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February 21, 2012 / Political Fluency

Rick Santorum is the Worst Matchup for Republicans Against Obama

It’s hard to believe this has to be posted this late into the primaries. Even Ron Paul is a better choice because he could conceivably have a foreign policy VP like General David Petraeus to neutralize his near-isolationist position and he could say that he will keep the status quo on the War on Drugs. Both of these occurrences are further within the realm of credulity than Rick Santorum benefitting the Republicans nationally.

George Will pointed out on the Sunday after Newt Gingrich’s Saturday primary win in South Carolina that every Republican candidate around the nation running for Governor, Senator, down to dogcatcher is waking up that morning to the horrifying possibility that Newt Gingrich will be the name at the top of the ticket.  

Establishment Republican figures like 1996 Presidential candidate Bob Dole quickly came out to discredit Gingrich and Newt’s rise has since faded.

Curiously the same thing is not happening against Santorum by his former colleagues. Maybe it is because Santorum is nice guy who is well-liked personally while Gingrich was intolerable.

But it’s time for the Republicans to come out again and dismiss Santorum before he destroys the party’s very good chance of taking back the Senate and retaining the House.

“All” the Democrats have to do in October is run ads that show Santorum saying this:

It’s like going out and saying, ‘That tree is a car.’ Well, the tree’s not a car. A tree’s a tree. Marriage is marriage.

You can say two people who love each other is marriage. But then why limit it to just two people? Why not three people? Why not 10 people?

If it’s just about love and everybody needs to be treated equally, then why not 10? Why not allowing nieces and aunts to marry? Why not? If marriage means anyone who is in love, well, then, let everybody who is in love get married. But it’s not what marriage is.

And saying this as was reported on the Drudge Report yesterday:

"Satan has his sights on the United States of America!"

"Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition."

"This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country - the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?"

"He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions."

Oh and let’s not forget the biggest one: 

“[Contraception is] not OK, because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” he says. “They’re supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal… but also procreative.”

What are independent voters going to think of those statements?

How about women who vote at a 4% higher rate than men in presidential elections and already lean toward the Democratic party?

There is a reason only a few House members and zero Senate colleagues have endorsed Santorum. The only thing the guy can do is embarrass himself and the party.

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As a fan of Michael Savage, I have to note that his support of Santorum’s Satan remarks as a chastising of the cultural problem in America is off-base. Yes, that is what preachers should be saying, not presidential candidates. And if a presidential candidate is going to rightfully criticize our cultural decay, then keep it secular.

It would be interesting if Santorum would instead connect social conservatism to the fiscal issues we have by saying things like “How can fathers and mothers advance economically when they’re worried about what their children are exposed to on TV and in music and in the classroom that’s contrary to that family’s values?”

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