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Rick Santorum warns fellow Republicans: ‘We live in a bubble’
statesman.com (Austin, TX) ^ | 09 Jan 14 | Jonathan Tilove

Posted on 01/11/2014 10:13:11 AM PST by Drew68

Republicans “live in a bubble,” former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature Thursday, and are detached from the pop culture and concerns of the average Americans whose allegiance they need to prevail nationally.

“We live in a bubble. We don’t realize what’s going on,” said the once and perhaps future presidential candidate who is now head of a movie studio based in Flower Mound that produces Christian entertainment. “How many of you watch prime time network television? I suspect none of you.”

He told his audience, which will also be hearing Thursday from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, that they also tend assume everyone shares their drive. “Republicans by and large are Type A personalities who want to climb to the top of the ladder, ” said Santorum. But, “a lot of people want to be good simple folks, go to work, 9 to 5.”

The consequence: “No one’s talking to the job holder — not the job creator. We don’t want to talk to people who want to be with us.”

He said it is a failure of empathy that has led Republicans to spend too much time talking negatively — “cut this, cut that” — focused on facts and figures, pie charts and bar graphs, while Democrats talk more compellingly in stories and images that are the way most people receive information.

“Our programs are right, our message stinks,” said Santorum.

He said President Barack Obama is right to focus on growing income inequality, though he said the president’s policies have only accelerated the divide.

The nostrum, “a rising tide lifts all boats,” means little when “there are a lot more Americans with holes in their boats … when the tide rises they just sink deeper.”

Santorum said Obama prevailed even in a bad economy and FDR won a third term after presiding over 25 percent unemployment, not because their programs worked but because they communicated to people that they cared about.

Meanwhile, he said, Republicans “have to get 50 percent of the vote from people who don’t think you care about them.”

Santorum said the American revolutionaries prevailed against the odds, because they wanted it more, reciting the final words of the Declaration of Independence – “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

In America today, he said, it is the left that wants it more.

“They have the fight, they have the passion. Why? Because they want the power.”

When people ask him, “what can I do?” Santorum says he replies, “Something.”

“Start fighting everywhere,” he said.

Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, said he especially appreciated Santorum’s call for Republicans to broaden their audience beyond the usual crowd of business owners.

“I hope we take that to heart,” he said.


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I'm not much of a Santorum fan but I think he makes some good points here.
1 posted on 01/11/2014 10:13:11 AM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68

He might make some good points but he wasn’t clear, was he talking about GOPe leaders?


2 posted on 01/11/2014 10:17:47 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Drew68

I saw a little obvious pablum…not much else…


3 posted on 01/11/2014 10:18:44 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: GeronL

The party doesn’t address meat and potatoes ideas, ones that concern parents of families around the kitchen table, where they figure out their bills, and plan for the future.

We get drawn into splinter racial politics, and we lose.

Kitchen table issues transcend party lines. This is something the Republicans forgot about in the winter of 1988 and spring of 1989.

Ronald Reagan knew what mattered to people. The Democrats know how to demagogue. The Republicans are pathetic at defense, and even worse at offense.


4 posted on 01/11/2014 10:22:35 AM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Drew68

Read it through carefully. Rick is a social conservative BUT has always been fiscally a liberal.

It is the ‘freebies’ handed out by government, plus a desperately needed monetary reform of our fractional banking sysstem, that is bankrupting the USA.


5 posted on 01/11/2014 10:23:29 AM PST by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Spouting BS and nonsense, ‘ we gotta talk like them ‘ and the marxist ‘ middle class ‘ theory garbage.

Pathetic.

He`s an uber 1% living in the Washington beltway bubble.


6 posted on 01/11/2014 10:24:23 AM PST by Para-Ord.45 ( Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: Drew68

7 posted on 01/11/2014 10:25:06 AM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Drew68

Maybe he should practice what he preaches. Just to be fair, I have to confess that I don’t like him.


8 posted on 01/11/2014 10:27:23 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Drew68
Scatterbrained hooey.

"Republicans by and large are Type A personalities who want to climb to the top of the ladder, ” said Santorum. But, “a lot of people want to be good simple folks, go to work, 9 to 5."

The consequence: "No one’s talking to the job holder — not the job creator. We don’t want to talk to people who want to be with us."


What the heck is that?


9 posted on 01/11/2014 10:27:47 AM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Is he talking about the party or the Republican voters? It was hard to tell from the OP


10 posted on 01/11/2014 10:29:01 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 867V309

Glad it wasn’t just me. I got nothing from all of it.


11 posted on 01/11/2014 10:32:16 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: Drew68
“Our programs are right, our message stinks,” said Santorum.

I disagree. Conservatives have as many great speakers as liberals, but conservatives have been censored by the press. Regardless of what a conservative says, they will be demonized, and refuted.

Years ago I noticed NPR's tactic of interviewing both Reps and Dems. Ds would be asked about the issue. Rs would be asked about the legislative process. Equal time, unequal impact.

The quality of a representative democracy will never exceed the quality of the press.

12 posted on 01/11/2014 10:32:52 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: Drew68
Problem is, Santorum himself is one of the single worst examples of Republican optics out there - suit, tie, short hair, stiff bearing, preachy rhetoric, straight out of central casting for the role of White Plutocrat-in-Chief.

That kind of guy is going to face an extreme uphill climb in winning any future Presidency - the popular culture has ridiculed the archetype so thoroughly that guys like Mitt Romney are really defeated before they ever start. You'll notice the Democrats aren't even wasting a lot of time attacking them any more, they go after Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Michelle Bachman - people who don't fit the "befuddled white male authoritarian" comic stereotype and thus might one day become very dangerous if their messages ever get past the MSM unfiltered.

13 posted on 01/11/2014 10:34:31 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Drew68

Specifics, please, sir. You are spouting gas. How do you combat 50 years of communist indoctrination? How do you reinvigorate the American spirit? How do you repulse and then destroy the enemies within? They are continuing their decades-long rise and are winning everywhere you look. If you and your colleagues don’t come up with an action plan soon and the will to really FIGHT this enemy, this nation will be lost for good.


14 posted on 01/11/2014 10:34:52 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Drew68

One flaw: Does Santorum think the night time television represents society or is even relevant?

Talk about being in a bubble.


15 posted on 01/11/2014 10:35:11 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: All

“a rising tide lifts all boats,” means little when “there are a lot more Americans with holes in their boats … when the tide rises they just sink deeper.”


This suggests that government needs to fix them holes. I suggest instead that we need to fix government’s wagon. Then the people can fix their own damn boats.


16 posted on 01/11/2014 10:36:46 AM PST by pluvmantelo (Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?)
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To: Para-Ord.45

“Spouting BS and nonsense, ‘ we gotta talk like them ‘ and the marxist ‘ middle class ‘ theory garbage.”

Agreed. He wants to pander like the other politicians.


17 posted on 01/11/2014 10:37:15 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Drew68

Santorum’s words were ambiguous. We need to call in a Pope Francis translator to sort this out.


18 posted on 01/11/2014 10:38:31 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Drew68

So does Santorum.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 10:39:28 AM PST by mulligan
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To: Drew68

I hope (but don’t think) that Santorum has given up ideas of running for the Presidency.

He simply can never become popular because:

He looks like a fifteen-year-old. There is nothing he can do to change this. And he will look fifteen years old when he is sixty.

He looks anxious and fearful. In debates, he looks terrified. People will not warm to or vote for a man who looks fearful.

I wonder if anyone is capable of making him see this.


20 posted on 01/11/2014 10:40:44 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: C. Edmund Wright

A whole bunch of pablum.


21 posted on 01/11/2014 10:41:08 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Drew68

He wants US to abandon our principles Normative rule or code of conduct. Not me I will not bring myself to watch any prime time TV. Tea Time!!


22 posted on 01/11/2014 10:41:26 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: Drew68

He does. We tend to forget that blacks used to be overwhelmingly Republican...today, a black Republican is an anomaly.

Our programs are better, we are LOUSY at expressing them. Limbaugh does a good job as he describes how conservatism really helps people.


23 posted on 01/11/2014 10:42:08 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Always reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld when one of the Italian barbers make Jerry look “like you’re eight years old.”


24 posted on 01/11/2014 10:42:48 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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25 posted on 01/11/2014 10:43:45 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: raybbr

People who still watch ANYTHING on broadcast TV are irrelevant. If they vote, they will vote as they always have. They cannot be reached.


26 posted on 01/11/2014 10:45:33 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Drew68

““Our programs are right, our message stinks,” said Santorum.”

That’s the whole conservative movement in a nutshell.

Crappy news sites. Over-reliance on AM radio shows. Poor use of social media, or some brainless distrust of them. No commercial ads on shows that matter. Lots of people that make money off of the movement but pretty much are invisible. In-fighting between egos...

And much more.


27 posted on 01/11/2014 10:45:54 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Drew68
A conservative populist platform like Newt Gingrich's Contract with America would probably appeal to the hard-working, law-abiding people Rick Santorum is talking about.

- Repeal Obamacare
- Balance the federal budget
- Appoint conservative judges
- Reduce the power of federal agencies like EPA
- Close the border
- Mandate e-verify
- Cancel Obama's "DREAM" act enacted by executive order
- Cancel all Obama executive orders
- No more "nation building"
- Eliminate foreign aid to dictators
- Repeal Obamacare
- Balance the federal budget
- Appoint conservative judges
- Reduce the power of federal agencies like EPA

28 posted on 01/11/2014 10:46:44 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: SatinDoll
Read it through carefully. Rick is a social conservative BUT has always been fiscally a liberal.

I would argue that the two concepts are irrevocably joined together. Any fiscal Conservative should know that social Conservatism is the path that allows smaller government. And vice versa.

29 posted on 01/11/2014 10:48:01 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: Menehune56
A conservative populist platform like Newt Gingrich's Contract with America would probably appeal to the hard-working, law-abiding people Rick Santorum is talking about.

I agree. Newt Gingrich had a great message and platform. The problem was that is was being delivered by Newt Gingrich.

30 posted on 01/11/2014 10:49:47 AM PST by Drew68
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To: raybbr
Does Santorum think the night time television represents society or is even relevant?

Talk about being in a bubble.


Right. Many young people don't own a TV, content is delivered by handheld device.


31 posted on 01/11/2014 10:51:08 AM PST by 867V309 (Obama- he's just crazy enough to do it.)
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To: GeronL

Well, he is talking to folks who watch prime-time, so that’s the rank and file. I think he’s missing the boat though.

Look, leaders lead. The rank and file follows. Who is leading? Who is touching on the meat and potatoes ideas?

Why are the rank and file not touching on them? They aren’t because their leaders haven’t touched on them in decades.

Our leaders are too busy trying to convince people living in the U. S. that they care more about the illegals than the other party does. And that’s the problem. Whites don’t give a rip about the need for legalization. When asked Latinos don’t rank it high up on the chart of things that need to be done right away.

Meat and potatoes... that’s what people want to hear about.

What are you going to do to get me productive again?

How are you going to help business so they can hire more people?

How are you going to unburden businesses, so they have more money to spend on production?

What are you going to to do to ease the glut of idle workers compared to open slots?

Our leaders are supposed to herald Capitalism, but they can’t grasp what everyone else does. An over abundance of a commodity, reduces it’s value.

Workers..., 25% of our workforce is idle..., and our leaders are trying to figure out the best way to officially/formally welcome 30 million more workers to the U. S. table.

Talk about your dumb ass leaders...

Santorum means well. I don’t think he gets high marks for presentation, unless we’re not hearing the best parts of his delivery.


32 posted on 01/11/2014 10:51:43 AM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: DoughtyOne

The rank and file Republicans, roughly 48% of the voters judging from the last election, are out of touch??

How can 48% of the population be out of touch?


33 posted on 01/11/2014 10:54:05 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL
How can 48% of the population be out of touch?

It's actually 52%, not 48%; that's the percentage who voted for Bambi. I'd call that out of touch, actually, I'd say it a lot stronger........they're freeking nuts.......

34 posted on 01/11/2014 10:58:11 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: Drew68

Sanitorium is a lost soul whining in the wilderness of what was.

He lost and then lost and will continue to lose because he is a flyweight trying to be a player


35 posted on 01/11/2014 10:59:08 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Drew68
He said it is a failure of empathy that has led Republicans to spend too much time talking negatively — “cut this, cut that” — focused on facts and figures, pie charts and bar graphs, while Democrats talk more compellingly in stories and images that are the way most people receive information.

Dems lie with those stories...It's why last year they were all looking for the young family with the blond innocent child that was denied healthcare... Course they didn't find it...

It's the same tactic dems used years ago to push through horrible legislation on 'the homeless'... all based on lies. Lies the lined the pockets of the Homeless Industry' but didn't do crap for people on the streets. We don't need to follow the ways of liars...

36 posted on 01/11/2014 10:59:47 AM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: Lakeshark

I agree, but Santorum was talking about Republicans


37 posted on 01/11/2014 11:01:22 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Menehune56

BTTT!

Santorum is a liar, Romney’s buttboy who was used to prevent Newt and his ideas/conservative. Rick hasn’t changed, still a liar talking out both sides of his mouth and @ss, who wants the sheep to forget so he can stay relevant.


38 posted on 01/11/2014 11:03:15 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: GeronL
You mean there's context to being delusional?

:-)

Just messing........

39 posted on 01/11/2014 11:04:02 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: presently no screen name

Newt prevented Newt from winning, no one else.


40 posted on 01/11/2014 11:04:41 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: DJ MacWoW

The scrotum boxes are kept below the counter.


41 posted on 01/11/2014 11:04:49 AM PST by getarope (Jesus is coming soon, and boy is he PISSED!)
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To: DoughtyOne

Santorum needs to join or refresh what he MAY have learned from belonging to Toastmasters.


42 posted on 01/11/2014 11:07:55 AM PST by getarope (Jesus is coming soon, and boy is he PISSED!)
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To: Drew68

The GOPe lives in that bubble called Washington, DC.


43 posted on 01/11/2014 11:08:28 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: GeronL

Be careful... I can think of at least 52% (how much did Obama get) of voters who are. LOL

If he’s trying to reign in the Republican rank and file, that’s not the way to do it IMO.


44 posted on 01/11/2014 11:11:58 AM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: getarope

Agreed...

That seemed a little muddled.


45 posted on 01/11/2014 11:12:38 AM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Lakeshark

Contextually Insane?


46 posted on 01/11/2014 11:13:02 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Drew68

Santorum is right. The republicans preach the message, but have no true personal understanding of the struggles of this economy.
I challenge them to come out into the heartland and actually talk to some of us. Maybe then they could be shown how to develop their message.


47 posted on 01/11/2014 11:14:08 AM PST by Ninaq (Nina)
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To: Drew68
The problem was that is was being delivered by Newt Gingrich.

That was a problem for you? Do you vote for a personality? Santorum is a blow hard - all the things Newt was for - Santorum did not want - he wanted LIBERAL Romney. He outed himself twice with taking one for the team against a Conservative and what was the best for America. Slickrick is and was in it for himself and blind R voters still can't see what was obvious.

48 posted on 01/11/2014 11:14:19 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Drew68
I agree. Newt Gingrich had a great message and platform. The problem was that is was being delivered by Newt Gingrich.

Too funny and too true!

49 posted on 01/11/2014 11:16:01 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Drew68

Republicans are losing their conservative base. Second time in the past couple of days that I saw a Republican say he was registering as an independent.


50 posted on 01/11/2014 11:16:18 AM PST by marsh2
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