Nomination Excitations: The Final Chapter?
-With the loss of Rick Santorum as a challenger to Willard Mitt Romney, and Newton Leroy rolling in the deep do-do of debt and dickheadedness, it appears that the race for the GOP Nomination is over.
The Establishment has won once again and there is plenty of blame to go around.
But let us not forget that, though the GOP Establishment has won, they made the mistake of not killing us, so, if we have The Will, we conservatives can emerge out of this stronger. And, one would hope, wiser.
It is imperative that we learn the right lessons from our failure and that goes not for only we, the grassroots [as it were], but for those, like Sarah Palin, who let us down when their nation called.
Time for the WOLVERINES to regroup and rearm.
The war to restore our freedoms and liberties continues.
The Left has engaged us in a fight to the death. They seek nothing less than to destroy everything we hold dear and sacred, and we owe it to those who come after us and to The Founders, who bequeathed us our precious Republic, to carry on the fight to destroy Leftism.
-As for Rick Santorum…
You tried to get people to start understanding how cultural and social decay is linked directly to economic and political decay.
You showed that you understood what John Adams meant when he wrote:
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
You tried to make the case that we will not reverse our death spiral into Nihilism as a civilization and as individuals until we reject our embrace of The Culture Of Death.
You tried to offer an alternative to the same-old, same-old, business-as-usual GOP choices.
You showed that a determined man, though he be bereft of money and acceptance by the in-crowd, could achieve notable successes.
Mr. Santorum: You did not win the ultimate prize, but you won the respect of many of us, and that is quite an achievement. You and your family also provided us with a wonderful example to emulate. God bless all of you. Well done.
I’ve been sailing through The Ether on a ship made of titanic sorrow to gather pearls of insight and wisdom from some of the best thinkers charting the rough seas of the American Ocean…
Rick Santorum fought hard, he fought well, and he gave voice to a large contingent of grass-roots conservative activists across the country who wanted a candidate who lived the values he preached. He held Mitt Romney’s feet to the fire on health care, challenged Newt Gingrich’s green flirtations and past support for the individual mandate, and took on Ron Paul’s foreign policy extremism. His presence improved everyone else’s game — and that will serve the GOP ticket well this fall, whoever ends up on it.
Don’t know about that last sentence, but hope springs eternal, eh?
-Quin Hillyer offers a preliminary assessment of the Mr. Santorum, promising something longer in his weekly column:
…This man’s family came first, in a very genuine way. This man was real.
-Believe it or not, Stacy McCain, employing modern [or is it 'Postmodern'] logic, sees no reason why we should not jump on the Romney bandwagon: after all, he would be our first Trans-Conservative President.
-As a reporter, Stacy recalls the way he and his peers were treated by Mr. Santorum:
…Because he went so long without any significant media recognition, Santorum was always the most accessible of the candidates and was willing to answer almost any questions. That got him in trouble a few times, and drove his staff and consultants nuts, but the folks in the press corps — including liberals who totally disagreed with Santorum on the issues — appreciated the honesty and openness of his campaign.
And he reminds us not to forget those who helped the candidate to achieve eleven victories against tough odds [and lots of cash]:
A comparative handful of fired-up, dedicated volunteers — mostly moms and grandmothers — each made many thousands of phone calls to Republican primary voters in those states. Exactly how many people participated in Santorum’s phone-from-home program, I don’t yet know, but there were a hard-core handful who have spent practically every day for the past four months calling up total strangers and asking them to vote for Rick Santorum.
God bless ‘em, they pulled off a miracle or two — Rick’s campaign manager, Mike Biundo, told me that the top campaign staff didn’t think they could win Mississippi until they saw the votes come in — and those volunteers deserve far more credit than they got.
-Perhaps the most famous of those volunteers [deservedly so] was Lisa Graas. She’s a grand gal who gave her all in the cause. It is because of her that many of us came out in support of Mr. Santorum.
Typical of Lisa, she has published a post trying to offer some comfort to those who are deeply saddened by the end of the Campaign while claiming she is in good spirits. Her Catholic Faith is strong and inspiring, and I have no doubt that, indeed, as she writes:
…I am not discouraged at all. I am rejoicing. I have a King….
But it might not hurt to head on over to her place and let her know you appreciate all of her work. Also, she has sacrificed much, especially materially, so anything you can contribute to her Tip Jar would help, I’m sure.
Bravo, Lisa, bravo.
Ad maiorem dei gloriam.
-As to why Mr. Santorum dropped out, Robert Costa reports:
“It wasn’t easy,” says Mike Biundo, Rick Santorum’s campaign manager, in a phone call this afternoon, moments after his boss announced his departure from the Republican presidential race. “But it was a family decision,” he says, and for the former Pennsylvania senator, that made it easy.
Santorum spent the weekend in northern Virginia, mostly at the hospital with his wife, Karen, as they cared for their young daughter, Bella, who has a severe chromosomal disorder. Bella, to the family’s relief, was released on Monday night. By then, however, the decision had already been made.
“With Bella in the hospital and it being Easter weekend, it became a time for reflection and prayers,” Biundo says. Santorum huddled with his children, he spoke with a handful of senior advisers. Beyond that, he kept mum, and there was a strong push within the inner circle to keep the decision from leaking.
“We thought long and hard about it,” Biundo says. “We took a look at the delegate math and the path forward.” Many senior aides were ready to make a serious play for Pennsylvania, Santorum’s home state. Santorum, Biundo says, appreciated their commitment, but “he told everyone that his first responsibility has always been to his family, so it’s time to suspend things.”
-In a different post reflecting on the campaign he witnessed, Mr. Costa wrote:
But as for me, I’ll remember his bid as the gritty one. He never quit — even after his Iowa win was botched, or after he lost New Hampshire and South Carolina. He found a way to come back three times — once from the bottom of the polls in the winter, again in early February, and a final time in the Deep South in March.
It wasn’t enough, but what a ride.
Indeed, it was.
-Russ Kaminsky — no Santorum supporter he — remarked:
In his heartfelt remarks, Rick Santorum said that "the American Dream is slipping through the hands of…Americans," which was much of his motivation for entering the race. He said that the race "became less about my stories and more about your stories." He added that while he is suspending his campaign, "we are not done fighting." Interestingly, he said that his decision was made over the weekend, which makes me believe that this decision was first and foremost about his daughter. And while he did not come out and say it, I believe that was his primary consideration. For that, Rick Santorum deserves high praise, and for not talking too much about his daughter, not really offering excuses or explanations for his decision, he deserves in higher praise.
It is no secret that I am not a big Rick Santorum fan, but the way he comported himself today has raised my view of the man substantially.
-In addition to thanking Lisa Graas for making me take a closer look at the man I once described in these Dispatches as a ‘whiner’, I want to thank Stacy McCain for causing me to give Mr. Santorum a second look.
-Stacy filed a report this morning over at The American Spectator and here is a highlight:
Lots of Republicans talk about "family values," but the Santorum campaign could never have made it as far as it did without the valuable work done by the candidate’s wife, Karen, and their children. During the long months when the former Pennsylvania senator struggled to raise money and media attention, Santorum’s wife and kids were among the campaign’s hardest-working volunteers. They made phone calls and stuffed envelopes and did the work that other campaigns paid staffers to do. The first time I covered Santorum’s campaign — at a barn party in Roland, Iowa, a week before the Ames Straw Poll — his daughters were serving ice cream to the few dozen supporters in attendance….
-Some highlights from Rush Limbaugh’s comments yesterday afternoon:
So the Republican establishment, which has wanted Romney from the beginning — don’t forget now. I want to go back and relive this from last summer, when the intensity really kicked in. This was always, to me, a very curious Republican primary. You’ve heard the old adage that in primary campaigns, candidates run to shore up their base, which for Romney, Santorum, Rick Perry, whoever on the Republican side, means you run to the right. You shore up the conservatives. You get ‘em, and then after you’ve done that, the conventional wisdom, the theory as espoused by political consultants since the burning bush, is that you then move to the center. After you’ve secured your base, you move to the middle. Then you go after the precious independents, and you add them to the base that you have shorn up by virtue of your victory in the primaries, and that carries you to victory.
What was always striking to me about this Republican primary is that the establishment set out from the get-go to shore up the moderates first, to win this nomination with moderate Republican votes, not conservative Republican votes. Do not doubt me when I tell you, the Republican establishment is not happy. We’ve talked about this I don’t know how many times before, how many years, the Republican establishment is embarrassed of many conservatives, both conservative media people, conservative voters, they’re embarrassed of them. I’m talking about the New York, Washington corridor Republican establishment types. Just embarrassed of them. It was remarkable. They had their candidate, which was Romney, and then all the others which were conservatives. We ended up splitting the conservative primary vote.
To many people this was extremely frustrating for — well, a host of reasons, but if you go back and look at what happened in the 2010 midterms, that was a landslide victory. And it wasn’t centered around a candidate. It was centered around an idea. And the idea was that conservatism and limited government and individual liberty and freedom were what make this country great and what will save this country. And so the Tea Party came to life, people who had never been in politics before, people who had never been to a town hall meeting were appalled, aghast, frightened what they saw happening to the country via the policies of Obama. So they started getting involved. A name for them was created called the Tea Party.
They started showing up at town hall meetings, and they became the animating force of the Republican Party. They didn’t have a leader. They were made up of political amateurs. And when the 2010 midterms came along, the Democrat Party suffered a landslide defeat almost unprecedented. Now, it was never reported that way because obviously the media is not gonna tell the truth about the shellacking the Democrats got, but they lost over 700 elected offices, from the federal level, through the state, down the town, community, township, wherever. It was a shellacking.
It was then thus expected that a Republican presidential nominee would arise from this vast movement and give a leadership face to the Tea Party in the person of whoever would adopt those policies and garner that support. And then that person would go on to become the nominee and then continue on the basis of ideas and ideology the same things that secured this massive landslide victory in the midterms in 2010 into the general election for president this year. But that didn’t happen. Instead, the Republican establishment made no effort to secure the support of the Tea Party and instead stayed within itself and opted to secure the nomination with a strategy that emphasized moderate candidates over conservative candidates.
I can’t tell you how that frustrated a lot of people who had such high hopes. People really had, because of the Tea Party and its success in 2010, the greatest of hopes and expectations that that would continue into the presidential year and be another shellacking all the way from top to bottom of the ballot with victory in the White House. And now that hasn’t happened. So there is great disappointment. Something else that’s happened in the process of this primary campaign is that supporters of the more conservative candidates in the primary have seen ads run against their candidate, these negative ads, torch ads, and they’re mad.
Some of us are hopping mad…and we have long memories.
The primaries are over. The only guy left out there is Ron Paul. Ahem. So it will be fascinating, and we’ll do this, fascinating to watch Romney and listen to the shape his campaign takes now, how ideological will his campaign be. Will it be rooted in conservatism? He doesn’t have to talk conservative anymore. Will he continue to do so? We will find out. It won’t take very long.
Indeed, it will not. However, I think we know what will happen.
So now we get to see how thoroughly Governor Whitman McCain has poisoned the well. It’s OK, though, the Georgetown cocktail party invites will continue and the RNC can go back to its real job of collecting donations to fight the Democratic Party and socialism… somewhere… someday…
-Who will Willard choose as his VP? Smitty is speculating already, but methinks his tongue is firmly planted in his cheek [the only question is 'Which cheek?'].
-If Smitty brings the sarcasm, Jeff Goldstein brings a mega-dose of justified snark. A highlight:
2008 redux to begin again in earnest – with 2010 but a nightmare that “sane” Republicans have thankfully vanquished.
-The Terrible Sixes?…James Antle reminds us this morning of one of the main problems Willard and his GOP Establishment buddies are going to have:
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is throwing a Faneuil Hall birthday party for Romneycare, which turns six today. Think this is a coincidence? Patrick is close to the Obama administration and his first gubernatorial campaign was run by David Axelrod.
Coming the day after Rick Santorum ended his presidential campaign — and effectively ended any prospect of denying Mitt Romney the Republican nomination — it is a reminder of why conservatives were so reluctant to embrace the GOP frontrunner. Romney signed into law a state-level health care reform bill that contains an individual mandate and otherwise shares the basic architecture of Obamacare. Romneycare’s failures are the best real-world examples that Obamacare will not work, yet Republicans are powerless to make that argument.
Up you nose with a mandate hose, Willy.
-As you’ve come to expect from her, Vicki has a fine aggregation up over at the Frugal Cafe.
-Message to Matt Drudge and Ann Coulter: some of us won’t forget.