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Nomination Excitation 2012: Santorum And Gingrich

12 February 2011 @ 16:51

As we begin the long march to the 2012 Presidential Elections, I will be looking at all the possible contenders for the GOP Nomination and looking for evidence that, in my opinion, either makes them worthy of consideration or disqualifies them.  I welcome your input, especially if I wrongly interpret something. 

-‘Born to lose, you’re just bad news / You don’t get no second chance.’*

From Chris Horner, over at AmSpecBlog, we learn that Newt Gingrich unveiled his ‘All American Energy Plan’ at CPAC:

And Newt now touts ethanol. The same analysis [he uses to justify supporting ethanol] applies to windmill and solar panel boondoggles [,] which he now has no logical room not to tout once Candidate Newt starts spending more time in Iowa where, by cynical coincidence, the wind and solar rent-seekers are also spending a lot more time, and money.

And which I have no doubt that he will gladly tout because he is a man who is fascinated more with what seem to be innovative ideas than with their actual application in the Real World.  For Newt, form has always mattered more than function.  Because this is who he is — and is not likely to change as it is part of the fundamental makeup of his character — he would be as bad and likely as dangerous a President as Barack Hussein Obama is, who, like the former Speaker, is fixated on ideas and cares not what their practical application means to society, to flesh and blood human beings.

Oh…and then there’s this:

See also, my posting: Moot Gingrich.

-‘Your momma said I was a loser / A dead end cruiser, And deep inside I know that she was right.’*

The American Spectator’s Philip Klein interviewed Rick Santorum who was a powerful GOP member in the Congress during those years when the Republicans were big spenders and promoted big government.  A highlight:

…I asked him to respond to the criticism that he was part of the problem.

“I said this to a Tea Party group the other day,” he recounted in an interview at CPAC. “I was a conservative in Congress pushing for us paying for the prescription drug plan and cutting subsidies and doing everything that every person in the Tea Party I think would love to see done. Some guy asked me, ‘Why didn’t you do it?’ I said, ‘Because you weren’t out there helping me.’ It’s very easy for folks to say, ‘Well, 10 years ago, you should have done this.’ Where were the people at the rallies saying that we were spending too much? Where were the voters to come out and say, ‘We need you to do more of this?’ It didn’t exist. Look, Congress follows, it doesn’t lead. I saw that. I was out there trying to lead and getting as much as we could do done. But I could only go so far because owe didn’t have a Tea Party movement that was moving the country in that direction. ”

He continued, “I look at my record and I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish in the context of a country that was not out there clamoring for Social Security reform. You know, in 2005 when President Bush said ‘let’s do Social Security reform’ I jumped and tried to do it. And I got my butt kicked for doing it. And I did the same thing on Medicare. I did the same thing on Medicaid. I did the same thing on welfare. Is there was anyone who was out there trying to reform the real problems in Washington, the entitlements, it was me. But they weren’t exactly piling out in the streets saying, ‘Yay, Rick.’ In the end, I lost my election.”

So, it would seem that Mr. Santorum was a victim, a helpless droogie.  Who knew it was We The People who has physical and metaphysical custody of his testicles and his will?

There’s more:

I followed up by asking him about his support for dairy subsidies in the form of the Milk Income Loss Contract program.

“It was a different time, number one,” Santorum said. “Number two, the milk program, compared to Social Security and all the entitlement programs was a small program about an industry that was struggling in America — the small farmer in that part of the country. My feeling is, sure, we can have a milk program that has a concentration of milk into big super duper farms in the South and in the West, and we will continue to see the deterioration of rural Pennsylvania, rural New York, and other rural areas. And if people are fine with that, that’s fine. I think there’s something to be said for having viable businesses in that part of the country to compete.”

Right there is a wonderful example of rationalization in the absence of committment to principle [and The Constitution and The Rule Of Law]. 

And, hey, Crassus Sanctimonious, there’s something to be said for every town in every part of the country having viable businesses, so subsidize us too, show that you are filled with the Milk Of Human Kindness.

The truth of the matter is: Rick Santorum is not a conservative who can be trusted.  He gave in to the temptation to please his President and the Senate Leadership in order to curry favor and gain influence and power, and he pandered to some of his constituents, in the process, betraying The Constitution.

The words of Edmund Burke come to mind [as they so often do these days]:

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

Also this:

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

-The stakes are too high.  The old politics must be rejected.  We have to nominate someone who understands that we are in the fight of our lives and who have the will to battle the forces of the Left, especially those ones that lurk in the bowels of the Executive Branch.

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* Lyrics: Born To Lose by Social Distortion

4 Comments
  1. Adobe Walls permalink
    12 February 2011 @ 18:46 18:46

    I could forgive not coming out strongly against Ethanol until asked about it. Supporting all this alternative energy crap is just nonsense, finish correcting the Congress. Christine it is time to turn Newt into a …. Newt.

  2. bobbelvedere permalink*
    13 February 2011 @ 17:30 17:30

    Adobe: Even if it weren’t crap, the government should get the hell out of the way.

  3. KingShamus permalink
    13 February 2011 @ 19:10 19:10

    I like Santorum. He’d make a nice governor and an even better Senator.

    But the presidency ain’t for him.

  4. Adobe Walls permalink
    13 February 2011 @ 19:49 19:49

    Governor Santorum it is.

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