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Santorum will Sink GOP

A commentary on the Republican presidential primary campaign

If Rick Santorum wins the Republican nomination, he will likely snatch defeat from the jaws of near certain victory in November. President Obama will sail to an easy second term with the distinct possability of racking up wins in 40 states. Republicans will likely lose the House and can forget about capturing the Senate.

Building upon the success of the 2010 congressional elections, the GOP has a positive agenda for economic growth, energy independence, and reinvigorating the concept of personal freedom and individual responsibility as opposed to the increasing move toward creating government dependency that has characterized many of President Obama’s priorities and policies over the last few years.

Yet, Mr. Santorum is stiffling a positive discussion of the issues as he keeps yammering on about contraception and how Satan has his sights on the USA. SNL should have him on as the Church Lady as he has that Satan spiel down pat.

And please do not blame the media for the current dust-up over Mr. Santorum’s remarks and positions. This is not a media manufactured persona; this is the real Rick Santorum.

One can arguably make the religious freedom case that the Obama administration overstepped a constitutional limitation by requiring religiously affiliated hospitals, schools, social service agencies and other organizations to provide free contraception services to their employees — even though that would violate the tenets of their faith.

No one seriously ever expected these religiously affiliated institutions to provide these services — particularly the employees who knew that when they were hired.

But Mr. Santorum is being disingenuous here. For him, this goes way beyond the issue of religious freedom. He actually believes that contraception is wrong and harmful to women and has suggested that individual states should have the right to ban the sale of contraceptives.

And Mr. Santorum is just as rigid and dogmatic on a whole range of so-called social issues.

He will alienate legions of independent voters as well as many Republicans. Unfortunately, the GOP primary electorate is heavily skewed toward religious zealots and fanatics. And now, no longer a remote possibility, he could win the nomination.

The tea party movement was successful because it focused on fiscal issues and the increasing creep of BIG government. It largely avoided social issues... because they are not only losers but... more importantly... completely inconsistent with the conservative concept of less government.

Rick Santorum would have government play a much larger role in the personal lives of Americans. He cannot help himself as his statements and positions continue to build and reinforce his image as a rigid ideologue... a moral scold. Not only can he not avoid the social issues, he seems to relish the opportunity to champion them with his aura of moral superiority.

It's time to recall the immortal words of James Carville, the "Ragin' Cajun" Clinton advisor during the 1992 presidential campaign: "IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID!"

Mr. Santorum lost his last election by 18 points. Look for a similar blowout if he secures the nomination.

Mitt Romney not only won in deep blue Massachusetts, he governed as a fiscal conservative for the most part even though he had to deal with an overwhelmingly Democrat-controlled legislature.

If the Republicans reject Mitt Romney in favor of Rick Santorum, I fear for the long-term viability of our party.

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BobCat February 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Well said, Art. While I am not thrilled with anyone in the Republican field, Romney is the only candidate that stands any chance of winning in November. He just has to stop putting his foot in his mouth. He does more damage to himself than any of his opponents.
Steven DeVaux February 25, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I have to agree with Art. Equally, Romnmey and Gingrich aren't either. It appears by default, that Obama will remain in office another four years. I still think a constitutional amendment requiring a line for "none of the above" on all elections would offer America a choice rather than having to choose between "the lesser of two evils".
Tim Haas February 26, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Your points are interesting, but we in Connecticut will have little influence on the GOP nomination -- save articles like yours when read in GOP states. I wish I lived in Michigan right now. maybe I will send a check, instead. I will say that I like Santorum for his directness and ability to drive his message home. In my case, I like his agenda, even if not appealing to the masses. I honstly dont think Santorum intends to use the Presidency to drive a socially conservative agenda on women's issues. The media would like us to believe that, though. In contrast to Santorum, Romney is difficult to predict, and seems to walk a politically defined line to gather the most votes. At last, I reluctantly agree that Romney has a better shot at beating Obama. Santorum would agitate the left to no end, and the country probably needs more time to warm up to him, if ever.
Steven DeVaux April 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Well, it's Romney that's going to sink the GOP this time and it will be because of a low voter turnout that reflects a vote of "none of the above".

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