Santorum: If the idea of government-granted rights wins out, government will own you

posted at 1:55 pm on February 10, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Rick Santorum’s is a familiar face at CPAC. He’s been here in years when he was little more than a sidenote in the programming, and he’s been here in years, like this one, when his is the face attendees crowd to see. But, year in and year out, what he has stood for has not changed. That consistency was especially evident in his speech today,  in which he expounded on his — and, indeed, Americans’ — long-held conviction that men are endowed with rights by their Creator — not given those rights by the government.

“We know there’s a lot of excitement here because this election is about big, big things,” Santorum said. “We know it’s about big things; it’s about foundational principles. Every speech I’ve given from the 381 townhall meetings I did in Iowa, I talked about founding principles. This campaign is gonna be about a vision, about who we are as Americans.”

That vision? No more and no less than the one outlined in the Declaration of Independence, the document that Santorum said explains the “why” of America.

“Are we going to believe, as our Founders did, that our rights don’t come from the government, that they come from a much higher authority?” Santorum asked today. “There are those in the Oval Office who believe that’s not the case, that rights do, in fact, come from the government, and they have gone around convincing the American people that they can give you rights. We see what happens when government gives you rights. When government gives you rights, government can take away those rights. When government gives you rights, they can coerce you in doing things in exercising the rights that they gave you.”

Santorum cited Obamacare as a perfect example of a government trumped-up right and predicted a dire outcome of government-defined rights.

“As a result, government will own because you will have to pay tribute to Washington in order to get the care you need for your children,” he said.

The major reason Santorum entered the presidential race, he said, was because he saw Obamacare as a “gamechanger.” As a longstanding supporter of bottom-up solutions to out-of-control health care costs and lack of access, Santorum is in an enviable position — at least from the perspective of his competitors — to make Obamacare a central issue of the race in 2012.

But it won’t be Santorum’s only issue. Among other topics, he touched today on jobs (his economic plan, he said, harnesses “supply-side economics for the working man,”) and energy (which he said is an issue we must not allow to be demagogued), drawing clear contrasts between his positions and the past positions of his competitors.

He left his audience with a question and a challenge: “Why would an undecided voter vote for a candidate the party is not excited about? We need conservatives now to rally for a conservative to go into November, to excite the conservative base, to pull with that excitement moderate voters and to defeat Barack Obama in the fall. … Please walk out of this gathering and choose the candidate that you believe is the right person to lead this country, so you can say, ‘I have done my duty. I have kept my honor.’”


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Is he my candidate? No. Is he right as farkin’ rain on this? You betcha.

Sekhmet on February 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Bishop!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.

Pablo on February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Interesting vision:

One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right.

They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.

That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.

I guess government-granted rights are fine as long as the idea comes from someone who calls himself a conservative.

MadisonConservative on February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I can’t wait to start a manufacturing company so I don’t have to pay any more federal taxes. Go Rick! You economically illiterate moron!

echosyst on February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

His whole speech was an attack on Romney. The guy who introduced him attacked Romney, but according to you guys, he is always positive. He is likeable…he is never negative. When Romney attacks back now, you all start whining.

The bias that you people are showing is just stunning. No objective analysis of whole thing. You all have made your decisions, and it is good to know where you stand.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

“I am the only candidate in this race, Republican or Democrat, who has never worked a day in Washington,”

Say’s Mitt…now here is a question, if he was looking to consult for a company, would he choose someone to run that company that “never worked a day in business”?

right2bright on February 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

His whole speech was an attack on Romney.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Santorum was ripping into liberals, so yes, It was an attack on Romney.

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Good on ya, Rick!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Is Allahpundit at CPAC?

He’ll be easy to find. Here’s what to look for….

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Paul Ryan must be in Ricks ear.

Santorum, at least, has found the sweet spot – the essential meaning of this campaign.

Romney? Not so much.

rickyricardo on February 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Did he really say if you vote for him you have kept your honor? A little too lofty, that.

Paddington on February 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Mittbot code word of the day from headquarters: “creepy”.

OK kids – earn that dough! :

Marcus on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

The guy who introduced him attacked Romney
Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

The guy who introduced Santorum is Foster Friess. Friess is a longtime friend of Santorum’s and the major contributor to his super PAC.

Here’s what Friess said in an interview yesterday:

Friess had no hesitation in bringing the Mormon Church, of which the Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney is a member, into an attack on abuse of welfare benefits, suggesting, without explanation, that “little Mormon gals” were getting pregnant with rich men and taking welfare to pay for their babies.

Santorum and his friends are so classy and intelligent, aren’t they?

http://news.yahoo.com/loose-talking-santorum-donor-friess-star-turn-dc-072437327.html

JA on February 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

“As a result, government will own because you will have to pay tribute to Washington in order to get the care you need for your children pay for my earmarks,” Richard Santorum

FIFY

Gunlock Bill on February 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

“I am the only candidate in this race, Republican or Democrat, who has never worked a day in Washington,”

Says the man who wanted to spend years in Washington but couldn’t get himself elected to the Senate running against Kennedy.

Bug or feature?

WisRich on February 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I’m starting to like Santorum, and I never thought I’d say that.

mbs on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

His whole speech was an attack on Romney.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM
Santorum was ripping into liberals, so yes, It was an attack on Romney.

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

BINGO!

WINNER!

Pragmatic on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

One of the concerns I’ve heard about Santorum is that he does not believe in the separation of church and state, believing just the opposite, and that being the case it is also fair to say: If the idea of church-granted rights wins out, the church will own you.

It’s one thing to say that our rights come from beyond the power of man, from God, and therefor man doesn’t have a right to infringe on our rights, but that applies to men in the church as well as in the government.

FloatingRock on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

His whole speech was an attack on Romney.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I bet you wish you could have saved your racist rock for Santorum now.

cozmo on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

The government owns almost half the population now anyway!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

If it’s such a lost cause, why do you need to convince anyone to give it up?

sadarj on February 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Mitt has to go!

No More Mitt!

Go Rick Go!

Mitt needs to go ‘primary’ Obama if he wants to be President . . . why is he allowed in the Republican Party . . .he’s stinkng up the place with his lies and his liberal resume!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pragmatic on February 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

If we want to select Santorum, we will have to do extra defensive work to smooth out the mischaracterizations. We have to do that before Obama predictably brings on these attacks.

In a theoretical sense, he says – the same thing – as most other candidates on constitutional / states rights issues — on a state’s right to regulate… private sexual behavior. Be frank, this is a major but disingenuous anti-Santorum issue.

This is key. He says the same thing about a state’s right to regulate homosexuality (and heterosexuality), but he says that HE does not favor such regulations. We are going to have to beat a dead horse in order to make this clear in this case.

anotherJoe on February 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Santorum’s 100% right on the healthcare issue, but it’s too bad he’s a hypocrite when it comes to “Big Government” in general.

Aizen on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Mittbot code word of the day from headquarters: “creepy”.

OK kids – earn that dough! :

Marcus on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

No fair!

I like using that to describe nutball Romney fluffers.

cozmo on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

The guy who introduced him attacked Romney
Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

And we can’t have someone attacking Romney.
Nooooo!
///

annoyinglittletwerp on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I’m starting to like Santorum, and I never thought I’d say that.

mbs on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

When compared with Mitt Romney, Santorum ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pragmatic on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I have asking the same question…”The Unknown Blogger”…heh.

d1carter on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

If it’s such a lost cause, why do you need to convince anyone to give it up?

sadarj on February 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

He learned that from Newt.

cozmo on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Remember that time, just a few weeks ago, when Mittens was rambling on and on about the rights “our founders gave to us” in a pathetic attempt to pander to the conservative base? He can use “conservative code words” all he wants, but he will never convince anyone that he is an actual conservative.

steebo77 on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

He’s looking better all the time. Can he debate the won well enough to eviscerate him? That’s what I want to see.

chickie on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

His so-con fascism really is quite hateable.

Vyce on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

He’s right as rain on this.

dczombie on February 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Is he my candidate? No. Is he right as farkin’ rain on this? You betcha.

Sekhmet on February 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

which makes one wonder why he isn’t your candidate. You say is 100% right on this the central issue of the campaign but you don’t support him. which means you have other issues more important than the central role of government in the lives of free people.

unseen on February 10, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Inalienable rights.

Not minus individual rights, which is not what collectivism offers.

Sanctity isn’t restricted to institutions.

Speakup on February 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

His so-con fascism really is quite hateable.

Vyce on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Yeah. How dare he speak what the majority of Americans believe./

kingsjester on February 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Paul Ryan must be in Ricks ear.

Santorum, at least, has found the sweet spot – the essential meaning of this campaign.

Romney? Not so much.

rickyricardo on February 10, 2012 at 2:03 PM

.
Vice a versa- Its Rick “capturing” the spirit– Santo better be careful about who says what when or first, because some of those phrases are exactly what Ryan said yesterday on Hewitt.

FlaMurph on February 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

His so-con fascism really is quite hateable.

Vyce on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

There’s been a lot of comments like this lately. I will say this: if Rick does win in Nov, the GOP will permanently change. It’ll become an American CDU, with social liberals, soft fiscal conservatives going Democratic. Long term, it could work for the GOP since there are more middle, working class voters with conservative family values.

IR-MN on February 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

“Santorum and his friends are so classy and intelligent, aren’t they?

http://news.yahoo.com/loose-talking-santorum-donor-friess-star-turn-dc-072437327.html

JA on February 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM”

You know he may have been referring to FLDS right?

Bluray on February 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Santorum’s 100% right on the healthcare issue, but it’s too bad he’s a hypocrite when it comes to “Big Government” in general.

Aizen on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Yeah, I prefer him over Newt and Romney but not by a lot.

FloatingRock on February 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Santorum is correct of course. The government grants no rights, rights are God given. The Constitution only re-affirms the rights every person already has merely by virtue of being human.

Axion on February 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

chudi wants to talk to you!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

His whole speech was an attack on Romney.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Than you did not listen, and you are just guessing.
Pal, Rick never mentioned Mitt until 15 minutes into his 22 minute speech, and only regarding Mitt as being the “godfather of ObamaCare”, than he mentioned that 2 of the three others candidates supported bailouts…that’s it, that’s it all he mentioned.
You, my young foolish friend, are a liar…unless you consider a speech about limiting government control, freedom, and being conservative is an attack on Romney.

right2bright on February 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Aizen on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Not even big government in general, healthcare specifically: Medicare Part D.

peachaeo on February 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

He can use “conservative code words” all he wants, but he will never convince anyone that he is an actual conservative.

steebo77 on February 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Code words…or action…some choose words…

right2bright on February 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

LOL

peachaeo on February 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

He’s captured the essence of this fight . . . now, if he can stick with it and stop beating on his contemporaries he might progress.

rplat on February 10, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Yeah. How dare he speak what the majority of Americans believe./

kingsjester on February 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Yeah, the majority of Americans don’t want lower taxes or less regulation. The majority of Americans wish the government were more intrusive, especially in the bedroom.

MadisonConservative on February 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

There are those in the Oval Office who believe that’s not the case, that rights do, in fact, come from the government, and they have gone around convincing the American people that they can give you rights.

It’s not just the Oval Office or even just this Oval Office. The lefties have been brainwashing us with this idea through the schools they control for at least a half-century, and maybe longer. Americans need to wake themselves up from this schism.

It’s not even the US Constitution that gives us our rights. The Constitution derives its power from us. It protects our Creator-endowed rights by giving the government only limited and carefully enumerated powers. The only way they get away with this control, and are already, is because we’ve gone to sleep, gotten complacent and forgotten that we must still be participants in our own governing and be vigilant in protecting our natural rights by keeping the tyrants in check and kicking them out of office if they don’t want to play by our rules.

stukinIL4now on February 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Ricko…!

Seven Percent Solution on February 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Zzzzzzzzzz… Not voting for this loser anyway. Religion should be catered to in church, not legislature.

Archivarix on February 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM


He says the same thing about a state’s right to regulate homosexuality (and heterosexuality), but he says that HE does not favor such regulations. We are going to have to beat a dead horse in order to make this clear in this case.

anotherJoe on February 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

May I ask a favor of you. It is easy to find quotes where Santorum argues that the state has a right to regulate behavior (MadisonConservative provided the most prominent one above). Regarding your assertion that “…HE does not favor such regulations”, however, I have tried to substantiate that but have been unable to find any quotes that support that statement. Could you please tell me where you saw that? Thanks.

HTL on February 10, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Yeah, the majority of Americans don’t want lower taxes or less regulation. The majority of Americans wish the government were more intrusive, especially in the bedroom.

MadisonConservative on February 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

If Rick were to be elected, would he have to get congress to write such legislation, or do you believe he would write executive orders that regulate behaviour in the bedroom?

tom daschle concerned on February 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

How the hell does Santorum square this:

“Are we going to believe, as our Founders did, that our rights don’t come from the government, that they come from a much higher authority?”

with this:

They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.

That is not how traditional conservatives view the world.

If we are in fact “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”, then who the hell is Rick Santorum to say that the government should get involved in whats going on in your bedroom? Is this ass running for President or for God?

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Not even big government in general, healthcare specifically: Medicare Part D.

peachaeo on February 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

You know, I actually forgot about that…

Then, I remembered that Santorum also voted for almost every farm subsidy, No Child Left Behind, increasing the debt ceiling five separate times, loads of earmarks, and now you’ve got Rush Limnbaugh and all of talk-radio calling him a “true conservative.”

What has happened to conservatism in America?

Aizen on February 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I feel pretty sure than Santorum is solidifying the not-Romney vote pretty effectively, at this point. If the base can succeed in vetoing Romney, I think folks that you can pretty comfortably say hello now to your new nominee.

The last not-Romney left standing, and arguably the best prepared of the ill prepared for enough of what the base needs to jump on board. Newt was too blatantly hypocritical and full of himself. Rick is hypocritical, but cloaks himself in the right language and presentation.

Romney vs. Santorum begins.

Boomer_Sooner on February 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Finally we know what makes Mitt electable: the hair, the hair Louisa!

neuquenguy on February 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

His whole speech was an attack on Romney.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Chudi, it’s not an attack on Romney merely to assert that we should return to our nation’s roots, be more conservative and be inspired by the Delcaration of Independence. Oh, wait, yes, I see what you’re saying…it really is an attack on Romney.

Burke on February 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yeah, the majority of Americans don’t want lower taxes or less regulation. The majority of Americans wish the government were more intrusive, especially in the bedroom.

MadisonConservative on February 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Santorum and Newt are the only ones running who helped roll back government a little bit with welfare reform, and he is the only one who was against the massive government bailouts.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I’m starting to like Santorum, and I never thought I’d say that.

mbs on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Glad to hear it :D

Mr. Prodigy on February 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

If the idea of government-granted rights wins out, government will own you

If?

rhombus on February 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I’m starting to like Santorum, and I never thought I’d say that.

mbs on February 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

What has he ever run…he has never even run a state. What is the difference between him and Obama. I called Obama an emptysuit, and that’s exactly what Santorum is. He is an emptysuit.

Can anybody give me a good reason how Santorum can run this economy, if he has never run anything in his life. I can understand Perry, even though he is a racist. At least, he has run a state. Santorum has never done that. His only experience is being in the senate for 12 yrs, and losing in a blowout to a liberal in a swing state. Gee, why not nominate him to run in 12 swing states.

You people really need to have your heads examined.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Just came through my Twitter stream

1 minute ago
Santorum takes lead in Tennessee
Posted by
CNN’s Kevin Liptak

(CNN) – Rick Santorum is running ahead of his rivals in Tennessee, a stronghold of evangelical Christians that votes on March 6, Super Tuesday.

Thirty four percent of likely Republican primary voters said they were backing Santorum, while 27% named Mitt Romney, 16% backed Newt Gingrich and 13% picked Ron Paul. The poll was taken by American Research Group February 8-9, when voters would have known about Santorum’s sweep of voting contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

Flora Duh on February 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Santorum and Newt are the only ones running who helped roll back government a little bit with welfare reform, and he is the only one who was against the massive government bailouts.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Except for all those times he voted for more and more and more government spending. Lets ignore those.

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Yeah, the majority of Americans don’t want lower taxes or less regulation. The majority of Americans wish the government were more intrusive, especially in the bedroom.

MadisonConservative on February 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Tell me how he will legislate morality.

kingsjester on February 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

You people really need to have your heads examined.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Aren’t you to one who always plays Rock,Paper,Racist?

portlandon on February 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Ron Paul will never be elected.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Why couldn’t have Pawlenty just stayed in the race.

mrscullen on February 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

then who the hell is Rick Santorum to say that the government should get involved in whats going on in your bedroom? Is this ass running for President or for God?

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

in his head, probably both…

jimver on February 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Ron Paul will never be elected.

sharrukin on February 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Neither will this religious nutjob.

thphilli on February 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Santorum’s 100% right on the healthcare issue, but it’s too bad he’s a hypocrite when it comes to “Big Government” in general.

Aizen on February 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

You do know that Santorum is the only person running who actually cut BILLIONS of dollars from the federal budget? He authored the Welfare Reform Act and got it pushed through the Senate.

He also did not support the bailouts like Mitt and Newt did.

fight like a girl on February 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

0bama won in 2008. Didn’t you hear?

pedestrian on February 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

So that’s why Dewey beat Truman!

Flora Duh on February 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Receding hairline! I’m glad you warned us! I was thinking of voting for the guy!

tom on February 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

MadisonConservative on February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Oh, good, MadCon is here to advocate for NO government/NO law/NO regulation/greedy libertinism, ie anarchy. I was afraid he/she was sick, since I haven’t seen that cut and paste posted anywhere in a couple hours.

/

pannw on February 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Go away, Rick. America needs an economic champion in the White House. Not a religious busy-body that likes to stick his nose in people’s bedrooms.

Cordell on February 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

You do know that Santorum is the only person running who actually cut BILLIONS of dollars from the federal budget? He authored the Welfare Reform Act and got it pushed through the Senate.

He also did not support the bailouts like Mitt and Newt did.

fight like a girl on February 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I know that, but it doesn’t excuse any of his big government votes.

In terms of fiscal conservatism and small government, Ron Paul has the others beat badly. Unfortunately, there’s Paul’s foreign policy…

Aizen on February 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Sanaterium publicly supported the NDAA – just like mittens. This act gives the executive power, ie Obama, the ability to detain American citizens on US soil indefinitely without their due process also known as the 5th Amendment. If the neocon Senator Sanaterim actually supported rights he would be against the NDAA.

Sanaterium is nothing more than a big government ass-hat that also wants to tell private adult individuals what they can and can’t do in their bedroom. He’s also another warmongering chicken-hawk.

MoreLiberty on February 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Santorum has never done that. His only experience is being in the senate for 12 yrs, and losing in a blowout to a liberal in a swing state. Gee, why not nominate him to run in 12 swing states.

You people really need to have your heads examined.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Wasn’t it General MacArthur who said “I’ll shall return”.

Didn’t Reagan loose the ’76 Nomination.

I don’t hold it against him.

WisRich on February 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Why couldn’t have Pawlenty just stayed in the race.

mrscullen on February 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The payoff from Romney was too good to pass on.

Archivarix on February 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Now, THAT’s inspiring.

Portia46 on February 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Say’s Mitt…now here is a question, if he was looking to consult for a company, would he choose someone to run that company that “never worked a day in business”?

right2bright on February 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM

aren’t you showing your smarts now…you forgot when you and the ever angry TP were so vocal about not wanting the Washington critters to run the country…now Washington ‘experience’ is in!…consistency…in the same tradition like running on the bandwagon of three crackpot candidates, one whackier than his predecessor…

jimver on February 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

“If you like your doctor, you can keep him?”

Remember that one?

The government can’t give you anything. All the government can do is take your money and give you some small portion of it back as a benefit, after squandering and stealing most of it.

Haiku Guy on February 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Go away, Rick. America needs an economic champion in the White House. Not a religious busy-body that likes to stick his nose in people’s bedrooms.

Cordell on February 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I’d like to learn more about this, can you point to some initiatives he sponsored in the Senate (the only record we have) related to this?

neuquenguy on February 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Even as a Romney supporter, really liked this speech.

Red Cloud on February 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Here is a good take from legal insurrection on mittens …

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/02/blaming-the-victim/

IMHO this is the money quote:
Even Peggy Noonan gets it:

The Romney campaign is better at dismantling than mantling. They’re better at taking opponents apart than building a compelling candidate of their own.

there is more … good site … (not mine … I am not even close to being a law professor but it is a good read ….

conservative tarheel on February 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

As I said yesterday, if Santorum becomes president, your illicit sex will remain safer than unborn babies in Massachusetts.

flyfisher on February 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Can anybody give me a good reason how Santorum can run this economy

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Good grief! Again with the “run the economy” crap. WTF would we want to elect anyone who claims to be able to “run” trillions of individual transactions every day? He doesn’t claim to be able to “run the economy” which is part of his draw.

Do you truly believe we should elect someone who wants to try to control economic choices from the top down?

Lost in Jersey on February 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Go away, Rick. America needs an economic champion in the White House. Not a religious busy-body that likes to stick his nose in people’s bedrooms.

Cordell on February 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Don’t the atheists and Christian bigots have a site? I am sure they do since they have been inflicting their immoral views into our lives for years.

fight like a girl on February 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

In terms of fiscal conservatism and small government, Ron Paul has the others beat badly. Unfortunately, there’s Paul’s foreign policy…

Aizen on February 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I’ll become a faithful Ronulan if he promises to sign up Allen West for VP. He’s not the guy who might let the military down. On the other hand, it’s also a great replacement in case RP passes into the better world with no White House or Fed.

Archivarix on February 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

As I said yesterday, if Santorum becomes president, your illicit sex will remain safer than unborn babies in Massachusetts.

flyfisher on February 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

GREAT COMEBACK!

fight like a girl on February 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Interesting vision:

One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a Libertarianish right.

They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues.

That is not how traditional conservatives view the world. There is no such society that I’m aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.

I guess government-granted rights are fine as long as the idea comes from someone who calls himself a conservative.

MadisonConservative on February 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Ah there is the quote I was looking for, to post in the “Bellweather Santorum” thread which is running off the rails: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/09/bellwether-santorum-blows-past-gingrich-in-pennsylvania-now-leads-romney-by-one/#commentform

Madison, didn’t you write an article recently related to this quote? My HA search skills are failing me today.

cmsciulli on February 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Do you truly believe we should elect someone who wants to try to control economic choices from the top down?

Lost in Jersey on February 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Santorum supporters are really delusional…Wow!!! These are the people I am having a discussion with. Either you are downright stupid or you are being disingenuous…and I pick the latter, and it’s really pathetic.

Chudi on February 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

This dork and his receeding hairline will never be President. Please give up your delusions.

An intelligent analysis, there.

Right Mover on February 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

tkyang99 on February 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Er, his hair is normal, brah; projecting much?

IR-MN on February 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Finally we know what makes Mitt electable: the hair, the hair Louisa!

neuquenguy on February 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

LOL … it worked so well for Kerry and Edwards … hehehehehe

conservative tarheel on February 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM

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