Skip to comments.Rick Santorum warns fellow Republicans: ‘We live in a bubble’
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 Foundations 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 dont realize whats 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 ones talking to the job holder not the job creator. We dont 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 presidents 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 dont 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 Santorums call for Republicans to broaden their audience beyond the usual crowd of business owners.
I hope we take that to heart, he said.
He might make some good points but he wasn’t clear, was he talking about GOPe leaders?
I saw a little obvious pablum not much else
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.
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.
Spouting BS and nonsense, ‘ we gotta talk like them ‘ and the marxist ‘ middle class ‘ theory garbage.
He`s an uber 1% living in the Washington beltway bubble.
Maybe he should practice what he preaches. Just to be fair, I have to confess that I don’t like him.
Is he talking about the party or the Republican voters? It was hard to tell from the OP
Glad it wasn’t just me. I got nothing from all of it.
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.
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.
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.
One flaw: Does Santorum think the night time television represents society or is even relevant?
Talk about being in a bubble.
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.
“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.
Santorum’s words were ambiguous. We need to call in a Pope Francis translator to sort this out.
So does Santorum.
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.
A whole bunch of pablum.
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!!
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.
Always reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld when one of the Italian barbers make Jerry look “like you’re eight years old.”
People who still watch ANYTHING on broadcast TV are irrelevant. If they vote, they will vote as they always have. They cannot be reached.
“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.
- 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
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.
I agree. Newt Gingrich had a great message and platform. The problem was that is was being delivered by Newt Gingrich.
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.
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?
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.......
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
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...
I agree, but Santorum was talking about Republicans
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.
Newt prevented Newt from winning, no one else.
The scrotum boxes are kept below the counter.
Santorum needs to join or refresh what he MAY have learned from belonging to Toastmasters.
The GOPe lives in that bubble called Washington, DC.
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.
That seemed a little muddled.
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.
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.
Too funny and too true!
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.
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