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Cheer And Savoring 2012*: Santorum Home Alabama

10 March 2012 @ 18:35

[* As opposed to Stacy McCain’s ‘Fear And Loathing 2012′]

Over at The American Spectator and at the Freedom Line Blog over at CFIF, Quin Hillyer has been reporting the past few days on Rick Santorum’s latest sweep through where the skies are so blue, giving us an excellent look at how RS has been doing and how he’s being received.

-In a background report, he provided us with an overview of the situation on the ground.  A highlight:

…My sense is that Mitt Romney has more of a chance to win Alabama than most people think, and that Newt Gingrich has little chance to win it — but that Gingrich can keep Santorum from winning it, just possibly.

What people might not realize is that, even though Alabama’s GOP “establishment” types are more conservative than establishment types in other states, they still are establishmentarians. And there are plenty of them. Add that to the sense that, for whatever reason, a lot of Alabamians think of Mitt Romney as fairly solidly conservative, and further add a ton of money Romney is spending here, and you have the recipe for a competitive race.

Santorum has a ton of support. At least down here, my impression is that he particularly enjoys the support of strong Tea Party activists, although in the broader subset of Tea Party sympathizers but not activists, I don’t know exactly how well he is doing. I will say this: I think that a higher percentage of Tea Partiers here tend to be more socially conservative, even Evangelical, than the libertarian-leaning Tea Partiers elsewhere, so that should help Santorum. Granted, on economics the ones here are as libertarian as elsewhere, but on “social issues” they are very much God-and-family oriented.

-After a speech Thursday night before the Alabama Policy Institute, Mr. Santorum did a quick interview with Quin.

-He filed a report on the speech here.  A highlight:

At the public dinner in Mobile Thursday night for the Alabama Policy Institute, a terrific state think tank, Rick Santorum gave a cogent and thoughtful explanation of his “JFK/throw up” line that got him in so much trouble last week when talking about separation of church and state. A woman sitting next to me had voted for Obama in 2008, but she said she thought he handled the question very very well. He self-deprecatingly and with good comedic timing said “the language that I used was, at a minimum [HIS emphasis], inarticulate.” He said his overstatement came from “years of frustration” with the establishment’s enshrinement of “absolution separation of church and state” (in Kennedy’s formulation) as sacrosanct. That said, he said he agreed with much of what JFK said in his famous Houston speech on the subject in 190, that it “resonated very well with me.” But he said JFK’s “absolute” language amounted to “a reversal of the concept” originally planned by the founders. They meant not to protect the state from the church, but to ensure the free exercise of all religions and no religions in the public square. Madison said that giving everybody an equal chance to be heard in the public square, to freely exercise their consciences, was “the perfect remedy” for “how we shall live together. Kennedy, he said, “went too far” by saying he would not even take advice from people that was rooted in faith.

-Early Friday afternoon, Quin filed a report on Mr. Santorum’s speech at the Pavilion of the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile. In addition to covering the content, he gave us the details regarding the woman who fainted in the audience and RS’s reaction:

Just as candidate Rick Santorum was obviously building up to a compelling “grand finale” today in a speech at the Pavilion of the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile this morning, there was a commotion in front of him and to his left. A middle-aged black woman had fainted dead-out, flat onto the concrete floor (it was a bit muggy; raining outside). A lot of candidates would have looked out, stopped talking, asked people to go see if she were okay, and then perhaps continued speaking once it was clear that responsible people were seeing to her well-being.

Not Santorum. He stopped his remarks dead in his tracks, just before reaching a planned crescendo:

“Oh — well everybody, thank you and God Bless,” he quickly mumbled, already leaving the podium. And then he leapt down the stairs and rushed to the lady’s aid, just about the fifth person to reach her side.

(The lady was soon back on her feet and emergency medical people were making sure she was okay. Thank goodness, it seemed as if she were indeed okay. Santorum never re-took the podium, instead just wading into the crowd to meet people and shake hands.)

Rick Santorum requested and received Secret Service protection in late February, something that can only be given when there are credible threats to the safety of a candidate, so his dart to the side of the stricken woman was quite risky [and probably made the Agents very weary] as it could have been a set-up.  Bravo, Mr. Santorum, for taking the risk.

-Quin filed a clean-up report late yesterday afternoon.

-Quin scored a brief interview with the lovely Elizabeth Santorum that showed us a side of her father that we haven’t seen.  This is my favorite part [for reasons that long-time readers of TCOTS will quickly suss-out]:

Q: “Really? He loves to sing?”

Eliz: “He loves Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin, and, you know he grew up in an Italian house and that type of music was always played and it was played in our house growing up. And I can remember him cooking pasta and singing Frank Sinatra…. It’s the fun side of him.”

Everybody Loves Santorum Sometime…

-Thank you, Quin.  Damn fine work.  Stacy McCain can’t be everywhere [although I’m sure he’d like to be and is waiting for a cloning breakthrough to achieve this].

11 Comments
  1. 10 March 2012 @ 18:50 18:50

    Reblogged this on Catholibertarian.

    • 11 March 2012 @ 18:25 18:25

      Thanks, Tere.

      How you be these days?

      • 11 March 2012 @ 19:18 19:18

        Well overall okay but I’d be better if I wasn’t dealing with a great deal of physical pain. Oh well…. such is life. Thanks for asking, Bob. How are you doing?

        • 12 March 2012 @ 18:20 18:20

          The pain is the worst part. I find sometime the pain in my feet distracts me from writing.

        • 12 March 2012 @ 21:32 21:32

          I am so sorry that you deal with physical pain issues. I know what you mean about sometimes having trouble writing. My health is the main reason I am going to continue posting mini eagle freedom links instead of the long, long set of links. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Bob. May God’s healing touch come upon you.

        • 12 March 2012 @ 22:28 22:28

          Thank you, Tere. You are in mine.

  2. 10 March 2012 @ 18:53 18:53

    Great, hope he takes down Obama. Here is my article on the consequences of a re-elected Obama. http://munchadoaboutnothing.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-will-happen-to-your-investment-if.html

    • 11 March 2012 @ 18:32 18:32

      Good post.

      In accordance with Stacy McCain’s RULE 2…
      I’ve added your site to my version of the blogroll: Congratulations, you are an official Fellow DHS-Certified Right Wing Extremist.

  3. Rosalie permalink
    11 March 2012 @ 17:53 17:53

    That was interesting. I read somewhere that he speaks fluent Italian.

    • 11 March 2012 @ 18:27 18:27

      Quin is not only an incisive thinker, but a damn good reporter.

      • Rosalie permalink
        12 March 2012 @ 19:01 19:01

        I’m going to be starting rumors. Actually, I meant Santorum speaks Italian.

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