Rick Santorum’s “family tour” in Iowa kicked off Tuesday without the family.
The clan of nine, including all seven children, began their road trip Monday from their Pittsburgh home. A crew of reporters – a Fox News satellite truck, ABC News and an array of other TV, print and radio staff – waited with cameras poised at a coffee shop in Ankeny for Team Santorum’s arrival at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
But the candidate arrived alone. . . “The kids are going to be fishing and four-wheeling and doing some fun stuff today,” Santorum explained during the coffee shop stop. “Not that this isn’t fun … but they deserve a break today. I’ll be seeing them tomorrow night.”
So even the Santorums don't want to spend time with Santorum? Maybe it's because every time he opens his mouth, he says something like this (in response to the legalization of gay marriage in New York):
I am not, as some in this race have said, OK with New York doing what they’re doing. What New York did was wrong. I will oppose it and I will go to New York, if necessary, and help overturn it...
I’m for great latitude for the states to do a lot, but not anything. And this idea that the 10th amendment means there is no boundary to what the states can do is a misunderstanding of the 10th amendment and I will stand on that ground.
We created a society that changed the world. Why? Because it’s bottom up. Free people. … That combination took civilization from a point of view that for 2,000 years from the time of Jesus Christ to the time of the revolution, life expectancy was the same: 40. … Didn’t change for thousands of years. Until America.
We’ve gone through an industrial revolution, a technological revolution. Life expectancy has doubled. Why? Because for the first time we let people be free. No king, no monarch, no emperor, no big government telling people how to run their lives. That’s the key of America.
That’s why people want to come here. It’s not because of the government guarantees of benefits. It’s because of the government guarantee of freedom. That will be lost if Barack Obama is re-elected.
Without even a hint of irony.
Perhaps the rest of the Santorum clan don't want to spend time with their wizened patriarch because, when confronted about the fact that his campaign t-shirts were made in the Dominican Republic, he responded thusly:
It’s tragic that so many products in this country are made outside of this country. And what we have to do is create a different dynamic. I think my policies are very clear that we have to go out and make setting up a business in this country productive.
Unfortunately under this administration and frankly previous administrations we have had had a unfriendly environment, particularly to the textile business.
. . . You probably can find a T-shirt occasionally made in the United States but it’s harder and harder to do. That’s the tragedy. It’s a case in point of the tragedy of those kinds of jobs that should be in the United States but are not.
I kind of feel sorry for Rick, so I'm going to help him out. I did a Google search (which I assume Frothy is understandably reluctant to do) and found these companies that sell wholesale t-shirts made in the good old U S of A:
You get the picture. It's all well and good to blame current and previous administrations for the fact that there aren't a lot of manufacturing jobs left in the United States, but believers in the free market (like, presumably, Rick Santorum) should understand that one of the most basic principles of economics is the idea of supply and demand. If you demand t-shirts that are made in the United States (as the customers of the aforementioned companies have obviously done), manufacturers will open up new supply lines.
If, on the other hand, you pretend that you couldn't find anything that's made in the US, because "waaaa it's so hard," you make it pretty obvious that pinching pennies in your under-funded campaign is more important to you than living by the ideals you claim to stand for. I can see why your children are embarrassed to be seen with you, Rick. God knows I would be.