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The GOPís Panic Over Rick Santorum
The Daily Beast ^ | February 27, 2012 | Michael Medved

Posted on 02/27/2012 12:22:17 PM PST by EveningStar

For more than six months, worried conservative chieftains talked up the need to unite behind a single rightist candidate in order to block the potential victory of the “mushy moderate” from Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. Now, on the eve of crucial primaries in Michigan and Arizona, and with Super Tuesday looming just one week later, some of those same leaders speak privately of the need to unite behind that same, once-dreaded Romney in order to avert an even more dire disaster: the nomination of Rick Santorum.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; medved; michaelmedved; romney; santorum; supertuesday; vote4newt

1 posted on 02/27/2012 12:22:31 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I’m gonna say a little prayer that people really think and VOTE FOR NEWT.


2 posted on 02/27/2012 12:23:59 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: EveningStar
This is Medved, a Romney-shill from day one. Whatever Medved is, he's not a conservative.

He's been dead to me for a long time now.
3 posted on 02/27/2012 12:27:09 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
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To: Sacajaweau
I’m gonna say a little prayer that people really think and VOTE FOR NEWT.

Make it a good one. If the GOP is scared of anyone getting the nomination, it's Newt Gingrich. He'll challenge the status quo whereas Santorum will be run over by the establishment GOP in DC. IMO, Santorum is a weak version of Mike Huckabee.

4 posted on 02/27/2012 12:32:34 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Newt for VP?


5 posted on 02/27/2012 12:35:49 PM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: upsdriver

The thing about Newt is that while they might be able to attack him personally, I don’t think that he drags down the rest of the ticket if he loses. Santorum, on the other hand, fills the leftist boogeyman role of religious extremist to a T, and they’ll use that to scare voters.


6 posted on 02/27/2012 12:36:03 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Sacajaweau

I’m gonna say a little prayer that people really think and VOTE FOR NEWT.
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I’m a Newt guy, but he and Rick keep splitting the Conservative vote and Romney keeps winning. Someone is going to have to drop out. IF I LIVED IN MICHIGAN, I’D VOTE FOR SANTORUM JUST TO GET ROMNEY OUT OF THE RACE. A VOTE FOR NEWT IN MICHIGAN TOMORROW IS A VOTE FOR ROMNEY.


7 posted on 02/27/2012 12:40:32 PM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy.......Gingrich Or Santorum.... YES!!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
I THINK THEREFORE I AM A CONSERVATIVE.

VOTE NEWT, to join me.

8 posted on 02/27/2012 12:40:32 PM PST by annieokie
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To: EveningStar

After reading the article, it’s safe to say that Michael medved REALLY DISLIKES Rick Santorum.

Too bad, I’m still never going to vote for his boy Willard.


9 posted on 02/27/2012 12:43:55 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
Santorum, on the other hand, fills the leftist boogeyman role of religious extremist to a T

Yet, we have polls out today showing Santorum within two points of Obama and ahead in swing states. This after the media has gone on and on about his views on contraception.

Face it, you're fears aren't valid. You just don't like Santorum.

10 posted on 02/27/2012 12:44:12 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: EveningStar
Medved seeing Rick Santorum walking towards him:


11 posted on 02/27/2012 12:46:03 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: Sacajaweau
They are not panicked over Rick. They are panicked over NEWT winning.

Newt is the only one that came out first on Drill Now. The day after Obama, came out and mocked this Drill now, with Step 1:Drill, Step 2: Drill, Step 3: Keep drilling. Damm right Zero that's what we want.

If Santorum is now talking about this, he copied from NEWT, but alas no one cares for the truth of that matter.

Put your head in gear: VOTE NEWT GINGRICH.

12 posted on 02/27/2012 12:46:03 PM PST by annieokie
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To: annieokie
Please read Post #7 and THINK about it.
13 posted on 02/27/2012 12:46:27 PM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy.......Gingrich Or Santorum.... YES!!!)
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To: no dems

Michigan is NOT a winner take all so a vote for Newt is NOT a vote for Romney. You’re using fuzzy math.


14 posted on 02/27/2012 12:46:43 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: no dems

I read, still VOTE NEWT.


15 posted on 02/27/2012 12:48:01 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Kazan
Yet, we have polls out today showing Santorum within two points of Obama and ahead in swing states. This after the media has gone on and on about his views on contraception.

Other than amongst political junkies like Freepers, and people in states with primaries, I don't believe Santorum's views are widely known among voters as a whole.

You just don't like Santorum.

Guilty as charged. He lost me with his statement about libertarian conservatives, how the government shouldn't leave people alone. If it came down to him or Romney, I'd write someone in, though I would vote for either of those two before Obama. Fortuantely, though, Newt is still in, and will be getting my vote on the 6th.

16 posted on 02/27/2012 12:52:22 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: EveningStar
Michael Medved - isn't he the guy who advised all of us to get behind John McCain in 2008 because he was the most ELECTABLE?

Fool me once, shame on you.

17 posted on 02/27/2012 12:52:50 PM PST by skeeter
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To: no dems

You are RIGHT and others need to start listening.


18 posted on 02/27/2012 12:54:08 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

Take it right back at ‘em.

“Do you want to defend late-term abortion?”
“Do you want to defend infanticide?”
“Do you want to defend forcing taxpayers to pay for someone else’s birth control?”
“Do you want to tell us the societal merits of same-sex marriages?”


19 posted on 02/27/2012 12:57:44 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: EveningStar

20 posted on 02/27/2012 1:00:27 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Sacajaweau; All
I know the delegates are awarded prpportionately, but, to lose Michigan would would be a devastating blow to the Romney Campaign. Support & money would drop off, and dry up, as people be gan to say: "Hey, the guy can't even carry his home State." It would be the beginning of the end for Romney and become a 2-man race between Rick and Newt. I'm a Newt guy, but, I'm pulling for Rick tomorrow in Michigan. WE MUST GET RINO-Rom OUT OF THE RACE.
21 posted on 02/27/2012 1:04:53 PM PST by no dems (No RINO-Rom, no Kook-Daddy.......Gingrich Or Santorum.... YES!!!)
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To: MrB

Very good! Plan on using this. About time the liberals had to play defense.


22 posted on 02/27/2012 1:07:08 PM PST by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: annieokie


I'm voting for Newt Gingrich!

23 posted on 02/27/2012 1:12:06 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: skeeter

Yes Medved and Hugh Hewitt are big RINOs. They both were for RINOs back in 2008 supporting all the RINOs like Huckabee, McCain and Romeny, so I stopped listening to them as well. Hewitt is a huge Romeny fan.


24 posted on 02/27/2012 1:15:14 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: onyx

Love that pic of NEWT.


25 posted on 02/27/2012 1:20:18 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
He lost me with his statement about libertarian conservatives, how the government shouldn't leave people alone.

It depends what he meant by the comment. Did he mean a larger welfare state or simply opposing the libertarian insanity on drugs and legalized prostitution?

26 posted on 02/27/2012 1:21:05 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Blue Highway

Medved pimped McCain all during 2008. I stopped listening back then, he got so bad.


27 posted on 02/27/2012 1:23:12 PM PST by skeeter
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To: EveningStar

I am already united behind one man.

I don’t give a damn what the GOP-e or the rest of the sheep do or want... I will continue to support Newt until he either wins or tells me he no longer wants my support.

I will not vote for the baby butcher supporter or the preacher.

** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”


28 posted on 02/27/2012 1:24:41 PM PST by Gator113 (** President Newt Gingrich-"Our beloved republic deserves nothing less." ~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: EveningStar

” - - - With an apparently improving economy - - - “

HEY, MICHAEL MEDVED!

The economy is improving because voters have hope that Obama is going to lose!


29 posted on 02/27/2012 1:38:27 PM PST by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: no dems

Good to see a Gingrich supporter that gets it.

Conversely, Santorum voters should give Gingrich the South.

Mason-Dixon Get Rid of Mittens


30 posted on 02/27/2012 1:39:56 PM PST by kidd
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To: Kazan
There are a lot of Republicans who are not Libertarians in the Ron Paul, extremist sense. Everyone gets that distinction. I'm not a "Libertarian", but I am a liberterian-leaning Republican. Santorum has been very critical of that school of thought

“I am not a libertarian, and I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement”)

Just google Santorum and libertarianism, and you'll come up with him making repeated digs at that philosophy, and not wanting any of it in the GOP.

Now, contrast that with Ronald Reagan's view of libertarianism:

"I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is."

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2004/06/ronald_reagan_t.html

The full Reagan quote goes on to distinguish the Libertarian party from libertarian ideals, so Reagan certainly got that distinction. Yet Santorum, who I presume is well-read enough to know the distinction himself, never bothers to make it. And that's because he's against even libertarian influence.

31 posted on 02/27/2012 1:41:37 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin

People like St. Rick make my skin crawl. If we nominate this creepy man, we will lose by double digits. They say he is running neck and neck with Odumbo to keep in the race.

I never liked him when he was Senator and I sure don’t like him any more now. He is a sanctimonious jerk and sure comes across that way. YUCK!!


32 posted on 02/27/2012 2:05:16 PM PST by lone star annie
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To: Gator113


Newt.org

33 posted on 02/27/2012 2:17:57 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Bruce Campbells Chin
Just google Santorum and libertarianism, and you'll come up with him making repeated digs at that philosophy

I found several of those quotes but none telling me what problem he has with libertarianism.

Libertarianism is great when it comes to economic issues, private property rights and the government's role in assisting the poor. It is a disaster on social issues.

The nation was founded by Christians upon Judeo-Christianity. Christianity was a basis for the law. To the extent libertarianism has undermined that foundation for law, it has contributed to the decline of the nation.

34 posted on 02/27/2012 2:56:29 PM PST by Kazan (Mitt Romney: The greater of two evils)
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To: Kazan
I found several of those quotes but none telling me what problem he has with libertarianism.

Based on everything he's said -- and I'm including the stuff he's said about talking about contraception because he doesn't like its effect on morality -- I believe he thinks government should take a more aggressive role in enforcing proper moral standards

And I don't. Also, his across the board antipathy to libertarian ideas pops up in his "0% tax for manufacturers" idea. He doesn't want neutral rules that lets individual decisions guide our future. He wants rules that he think will build a better society. And that's not what I want out of a President.

Reagan's anti-gvoernment rhetoric, right down the line, is what I support.

35 posted on 02/27/2012 3:03:35 PM PST by Bruce Campbells Chin
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To: EveningStar

There’s a decided anti-Christian and anti- Catholic bigotry that promoters of morphing the constituional issue raised by the Obama decree into a “womans rights issues” are hiding behind.

Publications and MSM doing so should be protested as religious bigots and picketed.


36 posted on 02/27/2012 5:36:53 PM PST by mosesdapoet ("The best way to punish a country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great p/p)
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To: EveningStar

The GOP establishment has never liked “conviction” conservatives like Ronald Reagan.

No wonder they’re panicking. They’d rather lose than put a real conservative in the White House in the fall.


37 posted on 02/27/2012 6:43:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

What do Reagan and Santorum have in common?


38 posted on 02/27/2012 6:49:15 PM PST by EveningStar
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