Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rick Santorum..SHILL ALERT..SHILL ALERT!

I realized something today that should have been very obvious to me as someone with 40+ years of political activism under his belt. Rick Santorum's crusade for the Presidency is nothing more than a quest by him to try and insure his position as "next in line" for what he hopes is a 2016 Republican contest after an Obama second term.

Why else would he continue to stay in a race that he has no chance of mathematically winning? The answer is OBVIOUS. It's all about 2016.

Santorum is in it to win it for Obama.

Four years from now, All of the current candidates will be in their 70's. Much to old for another run. Santorum on the other hand will be 58 years old and still young enough for a second go round. By staying in the race, I'm sure that he feels, he will be considered the next in line.

Several things have to occur to make this sick dream of Rick's a reality. Amoung them, Romney has to lose in the general.

How does Rick work towards a Romney loss? This for him is the easy part. His goal is to make Romney damaged goods for the general. His latest endorsement of Obama is but one of the many tricks up tricky Rick's sleeve. I'm sure that Rick also realizes that his mug will appear in several Obama and DNC commercials once Romney is the nominee.

The longer Republicans allow this shill to work on his plan, the longer it will take our GOP nominee to make up any lost ground against President Obama.

Let's put this self-centered fake to rest once-and-for-all so our eventual nominee can zero in on beating President Obama and bringing our country back from the brink.

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38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Exactly!

Anonymous said...

Of course, Bos I also felt this was what he is up to, he wants to be the GOP "next in line", he knows he is not winning the nomination, and wants to make sure Mitt doesnt beat Obama, that way 2016 will be open for him. But I got some news for Ricky, this is his only chance, if Obama is reelected and 2016 came around, Santorum would be at the bottom of the pile again. There will be a crowded field of highly more qualified and better than candidates than Rick Santorum. Even Sarah Palin would be in the running in 2016 if it were to happen and she would be over him.

larry said...

He might try and rationalize in his mind that he's next in line, but he is only in his mind.

If we've learned anything about Santorum during this election it's that his temperament is not suitable for a President.

He's toast now and he'll be toast then

Terrye said...

I don't think this will for him. Huckabee did not even try this time and Romney has not had it easy..so, it might be that even if Obama wins a second term, the last guy the GOP will want to see is Santorum. Especially if a lot of them blame him for the loss.

Paul said...

This guy is a pathetic loser, as evidenced by his PA senatorial loss by huge margin, and by the fact that the religious bigotry faction of the GOP chose him very last as their "Not Romney" emergency option. He is not qualified to be POTUS, now, or in 2016. A desperate need by a despicable 20 percent of the party to keep a Mormon away from the White House, comprises Santorum's ONLY credential for this contest. Without that, he has nothing. By this point, those ABR's certainly must now be wishing that they had Bachmann, Cain, or Perry back instead of this Santorum scum from the bottom of the barrel. Santorum would now have to answer for a GOP loss to Obama, should that happen. He would own that infamy and would wear it around his neck forever. He is too pig-headed and selfish to be able to realize that he has already dug his own political grave. May God have mercy on his soul.

Doug NYC GOP said...

Santorum is DONE. He won't be a viable 2016 (a fantasy-dream since Romney will be runnng for re-election)candidate because there will be many more suitable, qualified and appealling candidates: (in no particular order)

Christie
Huckabee
Jindal
Ryan
Thune
McDonnell
Portman
Bush
etc.

Rick is only popular this cycle due to ABR desperation and being promoted on Talk Radio (He is practically Sean Hannity's co-host)

He has no natural base and will quickly fall back to being a 1%er, where he deserves to be.

Anonymous said...

I am with all the others. He knows it's a one and done. All he'll have is some debt and stories to tell the grandkids.

All over after Rom rolls in Wisconsin.

Pashoue said...

More than true...

Pashoue said...

More than true...

BOSMAN said...

He could always migrate to Italy where the politics is more to his liking.

Anonymous said...

I've thought that for some time now. By staying in, Rick forces Mitt to stay focued on the nomination, burn valuable cash, and pull him to the social right. All of which hurt Mitt's chances on the general.

What Rick dosn't see is that if Mitt looses the gen., four years from now the GOP field is very different. Rick will then be up against a full cadre of first class conservative govenors. (And only govenors or ex-govenors should ever be allowed to fur for POTUS. Senators and HofRep's make for second class POTUS's, as we have seen.)

Rick, please have some class and withdraw graciously.

Dave said...

The only reason this is still going is the rules changes by Steele, who wanted, for whatever insane reason, to see a brokered convention.

Under the old rules, the race would have been over in February, and Mitt would be the nominee. There would have been a lot of early Winner Take All states, and no early states would have lost half their delegates.

There also wouldn't have been Super Pacs to keep losers in the race.

And, the irony is that Mitt will win anyway, and go on to beat Obama.

Ohio JOE said...

"(He is practically Sean Hannity's co-host)" I guess you do not listen to Mr. Hannity often.

Anonymous said...

OJ,

I think he/she meant, 'Meet The Press"

Anonymous said...

Not now, not then, not ever!

GetReal said...

OJ, just curious, do you think you'll be able to vote for Romney in November? I hope so, because we need you on the team.

Lionhead said...

Quite a strong reaction to Santorum here, but don't forget folks, the votes he's garnered will be needed for the Fall. I think we'll see some ebbing for his campaign for awhile & a rise in fortune for Gingrich. I saw a very favorable straw poll for him.

Surprisingly, Gingrich has managed to stay above the fray, even though his popularity has declined. I think he's regained his balance now after the ego issues have resided. You've likely noticed he's not the angry man candidate anymore.

Let's see if he can improve in the days ahead & Ron Paul certainly intends to go the distance. The process continues to its destination Tampa.

Anonymous said...

Louisiana - Rick's Santorum's farewell party. Buh-Bye Ricky!

newark hawk said...

"Santorum was the last resort of the ABR crowd." LOL

Anonymous said...

Timely, insightful post brings out excellent comments. Rick Santorum is a strange bird--hypersensitive to criticism, hot-headed, holier than thou. Despite his 16 years in politics, he seems like a pretty poor politician. Lacks charm, humor, self-deprecation. Not presidential material, not a truly "national" candidate, not a leader for a pluralistic society.

I have no idea what he'll do when he exits this race. All I know is that he'll carry his grating, touchy, sanctimonious personality with him wherever he goes. He can't change that; at age 53, it's who he is. But don't expect radio and TV offers, Rick. You're no Mike Huckabee. And don't expect to reprise your lucky 2012 run ever again. There are plenty of bona fide Evangelical politicians who will quickly push you to the back of that line.

newark hawk said...

Santorum had 99% of the media favoring him over Romney, and he still lost.

Romney's super-PAC money was peanuts compared to the support Santorum and other ABR candidates received from the establishment media.

Romney not only defeated all the ABR candidates, he defeated Team Obama, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX & talk radio as well.

Legendary CEO Jack Welch is right: "Romney is the strongest presidential candidate in 60 years."

Diana Rae said...

Actually Bosman, I disagree. Romney will only be 69 in 4 years. He can easily run a 2nd term.

Lionhead said...

newark hawk, "Romney is the strongest presidential candidate in 60 years." Whoa, that's debatable for sure. Let's see, Eisenhower, the Bush's, Nixon was a strong candidate, and of course Ronald Reagan. Welch is pressing his opinion hard with that. What does the Romney campaign think?

""We're going to have to grind it out through April ... and see if Santorum wants to take a second look," said a Romney adviser.

Republican strategist Tucker Eskew said there was no point in Romney's campaign calling on Santorum to pull out of the race.

"I think the Romney campaign would be wise to tend to their own momentum and what they can control and leave it to other candidates to do what's right out of self-interest, the party's interest and the national interest," he said.""

http://tinyurl.com/7lkvcuh

More importantly, what is the appeal of Santorum? Maybe it's here:

""To hear Santorum tell it, the ability of front-runner Mitt Romney to win in big-city suburbs is a mark of ideological weakness, not political strength.

"Gov. Romney does well in the counties where Democrats do well, and we do well in the counties where Republicans do well," Santorum said this week. "That might give you some indication as to who the candidate is who best reflects the values of the Republican Party.""

Let's go to the numbers for non-believers:

"...Santorum has beaten Romney in rural areas, even in states Romney ultimately won. In Michigan and Ohio, states where Romney barely prevailed, Santorum won the rural vote 43 percent to 34 percent, and 46 percent to 28 percent, respectively, according to exit polls.

In Illinois, where Romney easily won, Santorum still took the rural-small city vote 45 percent to 35 percent."

Why is this important; simple:

""Stuart Roy, an adviser to a super political action committee that supports Santorum, said Santorum's inability to break through in the suburbs and cities is in a part a function of his conservative message.

"He is maximizing the social conservative base in most states," Roy said. "In doing that you are going to lose some of that suburban moderate vote. There is a trade-off there. The idea here is to win the primary or caucus. It's not about where the vote comes from."" (sound familiar?)

Finally, for the "Big Picture:"

""Santorum supporters also believe he can appeal, like Ronald Reagan did in 1980, to struggling blue-collar workers.

"I figured that for a Republican to win he's going to need those Reagan Democrats," Roger Jones, a former small-newspaper ad man from Elgin, Ill., said at a Santorum campaign stop. "I can't see an unemployed steelworker voting for Mitt Romney.""

http://tinyurl.com/8863e3w

Will this trend continue, look to Wisconsin as the article points out. "Wisconsin has the highest concentration of rural small-town voters at 41 percent, according to the 2008 GOP primary exit poll."

So, who has the best strategy? Who appeals to the conservative base more? Who's campaign started on the wrong side of the road in the primary season? And who's planning to move further away in the Fall from these voters? Ah, it's ......

Anonymous said...

I really hate conspiracy theories, but I do sometimes wonder if some of what has been going on with right wing press and their negativity with Romney is their desire to run someone like Sarah Palin in 2016. Which automatically means Romney MUST lose in 2012 for this to happen. While I am not going to accuse anyone of this outright, I think some people are at least leaning toward it in their subconscious minds. I have also thought that Rick Santorum might be flirting with this idea. I believe many of the hardcore "conservatives," who also coincidentally are evangelicals, are hoping for this. While Rick might fool himself into believing he would be the "One" for 2016, I think he will be run over in the rush for someone else.

Look how fickle the right wing press has been with Romney this year; their opposition has surprised almost everyone. They seem to be always looking for a new face; someone they think is more "conservative" than the last. Good luck with that.

Sayonara, Ricky! Wish I could say it's been nice knowing you. I shouldn't share these little gems, but two of my favorite comments about Rick was a conservative woman on Race who calls him the "Pennsylvania Bedroom Fascist." and another Ron Paul supporter who called him, "Rick Santorum: A Storm Trooper in Every Bedroom." Am I the only one who thinks these are funny?

AZ

P.S. In Japanese you only say Sayonara as a final farewell. It isn't really just goodbye; it's like "I will never see you again, goodbye." Sayonara, Ricky, I hope!

Anonymous said...

Rick Santorum will not be a political force in the future. He's the accidental beneficiary of the biggest failure in this year's GOP primary cycle--the demise of Rick Perry.

Perry was the Evangelicals' and Pentecostals' designated "conservative" dream candidate. (Even Limbaugh called for Perry to get in the race.) Perry had a long and successful executive resume in the Lone Star State. He was a Southerner. He was a font of campaign cash and, reportedly, a wonder to behold on the retail stump. Romney himself said, just the other day, that his team expected to be going up against Perry in the end.

Well, Perry flamed out. The debates absolutely killed him. Who was left for the anti-Romney crowd to back? Cain, a Georgian and a Baptist minister, succumbed to allegations of sexual harassment and improprieties. Gingrich was a sharp-tongued Southerner and could be forgiven his conversion to Catholicism--but his history of adultery was too much for even his massive ego to carry. Bachmann, a true Evangelical and Tea Party darling, was outgunned by her male rivals early on. She also diminished herself by several imprudent statements, making her the butt of endless media jokes. (Be forewarned, all female candidates . . .)

So, guess who was left on stage? (Paul and Huntsman don't count.) Rick Santorum! The Evangelical pastors laid hands on him in order to drive their congregations to the polls for him. Yes, he's a Catholic, but he sounds like an Evangelical and gives speeches at Baptist churches. Although urged to stay on an economic message, he is effectively running as a moral and religious warrior. Fortunately, that's not what most of America, including most Republicans, want in the Constitutional office of President of the United States.

SC4Romney said...

DeMint calls for GOP assessment of race, praises Romney
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/22/romney-meets-with-key-republicans-on-capitol-hill/

newark hawk said...

After Romney wraps up his 2nd term in 2021, his VP - Bob McDonnell, IMHO - will succeed him in the Oval Office.

Santorum will have no choice but to return to his old K Street gig of peddling influence - if he still has any - on Capitol Hill.

Or, since he is a lawyer by trade, chasing Washington DC ambulances may be more to Santorum's liking .

marK said...

I must protest. I don't much care for Rick Santorum. The way he's been behaving these past weeks has really turned me off him. He's a liar. He's a divider. He's undisciplined. He has little control over his tongue.

That being said, this article makes assumption after assumption after assumption as to his motives and his inner thoughts. I don't like it when people do that to Mitt Romney. I don't like it when people do that to me. I don't like it when people do that to anybody. It is most unfair.

You don't KNOW that he is in the race solely for 2012. You don't KNOW that he is going to sabotage Mitt's run for the Presidency. You do not KNOW that he is self-centered.

You could be right. He may indeed be all these things. But you do not KNOW that he is. You can only ASSUME it. (And you know what happens when you "assume" something.)

So kindly do not state your speculations as facts.

newark hawk said...

@ Lionhead

Jack Welch was suggesting that Romney is the strongest presidential candidate of either party since Eisenhower, who was first elected president 60 years ago.

Eisenhower was extraodinarily popular among the voters because, as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, he led our nation to victory in World War II.

The other "strong" presidential candidates you mentioned - Nixon, Bush 41 & Bush 43 - did not have anywhere near the private sector resume` that Romney has.

As for the "conservatism" of Santorum that you rave about, it is strictly limited to social conservatism.

Santorum talks a good game regarding fiscal conservatism, but actions - like his Senate voting record - speak louder than words.

Which is why in 2006, Pennsylvania voters tossed Santorum out of office in one of the worst beatings ever for an incumbent U.S. Senator.

Don't worry, Lionhead, Romney will govern the nation the same way he governed the state of Massachusetts - AS A CONSERVATIVE.

Ben said...

Mark,

Why not tell us how you feel?

If what Bos say's is not true, then the only other possibility is that Santorum is bad in math and an idiot.

newark hawk said...

@ Lionhead

I forgot to mention Ronald Reagan, who, as California governor, signed into law the largest tax increase in the state's history.

Reagan was also the first governor in the nation to legalize abortion, and in so doing created the blueprint for the federal legalization of abortion.

Reagan also flip-flopped on amnesty for illegal immigrants, deficit spending and support for unionized labor.

Last but not least, Reagan was a self-described "FDR Democrat" until shortly before running for governor, when he became a Republican.

Compared to Ronald Reagan, Mitt Romney has been a model of consistent conservatism.

marK said...

Ben,

Try an experiment. Pretend you are a Santorum supporter. Pretend you like the guy. (Yes, I know. You want to barf, and I don't blame you.) But go ahead and try.

I will bet that you can come up with several perfectly valid and honorable reasons to explain why Santorum is staying in the race.

Ben said...

Mark,

"Try an experiment. Pretend you are a Santorum supporter. Pretend you like the guy. (Yes, I know. You want to barf, and I don't blame you.) But go ahead and try.

I will bet that you can come up with several perfectly valid and honorable reasons to explain why Santorum is staying in the race."

I did. None of them make any sense other than spoiler or 2012.

Now it's your turn!

Lionhead said...

On this night, everyone should recognize Rick Santorum's win in LA. Look at the County map in LA:

http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results/2012/gop-primary/la

This is no 'fluke,' pardon the pun, it's the real deal of LA voters choosing Santorum to represent them. Obviously, his message resonated to motivate the turnout. Once again, the usual pattern for Santorum's win emerges for the reasons I outlined above. Apparently, nobody is concerned as to the 'why.' Like the Verizon man says, "Can you hear me now." Yes, loud & clear. Now on to WI, for another test of voter 'resonance' & the "power of the pattern."

Anon, at 7:16 said: "Bachmann, *** . She also diminished herself by several imprudent statements, making her the butt of endless media jokes." How true, as the chat box here tonite is overflowing with political jokes. Jokes have staying power also. Don't think so, consider this:

""It's one of the unwritten corollaries to presidential politics: if you become a joke, people won't vote for you.

It would be a cruel irony indeed for Mitt Romney, whose father's political career was ended with one indelible word--"brainwashed"--if the son suffered the same fate at the hands of one of his most loyal aides, Eric Fehrnstrom. But if the Obama campaign were smart, right now it would be using some of its millions of dollars to hire the best former "Saturday Night Live" writers out there, all in an effort to keep the country laughing at the image of Mitt Romney as "the Etch A Sketch candidate.""

http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/03/how-romney-could-become-dukaki.php

No one knows the outcome of this event; some say "huge," Krauthammer, others dismiss it out of hand. Only time will tell, but we do know the DNC attack ad appeared in 2 hours after the incident. Was it a 'reaction' test for later use? Time will tell. Overconfidence is a dangerous thing sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I thought that Santorum was done with politics after his miserable reelection attempt in Pennsylvania, but since the voters in PA didn't want him he decided to disregard PA and do what any narcissistic, sanctimonious, bigoted politician/pastor would do and try to keep Romney from winning.

Lionhead said...

@newark hawk, 10:44, forgot about Reagan writing my comment above. Let's have a look at him & a comparison to Romney. I think this piece gives the background for both men & their motivations:

""Consider, if you will, the career of a true conservative. Ronald Reagan almost always knew what to say to his base. A former Democrat who grew disaffected from the politics of Hollywood -- "the only place in the country where the billionaires are liberals," Bill Maher once cracked -- Reagan had the zeal of the convert. He became a movement conservative with a knack for memorizing lines. He had "the music and the lyrics, the whole song sheet," says Tony Dolan, Reagan's former speechwriter, who is backing Newt Gingrich as the closest thing he can find to RR.

Reagan led the conservative movement to a rebirth after Barry Goldwater was trounced in 1964, and he did it by embracing basic truths -- fewer taxes, less government, tough defense -- on his own, says Martin Anderson, his former top economic aide. "He had worked out the whole philosophy himself going back to the 1960s, even the question of how you attack the Soviet Union without going to war." Even when Reagan was accused of flip-flopping from moderate stances he took as California governor, he still "had the ability to pithily state the doctrine," adds his biographer, Lou Cannon.""

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/03/beyond-etch-a-sketch-voters-wonder-which-mitt-would-govern/254916/

The video clips of Romney on distancing himself from the Republican Party have been posted all over the chat box. Since you gentlemen have the chat box logs, you should be able to find them easily.

Romney holds the key to his redemption, let's see if he or his consultants can find the combination that Reagan had. I'm watching with great interest.

Victoria Concordia Crescit

craigs said...

Actually.....I have begun to believe Santorum really likes campaigning.....and doesn't really want to win anything. After this year, what will be available for Rick to run for? He lives in Virginia. Could he run there? Back to Pennsylvania? Maybe put his trailer on more permanent blocks in Iowa? I can't really blame him. These are difficult times and living on OPM has become a way of life for Santorum. Has no business, holds no office....just kind of floating through life muttering about Deus Volt. ( God Wills It )
Anyway, as long as somebody is willing to fund this " Childrens Crusade " I guess it will continue with an occasional short or long line of sycophants in trail muttering about contraceptives and gay rights and taking copious notes on their Etch a Sketchs. Conveniently erased for the next election ....LOL

craigs said...

Actually.....I have begun to believe Santorum really likes campaigning.....and doesn't really want to win anything. After this year, what will be available for Rick to run for? He lives in Virginia. Could he run there? Back to Pennsylvania? Maybe put his trailer on more permanent blocks in Iowa? I can't really blame him. These are difficult times and living on OPM has become a way of life for Santorum. Has no business, holds no office....just kind of floating through life muttering about Deus Volt. ( God Wills It )
Anyway, as long as somebody is willing to fund this " Childrens Crusade " I guess it will continue with an occasional short or long line of sycophants in trail muttering about contraceptives and gay rights and taking copious notes on their Etch a Sketchs. Conveniently erased for the next election ....LOL