Skip to comments.Santorum on defensive as race turns to Louisiana
Posted on 03/24/2012 8:28:18 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP
Facing heightened pressure to revive his presidential bid, Rick Santorum was forced to explain another apparent misstep as he courted Louisiana voters Friday, the eve of a critical contest in a Republican nomination battle that increasingly favors Mitt Romney.
Santorum said he would support the eventual GOP nominee - if it isn't him - despite what he insists are similarities between front-runner Romney and President Barack Obama that make them indistinguishable on some issues. He caused an intraparty uproar earlier in the week after suggesting he'd prefer a second term for Obama over a Romney presidency.
"I've said repeatedly and will continue to say, I'll vote for whoever the Republican nominee is and I will work for him," Santorum said as he walked back his original comments less than 24 hours before Louisiana polls were set to open. "Barack Obama is a disaster, but we can't have someone who agrees with him on some of the biggest issues of the day."
The situation underscored Santorum's challenges ahead of a Louisiana contest he's favored to win. Santorum has had success in the South, having won last week's contests in Alabama and Mississippi. Regardless of the outcome Saturday, however, Romney will have collected more delegates than his opponents combined as the race then turns to more favorable territory in the coming weeks.
Santorum's continued missteps are complicating a candidacy already struggling to overcome major financial and organizational deficiencies. Before losing this week's Illinois primary, Santorum hurt himself by declaring that neither the economy nor the nation's unemployment rate was his top concern.
"I think the biggest development of the last 24 hours was Sen. Santorum's remarkable mistake in suggesting that re-electing President Obama was acceptable under any circumstance," Republican contender Newt Gingrich told reporters in Port Fourchon, La. (snip)
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a profitable and prolific legacy—as in the Kennedy clan—rich fertile and never ending (mores the pity).
You missed the joke.
Alternate plan “B” is what we need to start thinking about from here on out.
OMG! LOL! You’re right Dude, and you are rather funny for a Canadian at that! (Jim Carrey, move over!)
It helps to have a good sense of humor up here.
Go for it. A lot of people here have been looking for an alternative to the current crop of GOP candidates and no one has stepped in.
The RNC has sent trial balloons of Jeb Bush as a brokered candidate emerging from the convention but those trial balloons have been received with a resounding thud and Jeb took himself out of contention by saying he would vote for mittens.
The fact is that the RNC has badly fractured conservatives by forcing Romney on us and, if he ends up as the candidate of choice, a lot of us will either stay home or just NOT vote for him. Either way, Michael Steele will end up being the best friend an embattled Obama EVER had.
We are about to find out first hand, what it is like to live under a full blown Nationalist Socialism.
“At this stage all who denigrate Santorum”
Wrong again. I vote for the candidate(Newt) that can fix our countries problems. Santorum is not ready to be Potus and definitely not ready to take on this countries problems. We need a junk yard dog not a team player.
I will leave it at that.
I have not personally attacked anyone. Not on this thread, not in any of my FR conversations.
I don't want anyone to “bow down” to Santorum. I can understand if people think someone else is a better candidate or if they think Santorum is not articulate enough to be an effective candidate. But I just wish people wouldn't spread the false narrative pushed by the media, Democrats and Romney campaign. Santorum is not dumb, he is not a religious extremist, he does not want to hurt women and most of the “gaffes” attributed to him are lies and distortions by the media.
We need to rebuild a party from the ground up, with an new name to suit. It will take at least 4 years for it to become viable, although inroads are available at the midterm level.
It's obvious that the GOP is dead. They no longer represent us as they have been doing since Newt resigned his speaker position, which he did for that reason alone.
Time will tell, but either way, we are due and in need for a whole new direction. This current one has gone off the rail, over a cliff and into the ocean of failed political affiliations.
Your defense of Santorum is admirable, but the same thing was not offered on behalf of Newt Gingrich by most here. In fact, Newt was degraded most, by those who now proclaim that we need to leave Santorum alone and blindly follow him out of our “duty” to stop Romney. Or else, be forever labeled as a Romney operative.
And you will never convince me that Santorum could even come close to winning the General Election. That simply cannot and will not happen. Santorum is too inept and inexperienced to handle it. The old master Statesman, Newt Gingrich plainly points that fact out about Santorum.
LOL. Honey, you’re certifiably nuts.
I choose Newt I don't accept your premise that its down to a two man race.
But I will say this If your boy Santorum keeps opening his flapper and swallowing his foot, Then I agree he will hand the 1144 delegates to Mittens.
In one week.
1. Unemployment does not matter.
2. We need to stay with what we got(Obama) if EtchaSketch is the Nominee(Mittens)
3. pronouncing Zimmerman guilty without knowing the facts.
He is really gonna make Biden look smart if he keeps this up.
Looking down on your betters may make you think you are clever but then what is your opinion compared to the empirical objective data as to your now well established ignorance;)
When I get out of this squirrel’s cheek pouch I’ll show YOU who’s nuts!
Cuz Newt just ain't.
Like I said, I don’t have to make that decision at this time, as long as Newt’s in, I stand with him. There will be plenty of time for me to make an unsavory choice if I have to.
Nobody asked him that question. It was in his own prepared remarks. It was completely unforced, unasked-for opinion. If you want to be the nominee, job one is don’t volunteer easily used and confused rhetoric that has no upside for voters. Not being an idiot helps too.
The beginnings were established a couple of years ago with the Tea Party. This is a grassroots political group consisting of conservative Americans.
I agree that the GOP has strayed so far afield that they no longer represent the bulk of "republicans" (conservatives) any longer. That's why I identify myself as a Tea Partier. The left can make as much fun of us as they like, it doesn't change their fear of the fact that there are MANY more of us than there are them!
THAT'S what keeps them awake at night!!
That pic (and the one where Kerry looked like an unsafe doofus with the shotgun draped over his forearm) were the first things I thought of when I read this story :p
Uh-huh....but we all know you’re a stealth Romneybot like the rest of us. /s
It was a party of Americans, who agree to drop their party label, and come together as Americans, who want less government, lower taxes and a secure border. Of course this IS the Conservative ideology from the start, but that aspect has been set aside and shared equally with all Americans willing to join in a common cause to fight Obama’s Socialism.
This is why I believe Newt and Sarah Palin are perfect as leaders for this new concept in American unity.
I remember that photo well. It was plastered all over this Forum for months. That one and the “Dead Goose” photo that Kerry promptly had the Press discontinue.
I have hunted and fished my entire life. And I know a phony photo op when I see one.
(Super Secret handshake, embedded code, wink, wink, to you too.............. “The squirrel is gathering his nuts!”.....repeat.....”The squirrel is gathering his nuts!”......)
The trees are full of Mormons...repeat....the trees are full of Mormons....
::::paranoid glare over shoulder:::::
For you.... “The sweater vest is becoming inraveled!”....repeat....”The sweater vest is becoming unraveled!”......(Later code message this evening during the Santorum presidential victory celebration.)
Look for the code word “Sugar Pie”.... instructions to follow.
You're on the right path. We both share the same ideals. The next step is to make the Tea Party a REAL party. I have contacted my local Tea Party to get involved with them. If I want what the Tea Party represents, the only way to make that happen is to make it stronger by getting involved and moving it toward becoming the replacement for the dried up, dead GOP!
How many did he kill?
Understood, Operative....true dat, over and out.
this is the best analysis I have read of what has happened this year, by TitansAFC, which is much like what happened in 2008, only a slight change in players. We can't just blame everything on the establishment. They do to us what we let them. Honestly, this is worth a few minutes to read and ponder:
"Its Huckabee bullheadedly plowing ahead of Thompson by sheer belief in his own holiness all over again. The story always starts out the same: Conservatives get a credible alternative to the Establishment front-runner, and he starts getting attacked.
Then the SoCon who stayed under the radar (Huckabee then, Santorum now) becomes everyones plan B, because the guy who could have won (Thompson, Gingrich) was unloaded upon by the GOP-E money machine. Then the smug supporters of the upstart underdog all thump their chest and say NO.....YOUR GUY SHOULD DROP OUT!!
Then the vote is already split, the credible candidate becomes non-credible because of vote-splitting, and the upstart winds-up in second place because folks trying to beat the Establishment liberal switch to plan B because the smug voters of the only holy candidate make it loudly clear that theyre going to support the holy upstart candidate even if it means the Liberals win.
It JUST KEEPS HAPPENING.
In reality, what needed to happen was for Santorum to drop out early, when it became apparent that there was someone who could lead Romney in the polls for a long time, and when it was clear he had a friggin LITANY of ballot and delegate issues. Even if it was not Newt at the time (heck, replace Newt with Perry), Conservatives should have united around a single candidate with a full organization and little to no ballot and delegate issues, and there SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A PLAN B. Conservative should have been forced to STAY united, learn to DEFEND their candidate rather than defect because the rich, Establishment Liberal was able to smear the credible Conservative with overwhelming cash.
If there had been no Santorum, Newt would be leading right now. He would be leading because we would have been united against Romney from day one, and there would have been no defections based on the fact that - by simply running under the radar - someone else rises because they havent been unloaded on.
We CANNOT keep doing this. We CANNOT keep Santoruming and Huckabeeing ourselves based on some sick notion of the holiness of a politician. We cannot keep some broke one-percenter in the race because they were able to show well in Iowa after living there for two years and facing almost no attacks because of their low polling. We cannot keep rewarding these guys for throwing Hail Mary passes when we have a chance to defeat the Liberals. No more shoestring campaigns, no more one-percenters who surge in time to do well in Iowa, no more long-shot dreams based on the notion that some candidate is the mostest Christianest candidate of them all.
No more Huckabees, no more Santorums. No more long-shots who surge in Iowa. Rule them out before they ruin another Primary season. Santorum was never going to get 1144 delegates - it was NEVER going to happen. The fact that people bull-headedly refused to waver from him KILLED us - and then they turned around and taunted Newt and Perry voters for voting for Santorum in desperation, citing the vote count as if nobody knows what was actually happening. No more Santorums, no more Huckabees. No more long shots, period.