Thursday, January 19, 2012

Is Santorum Next?

From HuffPo:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday ahead of South Carolina's primary election, CNN reports.

Jeff Zeleny at the New York Times confirms the news.

Perry is expected to address his decision to abandon his campaign at a press conference in North Charleston, S.C. at 11 a.m. ET.
So now we're down to Mitt Romney, Ron Paul (my personal worst case scenario candidate), Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. Will Rick drop out next? Not if the religious right has anything to do with it.

From the LA Times:
In an effort to avoid a repeat of 2008, when social conservatives failed to rally behind a single Republican presidential candidate, a group of more than 100 religious leaders who gathered in Texas this week reached a consensus to support former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said the decision was reached after three rounds of balloting, with Santorum winning 85 votes in the final round, to Newt Gingrich’s 29. Texas Gov. Rick Perry had strong support at the beginning of the process, but was eliminated after the first round of balloting, Perkins said.

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“Rick Santorum has consistently articulated the issues that are of concern to conservatives, both the economic and the social, and has woven those into a very solid platform,” Perkins said. “And he has a record of stability…He’s reliable."
It'll be interesting to see what happens now. If bigotry is still enough to be a Republican front-runner, Santorum's got this in the bag. I think, however, that Republicans these days want a big scoop of crazy to go with their ass-backwardness. And, unfortunately, Rick might be the least nuts guy left.

Well that's a terrifying thought.

24 comments:

  1. At least now Mr. Perry can head back to Texas and declare all out war on Turkey.

    Here is a look at some of the Political Action Committees backing the remaining Republican Presidential candidates and how difficult it is to follow the trail of individual contributions as funds are moved from one PAC to another:

    http://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2012/01/americas-political-action-committees.html

    Unfortunately for democracy, American politics are increasingly being driven by single-agenda committees.

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  2. What the hell is your purpose here anyways? I mean honestly, I understand that you don't like a candidate, but to maliciously spread false propaganda simply because...what? you want to fuel a partisan warfare campaign? Go stick your head back up your rear, sir.

    Please, just have faith in voters to realize these candidates for the dipshits they are - there is no reason for you to be so openly inflammatory.


    <--- /right leaning Libertarian out.

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    1. Well put... didn't think id find a leftist in here that could show compassion. I really don't like our current pres. But that doesn't mean I should get a free pass to go on a website and say whatever I want to about him. Free speech... psh. How about trying to use it to say something good

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  4. I predicted he would be next to collapse after a sharp rise
    http://usaintelreport.blogspot.com/2012/01/peaks-and-collapses-in-2012-republican.html
    notice the pattern?

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  5. Valentino, It's not my blog, but I'd think the worthy purpose here is, so to speak, to rub Rick Santorum's face in it.

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  6. "Ron Paul (my personal worst case scenario candidate)"

    Why?

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    1. He is the only one out of anyone that's running for office and IN office that called out the financial and economic crisis that is going on!! He's the only one that can't be bought or sold that is running or in office. Obama just stripped our rights from us by quietly signing the National Defense Authorization Act. He's just as bad as Bush was!!

      That is the reason why Ron Paul does not get fair and equal press coverage. The large corporations and rich don't want him in office because they are sucking us dry, and everyone in DC is allowing it!! It can't get any worse with Ron Paul, it can only get better. Just sayin...

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    2. Good God, the Paulistas are even flocking here at Spreading Santorum!!

      Hilarious!

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  7. Could we end up with a frothy pile of santorum as a vice presidential candidate on the republican ticket?

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  8. Tony - I think it's likely.

    Bill - Because I understand that good financial regulations prevent and mitigate recessions, that the US military serves important peace-keeping roles worldwide (even though we rarely hear about them), that socialized medicine is the superior system (period), and that being racist is a bad thing. Pretty much the only thing Ron Paul and I agree on is drug policy.

    I find libertarianism to be crazy and ill-informed - something I would expect from 20-something stoners and Tea Partiers. Not something I can get behind.

    Plus, you know, if you're going to be a libertarian, at least be pro-choice. I'm perturbed by how easily Ron Paul can ignore his own position for the sake of 'morality.'

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    1. A concious being shouldn't be considered a non-human and just a "body part" of the mother's body. He's also not a racist, but believe what you will. He also forms his own opinions. He doesn't read "Idiot's Guide to Being a Libertarian" and follow every position in it.

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    2. Jocelyn, libertarianism is not ill-informed or crazy. The essence of our founding fathers ideas was limited government; close enough to libertarianism. Your belief that good financial regulations prevent and mitigate recessions isn't very empirical, that is, you can't find a clear connection between the magnitude of banking regulations and economic stability. Also, over the past 50 years, the best improvements in medical welfare have been in non-socialized (and firmly free market) countries like South Korea and Taiwan.

      There isn't a clear libertarian position on abortion. I think it really boils down to whether the fetus has individual rights. If it doesn't, then the mother's right to her body supersedes the fetus' interests. If the fetus has individual rights, and has an absolute right to it's own body, then the mother doesn't have a right to kill it. Ron Paul is not inconsistent with libertarianism in that respect.

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  9. But Santorum, if he's holding an actual Catholic position, should resemble something more like this: http://exm.nr/ziNVPy

    If he's not, then, well, he's kinda in violation of Catholic theology 101.

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  10. Headline found on CBSNews.com :

    "In South Carolina, Santorum counts on a second surge"

    Watch out, South Carolina!

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  11. "financial regulations prevent and mitigate recessions"

    So what's your response to this man:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I0QN-FYkpw

    "the US military serves important peace-keeping roles worldwide"

    Examples?

    "that socialized medicine is the superior system (period)"

    Why?

    "being racist is a bad thing"

    So you agree with this guy?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6sYZxZi4qQ

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  12. We were on CNN for the debate, and every time Santorum spoke I'd put in the chat, "Ok, time to GOOGLE SANTORUM!!" and we'd all go and google him. LMAO!! Thanks for having this!!

    And BTW, it sucks that Ron Paul is not given fair coverage. It is sad when the media is trying to MAKE us vote for someone.

    We need to do something about this!! RON PAUL 2012!!!

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  13. I'm not gonna lie: Even I think Ron Paul is overrated.

    Not that he's even gotten any real legislation passed anyway.

    But "worst scenario" candidate seems pretty unjustified to me.

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  14. https://www.ricksantorum.com/unite/ - He is calling his PAC Conservatives Unite Moneybomb - I'm starting to think that this man is one big performance art piece.

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  15. Really? Defending Ron Paul on here? Have you heard the crazy ass shit he's said? He beats Santorum by miles.

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    1. Do you mean the stuff that James B Powell said in the Ron Paul Survival Report?

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    2. Or do you mean the straw man "Ron Paul wants to end all entitlements because they are unconstitutional"? Actually, Ron Paul doesn't want to take away anything from those who are dependent on entitlements, and would make his major cuts from other areas initially.

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