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Santorumís Turn [NRO Editorial: Calls Gingrich To Resign, Says Romney Suffers "Lack of Enthusiasm"]
National Review ^ | February 13, 2012

Posted on 02/13/2012 10:25:00 PM PST by Steelfish

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 Santorum’s Turn By The Editors

At the moment Rick Santorum appears to be overtaking Newt Gingrich as the principal challenger to Mitt Romney. Santorum has won more contests than Gingrich (who has won only one), has more delegates, and leads him in the polls. In at least one poll, he also leads Romney. It isn’t yet a Romney–Santorum contest, but it could be headed that way.

We hope so. Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee.

It is not clear whether Gingrich remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride: an ambiguity that suggests the problem with him as a leader. When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race. On his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit.

Santorum has been conducting himself rather impressively in his moments of triumph and avoiding characteristic temptations. He is doing his best to keep the press from dismissing him as merely a “social-issues candidate.” His recent remark that losing his Senate seat in 2006 taught him the importance of humility suggests an appealing self-awareness.

And he has rightly identified the declining stability of middle-class families as a threat to the American experiment, even if his proposed solutions are poorly designed. But sensible policies, important as they are, are not the immediate challenge for his candidacy. Proving he can run a national campaign is.

Romney remains the undramatic figure at the center of the primaries’ drama. Lack of enthusiasm for him...

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: nationreview; nro4romney; nropimps; nropimpsromney; nrovsamerica; santorum; santorum4romney
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To: presently no screen name
And it's your vote that gets Barry in.

What an illogical and stupid statement.

BTW, who's playing you, Ron Paul?

61 posted on 02/14/2012 5:09:17 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: Steelfish

That theory; according to the Newt only hypocrites that called for Santorum to drop out; only applies if it is Newt.


62 posted on 02/14/2012 5:24:05 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Apollo5600
That's how I feel. In a few more months, if people don't wise up and go with a total bold direction, we will not have a free country.
63 posted on 02/14/2012 5:25:07 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Steelfish

GO SANTORUM!


64 posted on 02/14/2012 5:25:19 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
At that point in time, people were Sacred to death, Romney could not be stopped. Think about that. Say your thanks to Newt for stopping Romney in SC.
65 posted on 02/14/2012 5:27:07 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

>>GO SANTORUM!

Thanks to Newt..


66 posted on 02/14/2012 5:28:35 AM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: Lazlo in PA

I agree with you. As I read the piece, all I could think was “Heyyyy.... you twerps don’t seem all that impressed with Mittens any more.... what happened?”

Dunno if they’re hedging their bets or trying to extricate themselves from the corner into which they stupidly and prematurely painted themselves.

I’ve also noted their coverage of the recent HHS policy on contraception. Since NR is populated with a surfeit of Catholics, it has been amusing to watch how they’ve covered this.

The chickens.... are coming home.... to roost.


67 posted on 02/14/2012 5:36:42 AM PST by NVDave
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To: Christie at the beach

Santorum and Newt are on the same side.It is too bad the Newt only fans are so prideful and full of attitude.I have been for ALL tea party candidates.The childish crap on this forum is out of hand. Next there will be a thread saying sun tsu says Newt is the only savior.

GO SANTORUM!


68 posted on 02/14/2012 5:38:25 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

If Santorum is on the same side as Newt, WHY the heck was he running vitriolic negative ads against Gingrich in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri?

Just explain me that.

The obnoxious prick is no better than Romney.


69 posted on 02/14/2012 5:43:55 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: tbpiper
What an illogical and stupid statement.

Of course it would go over your head - the GOP E need the clueless to survive. And it's their full-time job to reign them in and I see they got you.

70 posted on 02/14/2012 5:49:50 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“Santorum and Newt are on the same side.It is too bad the Newt only fans are so prideful and full of attitude”

Santorum’s spiteful ads against Newt Gingrich:

His rivals often decry Newt Gingrich’s scorched-earth rhetoric, but they are increasingly getting into the act themselves. Witness the newest broadcast ad from Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, which calls Gingrich’s economic proposals “fiscal insanity.”

The ad’s wording and tone also borrows a read-between-the-lines theme that front-runner Mitt Romney has been using against Gingrich – that he is mentally unstable and therefore unfit for the presidency. In addition to liberal use of the word “insanity,” a digital press release accompanying the ad makes note of “Gingrich’s erratic behavior” and “wild ideas.”

The text of the radio ad, which the Santorum campaign says will be aired nationally beginning

Friday, says, “Reckless spending has led to a 15-trillion-dollar national debt. That’s $50,000 of debt for every person in America, and it’s crushing our economy. And what’s Newt Gingrich suggest? Spending half a trillion dollars on a moon colony.”

Gingrich’s voice is heard describing his plan for permanent base on the moon by his second term as president, followed by the voice over saying, “Gingrich’s idea is fiscal insanity. And another reason true conservatives are uniting behind Rick Santorum.”

http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/santorum-turns-tough-talk-against-gingrich-20120203

Rick the Prick well knows that Gingrich proposed enroling private companies in the realisation of future space programs, not with federal money, but he’s lying through the teeth in Romney’s style. Screw him and the guy he endorsed in 2008.


71 posted on 02/14/2012 5:51:06 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

Four years more of Obama is the announced death of the Constitution and the people’s rights protected by it, first of all freedom of opinion and faith. Americans have a few months to decide if they want or no to live in a free country.

I totally agree with you on this. Obama gave us a taste of what is to come when he tried to force Christian agencies to give out contraceptives. Now he back tracked on this ONLY because the press was bad and could affect the election. After November, he would do this. Hear the complaints, but this time IGNORE it because he would have nothing to lose since he would not be up for reelection. If Obama is reelected, we are in DEEP trouble IMHO.


72 posted on 02/14/2012 5:55:33 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

VOTE NEWT!

Santorum must stay home to take care of his kids, as he himself advised Sarah Palin.

73 posted on 02/14/2012 5:56:10 AM PST by Marguerite (When I'm good, I am very, very good. But! When I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Santorum and Newt are on the same side.

LOL! Another one with the hook in the mouth. It's not rocket science to see what's being played out. And, yet again, you expose yourself as not being capable of seeing the obvious.

Little slick rick is a LIAR who campaigned for a pro abortion, pro HOMO marriage and big gov't socialistic healthcare candidate, mitt. He's been up his butt since '08 but changed his skin now to fool his morons. It worked!

74 posted on 02/14/2012 5:57:24 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name
And it's your vote that gets Barry in.

Explain to me how voting for the Republican candidate is a vote for Obama?? Do you actually know how an election works or haven't they covered that topic yet at your highschool?

75 posted on 02/14/2012 6:00:01 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: Apollo5600

The way I see it, if the country wants mediocrity... let them have it. I won’t be involving myself in it anymore.

Well instead of being a spoiled brat, get out and help Newt. However, if the voters don’t vote for Newt and vote for Santorum who is 100 percent better than Obama, you better vote for Santorum or we really will be in bad shape. The birth control demands on Christians will be the beginning of what is to come. He has already made laws and EOs and even put people into power without Congress’ permission and nobody blinked. Can you imagine what he will do without fear of reelection. I think you better think about that or you will leave your children and grandchildren in a dire straights. I think anybody over 40 will be ok regardless but those under 40 will be in huge trouble with what is to come from a 2nd Obama administration. This election is very important. I don’t believe that Newt would like your attitude by the way.


76 posted on 02/14/2012 6:01:17 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Steelfish; P-Marlowe; Jim Robinson
It is not clear whether Gingrich remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride

This is a continuation by the GOP-E against the integrity and stability of Newt Gingrich. It is entirely and completely a cowardly, lying, spiteful, mean-spirited, elitest attack.

That said, BOTH the records of Newt and those of Rick are conservative records. I believe Newt had an ACU average of about 88% and Rick had one of 80%.

The Romney-bots are busy dredging up the 12% of Newt's votes and the 20% of Rick's votes that were not pristine conservatism, and they are using those to cause in-fighting among conservatives so that BOTH candidates are injured and Romney emerges the winner.

We KNOW Romney's game by now but we keep playing into his hands even now; even down to 2 remaining conservatives we are content to allow Romney to manipulate us.

I for one will never vote for Romney. Ever.

77 posted on 02/14/2012 6:02:33 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: presently no screen name

Like I will would never vote for GOP E romney, I won’t vote for his butt boy either. I’ve said never again and nothing has changed.

butt boy? Really? You are going to insult a moral man with character like that? I think you are really a Romney supporter because nobody would call Santorum a “butt boy” unless they were liberal. Conservatives don’t talk like that.


78 posted on 02/14/2012 6:03:49 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Marguerite

South Carolina is a excellent example. The polls for days and days pretended Mitt will be the winner. We know how that turned out.

To be fair, the minute Newt had that great debate, the polls immediately changed. Nobody was surprised that Newt won SC.


79 posted on 02/14/2012 6:05:44 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: Marguerite

Newt responds to those calling for him to depart the race, including National Review, by saying he isn’t going anywhere:

http://www.therightscoop.com/video-newt-to-national-review-im-not-going-anywhere


80 posted on 02/14/2012 6:09:09 AM PST by Clyde5445
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