Glenn Beck: Rick Santorum could be the next George Washington

posted at 4:50 pm on November 15, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In an earlier post, I alluded to this, but it’s such a fascinating non-endorsement that I want to post the actual video. In it, Glenn Beck says the nation desperately needs its next leader to be a man like “Abraham Lincoln,” but, from the context, it appears he meant to say “George Washington.” Why? We need a leader we can trust to hand back the reins of power after two terms, someone whose character and integrity completely eliminate the fear that he will outlandishly, unnecessarily and compromisingly grab at power. The former Fox pontificator then says, of anybody in the field, Rick Santorum could most probably be the “next George Washington.”

Actually, the comparison makes more sense than it seems to at first. Rick Santorum is seemingly so impossibly behind in the polls that it’s difficult to think he’s running for president for his own ego or because he’s particularly power hungry. In fact, what praise Santorum receives is always praise of the same ilk: He fills his niche well, speaking eloquently and evenly about social and foreign policy issues that desperately need to be addressed but threaten to be overlooked in this economy-dominated cycle. Why doesn’t that score him more points with voters supposedly sick of politicians who care more about themselves than they do about the issues?

In the circus that is primary politics, it can be difficult to understand why some candidates — whether ultra-conservative like Rick Santorum or ultra-squishy like Jon Huntsman — get the shaft. In the end, marginal figures seem to reveal just how much image matters. In politics, perception is reality. The electorate might be impressed with you, but, if voters don’t like you, you stand no chance. Ultimately, to varying degrees, that seems to be the problem that plagues most of the GOP candidates. They’re actually a pretty accomplished bunch — and almost all of them are more right on the issues than they are wrong — but they’re just not particularly appealing personalities.


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“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?

“And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?” -George Washington (Address of George Washington, President of the United States . . . Preparatory to His Declination (Baltimore: George and Henry S. Keatinge), pp. 22-23. In his Farewell Address to the United States in 1796.)

All one needs to do to be sorta like GW is to believe that.

Akzed on November 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Actually, the comparison makes more sense than it seems to at first.

No. It doesn’t.

lorien1973 on November 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

ultra-conservative like Rick Santorum

Arlen.

Specter.

fiatboomer on November 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

So Beck is a Santorum shill. Man, this election brings out all the incest out in full display.

promachus on November 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Anyone here a member of GBTV?

The customer service was so frustrating that I stopped subscribing.

rickyricardo on November 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

The goal is to beat Obama, Glen.

a capella on November 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Rick Santorum does not really strike me as all that bad in comparison to what we have running. We could do, and have done much worse, like Cain, like Perry.

sharrukin on November 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Bless your heart Glenn. You did plow up a snake with that statement. Some will find an issue with it, but I still think your heart is wanting the best for our Republic, right or wrong.
L

letget on November 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

If he rebuffs attempts to make him king, I could say he’s like GW. Otherwise, not so much. He’s never been a general or been tried with the temptations of command.

flataffect on November 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I like Rick Santorum but COME ON.

Falz on November 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Utterly the worst Presidential field in decades. Newt is getting beat by 12 and Romney is the only one who’s competitive.

IR-MN on November 15, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Lol, really George Washington? The man who took the Presidency and willingly gave up power while warning us against the two party system. I love Glen and the crew in the morning, but he is smoking crack on this one. George was once in a lifetime! Rick isn’t a bad fellow, but men nowadays couldn’t share the same air with a man like Washington.

Africanus on November 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Rick Santorum does not really strike me as all that bad in comparison to what we have running. We could do, and have done much worse, like Cain, like Perry.
sharrukin on November 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

He, along with Bachmann, have been the only consistent conservatives in the race.

whatcat on November 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM

..Rick Santorum? You mean that guy over on the end there standing next to the broad with the crazy eyes and who’s always screaming “Hey, what am I, chopped liver?” at the moderators?

Yeah, he’ll really do well when the snows fall and the troops start deserting.

The War Planner on November 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Rick Santorum is seemingly so impossibly behind in the polls that it’s difficult to think he’s running for president for his own ego or because he’s particularly power hungry.

What does that mean? You can’t have an ego if you suck?

Ronnie on November 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM

sharrukin on November 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

He’s got the chops and would be dedicated. He can’t win. He creates a perception of being too strident and intolerant on issues that brand him with the centrists.

a capella on November 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Nah… George was in Oakland last week… but I think he’s in San Fran now… Could be in Philadelphia next if his gig on the Left Coast falls through…
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RalphyBoy on November 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *wipes tears from eyes* people pay money to listen to this man? i mean regardless of of the fact that you have to interpret his own mutterings an historical inaccuracies, he’s calling for a benign dictator who obviously will have to not be elected but willing to set down after wards? he’s really gotten even worse since they took him off fox

Zekecorlain on November 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Rick Santorum might have spent some time in the political wilderness, but it wasn’t exactly Valley Forge. He’s a great man, but not really Presidential material. Why doesn’t he try to win his Senate seat back?

Steve Z on November 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

He, along with Bachmann, have been the only consistent conservatives in the race.

whatcat on November 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM

He’s done a few dumb things but yeah, he’s fairly decent. He just lacks presence.

He’s got the chops and would be dedicated. He can’t win. He creates a perception of being too strident and intolerant on issues that brand him with the centrists.

a capella on November 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I don’t think he can win either. He doesn’t stand out and he isn’t well enough spoken to seal the deal. His concentration on social policy instead of economic policy is also a problem.

sharrukin on November 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Ted McGinley to join the Glenn Beck radio crew very shortly.

portlandon on November 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

I agree with Santorum on just about every issue. But he has no executive experience, and comes across so bitter and petulant, who’d vote for him. He got trounced in his last campaign. He needs to get a win before he can go for the big prize

Iblis on November 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

So I was trying to recall the last time I really guffawed during Glenn’s radio program. All I can recall is that when Glenn mentioned a word (that I cant remember), Stu or Pat would start with their intentionally-irritating screech-singing.

~gosh~ if only I could remember what that was about. it was rather entertaining…

Jeddite on November 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Early in his campaign, Rick spoke to a local talk show host about individual freedom. It was so well said, I gave him $50 when I got home that afternoon.

I haven’t heard him say anything like that since, but if you’re looking for stalwart principle, Rick’s a good pick.

And I’m not a Christian, for what it’s worth, so it wasn’t a social con thing.

beatcanvas on November 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Didn’t Rick Santorum — King of Social Conservatism — back Arlen Specter?

Punchenko on November 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Didn’t Rick Santorum — King of Social Conservatism — back Arlen Specter?

Punchenko on November 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Dede Scozzafava

sharrukin on November 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Beck doesn’t mean he’s equivalent to George Washington. He just means he might be the man needed for the times, as George Washington was needed for his time. It’s not equality of character he’s talking about.

RBMN on November 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

or ultra-squishy like Jon Huntsman

You take that back, right now!

Abby Adams on November 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Well, when Gingrich flames out it may well be Santorum’s turn to be NotMitt Flavor of the Month.

ddrintn on November 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Psst Glenn, put on your waterskis. I’ve got shark over here that needs jumping!

JAM on November 15, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Shouldn’t all the conspiracy nuts and Paul Shills (but I repeat myself) be screaming about Beck being LDS and just rope-a-dope for Mitt?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 15, 2011 at 5:22 PM

My guess is that Beck doesn’t want to support anybody that’s likely to get the nomination. That way, it won’t be his fault when they wimp out.

RBMN on November 15, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I love glenn, but he was also real hip on Rep Massa (I remember hearing him talk about it on his radio show)…until the “tickle fights” debacle on his TV show.

He got shnookered on that one…

catmman on November 15, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Jeddite on November 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

This one?

http://www.therightscoop.com/glenn-beck-happy-days-are-here-again/

Abby Adams on November 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Anyone here a member of GBTV?

The customer service was so frustrating that I stopped subscribing.

rickyricardo on November 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I recently joined GBTV, but i’m having trouble viewing video’s and the technical dept keeps sending the same automatic responses, to the same problem, telling me to try suggestions listed. I’m getting nowhere on the issue. I am however a huge Beck fan.

Zcat on November 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Everybody please remember 1992. Clinton won the primary not because he was anybody’s choice. He was just the last man standing after all of the other dwarfs made unrecoverable mistakes. 7 dwarfs, remember them? Named that way because none of them had any noticable stature. Clinton was a joke. “Bill who?”. This primary is still wide open. Clinton, 8 years. Dwarf. No offense to dwarfs. Figure of speech.

wcarr on November 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I like Santorum, however his problem, and it’s a big one, is that as an incumbent he couldn’t win his senate seat. End of story.

rjoco1 on November 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM

In case you didn’t know, months ago, back when Cain was just thinking about running and in single digits, Cain was Beck’s George Washington. Then Cain started moving up in the polls and Beck lost interest. Now the person safely at the bottom of the pack is Santorum. If Santorum moves into the top three, then Beck will lose interest in him too.

RBMN on November 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Then Cain started moving up in the polls and Beck lost interest.

RBMN on November 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Could Beck’s loss of interest have had anything to do with Cain’s idiotic gibbering on a whole slew of subjects?

sharrukin on November 15, 2011 at 5:32 PM

“…or ultra-squishy like Jon Huntsman”

You take that back, right now!

Abby Adams on November 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Paulo Huntsman…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Could Beck’s loss of interest have had anything to do with Cain’s idiotic gibbering on a whole slew of subjects?

sharrukin on November 15, 2011 at 5:32 PM

No. I think he just doesn’t want to have any personal investment in the next President, because no matter who they are, they’ll disappoint. That we know.

RBMN on November 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

This one?

http://www.therightscoop.com/glenn-beck-happy-days-are-here-again/

Abby Adams on November 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Possibly! :)

(I cant listen while at work, but if it’s Pat and Stu screech-singing, you cant really go wrong.)

Jeddite on November 15, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Ted McGinley to join the Glenn Beck radio crew very shortly.

portlandon on November 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Beat me to it with the shark jumping reference.

UltimateBob on November 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Rick Santorum is a great guy. Very conservative.

He isn’t doing well in the debates because he keeps picking fights with Ron Paul or one of the others on what seems almost trivial compared to other issues.

Who knows.. if he had focused more on Obama, as Newt had done… and been a little nicer to the others he may have risen quite a bit in the polls by now.

JellyToast on November 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Ted McGinley to join the Glenn Beck radio crew very shortly.

portlandon on November 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

ROFL..Good one..:)

Dire Straits on November 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Utterly the worst Presidential field in decades. Newt is getting beat by 12 and Romney is the only one who’s competitive.

IR-MN on November 15, 2011 at 5:01 PM

2008 was pretty bad and John McCain certainly wasn’t competitive. Were it not for Palin, no one would have attended his rallies (except the Beer Baroness and Miss Piggy).

bw222 on November 15, 2011 at 6:01 PM

This goes back to my blog post about the beer test. Which candidate would you rather have a beer with? Huntsman and Romney, don’t drink alcohol it’s against their churches teaching.

Looking over Santorum. I just don’t get the beer drinking vibe coming from him. White whine spritzer maybe :)

Dr Evil on November 15, 2011 at 6:11 PM

wcarr on November 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

This.

Thank you, I haven’t tried lately to remind everyone that as late as March 1992 Clinton was at the bottom of all the polls, and then dropped out of the race due to the infamous “Bimbo Eruption”, a series of sexual assault allegations (none of which were investigated by Gloria Allred, donchaknow) begun with the Gennifer Flowers revelation. And then the Comeback Kid rolled to the nomination in less than a five month period.

If it weren’t for the guaranteed media attacks, Gov. Palin could change her mind and begin running tomorrow and overtake this field within two weeks.

Santorum needs a more aggressive strategy, but his message has never been other than strongly conservative.

Freelancer on November 15, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I doubt George Washington ever argued for government in the bedroom. The same can’t be said for Sen. Santorum.

TedInATL on November 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Which Washington is GB saying that Santorum would be?

The one at Yorktown?

Or the one that was at Ft Necessity?

HondaV65 on November 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Rick Santorum (and Bachmann) are to the LEFT of Obama regarding Iran:

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/11/14/the-bachmann-santorum-rule-we-can-be-extorted/

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on November 15, 2011 at 6:35 PM

One of my key problems with Santorum is his endorsement of Romney in 2008 and his attack of Romney in 2012.

Now we have Santorum giving key reason why voters should not vote for Romney in 2012. Why did he not address those same reasons in 2008? They were there, they were part of Romney’s core fabric.

I think the reason why Santorum endorsed Romney in 2008 was because Santorum thought that if Romney won, Santorum could be a VP helping to pick up PA.

But Romney clearly lost and Santorum decided to make a run himself.

Where was Santorum in 2008? Why didn’t he come out swinging against Romney then?

We might not have been stuck with McCain then.

Sorry Santorum, but you need to explain that endorsement before you can convince the voters in Iowa (especially) to caucus for you!

texasconserv on November 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Santorum endorsed Specter over Toomey.

Aslans Girl on November 15, 2011 at 6:42 PM

He (Santorum) fills his niche well, speaking eloquently and evenly about social and foreign policy issues that desperately need to be addressed but threaten to be overlooked in this economy-dominated cycle.

Yup.

itsnotaboutme on November 15, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I doubt George Washington ever argued for government in the bedroom. The same can’t be said for Sen. Santorum.

TedInATL on November 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM

How embarassing that this tired, idiotic cliche would be scribbled on this fine website.
Some people seem to plod through life without the ability to put together rational thoughts.

itsnotaboutme on November 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Santorum endorsed Specter over Toomey.

And Toomey supported Sonia Sotomayor. The reason Santorum endorsed Specter was to get conservative justices on the Supreme Court. We got two out of the deal: Roberts and Alito. Meanwhile, Specter lost his race partly because he had appointed conservative justices. (Win/Win) But Toomey, he supported Sotomayor. The Arlen Specter criticism makes zero sense to me. I’ll trade ten Senators for one conservative vote on the Supreme Court.

Rick Santorum is beaten up by so-called “conservatives” because he has the same social policy as Reagan. Good luck defeating Obama by being more like Obama. It ain’t gonna happen.

Santorum hasn’t had his time in the spotlight yet. We’re still in the vetting process. He’ll be the next one to be vetted and he’ll be the last man standing.

Considering that his organization in Iowa is rivaled only by Ron Paul and considering that the Iowa caucuses are more than a month away, it’s a huge mistake to bash Rick Santorum.

gocatholic on November 15, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Hard to believe anyone pays money to see or listen to the goofball…amazing how some people can be so easy separated from their money.

right2bright on November 15, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I could see the argument that Rick Santorum is the next Abraham Lincoln, a man who hasn’t held political office in some time, but has been on the right side of today’s greatest moral issue.

I wouldn’t share that opinion, but I could understand it.

Mister Mets on November 15, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I doubt George Washington ever argued for government in the bedroom. The same can’t be said for Sen. Santorum.
TedInATL on November 15, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Some people seem to plod through life without the ability to put together rational thoughts.
itsnotaboutme on November 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM

There have always been stupid people, and there will always be stupid people. It’s a big, wide wonderful world and there’s more than enough room in it for people whose brains don’t happen to run at peak efficiency.

Liberalism is infinitely worse than that; it’s the substitution of communal sense for common sense. And that’s the most dangerous force in the world.

(BTW – not that it’s in any way relevant to what’s not going on in Ted’s head – but at the Washington was elected President, sodomy was illegal in all 13 states. And it was punishable by death.)

logis on November 16, 2011 at 3:42 AM