Audio: Rick Santorum and Laura Ingraham endorse Mitt Romney

posted at 11:00 am on February 1, 2008 by Bryan

This is one of the meatiest segments on the McCain-conservative divide I’ve ever heard. Former Senator Rick Santorum makes point after point after point against the candidacy of John McCain, but also makes several solid points in favor of the Mitt Romney candidacy. Be sure to at least stick around for the middle, when Santorum talks about an encounter with a McCain staffer after losing his Senate seat.

At the end of the segment, Laura Ingraham joins Santorum in endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

With yesterday’s endorsement by Sean Hannity, is major talk radio lining up on Romney’s side for Tuesday’s battle? Maybe we’ll learn more this afternoon when Rush hits the air.

Update: Evidently Rush is off today. Santorum’s official endorsement is up on Romney’s site.


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jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Given Santorums recent record, his endorsement does not presage victory.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Social conservatives and the audience that has made Laura’s show #4 nationally, plus most of the readership here. Don’t be a jerk or you’ll earn a ticket to oblivion.

Bryan on February 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

They’re just teeing themselves up to get repudiated at the polls and by the MSM. Stupid stupid stupid.

Vizzini on February 1, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Santorum’s point on coal in diamonds is nicely put. I didn’t think highly of Mitt at all at the beginning of this process, but he has earned my respect through the past several months.

Spirit of 1776 on February 1, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Rush won’t be in today.

Programming Note: Rush will be off on Friday.
Jason Lewis guest-hosts. Rush returns Monday.

NeoconNews.com on February 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM

It will be interesting if the Republican establishment lines up behind McCain and the conservative media (NRO, Ingram, Hannity, etc) line up behind Romney. Who has more pull in today’s party? I hope this helps Romney. I like Santorum and was disappointed when he lost his reelection bid.

This has been the strangest election cycle that I ever remember. I guess that happens when there’s no incumbent.

TX Mom on February 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Also true, but that doesn’t rob from it it’s meaning. Santorum understands the long war.

Spirit of 1776 on February 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM

It’s sad what we’ve been reduced to. Romney strikes me as just another politician, willing to say what he needs to to be elected. Hunter and Tancredo would tell you what they really thought. Even Paul gives straight answers! He was wonderful on Glenn Beck’s program talking about the economy – much better than Romney.

kc8ukw on February 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM

I didn’t think highly of Mitt at all at the beginning of this process, but he has earned my respect through the past several months.

Me either. At first I considered him a smooth talking pretty boy. His very recent performances against McCain has impressed me.

Thar’s fire in that belly.

natesnake on February 1, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Voting for McCain will be like rewarding him for all the trouble he has caused!
Even if he selects a conservative VP,, it will mean little to nothing for me. He will get rid of the conservative VP once he is in office!
Does anyone honestly not think that once McCain is elected President, one of his first priorities will be to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine???
McCain will do it out of need and for the pure joy of pay back!! He will attack free speech on the internet and talk radio with a zeal!! Dems and RINO’s in congress will join hand in hand to stop all the “hatred and division” for the sake of our children!! Am I being paranoid??? This is the man that gave us McCain/Feigold!!! He didn’t just gIve us that bill,, HE CRUSADED FOR IT!!!
The Clinton’s didn’t crusade for this! He did!!
It was our Republican war hero conservative foot soldier working for Reagan “friend” that duct taped our mouths 30-60 days before an election!!!
Anyone thinking this man will be better than Hillary or a Dem is living in La La Land! You need to wake up and take your medications!! He owes conservative NOTHING!!! He cannot wait to shove the constitution down conservatives throats!!
That is not paranoia! It is harsh reality!
The best thing about Hillary or an Obama win will mean he will be out of congress!! America will be finished with him unless he is appointed to something by his good friend Hillary!

JellyToast on February 1, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Why not Romney/Santorum 08

dish on February 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

sorry, let me ammend that.

what office does rick hold?

what? he was booted from office allong with a number of other “real conservatives” in 2006?

oh. well, in that case his endorsement means about as much as gary coleman’s.

and laura, who used to have a sense of humor before her fiance dumped her for katie curic, is an unlistenable thug.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

“We beat you [conservatives]“? How about “We beat you [anti-McCainites]“? Talk about ginning up an event.

Vizzini on February 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Maybe we’ll learn more this afternoon when Rush hits the air.

May have to wait til Monday,I think Rush is off today.

mred on February 1, 2008 at 11:14 AM

kc8ukw on February 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Paul gives straight answers – uh huh. Take money from Nazi’s? Sure! Tell everyone your going to give it back? Heck no… It’s about the only thing I will give credit to Medved in this cycle is his schtick on Ron to make him answer up to it.

BTW, Tanc endorsed Romney – what does that say? (Hunter’s says less – axe grind push to Huckabee)

SkinnerVic on February 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Gotta say I disagree with people who say gay marriage is some sort of conservative issue, but he makes some otherwise good points.

“We beat you”? What the heck is that.

amkun on February 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Yeah. Santorum was essentially stabbed in the back by the likes of Arlen Specter, for whom Santorum had campaigned hard in 2002. The GOP got a Democrat in that seat instead of Santorum. Evidently McCain was jolly about that outcome. Real team player there.

Bryan on February 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM

There is no way McCain can win the election. He’ll have his “Yeeeaaarrggh/Macaca” moment (or several) and the press will pillory him for the jerk that he is and that will be that.

Not now, not ever – not McCain.

beatcanvas on February 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM

To be fair, Santorum lost in Pennsylvania. You know, the state that thinks Spector is conservative?

Darksean on February 1, 2008 at 11:17 AM

natesnake on February 1, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Won’t it be sad if we’ve all come around to that too late? How pathetic if 9 months away from the election is “too late”!

TX Mom on February 1, 2008 at 11:17 AM

there’s no such thing as a voter in this process?

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:17 AM

There seems to be a full court press against McCain. I don’t have a problem with that, but I hope it stops if and when he secures the nomination.
Especially after what we heard last night in LA.

infidel65 on February 1, 2008 at 11:17 AM

SkinnerVic on February 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I’m not sure what to make of Tancredo’s endorsement of Romney. Recall at the time we all felt like “What? Romney?” Now he may be the best choice left on the immigration front, at least insofar as historical actions is concerned.

And I don’t think I would vote for Paul, but I definitely appreciate the straight-talk on the economy.

kc8ukw on February 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Don’t be a jerk or you’ll earn a ticket to oblivion.

Bryan on February 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

He’s already been banned from LGF.
He’s also bashed Robert Spencer.

At the end of the segment, Laura Ingraham joins Santorum in endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

Isn’t this great? The REAL Republicans are endorsing Mitt Romney. If Romney goes down…at least he went down fighting.

CABE on February 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I’d vote for Santorum for prez.

edgehead on February 1, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Does anyone honestly not think that once McCain is elected President, one of his first priorities will be to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine???

Agreed. I think that will be th one of the first things he does! Remember folks, McCain is VERY SPITEFUL. The first thing he will want to do is put a muzzle on Rush, Hannity, Levin. Mark my words.

kcd on February 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

ditto edgehead, Santorum for President

gash on February 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Bryan, I guess Laura also brought up that Susan Sarandon, et al, were fawning over McCain. If he’s keeping that type of liberal company that has called for W impeachment, well… he can keep them.

SkinnerVic on February 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM

the fairness doctrine been brought up with the Republican candidates?

dish on February 1, 2008 at 11:23 AM

opps, sorry PIMF “has” the fairness doctrine….

dish on February 1, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Recall at the time we all felt like “What? Romney?”

kc8ukw on February 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Speak for yourself, please.

Buy Danish on February 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Santorum was essentially stabbed in the back by the likes of Arlen Specter, for whom Santorum had campaigned hard in 2002. The GOP got a Democrat in that seat instead of Santorum. Evidently McCain was jolly about that outcome. Real team player there.

McCain didn’t campaign for Santorum either, if memory serves, though Rudy did.

Spirit of 1776 on February 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM

He’s already been banned from LGF.
He’s also bashed Robert Spencer.

and rightwing news.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM

WHo are you fooling. McCain can easily win, especially if Billary is the winner.

Interesting times, isn’t it?

Dr. Gecko on February 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Why not Romney/Santorum 08

dish on February 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

best idea I’ve heard in a couple of decades.

Onager on February 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

No one on talk radio ( or even blogs for that matter ) make my decisions for me, but I do respect their opinions and positions.

Laura and Sean and Rush aren’t on the radio making big bucks because they are stupid… and as such, I respect their opinions.

I wasn’t thrilled with Romney when we had other choices. Those choices are down to Romney and McCain at this point. Between those two, I believe Romney is the better choice by far.

If McCain gets the nomination… Uggg, let’s just hope he doesn’t get the nomination.

Nineball on February 1, 2008 at 11:26 AM

I love Santorum.
I love Laura.
I love Coulter.
etc.

I’m still pushing for Mitt… not giving up. McCain is a cranky, mean old bastard — and a lousy politician with several WRONG opinions on critical issues. Romney is ten times smarter and more capable than McCain ever was or ever will be.

D2Boston on February 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM

That will be appended.
Still supporting Ron Paul?

CABE on February 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

News Flash:

Laura Ingraham, abandons Reagan conservative core values and supports Mass. Liberal that is

pro-choice on abortion,

supports more restrictive gun controls,

who raised taxes/fees $300,000 as one of his first acts as Mass gov,

who pals around with Hezbollah terrorist supporter Rep Joe Knollenberg and

who say he is more pro gay rights than Ted Kennedy.

Another News Flash: Laura Ingraham moves her show to Air America!!

georgealbert on February 1, 2008 at 11:28 AM

If McCain gets the nomination (shudder), I will write my Senator, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, every week for 4 years to support him in the following:
1) Helping to keep McCain in check
2)Asking him to please put his hat in the ring for Prez in 2012.

Remember, Jeff Sessions is the one who blew the whistle(loudly) on the amnesty fiasco. I believe he has true conservative core values and he actually stands by them!

kcd on February 1, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Buy Danish on February 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM

All = many? Sorry. Thompson & Hunter were still options then, and I remember on this forum many expected the endorsement to go to one of them.

kc8ukw on February 1, 2008 at 11:28 AM

ditto edgehead, Santorum for President

gash on February 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM

that’s how estranged “real conservatives” are from reality.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Isn’t this great? The REAL Republicans are endorsing Mitt Romney. If Romney goes down…at least he went down fighting.

CABE on February 1, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Thats the way I see it. The battle lines are being drawn between the government elites and the real Republican voices and thinkers. This is going to be a long battle and it is not going to be settled before the end of this election cycle.

Zetterson on February 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

This is not complicated people.

McCain is the most liberal.

Romney is the most conservative.

EJDolbow on February 1, 2008 at 11:30 AM

re: “Take money from Nazi’s?
——-
sounds like a grand idea… where do i line up?
——-
http://zeromotivation.com/why_they_attacked_us.html

number9 on February 1, 2008 at 11:30 AM

To be fair, Santorum lost in Pennsylvania. You know, the state that thinks Spector is conservative?

Darksean on February 1, 2008

Santorum lost to Casey. Casey is a big name in Pennsylvania! Casey is the son of Gov. Casey, a popular pro-life Democrat that died a few years back. Gov. Casey was sort of hero/martyr in Pennsylvania due to not being allowed to speak at a Dem convention because he was actively pro-life. He died from an extended battle with cancer, I believe. Again,, going out as a real fighter.
His son ran as a pro-life candidate as well, and resembles strongly in appearance his father. Add in the scandal of another conservative congressman in PA and then being sold out by Spector,, you had a perfect storm against Rick.
So,, Rick did not lose this seat just because he was not liked. It was an unusual situation.

JellyToast on February 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM

that’s how estranged “real conservatives” are from reality.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

jummy, Republicans are Republicans and Independents are Independents. They are not equal. They are not the same thing. You are an independent. You might be taking over the Republican party now but some day down the road in the not too distant future you are going to find yourself in your rightful place… limbo… idjit.

Zetterson on February 1, 2008 at 11:32 AM

WHo are you fooling. McCain can easily win, especially if Billary is the winner.

Interesting times, isn’t it?

Dr. Gecko on February 1, 2008 at 11:25 AM

With all due respect, they are fooling you. I think that is where the McCain supporters and McCain for that matter, are sadly mistaken. The MSM is playing McCain for a fool. They have made him the media darling in order to help him be nominated. Once he is, they will shred him to pieces on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The McCain supporters are playing right into their hands.

kcd on February 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Yeah. Santorum was essentially stabbed in the back by the likes of Arlen Specter, for whom Santorum had campaigned hard in 2002. The GOP got a Democrat in that seat instead of Santorum. Evidently McCain was jolly about that outcome. Real team player there.

Bryan on February 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Hate to quibble, but that was 2004. I don’t exactly recall President Bush trying to save Santorum like he did Specter in the primary.

steveegg on February 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Yeah. Santorum was essentially stabbed in the back by the likes of Arlen Specter, for whom Santorum had campaigned hard in 2002. The GOP got a Democrat in that seat instead of Santorum. Evidently McCain was jolly about that outcome. Real team player there.

Bryan on February 1, 2008 at 11:16 AM

And Santorum is stabbing McCain in the back now.

While he has little use for McCain today, the same was not true back in 2006, when Santorum was campaigning for reelection. The Pennsylvania conservative asked McCain to visit Pennsylvania on his behalf and used footage from the event on his campaign website.

Rick isn’t a team player either.

Complete7 on February 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM

steveegg on February 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM

You’re right on both counts.

Bryan on February 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM

If McCain wins, it will be proof that the jummy’s of the world
have become the New Republican Party, and after 33 years at the same address I will be homeless.
I’m really beginning think that the conservative base of the Republican Party has become a tiny little wing.

ChrisM on February 1, 2008 at 11:35 AM

What all this boils down to is that the liberals don’t care if it is Obama or Hillary, either way they get their socialist in office. So they have figured their best option is to get the least conservative republican candidate nominated on the republican ticket and they are willing to change their registration to do it. And what could be better then having the anti – republican republican be the nominee for the republican party.

pwb on February 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

well cabe, as a liar and a troll, you might already know that i have never declared my support for ron paul’s candidacy on any forum anywhere ever.

you also might as well resign yourself to the fact that the “real conservatives” are expending themselves quite without your help, and that when the ashes settle, lefty trolls like yourself will still have people like me to contend with. in the meantiome you might your internal issues, such as the question of, if you feel you “know” your worldview is the truth, why is it you must lie and sockpuppet and decieve? why can’t cabe simply say, “i believe this, and i am proud of my belief”?

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Who’s Rick Santorum?

BJ* on February 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Zetterson on February 1, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Anyone who calls themselves a Republican can be a Republican. Since there’s no ideological test, there are conservatives, liberals, and moderates in the party. As issues change with the times (see: abortion, terrorism, and immigration), the fortunes of various factions of the party rise and fall. Conservatives are marginalizing themselves based on their silly reactions to immigration, stepping over the line into being explicitly pro-torture, and claiming that they do not believe in global warming. They had a good run, but it seems to be coming to an end. As a moderate, I can’t say I’m sorry to see that.

Big S on February 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

That’s my Senator!!!

Santorum’s example should be very instructive to conservatives. He paid a very high price for supporting Arlen Specter, and Specter and his liberal pals like McCain did nothing to help Rick when he ran in 2006. So now we have a socialist Senator who is to the left of Chuck Schumer and a mental midget to boot. Even Rudy Giuliani campaigned and raised money for Rick. Not McCain. Never saw him in Pennsylvania. Conservatives time and again have sucked it up and supported liberal Republicans for the sake of “party unity”, only to get kicked in the teeth in return. Does anyone really think this won’t happen again if John McCain is president?? Honestly, I would rather be in full opposition mode to President Clinton or Obama than having to sit like good little lapdogs while John McCain pees all over us.

This is starting to shape up like the 1976 election. Reagan fought the good fight, didn’t win the nomination, but spawned a movement that got stronger and stronger in the next 4 years and swept to victory in 1980. I say let’s make this a fight to the finish with Romney. He won’t win, but after McCain gets clobbered in the general he will finally be off the stage and we can get behind Romney in 2012.

rockmom on February 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

kc8ukw

Dave, you need to update your pix on qrz.com.

The one at davidshane.com looks much better…

:>

ricer1 (N4CMB)

ricer1 on February 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

re: “…earn a ticket to oblivion…

re: “already been banned from LGF… also bashed Robert Spencer

re: “and rightwing news

re: “…i have never declared my support for ron paul’s candidacy…
——-
that settles it then: off to your 72 virgins you go!
——-

http://zeromotivation.com/why_they_attacked_us.html

number9 on February 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

You’re right on both counts.

Bryan on February 1, 2008 at 11:34 AM

I was hoping to be wrong on the second.

steveegg on February 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

If McCain starts saying things that conservatives want to hear would you believe him? Would it be enough to vote for him?

Where have all of the conservatives gone? It’s just like the conservative movement just evaporated, leaving only a small minority of true believers. What happened? Have a large number of conservatives changed sides, or are they just keeping quiet?

Meanwhile the liberal leftist activists continue to agitate, and they will keep on stirring the pot, until they have to pay a price. So when are we conservatives going to demand payment? I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

rockhauler on February 1, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Too little, too late, conservatives.

If you think McCain has no shot at getting elected, I’ve got some disappointing news for you about your boy Romney’s chances.

Vyce on February 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Mega Question 1: If Fred Thompson was such a valiant spokesman for the CONSERVATIVE voice of the Republican party, where has he been the last week and a half while the RINO wing of the party has taken control?

he has been waiting in the weeds to endorse his good friend and fellow senator John McCain, that’s where.

Mega Question 2: If the CONSERVATIVE Movement in America is really so strong, so vital, so dominant as Rush continues to preach, then why cant it field a SINGLE candidate better than Fred (“wake me up when its over”) Thompson or Mitt (“stop distorting my record, Senator”) Romney?

Santorum himself: Defeated in Pennsylvania.
George Allen: Defeated in VA.
Newt Gingrich: busy promoting his latest book
Sam Brownback: Total dud, especially on immigration

SO…………..

Its put up or shut up time for Conservatives. If we cant stop McCain from getting nominated, I suggest that the old Reagan coalition is truly dead and must be put back together for a run in 4 years. And I really doubt that Evangelicals are gonna be a part of that new mainstream conservatism, since the best THEY have to offer is Mike Huckabee and he is nothing but a shill for McCain.

Always Right on February 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

that’s how estranged “real conservatives” are from reality.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Just curious. How would you define “real conservatives”?

edgehead on February 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Laura’s endorsement makes her even hotter. :)

madmonkphotog on February 1, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Isn’t it grand to see so many of our elected leaders lining up for the Washington money pie in the next administration. Carreer before Country. It’s sickening to watch these guys kiss the McCain ring. I’m just wondering who Santorum would have endorsed if he were still in the Senate.

repvoter on February 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Complete7 –

I sure don’t remember McCain campaigning for Santorum at all, but I went to 3 different events with Rudy Giuliani and Rudy was all over talk radio hyping Santorum, and even did a fantastic TV ad for him. It’s one of the big reasons I was orignally supporting Rudy – he showed me he would support conservatives even though he isn’t one. If McCain did anything for Rick, I suspect it was a token gesture so he could say he helped him.

Rick Santorum is my ideal politician, and his endorsement of Romney means a lot to me. I may be the only one, but I doubt it.

rockmom on February 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Oh, and let me not forget Duncan Hunter, a fine conservative, with a one-note campaign (China must be stopped) who never got more than 5% of the popular vote in any primary and who then came out in favor of Huckabee, the evangelical RINO.

yeah, the conservative roster is SOOOO strong….

Always Right on February 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

I’m really beginning think that the conservative base of the Republican Party has become a tiny little wing.

ChrisM on February 1, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Yet we know that the majority of the country sides with conservatives on some very major topics – such as the illegal alien issue.

I think a lot of this has to do with the corrupt primary process that allows open primaries in some states, that bizarre caucus system in other states, different dates, etc.

If you had a single national primary day with direct election of delegates, only by registered party members who are allowed to vote absentee, then you would have a much more accurate reflection of the parties will among the delegates. McCain may or may not win, but the conservative, moderate and liberal votes would be more accurately represented.

And spoilers like Huckup would have less power.

Nosferightu on February 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Who’s Rick Santorum?

BJ* on February 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

well, back in the day, there was this notion that christianity = conservativism, which created this fuzzy cloud of thought from which it was decided that allowing gay couples to file jointly was equivalent to allowing airline stewardesses to inject themselves with bubonic plague.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM

There’s no splitting hairs any more over the Romney vs. McCain campaign. As Laura says, it’s time for Ward Cleaver to get down to at least nailing McCain’s vampire coffin shut if unable via lack of strength and training to shoot the silver bullet or to hammer the wooden stake through McCain’s hero/traitor’s heart. Oddly, Romney had no compunction stopping his campaign against Fred Thompson who actually holds the GOP heart and soul. Until Romney makes peace with and successfully negotiates with Fred Thompson on Fred Thompson’s conservative platform, Romney will suffer the political death that he conspired and committed against Fred Thompson. Romney’s own faith requires this atonement from him. If he’s looking for a miracle from God, he can not buy it as he can from willing accomplices, he must earn his worthiness and atone for his own sins. Has Mitt the guts for such glory? He and his family’s past experience and personal record with abortion would imply that Mitt would have to be more of a man than he has been and is now before he can BECOME what he must in order to fill the requisite requirements of any good or great American President. The time for show and tell is NOW, Mitt. Proxy endorsements are not Mitt Romney.

John McCain’s POTUS campaign will get on the national ticket one way or another, either way being politically equivalent as his presidency would prove.

His #1 preference as status quo: RINO on the upcoming “GOP” RINOP ticket.

Failing that, then McCain perpetuates his now or never candidacy as an Independent.

McCain will destroy the GOP officially, just as Hillary will destroy the Democrat party structure’s stability should she be snubbed if Obama wins the preferential vote. McCain and the Clintons share too much in common, including the mentality of murderous spouses, “if I can’t have you, no one can!”

So if Hillary fails her effort should Obama get the Democrat nomination, the Uniparty Independent ticket will feature McCain/Hillary.

The Clintons have burnt any/every bridge between Hillary and Obama while buttressing every tie with McCain.

Whereas Hillary would not VP for Obama, she would for McCain rather than lose all together. Returning to her NY Senatorial seat may be more humiliating for her than the very real prospect of a world triumph alongside McCain, ever the POW who broke under torture.

No one would ever have held anything against McCain for breaking under torture until he insisted on proving his permanently twisted psyche by his perpetually destructive nature and behavior.

McCain is not going to VP for anyone. He will have his way or no way. And if McCain goes down, he will make certain to take the ship down with him.

Ann Coultier and Michelle Malkin would only facilitate McCain’s victorious “win” over the GOP by fueling Hillary or Obama should Romney lose the nomination.

maverick muse on February 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Conservatives are marginalizing themselves based on their silly reactions to immigration, stepping over the line into being explicitly pro-torture, and claiming that they do not believe in global warming. They had a good run, but it seems to be coming to an end. As a moderate, I can’t say I’m sorry to see that.

Big S on February 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Wow… There really is a pretty big divide in the Republican party.

Silly view on immigration? Yeah, the whole issue of having a sovereign country’s borders pretty much open and millions of illegal’s being here is silly

PRO-TORTURE?? Haha.. nice spin. Wow…

It seems to me people don’t believe in global warming or global coolilng or climate change… rather, I think there is disagreement over whether it is man made or to what extent mankind is influencing global warming.

If you are a typical moderate… I’m not sure even what to say to that… other than… wow.

Nineball on February 1, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Look, I do think having McCain would be better than Hillary, (shudder) but it won’t matter cuz McCain can’t win without the base.

If he wins the nomination without the base, he won’t feel the need to consult them on zip. Which means he won’t reconcile, like MItt and Rudy tried to do, he will just flip them the bird, like he always does and he will lose for it.

Even if he wins, conservatives will have to fight on two fronts, one with the libs and one within their own party!!

I’m not sure if I can vote McCain, but even if I do it won’t matter.

I’m not sure Mitt can win, but at least we won’t have to sell our soul to get him there.

Santorum’s endorsement is good news.
Oh…and who does it benefit? Mitt Romney!!

tlclark on February 1, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Nineball on February 1, 2008 at 11:48 AM

well put
+1

dish on February 1, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Just curious. How would you define “real conservatives”?

edgehead on February 1, 2008 at 11:43 AM

i don’t have time to really give a careful definition of that right now, but for now it basicly refers to people whom it can be supposed would give reagan the same treatment mccain is getting if he were to emerge as a candidate today. also required is a level of solopsistic conviction that conservativism is ascendent and popular throughout the nation. synonyms would be hannitybot and mds-sufferers.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:51 AM

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

You call Laura Ingraham a “thug”
You don’t believe we have an immigration problem.
You clearly hate Tancredo’s guts.
You said, “the border freaks are accosiating themselves with no small amount of classical, iron cross and white hoods type racism.”

I think my World View holds quite up nicely, tyvm.

CABE on February 1, 2008 at 11:52 AM

*up quite.

CABE on February 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Rick Santorum is my ideal politician, and his endorsement of Romney means a lot to me. I may be the only one, but I doubt it.

rockmom on February 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

I feel exactly same way about Sen. Tom Coburn, who I trust more then any other senator. He is not the senator of my state but I know he is constantly fighting for what’s right whether it is the life issue or stopping pork. He recently endorsed McCain which eased my skepticism of McCain a lot. But to each his own.

Complete7 on February 1, 2008 at 11:54 AM

I’m really beginning think that the conservative base of the Republican Party has become a tiny little wing.

ChrisM on February 1, 2008 at 11:35 AM

I’m afraid I agree.
The masses need leadership from unapologetic conservatives who will remind them what true conservatism (not compassionate or kinder & gentler conservatism) means. Fred was the last candidate who could articulate it. Santorum can. The people will overwhelmingly support limited government when it is explained honestly. I fear though that the definition of conservatism itself, is in danger of being lost if something doesn’t change soon.

edgehead on February 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:51 AM

WTF?

edgehead on February 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM

In my post above, I meant to say:

It doesn’t seem to me that people don’t believe in global warming or global coolilng or climate change… rather, I think there is disagreement over whether it is man made or to what extent mankind is influencing global warming.

Oops..

Nineball on February 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM

everybody’s well aware of my views and my directness in expressing them. you’re going to have to find another angle or go troll someboody else.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

He won’t win, but after McCain gets clobbered in the general he will finally be off the stage and we can get behind Romney in 2012.

rockmom on February 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

I wanta believe, but do you really think this country will have rid itself of the antiMormon bias that Huckster helped foster by then? I still think that has a lot to do with Mitt’s problems. His detractors avoid coming right out with it, but it bubbles under the surface. Just my opinion.

a capella on February 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Nineball on February 1, 2008 at 11:48 AM

I’m only repeating what I hear.

On immigration: if you boil it down, the “conservative” position on illegal immigration comes down to a desire to make the 20 million illegals already here leave the country, by one means or another. They won’t be happy unless all of them are forced out.

On torture: yes, the “conservative” position has moved from skepticism about whether or not techniques like waterboarding are torture and should be used, to open and unabashed support of their use. The fact that it has only been used three times on detainees seems to have signaled conservatives to act as if it’s no big deal, while the administration must have thought it was a big enough deal to only approve in three cases.

On global warming climate change: many “conservatives” deny that mankind can have any effect on global climate, and call it a hoax. I’m sorry, but that’s a stupid position. It’s fine to argue about how big that effect is, or what we’re going to do about it, but denying its existence goes against fundamental science, not just in the realm of climatology, but also in the basics of chemistry and physics.

Big S on February 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM

I am going to vote for Romney on Tuesday. Not to “stop McCain” but because I think Romney is the best candidate running for the GOP nomination at the moment. But if McCain wins the party nomination, I will vote for hime. McCain is better than Hillary or Obama.

crosspatch on February 1, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Laura’s right its time to stand up for Conservatism.
Go Mitt!

Speakup on February 1, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Santorum’08 though Jackie Mason might just work too.

HotAirExpert on February 1, 2008 at 12:00 PM

I.Will.Not.Vote.For.McCain.

He has, IMO, no honor left. No honorable man would attempt to smear an opponent as he did with the Romney “time-table quote”. Anyone here can review McCain’s Senatorial record, view his chummy relationships with the far left of the Democrat party, his pursuit of the MSM and his, consistent, vilification of conservatives.

McCain is the kind of man that would cause me to cross the street rather than salute.

MCPO Airdale on February 1, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Ditto to what crosspatch wrote. Laura is losing her mind.

carbon_footprint on February 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Dang it, I have class and can’t take time to comment…

Go for Romney!

Hmmm come to think of it, I thought the media love the underdog, isn’t that what Romney is now?

Weebork on February 1, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Santorum lost because the anti-war hysteria was at its peak in the Fall of ’06, and Mcain, the big “pro-war” guy did nothing to help his more conservative colleague, so a moderate “anti-war” Dem got Santorum’s seat.

If the surge had been started sooner, Santorum would have been voted back in.

So McCain failed on the war and on helping a fellow Republican, because the former meant little to his presidential bid at that time, and he doesn’t like conservatives as serious as Santorum.

The MSM will eat McCain alive with his inconsistencies and corrupt dealings (Keating 5, et al) once they see he is the nominee.

It would be nice if Super Tuesday voters understood that McCain is the leftists’ hope for a weak R candidate.

profitsbeard on February 1, 2008 at 12:03 PM

I will write in Fred before I’d vote for McStain.

McCain V Cankles poll

TheSitRep on February 1, 2008 at 12:03 PM

McCain scares the hell out of me.

Being that he appears have an emotionally problem and has a history of running roughshod over the American people, I believe he would be the closest thing to a dictator this country will ever see.

pocomoco on February 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM

It’s one of the big reasons I was orignally supporting Rudy – he showed me he would support conservatives even though he isn’t one. If McCain did anything for Rick, I suspect it was a token gesture so he could say he helped him.

Rick Santorum is my ideal politician, and his endorsement of Romney means a lot to me. I may be the only one, but I doubt it.

rockmom on February 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

How do you feel about Rudy now, since he’s endorsed McCain? How will you feel about Fred if he does so also? Ted Olsen? True colors are starting to show. I see no other way to interpet it.

a capella on February 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM

McCain can’t win without the base.

He can if he appeals to moderates.

SouthernDem on February 1, 2008 at 12:05 PM

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM

At this point you might want to reconsider calling other people trolls.

ChrisM on February 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

“On global warming climate change: many “conservatives” deny that mankind can have any effect on global climate, and call it a hoax. I’m sorry, but that’s a stupid position. It’s fine to argue about how big that effect is, or what we’re going to do about it, but denying its existence goes against fundamental science, not just in the realm of climatology, but also in the basics of chemistry and physics.”
Big S on February 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Have you ever done the math?

dish on February 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Big S on February 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM

i had exactly that sort of discussion up in the jheadlines a couple of mondays ago. i gave the person every opportunity to clarify that he meant “torture” in sarchastic reference to progressives’ absurd and expansive definition of the term, and he refused and called me a liberal.

yet here they want to pretend that it’s a strawman. that tells me that they know that the views they hold are objectively reprehensible from a moral standpoint.

jummy on February 1, 2008 at 12:07 PM

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