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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
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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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