So as a matter purely of intellectual curiosity – Newt is a “progressive”, Romney is a “progressive” and we know that “progressives” favor bigger government, right?
So, tell me how Santorum is the “one true conservative” when he voted for Medicare Part D, he voted to increase funding to the Department of Education and while in state government, voted for a tax increase specifically to create public funding for a special private interest, sports stadiums in the state of Pennsylvania – private businesses that charge $75 a ticket to get in to see them.
He was a solid Bush Compassionate Conservative. That makes him a big government guy just like Bush was. He endorsed Snarlin’ Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey – a true conservative. Wait…didn’t Specter thank conservatives for their support by switching to the Democratic party to run in 2010? Thanks, Rick..
How can a candidate who lost his Senate re-election bid with such a large margin be a viable national candidate?
Or are we just supposed to overlook these little trivialities because he is socially conservative? We aren’t overlooking stuff like this in other candidates.
The only draw that Santorum has is social conservatism in an election that will turn on economic policy. Not a good match. As much as conservatives would like to make this an eleection on Constitutional government, it isn’t. People are hopeless in the age of Hope and Change. When you are hungry, your principles begin and end with what is going to happen when the sun comes up in the morning and how will I get my family by until the next sunrise. It is hard for parents with kids to feed to be concerned about how “progressives” got them there or what Jefferson said about the separation of church and state. This is an ecconomic election and that is where Obama is without defense because he is a SCOAMF (Stuttering Clusterf*ck of a Miserable Failure).
Santorum is a career politician, even his law “career” revolved around political activity. His tax plans and economic plans are not scored very well by the Tax Foundation, no worse than Romney’s. You won’t find a more socially conservative, family first ideal than Mormonism, so Romney and Santorum should be roughly equal there…
Here’s what it boils down to for me:
You want pure Constitutional government with a twist of isolationism and radical libertarian beliefs – vote for Ron Paul.
You want Ron Paul Lite, with Roman Catholic conservative beliefs dusted on top – vote for Santorum.
You want passion and fight with strong debating skills, a talent for pissing off pretty much everybody, even his supporters with a side order of an oversized ego and a taste for “progressivism” – vote for Newt.
If you want economic savvy, at least a chance to cut spending, hold the House and maybe take the Senate, in short, you wnat a Candidate that can beat Obama where the other’s will not, vote for Romney.
What was one of the arguments against Obama? No executive experience? Only one candidate has that and it isn’t Paul, Santorum or Newt.
Again, I understand the argument about bending one’s principles to vote for a certain candidate. I get it. I also hear the logic in “if we don’t vote conservative, we can’t call ourselves conservatives” and I don’t like the situational logic that brings me to this point – but it is what it is. To have a chance to change, we have to defeat Obama. Just him out of office is a win no matter what, even if he is replaced by a “progressive” Republican.
What is sickening to me is sitting here and watching an easily winnable election become competitive (or maybe lost) becuase we can’t get past a conservative penis measuring contest. It isn’t like we are in a situation that we are going to win and we are just determining how conservative we want to be. We have to defeat liberalism and if that sword for this election is in the form of a “progressive” Republican, then I’m ready to pay that price.
Republican “progressives” may not be ideal but they ARE NOT EQUIVALENT to the Marxist “progressives” in the Democratic Party. There is no doubt that any of our so called “progressives” would do less damage to the country than the current Marxist in Chief.
My God, people – the Democrats are proposing a “Reasonable Profits Board” to regulate oil company profits…how much more Atlas Shrugged can it get? Do you think this kind of stuff can be stopped if he gets another 4 years?
So I’ll ask again because the election rests on this choice – is Rick a “true conservative” or not?