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January 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 pm | 31 Comments |

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Well, however tonight turns out it appears Rick Santorum is being given his chance. I particularly liked the analogy that makes the boyish Santorum Luke Skywalker, but whether the X-Wing takes down the well-coiffed Death Star Santorum’s doggedness and convictions appear to be paying off. And for those of you who comment at FrumForum even David Brooks is now on board! Only a month later than your humble scribe.

If Santorum wins Iowa his lack of money and the make-up of New Hampshire mean a loss there. But South Carolina and Florida are different matters. South Carolina is a manufacturing state, as well as a social conservative state. His message may do very well there, if Perry, Newt and Bachman are out, and he ought to have the resources to get that message out. Florida however requires money for television advertisements. You can’t shoe leather your way to victory in the Sunshine State.

Whatever the result there are few more gratifying spectacles than clean living, hard work and commitment to principle being rewarded somewhere.

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  • balconesfault

    The awesome force that is Restore Our Future has not yet focused its destructo-ray on Santorum.

    It will be interesting to see if it does so in South Carolina.

    If it does, that suggests that there’s real concern in the Romney camp over Santorum.

    If not, perhaps there’s a possibility of a VP nod after Santorum predictably flops in a number of low-evangelical turnout states.

  • Graychin

    Counting your chickens already, JV?

    Santorum has had the good fortune of peaking at the right time – but only because he’s the social conservatives’ last resort. I expect him to whither in the spotlight just as the others did.

    It’s possible that he will hang on for a while with the “not Romney” voters. But at this point, I think Romney has a lock on things – even if he only comes in third in Iowa tonight.

    My money is on Paul to win tonight. You heard it here first. Not that I’m a Paul fan, but I think he has the most passionate followers who will actually show up at the caucuses.

    • balconesfault

      If I recall how the caucuses are conducted – I suspect that Santorum is going to do great in the “re-votes” as people who came in to vote for Bachmann or Perry first time around switch their votes to him as the night wears on. Paul has a floor on his vote – most of his supporters would leave the room before voting for anyone else out there – but he also has a ceiling.

      Romney seems to be realizing that he’s not really convincing more than about 25% of the GOP to vote for him because they like him … so now he’s going all out for the courting the sizable “anyone but the Other” vote in the GOP, saying that the country can’t be “one nation under God” with Obama as President and other such Palinesque statements.

      • Graychin

        No re-voting in this caucus. Secret paper ballots, counted and then called in.

    • Graychin

      Oops – looks like I was wrong. Paul is third. There’s a tie for first.

      OK, JV. Santorum is the anointed “not Romney,” just like you wanted. Be careful what you wish for.

      Santorum gave a pretty good semi-victory speech. Much better than Romney’s, which was full of negativity, fearmongering, and lying. Obama wins the night.

  • thebottom99pct

    Rick Santorum has a long history of being a major player in the inside the beltway Lobbyist game.

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  • Oldskool

    Gingrich will go nukular on Romney in SC if he can last that long. Santorum should stand back and watch.

  • rbottoms

    He’s still that frothy mixture you get.


  • laingirl

    Wasn’t Santorum the one who made the dumb statement that John McCain didn’t know how the enhanced interrogation process works?

    Santorum is an extreme social conservative, believing that abortion and contraceptives should be illegal. He also is famously homophobic and speaks of it as often as did George Rekes. Even thinking of him possibly becoming president is so scary it makes me want to puke.

  • TJ Parker

    I don’t know why Alan Colmes backed off on this sicko.

    Hey Rick, if a guy wants to keep his wife’s corpse at home for just one more night alone with it, you’re okay with that?

  • beemerron

    I wonder what his father would think about doing away with all those pesky mine safety regulations?

  • Slide

    Well, I for one will welcome the outlawing of contraceptives and the return of morality to America.

    • shediac

      Exactly and Rick’s ban on divorce and criminalization of adultery will generate many prison jobs. The American Christian Right has been waiting for this Savior forever.

  • hisgirlfriday

    So far the Andy Samberg tortured soul impression of Rick Santorum is my favorite SNL politician impression this cycle, and the Mitt and Paul impressions aren’t that bad either so this is definitely a positive development.

    I have to say it is really strange having watched all the GOP debates and continually wondering why people were going with other people than Santorum and then finally seeing his surge come on at the end.

    Glad the knives are already out though and that Erick Erickson can educate me on Rick’s former career as a steroid-supporting wrestler lawyer and a member of CREW’s most corrupt politicians club. I’m not ready for this chaos to be over.

  • Slide

    NY Times on the death of his premature newborn:

    “What happened after the death is a kind of snapshot of a cultural divide. Some would find it discomforting, strange, even ghoulish — others brave and deeply spiritual. Rick and Karen Santorum would not let the morgue take the corpse of their newborn; they slept that night in the hospital with their lifeless baby between them. The next day, they took him home. ”

    Nothing strange about that. When gramps passed we proped him up at the canasta table for a fortnight. We had some of our best games during that time, certainly a lot faster moving.

    • balconesfault

      Rick and Karen Santorum would not let the morgue take the corpse of their newborn; they slept that night in the hospital with their lifeless baby between them. The next day, they took him home. ”

      Compare with George Bush’s story of Barbara’s miscarriage:

      Why we let these people get near the levers of power is beyond me …

    • TJ Parker

      Hey, his name wasn’t Bernie, was it?

      Yah know, I was thinking about that with my hubby: one last night with him with a stiffy that just won’t die (pardon the pun). How long does rigor mortis last anyway?

      Ghoulish is the right word. But then he’s a Catholic, and Catholics are weird. We know that the last pope, for example, would regularly beat himself with a belt. Mortification of the flesh is the slippery slope to thanatophilia.

      Update: Whoa, rigor mortis lasts 72 hours!

  • lilmanny

    Rick Santorum is not Luke Skywalker destroying the Death Star. A better analogy would be if Luke Skywalker thought the Rebels were not radical enough and flew his X-Wing into the bridge of Admiral Ackbar’s flagship, a gleeful, stupid smile on his face, to the laughter of the enemy and sealing an Imperial victory. He is so unelectable and detestable, well, that the voters in his own state turned him out in an 18-point loss in which he threw everything but the kitchen sink in his most desperate hour. He sucks. He is actually worse than Trump as Trump has an actual job. Please keep this guy in the news to reveal why he was the very last “not-Mitt” to experience any sort of attention.

    Also, a word on his actions after the stillbirth of his child. I despise Rick Santorum and I will judge his every action, even as a catholic, but I refuse to judge the actions of anyone who loses a child. Weird? Yes. Unhealthy? Check that. Would I do it if my wife asked me? Without pause.

  • Slide

    “Upon their son’s death, Rick and Karen Santorum opted not to bring his body to a funeral home. Instead, they bundled him in a blanket and drove him to Karen’s parents’ home in Pittsburgh. There, they spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2. They took photos, sang lullabies in his ear and held a private Mass,”

    I know I posted on this before but I can’t quite get over it. I’m sorry but this is deeply weird and disturbing to me. I was raised a Catholic and I do know that they can get a bit strange regarding death but this is beyond strange and into bizzaro land. Listen, if this guy wants to run some cult somewhere that is fine with me. Live and let live I say, but this guy wants to be our President.

    • Graychin

      I was raised Catholic too. Catholic schools, the whole nine yards. I walked away in my early 20s and never looked back, but I still feel a closeness to Catholics – even when I disagree with them. At least I understand where they are coming from – which I often do not for other deeply religious people.

      I find the Santorum / dead baby story to be profoundly weird. Creepy.

      • balconesfault

        Raised Catholic too … and I’m imagining the look on the faces of the nuns who taught me through 8th grade were anyone to suggest such a behavior.

        I think shocked pity would best describe it.

    • Bagok

      Walk a mile in his shoes.

      Shock, grief and despair can manifest in irrational ways. I can’t stand Santorum but this is petty.

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  • mlindroo

    The “emerging moral minority’s'” standard-bearer is now the main Anti-Romney left?
    I love it!

    David Brooks only sees a white working class guy from Pennsylvania with a huge upside. Make no mistake about it, though: Santorum has enormous flaws. From a GOP perspective, he is essentially a leftover from the GW Bush era of “compassionate big government conservatism.” He favors a muscular, expensive foreign policy and all forms of statist intervention at home too. A Tea Partier, he is not.

    In the spirit of Bill Kristol’s ridiculous “Ryan/Rubio’12″ musings, I am trying to think of an ideal running mate for Santorum. Maybe Santorum-Gingrich? Newt hates Romney by now, and Gingrich is pretty much on the same page as Santorum when it comes to social issues. An angry old white man from the South is precisely what Santorum needs, and Newt would be a good attack dog too.

    Santorum-Gingrich would pretty much be the GOP dream ticket as far as representative demographics are concerned. Two religious fanatics from Appalachia railing against the “secular-socialist machine”.


  • tctribune

    Please. Anyone who takes the time to listen to Santorum talk on the stump should realize he wouldn’t have a chance of winning a general election. Brooks lost me with “And I do believe that he represents sensibility and a viewpoint that is being suppressed by the political system.” Brooks has this way of driving a sensisble argument and then suddenly driving off into a ditch.

  • baw1064

    Here’s what I wrote in response to JJV’s column on Nov. 18, when he said he couldn’t endorse Gingrich (and three weeks before he started having a warm fuzzy for Santorum):

    “If you must pick a candidate from Team Red, Huntsman seems like a pretty decent guy (Obama thought so too!). Romney seemed like a decent guy before he started pandering to the completely insane party base–he might turn out to still be one once elected, but his policy gymnastics are pretty disconcerting. The only other one who might be up to the job is Santorum (way too socially conservative for my taste, but I think at least has an idea of what the job entails and wouldn’t utterly destroy the country).

    You’d have to be crazy to seriously want any of the others to be President.”

    I still stand by those comments. If JJV must get behind a social conservative, Santorum is the only one out there who wouldn’t be a train wreck. I don’t think he can win the general election, and I would never vote for him myself, but he’s at least free of the crazy factor of Cain, Bachman, Perry, Paul, et al.

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