selecting one of these three or someone else of that caliber for VP. My preference is Alan West. Aside from leadership ability, he has demographics; he is black (garners 1/3 black voters and neutralizes the race gap) and from Florida (pulls a swing state); and he will be primed to continue a Repub presidency. Win-win-win. Besides, seeing the left go bananas at a West VP nominee will be worth the entertainment value alone.

33 posted on 04/14/2012 6:53:27 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Anybody who only hates a single subgroup of humanity isn’t paying attention. - Slings and Arrows)
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To: Steelfish
To beat Obama, Romney would need the conservative vote. He ain't got it.


34 posted on 04/15/2012 7:59:58 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: CodeToad

Too much baggage, too much gender gap, He’s toast.


35 posted on 04/15/2012 8:01:59 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Romney has more baggage and is the same basic age as Newt. If Romney can make it, so can Newt.


36 posted on 04/15/2012 8:12:54 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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