How Santorum self-destructed

March 2, 2012
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Charles Krauthammer explains:

Rather than sticking to his considerable working-class, Reagan-Democrat appeal, he kept wandering back to his austere social conservatism. Rather than placing himself in “grandpa’s hands,” his moving tribute to his immigrant, coal-miner grandfather as representative of the America Santorum pledges to restore, he insisted on launching himself into culture-war thickets: Kennedy, college, and contraception.

He averred that John Kennedy’s 1960 Houston speech on separation of church and state makes him “throw up.” Whatever the virtues of Santorum’s expansive view of the role of religion, the insulting tone toward Kennedy who, living at a time of frank anti-Catholic bigotry, understandably offered a more attenuated view of religion in the public square, was jarring, intemperate, and utterly unnecessary.

As was his sneering at President Obama’s wanting to open college to all. Santorum called that snobbery and an attempt at liberal indoctrination. Sure, there’s a point to be made about ideological imbalance in higher education and about the dignity of manual labor. But to do so by disdaining the most important instrument of social mobility — one that millions of parents devoutly desire for their children — is simply bizarre.

Finally, the less said about contraception the better, a lesson Santorum refused to learn. It’s a settled question. The country has no real desire for cringe-inducing admonitions from politicians about libertinism and procreative (versus pleasurable) sex.

55 Responses to How Santorum self-destructed

  1. The Voice of Reason on March 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Amen, George Will.

    much more important than putting in a RINO (and they all are except Paul) to go against Obama, its more important that the GOP sweep Congress … and no more RINO’s there too! A re-elected Obama that’s stymied by a conservative Congress will go much further for conservatism’s cause than a RINO president with a split Congress.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73541.html

  2. anonymous un-RINO on March 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Actually, if you gave me the $6-7M Willard spent carpet bombing Santorum here in Michigan the past 2 weeks, I could have made Willard “self destruct”. It wouldn’t have been too hard to burn Willard down from the tie score this past Tuesday. I think I coulda put him down by double digits, easily.

    Unless you think people prefer lying progressive crapweasels who love TARP, Bailouts, Zimbabwe Ben, global warmingism, babykilling, income redistribution and ObomneyCare.

    I don’t think they do, however. But unfortunately, Goldman Sachs only funds candidates they prefer, as in the soulmates Obambi and Willard.

    What’s weird is that Willard is still carpetbombing Southeast Michigan right now. I guess there are still a few people down around the Ohio border he can blowtorch, and he’s got so much Goldman Sachs cash on hand he can afford to waste some of it re-blowtorching part of Michigan as well, even though he just finished incinerating the entire state.

  3. Isaiah 60:12 on March 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    With regards to supporting (or not supporting) Israel:

    “For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.” ~ Isaiah 60:12

    Interesting how the collaspe (or “utter ruin”) of our nation began when our U.S. support of Israel began to taper off at the end of Bush’s 2nd term and then turned into a flat out anti-Israel administration under Obama and then with Ron Paul all but helping Iran to destroy Israel and wipe them off the map.

    This is why people like Obama and Ron Paul must never be allowed to have any real power in this nation, ever again. So goes Israel, so goes the USA.

    And to be against Israel is to be against God, which does lead to “utter ruin”.

    So, I’ll support the Christian man who also supports Israel, thank you very much, and I don’t care what the secular, worldly and ungodly people think.

  4. chase the ace on March 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    An elitist Beltway Romney-supporter like Krauthammer is just who I would listen to to explain Santorum’s ‘self-destruction’.

  5. Bizman on March 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    “So, I’ll support the Christian man who also supports Israel,”

    Define “support” Mr. Holier-than-thou? I guess Obama’s pledges of fealty to Israel, which have nothing to do with his elected job of POTUS, are insufficient?

    You Zionists are happy to co-opt the US political system for your own narrow selfish interests.

  6. Bizman on March 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Shorter Krauthammer: Santorum lost it by overplaying to the Rabid Right.

  7. sockpuppets for all on March 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    When I want a cogent explanation about Republican politics, Man Coulter is the first person I think of.

  8. Think about it... on March 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Bizman’s a typical lefty… anyone who quotes the Bible is “Holier Than Thou” (unless it’s being done to attack a Republican).

  9. Think about it... on March 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    When lefties like “sockpuppets for all” want to discredit someone, the first thing that comes to their mind is homophobic slurs… “Man Coulter”, “Tea-bagger”, etc. Hmmm…

  10. SP on March 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    First off, I wish these wacky dispensationalists that believe the current nation-state of Israel is somehow Biblical would move there already and stop this BS. Oh and stop quoting Old Testament verses that have zero to do with current realities in the way that you abuse them.

    OK. Sorry, had to vent. I’d say Krauthammer is spot on. Santorum has no qualms applying the heavy hand of government for his own ends. I’d rather have Romney. At least he is a compentent administrator and stay away from obvious black holes like contraception. Geez… how stupid was that tar baby. And though there is much I may not like with Romney, Obama having control of the executive apparatus is so destructive and insidious that it will be years to undo the damage. But it is absolutely essential that congress go GOP.

  11. Bizman on March 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Funny, “Think about it….”, you don’t seem to take the advice of your own screen name.

    Perhaps this comment is what prompted me to charge Isaiah with holding a “Holier-than-thou” attitude:

    “So, I’ll support the Christian man who also supports Israel, thank you very much, and I don’t care what the secular, worldly and ungodly people think.”

    Really, you might want to try thinking about what you write before hitting “post”…

    And instead of attacking Straw Men, why don’t you take a crack at answering my questions to Isaiah, or is that too much to think about?

  12. Bizman on March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am

    “Obama having control of the executive apparatus is so destructive and insidious that it will be years to undo the damage.”

    What damage would that be, SP?

  13. The Ace on March 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Santorum was always unelectable. How he ever had his 15 minutes of fame is unfathomable.

  14. MikeN on March 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Obama pledging fealty to Israel is not the same as supporting Israel. He puts up an insulting photo of him taking a phone call from Netanyahu, complains about settlements, etc.

    For that matter, Obama also promised noones taxes would go up under $250,000, noone would lose their health care, and that his health care plan would lower the deficit.

  15. ODS alert! on March 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The reality of Romney being the nominee has caused a spike in Obama Derangement. More right wing nutter jibbering and jabbering than a tree full of lemurs.

  16. Bizman on March 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    “He puts up an insulting photo of him taking a phone call from Netanyahu, complains about settlements, etc.”

    Like I said, you all need to define what “Support” means. Complaining about settlements in Palestinian territory that go against treaties, world sentiment, and the views of a significant number of ISRAELI CITIZENS is “unsupportive”? I find that hard to believe.

    Of course, if your definition means “support of the militant faction of Israel” that is over-represented in the US media and political circles, maybe you’re right, he’s unsupportive. But to arrogantly suggest that these narrow views represent all of Israeli interests is simply dishonest or worse, ignorant.

  17. anonymous un-RINO on March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    …and as we know, you lefty trolls are the truest arbiters of Israeli interests.

  18. Lloyd on March 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Only to a beltway type like Krauthammer could Santorum be considered blue collar. His dad was a doctor. Odd he never mentions that. He grew up in wealthy suburbs of Dc,Pitt and Chicago. Nothing wrong with thos things. Just pathetic that he gets away with acting like the everyman.

  19. Mark on March 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Just pathetic that he gets away with acting like the everyman.

    Has he worn Carhartt?

  20. Telling, isn't it? on March 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Nothing gets the leftist trolls, the paulbots, and Ahmadinejad more angry and more upset than a Bible verse that somehow casts Israel in a favorable light.

  21. D. J. D. on March 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Ace!

    Nothing is more obvious than a post written by The Ace, hiding behind sock puppets.

    Fan those flames of hatred, Ace. Nobody is more intellectually dishonest than you.

  22. D. J. D. on March 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hey Ace! Maybe you can get your old blogging job back! Then you can show your hate in style, and your hate for the other bloggers too!

    Where does your hate well up from? Deep down inside you?

  23. Lyle on March 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The only reason Santorum was in a position to self destruct is that Romney is the worst candidate ever.

    It’s great to see the anti-gun zealot Ace back posting as himself, ace and Romney go together like peas and carrots

  24. setnaffa on March 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    More death cult news: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/01/dutch-mobile-euthanasia-units

    Expect them to start up in Oregon soon…

  25. TN Conservative on March 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    The bottom line regarding Santorum’s conservatism regarding social issues boils down to this. The American people can easily accept his positions on abortion and traditional marriage, but they will not tolerate a candidate who appears to be lecturing them about their sexual activity. There is a big difference. He appears to be walking very close to that line. I don’t recall even some politicians well to Santorum’s right (Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms to name two) crossing that line.

    While I agree with Santorum on abortion and traditional marriage, these are not the issues that are going to defeat Barack Obama. He (and the other candidates) would be wiser to focus on economic issues, because that’s what is on the people’s minds and where Obama is at his weakest on the issues. The way I desire that the Republican candidate deal with the social issues mentioned above is through appointing conservative judges, another issue where Obama is vulnerable. Americans generally prefer more conservative judges rather than liberal ones who will reference such meaningless tripe as other country’s laws in order to justify their misguided and politically activist opinions.

  26. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    It doesn’t matter who wins the primary or general. America is finished.

    $16 TRILLION and going higher.

    Can’t wait for the R House to pass the next debt ceiling increase. You know it’s coming.

    Sweet collapse.

    Nobody will fix it, nobody will stop it.

    Now get out your checkbook and send some money to the big government criminals.

  27. Mandataire auto on March 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Great !

  28. setnaffa on March 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Krauthammer is wrong; but Santorum proved his lack of common sense: http://bigjournalism.com/dloesch/2012/03/02/republicans-fall-for-manufactured-story/

    I’m probably sitting this one out…

  29. Laughing at the Bizman the retarded troll. on March 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    “Where does your hate well up from? Deep down inside you?”

    Says the Jew hater, who spews venom at the mention of a simple Bible verse.

    Way to expose your racist and hate-filled demonic side, Lucifer.

    Good thing they didn’t splashed Holy water on you; you’d melt Wizard of Oz style.

  30. MikeN on March 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Obama has no problem using the bible to claim that Jesus would require you to support higher taxes for the government for Obama to dole out. Perhaps Obama should go to Iran and say that the Koran says Israel belongs to the Jews.

  31. MikeN on March 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Mitt Romney op ed in USA Today encouraged Obama to pursue an individual mandate. There goes the Ann Coulter defense.

  32. Lyle on March 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    One reason that Romney is likely to be a much weaker nominee than he should be is because he can’t beat the incompetently run and underfunded Santorum and Gingrich campaigns, despite months of demonstrated inability on their parts to string together a competent message or structure beyond a week or two. Santorum can’t win almost a third of Ohio’s delegates. That’s the sort of thing the vanity campaign of a candidate who never polled above one percent does, not the guy who’s been an arguable frontrunner for the past few weeks.
    Romney will win the nod this year because he ran the least awful campaign. “Least awful” is the standard you use for buying kitchen utensils at a dollar store, not for nominating the figurehead of a major political party. 

  33. Bean counter on March 3, 2012 at 4:46 am

    “Romney will win the nod this year because he ran the least awful campaign”
    Lyle

    I hear what you’re trying to say Lyle but, if you factor in the $ amount spent VS. the amount of delegates obtained, Romney and Paul ran the MOST awful campaigns.

    Think about the MILLIONS upon millions that Romney and Paul have spent vs. delegates received. Their cost to success ratio is abysmal. Santorum and Gingrich, on the other hand, although admittedly clumsy and lacking a competent message as you’ve stated, still ran very effiecient campaigns if you examine their cost to delegate ratios. Paul is probably the worst, then Romney, then Gingrich, then Santorum.

  34. Lyle on March 3, 2012 at 5:09 am

    That’s one way to look at it, and in some ways makes things seem even worse for Romney, I wonder how much each vote is going to cost him in the general election. And where does Paul get all the money he spends anyway?

  35. Bean counter on March 3, 2012 at 5:42 am

    “and in some ways makes things seem even worse for Romney”

    Yeah, it’s hard to see Romney as a strong candidate when his untold Millions spent cannot stop the un-funded / underfunded Santorum from soundly defeating him, or tying with him, on a very regular basis.

    “And where does Paul get all the money he spends anyway?”

    Just like Obama has had his cult following of youngsters that were looking for some sort of messiah figure to tell them what to do, or make all their utopian dream come true, Paul has a similar cult following of youngsters who gladly throw their money into these big internet fund raising events for Paul called “money bombs”. They are quite effective at raising cash but obviously their raw cash in not spent well in that it does not translate into the successful securing of delegate. Romney’s cost to delegate ratio is also really bad, but I think it’s even worse for Romney because he doesn’t have to raise a lot of cash like Paul does. Romney has already got the cash secured, but he’s burning it up like crazy on the under-dog Santorum. Yet Mitt has not pulled out way ahead of the pack, which continues to highlight what a weak candidate Romney is and how the establishment was just blind for not seeing this phenomenon earlier on.

  36. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 3, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Romney won’t repeal OCARE-he’s a lying politician.

    If the SCOTUS doesn’t do it, it’s here until the country collapses.

    Think of Medicare and SS.

    It’ permanent. In fact, the GOP will vote to expand it in coming years.

    Like the prescription drug vote. America is finished.

  37. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 3, 2012 at 6:55 am

    http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/213829-camp-probes-100-billion-jump-in-cost-of-healthcare-law

    LMFAO

    Another 1/10th of a TRILLION and it’s not in full effect yet.

    Just the beginning.

  38. Foster Friese on March 3, 2012 at 7:07 am

    “It doesn’t matter who wins the primary or general. America is finished.
    $16 TRILLION and going higher.”

    Yep, thank your Republican POTUS George Bush for this.

    And you want Americans to put another Republican in charge whose fiscal plan will INCREASE the debt.

    http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2012/02/23/analysis-debt-will-increase-under-romneys-gingrichs-and-santorums-tax-plans/

    So this is either an issue or it’s not, in which case you Rethugs can STFU about it….you have no standing to offer opinions about something you clearly no NOTHING about.

  39. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 3, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Ogabe has added more debt than Bush in less time.

    Both parties are responsible, you partisan hack.

  40. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

    you have no standing to offer opinions about something you clearly no NOTHING about.

    ….

    Nice spelling, retard.

  41. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 3, 2012 at 7:23 am

    And you want Americans to put another Republican in charge whose fiscal plan will INCREASE the debt.

    ….

    What do you think Obama’s budgets have done, idiot?

  42. P. Tillman on March 3, 2012 at 7:31 am

    From the WaPo:

    The Treasury reported a nearly $1.3 trillion deficit for 2010, down from 2009

    The federal government budget deficit shrank in fiscal 2010, but the big gap was only $122 billion lower than the record high set a year ago.

    The U.S. spent $1.294 trillion more than it collected in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Treasury Department said Friday.

    The deficit amounted to 8.9% of gross domestic product. That’s down from fiscal 2009, when the deficit of $1.416 trillion was 10.0% of GDP.

    Spending fell and revenues rose in fiscal 2010 as the economy recovered from the deep recession that contributed to the nation’s troubled fiscal condition.

  43. invalid10 on March 3, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Washington state will caucus today at 9 AM.

    I doubt the 60000 turnout prediction. Also last caucus in Maine will be today.

  44. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 3, 2012 at 8:05 am

    They caucus at 10am

  45. Stupid anti-American liberal on March 3, 2012 at 8:06 am
  46. Mitt Romney on March 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I resent this. My hairdoo is better than John’s!

    http://www.dailypaul.com/217809/the-gop-seeks-its-own-john-kerry

  47. Rafael on March 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Yep, Santorum had a window of opportunity and blew it. Focus on economy, out of control spending and how this will be rectified, how to stimulate business, refocus on key role of government….and the current administration’s record! good grief…poor guy.

  48. Paging Rick Santorum on March 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Maybe Rick can improve his crappy understanding of economics from this. Baby steps Rick, baby steps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8WReKlUFP4&feature=youtu.be

  49. Rick Santorum on March 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “Yep, Santorum had a window of opportunity and blew it. Focus on economy, out of control spending and how this will be rectified, how to stimulate business, refocus on key role of government….and the current administration’s record! good grief…poor guy.”

    Well I cant focus on that because my record as a Senator shows that I was part of teh out of control spending and believe in “Big Government”. Plus, I showed I am very lacking in an understanding of economics when I said the cause of the economic crisis was “high gas prices”. So I went back to the thing they can’t fault me on — trying to inspire support based on moralistic issues and using the government to legislate its version of morality on all (forget that separation of church and state thing … so archaic!). The unfortunate thing is I got exposed as a fraud when then brought up my support of that bill that gave $ to Planned Parenthood. I guess I should have kept my mouth shut more and just talked in circles like Mitt!

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