Ohio Attorney General: Forget Mitt Romney, I’m supporting Rick Santorum now

posted at 3:40 pm on February 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Rick Santorum will be the third presidential candidate to enjoy the endorsement of Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine. The AG, who was the force behind Ohio’s participation in the states’ lawsuit to block Obamacare, initially supported former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. When Pawlenty exited the race, DeWine transferred his support to Mitt Romney, whom Pawlenty also backed. Today, though, DeWine will reassign his endorsement yet again — this time to his former colleague in the Senate, Rick Santorum, according to Associated Press sources.

Two ways to look at this: Either (a) the endorsement means more because DeWine once liked Romney, signifying that he’s not just supporting Santorum because he can’t stand Romney or (b) the endorsement means less because DeWine once liked Romney, signifying that he just can’t make up his mind and might not actually be 100 percent sold on Santorum, either.

Because I like Santorum, I’ll interpret this positively for the former Pennsylvania senator. DeWine’s defection not only suggests a certain inadequacy in Mitt Romney, but also suggests he sees enough presidential potential in Santorum to make it worth his while to publicly change his opinion.

Until DeWine makes his official announcement and explains why he chose to make the switch, we won’t know for sure what led him to change his mind, but Romney supporter and former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu speculates it had to do with an ad by the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC, “Restore Our Future.”

“It is my understanding that the Super PAC that supports Gov. Romney had an ad out there that mentioned that Rick Santorum supported this amendment that gives voting rights to convicted felons and that the only three Republicans who voted for that amendment were Arlen Specter, Rick Santorum and Mike DeWine,” Sununu said on a conference call. “We have had people tell us that Mike DeWine was upset that that issue was raised by the Super PAC that is favorable to Mitt Romney and so he’s making the change.”

The flip shouldn’t affect the race in Ohio too greatly, Sununu said.

“The swing of Mike DeWine from one candidate to another is not a significant thing,” he said. “You love to get endorsements, but the most important thing you can get from an endorser is their organization and, frankly, as I understand it, attorney generals don’t have that much of a political organization.”

Sununu said neither Santorum’s general surge nor DeWine’s defection diminishes the case for Mitt Romney’s electability.

“Nothing has changed in terms of strategy or tactics as we move forward and the fact that the governor is so far ahead in terms of delegates means that so far he’s demonstrated that he’s the most electable,” he said.

I suspect the Santorum campaign will say differently — and rightly so. Santorum continues to poll well nationally and in Ohio: The latest Quinnipiac poll showed that, if the Ohio primary were held yesterday, Santorum would take it with 36 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney polled at 29 percent. Nor is Ohio insignificant; It is winner-take-all, and 66 delegates are up for grabs. No Republican nominee has reached the White House without winning Ohio.

Sununu’s cool spin aside, DeWine’s defection surely stings Romney.

Update: Here’s an excerpt from the official statement from the Santorum campaign:

In October, DeWine endorsed Governor Mitt Romney, but after closer scrutiny of Romney’s record and campaign style, he decided to switch his support to Rick Santorum. DeWine said,

“To be elected President, you have to do more than tear down your opponents,” DeWine said.  “You have to give the American people a reason to vote for you — a reason to hope — a reason to believe that under your leadership, America will be better.  Rick Santorum has done that.  Sadly, Governor Romney has not.”

“For some time now, it has been clear to me that Rick Santorum should be the Republican nominee for President,” DeWine said. “To be frank, I’ve had some sleepless nights.  I could not, in good conscience, be on record endorsing Governor Romney when I knew in my heart that Rick Santorum was the better candidate.”


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John Hitchcock on February 18, 2012 at 6:07 AM

Do your own research so you won’t be so stupid.

http://www.whyromney.com/ontheissues.php

mountainaires on February 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM

If you love Obama’s crony capitalism, you’ll really love Santorum’s version:

Ronald Reagan said, “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom.” Rick Santorum, in 2008, said, “This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. 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. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone.” I can handle Santorum’s view of social conservatism and the need for cultural integrity. But he goes off the rails when he blends it with a version of fiscal conservatism that is anything but conservative and which fuels the government leviathan that, as it expands, takes away core freedoms and is run by entrenched progressive civil servants who are anything but conservative.

Rick Santorum’s voting record reflects his rejection of small government. See for yourself.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/09/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like-2/

http://thelibertyblog.org/2012/01/22/rick-santorums-negatives-part-14-political-venture-capitalist-crony-corporatist-and-george-bernard-shaw/

mountainaires on February 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM

mountainaires on February 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Does Romney pay you overtime, or do they just e-mail you those links?

Think for yourself. Explain to me why he’s behind in the state where his Father was the Governor?

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 8:16 AM

All these Romneybot smear-campaign attacks against Santorum for not being a genuine Conservative…

John Hitchcock on February 18, 2012 at 6:07 AM

I swear, these Santorum and Gingrich supporters are the biggest babies I’ve ever seen. Just like whiny Democrats.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

mountainaires on February 18, 2012 at 7:57 AM

So, uh, why should I vote for Romney instead?

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 8:25 AM

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Uh huh. Okay. Perhaps you can explain to me why Romney’s behind in Michigan, where his Dad was Governor?

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I swear, these Santorum and Gingrich supporters are the biggest babies I’ve ever seen. Just like whiny Democrats.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Willard is headed to Kolob, and then on to his great reward, a planet all his own…but he will never be sworn in as POTUS.

tom daschle concerned on February 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

All these Romneybot smear-campaign attacks against Santorum for not being a genuine Conservative…

John Hitchcock on February 18, 2012 at 6:07 AM

I swear, these Santorum and Gingrich supporters are the biggest babies I’ve ever seen. Just like whiny Democrats.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

“Anti-Mormon bigot!!!! OWSer!!! Obama voter!!!! Anti-capitalist!!! ‘Purist’!!!!” That’s whining. Pointing out Romney’s sliming tactics is just that.

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Uh huh. Okay. Perhaps you can explain to me why Romney’s behind in Michigan, where his Dad was Governor?

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

And the larger question: why is he tanking with indies? I thought that was the whole rationale behind eating the Romney crap sandwich: Independents love him!!!!

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Giraffes were created when Chuck Norris uppercut a horse.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The REAL Santorum…..

Rick Santorum is a pro-life statist. He is. You will have to deal with it. He is a big government conservative. Santorum is right on social issues, but has never let his love of social issues stand in the way of the creeping expansion of the welfare state. In fact, he has been complicit in the expansion of the welfare state.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Giraffes were created when Chuck Norris uppercut a horse.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Do the nurses know that you’re using their computer again?

A meltdown is a horrible thing. Your candidate’s tanking, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Santorum strikes again with his big government statism. He is as despicable as Obama is! IE: Green energy

It is NOT the federal government’s job to encourage private sector technology.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Ohio is the most bipolar, schizophrenic state in the union. It’s a follower and not a leader, and it will always go for the flavor of the day.

jan3 on February 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

“‘Those grapes are probably sour anyway,’ the Fox sniffed, slinking away.”

Kent18 on February 17, 2012 at 6:48 PM

No sorry grapes here. Look at Ohio’s history. And Dewine…all 5’4″ of him was washed out in 2006 with the other big-spending moderates like Santorum.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Has Chuck Norris endorsed Santorum yet?

That will make even more Romney fans explode in blind rage and outdated talking points.

And the larger question: why is he tanking with indies? I thought that was the whole rationale behind eating the Romney crap sandwich: Independents love him!!!!

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

The “Sally Field moment” is coming for Romney supporters: When they realize that independents and conservatives don’t like Romney. They REALLY don’t like him.

Right now there are still Romney supporters in denial, but they need to just get over it and enjoy firing Mitt as a candidate for the nomination.

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

The only thing more pathetic than the unstable milk-toast candidates are their rabidly blind supporters!

ray on February 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM

So, along with spamming Hot Air with links to your lame blog and trolling, you are now thread jacking.

Ironically, you spent the entire day yesterday trying to get people banned for taking threads off topic (which in fact you and your ilk started) and here you are again, trying to high jack another thread. I expect you to call for your own banning today. You know, just to be intellectually honest and all.

It’s no wonder you have to trick people into visiting your childish blog. You’re a simpleton, a hypocrite, and intellectually bankrupt.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

C’mon, csd, jan3, ray, explain to me why your candidate is losing the state that his Dad was the Governor of, and, on top of that, why are his Independent numbers tanking? I thought he was “Mr. Inevitable”?

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

When anyone says “No one is perfect”, they are personally insulting Mitt Romney.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

So, along with spamming Hot Air with links to your lame blog and trolling, you are now thread jacking.

Ironically, you spent the entire day yesterday trying to get people banned for taking threads off topic (which in fact you and your ilk started) and here you are again, trying to high jack another thread. I expect you to call for your own banning today. You know, just to be intellectually honest and all.

It’s no wonder you have to trick people into visiting your childish blog. You’re a simpleton, a hypocrite, and intellectually bankrupt.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

You’re a delusional, ineffectual, little piece of work, aren’t you? Now, answer the legitimate question, or go take your medication.

You’re full of it.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

No sorry grapes here. Look at Ohio’s history. And Dewine…all 5’4″ of him was washed out in 2006 with the other big-spending moderates like Santorum.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Which still doesn’t tell me why I should vote for Romney, who was also a 2006 washout. And what does DeWine’s height have to do with anything?

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I see the Romney campaign tactic of “you suck” is still in effect.

Folks are tired of being told to vote for the guy who can best pass as a Democrat, for the good of the party.. then loosing, and then 4 years later, being told the same damn thing,.. like we haven’t tired it yet.

Ford 76, HW Bush 92, Dole 96, McCain 08…

when are the so called mods going to get, running away from conservatism doesn’t get rewarded by the voters in the general, it just doesn’t.

Reagan was right, much as it pains the mods, Conservatism wins, and it works everytime it’s tried. The Romney campaign has been entirely two faced on this. They try, with a smirk, but try to tell us in the party, Romney’s really the bestest conservative EVAH…

then in appearrence after appearence, interview after interview in the MSM, they sell him as the nice quiet, would never ever say anything mean to the democrats,.. no they’re good people…

it’s those insane conservatives like Santorum and Gingrich who can’t trust…

This, is why you fail.

The mods and establishment never learn from mistakes. and seem to value second place much higher than rocking the boat with peasant imput, and those ickey conservative values.. scares their liberal friends and neighbors away.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Mitt supporters, summarized:

THE ECONOMY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE THIS ELECTION! NOW, LET’S TALK ENDLESSLY ABOUT RICK SANTORUM’S SOCIAL VIEWS!

I’ll make this easy for you Rombo’s: If you want to know what Rick Santorum personally thinks about social issues, I need forward you only one link:

http://old.usccb.org/catechism/text/ – The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

So Rick Santorum is no more extreme than 24 percent of the national population and 40 percent of the electorate when it comes to the influence on social values. Like most Catholics, he does not think his personal beliefs should be codified into law as a prohibition on behavior – at worst he simply pines for the President’s bully pulpit to help focus the argument on what concerns the culture affecting all of society’s institutions.

BKennedy on February 18, 2012 at 3:40 AM

While I disagree with Roman Catholicism on their claims of authority, this states it well.

When anyone says “No one is perfect”, they are personally insulting Mitt Romney.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM

In contrast, what we see from csdeven is just the insanity of supporting Romney for no reason.

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I swear, these Romney Santorum and Gingrich supporters are the biggest babies I’ve ever seen. Just like whiny Democrats.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

* cough *

DevilsPrinciple on February 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

The only thing more pathetic than the unstable milk-toast candidates are their rabidly blind supporters!

ray on February 18, 2012 at 9:03 AM

But watch how their valiant efforts turn things around for their candidate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDAmPIq29ro

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM

* cough *

DevilsPrinciple on February 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Now there’s an effective argument: Edit what they wrote.
/

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 9:32 AM

No sorry grapes here. Look at Ohio’s history. And Dewine…all 5’4″ of him was washed out in 2006 with the other big-spending moderates like Santorum.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

I live here, Dewine was always a reasonably well respected politician, and lost in 06, because so many conservatives sat at home to protest Washington spending..

yeah, that was smart,../s..

No sour grapes you say, then snark about the man’s height?

Dewine’s a good family man, and if an endorsement is grounds to start being vile.. what the Hell won’t you Romney bots stoop to doing?

He made an endorsement, grow up and deal with it.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:08 AM

try analyzing this (you know from a real writer)…
http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/article/york-why-did-santorum-lose-his-sen-seat-18-pt/379616

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Ya know KJ. Since you have appointed yourself as the perfect Christian and arbiter of who is worthy to post here why don’t you send the mods the inclusive list of who should be allowed.
I bet your neighbors tire of you putting your ear to the wall to see what they are doing….

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 9:47 AM

That’s it, Troll. Attack me. But, leave the sweetest person on Hot Air, Miss Cindy Munford, alone. I saw what you wrote on the other thread. You are the same horse’s rear that was stalking HA women on FB a couple of years ago.

Discuss the issues, Mittbot. Your boy’s in the tank, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Now, answer the day’s question. Why is your boy losing Michigan, the state his Dad was Governor of?

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Ohio is the most bipolar, schizophrenic state in the union. It’s a follower and not a leader, and it will always go for the flavor of the day.

jan3 on February 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Lady,… are you trying to be an ass.. This state was always a swing state, that doesn’t make us collectively nutz you pompous twit.

I suppose to win favor in your eyes as a wonderous bastion of clear thinking, we must all rush out and vote for Romney…

right?

You are a stone cold example of the kind of elitist fops who pass judgement on their fellow citizens based entirely on wether we hang on your every word, and think, exactly as you demand. I can think of a quick half dozen reasons to favor Rick over Mitten’s.. but way down at the bottom of the list,..

a new one..

because it will piss you off..

Ohio gave this country avaiation, Neil Armstrong,.. 8 presidents, and is the communications hub for virtually all information which flows through this country,… we fight in all the wars, and we play football like it was a holy mission..

We do not need your approval to think on our own..

We’re Buckeyes.. we go our own way.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Why discourse with Kostards?

tom daschle concerned on February 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

tom daschle concerned on February 18, 2012 at 9:53 AM

He got my “Southern Gentleman Dander” up when he made fun of Miss Cindy.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM

KJ that is your standard operating tactic in your efforts to have posters banned. You know I didn’t stalk anyone.
As to whatever comments I address to others don’t you “find it a little ironic” that KJ sees himself as the self appointed knight in shining armor to defend the ladies.
I certainly won’t answer demands from a caricature of Al Bundy.

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM

He got my “Southern Gentleman Dander” up when he made fun of Miss Cindy.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

You should change your handle to Festus.
“Marshall Ed Marshall Ed thar’s a rude customer in the saloon makin fun o miss Kitty! want me to get some rope for you?”

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Name one thing Romney did while in office that shows he’s an actual Conservative, or admit all you are doing is smearing Romney’s opponents so that everyone else appears at least as tainted and undesirable as Romney is without smears. Just name one. I bet you cannot do it. You cannot focus on anything Conservative out of Romney in order to sway Conservative voters, because there is no “there” there. Thus you have to use dishonest tactics to destroy all his foes.

John Hitchcock on February 18, 2012 at 6:07 AM

This is just bizarre. Do you not read anything but your own comments?

Priscilla on February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Do you not read anything but your own comments?

Priscilla on February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Probably not because he fancies himself as profound and wouldn’t want to spoil the self image…

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Answer the question, or shut up.

Oh, you can’t answer it, so, you’re going to continue to attack me in order to try to build yup so “cred” among the other Trolls.

Pitiful.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

KJ that is your standard operating tactic in your efforts to have posters banned. You know I didn’t stalk anyone.
As to whatever comments I address to others don’t you “find it a little ironic” that KJ sees himself as the self appointed knight in shining armor to defend the ladies.
I certainly won’t answer demands from a caricature of Al Bundy.

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM

All he really did was ask why Mr Inevitable Superelectable is tanking across the board. None of the ‘bots seem to have an answer. Care to take a stab at it, Bradky?

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 10:03 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Have a tissue Festus. Hate to see you ruin your makeup….

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Cowardly little Troll.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Have a tissue Festus. Hate to see you ruin your makeup….

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Considering the way Romney’s nosediving, you should probably be saving those tissues for yourself. Losing in Michigan AND Ohio to a no-name NotRomney. LOL

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Since the Rombots annot answer, I will.

Romney is tanking because he can’t deal with RomneyCare honestly, and is just a bad candidate:

He lacks discipline saying odd career-killing things like “I like to fire people” and supplements his cred as a business guru by offering in index the minimum wage

He has only won because a superPAC did the heavy lifting of smearing each opponent who rose to challenge him.

He lacks vision and cannot inspire people.

He is Obama-lite without the charisma.

He claims he is electible because he is electible, until this is proven false, and polss show independents now hate Romney.

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Nice summary.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Neener Neener Neener. Are you really an adult in his forties?

Good laughs though so I have to thank you for that…..

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Answer the question, Troll.

I’m not the one throwing out all of these ad hominems because my candidate is tanking and I can’t defend him.

I’m laughing at you, Troll. This isn’t a playground. This is Hot Air, the best Conservative site on the web. And you are out of your league.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Do you not read anything but your own comments?

Priscilla on February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Probably not because he fancies himself as profound and wouldn’t want to spoil the self image…

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The NotRomney fan laid down a challenge and all the ‘bots can do is a little more ad hominem? LOL Typical.

ddrintn on February 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

This is just bizarre. Do you not read anything but your own comments?

Priscilla on February 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

covers about ever Rombot who posts here…

They have had their fingers rammed up to the third knuckle in their earsfor so long, they are gobsmacked, Rom’s loosing..

To Santorum?…. which just deepens the rage, since your average Rombot is closer to Barney Frank on social issues than they ever will be to anyone in this party.

Bottom line, is Rom’s the perfect candidate, if you’re so uncomfortable in your skin you have greater sympathy for New England democrats than Ohio conservatives..

why are you people even in the GOP?

Democrat lite, is not a governing philosphy, it’s just me tooism.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Only one this hurts is Dewine… and the GOP as a whole. Looks stupid.

PKinMI on February 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM

you said it.

svs22422 on February 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Now that you have effectively highjacked this thread, I patiently await for you to demand that you to be banned. Just so you can be intellectually honest and all.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Don’t cry. It’s unbecoming.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ronald Reagan said, “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom.” Rick Santorum, in 2008, said, “This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. 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. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone.” I can handle Santorum’s view of social conservatism and the need for cultural integrity.

the anti-Reagan and an anti-Liberty,this is Rick Santorum.

The GOP,destroying itself from within,just like the ol US of A,being destroyed from within.

svs22422 on February 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The floor is open, if you have any grownup arguments to make.

*crickets*

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Probably not because he fancies himself as profound and wouldn’t want to spoil the self image…

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

He has been spamming Hot Air with links to his lame blog for years. If he were as profound as he thinks he is, he wouldn’t have to STILL trick folks into visiting his blog. They would be flocking to it like folks flock to Hot Air.

But that doesn’t stop him from sitting on his self made pedestal preaching to the masses how important he is. After spending the entire day yesterday demanding people to be banned, and even suggesting a conspiracy to others at Hot Air to email Ed and Allah to get it done, he begins today by highjacking a thread.

Kingjester is the epitome of self aggrandizement.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Ronald Reagan said, “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom.” Rick Santorum, in 2008, said, “This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. 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. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone.” I can handle Santorum’s view of social conservatism and the need for cultural integrity.

the anti-Reagan and an anti-Liberty,this is Rick Santorum.

The GOP,destroying itself from within,just like the ol US of A,being destroyed from within.

svs22422 on February 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

So conservatives must all be liberTINES, or all is lost.

Cute. How many times have you posted this exact same quote and comment?

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

notRomney = Obama. Remember you saw it here first. If Santorum wins the nomination Obama will golf on the day before the general election.

aloysiusmiller on February 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Neener Neener Neener. Are you really an adult in his forties?

Good laughs though so I have to thank you for that…..

Bradky on February 18, 2012 at 10:18 AM

hahahahaha

My sides are still hurting from the side splitting display of head exploding hilarity they put on yesterday! And KJ starts off today by doubling down on the head explosions by highjacking this thread after he screamed for bannings yesterday for thread jacking!! I don’t think my sides can take two days in a row of it!

lol

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

notRomney = Obama. Remember you saw it here first. If Santorum wins the nomination Obama will golf on the day before the general election.

aloysiusmiller on February 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

+ 1

And he’ll whack kittens and puppies with his wedge and still get elected!

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The comments are more entertaining than the delicious tanking of Willard!

And this gem:

“You are a stone cold example of the kind of elitist fops who pass judgement on their fellow citizens based entirely on wether we hang on your every word, and think, exactly as you demand. I can think of a quick half dozen reasons to favor Rick over Mitten’s.. but way down at the bottom of the list,..

a new one..

because it will piss you off..

(snip)

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

You might have to explain “fop” for the MittBots.
(chuckle)

As both a current and former Michigander (Daddy George, the “Lost Boy”, was my governor), I know why Mittens is tanking.
Let’s see if the Stake-Worshippers know.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Still waiting for your demand that you be banned you intellectually bankrupt, spamming troll simpleton.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

As I told you in the Palin Thread you jacked yesterday:

You live in a delusional world. Do you think your thread-jacking of umpteen million threads has gone unnoticed?

You’ve pushed it and pushed it, and Hot Air posters are way beyond fed up with you. It may not happen today, but, eventually, you’ll be gone.

kingsjester on February 17, 2012 at 1:20 PM

So, go crying to your grammy about it.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

the anti-Reagan and an anti-Liberty,this is Larry Flint

Reagan strongly enforced exisiting pornography laws through AG Edwin Meese. Do you really know what Ronald Reagan did as a conservative, svs90210?

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Kingjester is the epitome of self aggrandizement.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Did your mommy have to spell that big word for you?

lovingmyUSA on February 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Cute. How many times have you posted this exact same quote and comment?

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 10:54 AM

1

svs22422 on February 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

svs90210?

WhatNot on February 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM

lol

svs22422 on February 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I know when I am voting, I want to know who the Ohio Attorney General supports first.

Moesart on February 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Still waiting for you to prove your attitude of superior profundity by insisting that you are banned for hijacking threads.

You wont, because you can’t. You have trolled and spammed Hot Air for years with links to your lame blog and now you are perfecting your skill at thread jacking. Your hypocrisy is unmatched.

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I live here, Dewine was always a reasonably well respected politician, and lost in 06, because so many conservatives sat at home to protest Washington spending..

yeah, that was smart,../s..

No sour grapes you say, then snark about the man’s height?

Dewine’s a good family man, and if an endorsement is grounds to start being vile.. what the Hell won’t you Romney bots stoop to doing?

He made an endorsement, grow up and deal with it.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 9:33 AM

No, he made an endorsement, then flip-flopped for the man he now thinks might win, hoping to curry favor for the future. That’s exactly what we came to expect from this little moderate when he was a Senator – a very moderate Senator at that. I lived there too and met the guy. Conservatives hated him near the end, just like they hated Santorum – moderates who spent tooooooo much and acted like just like lowly Democrats. By the way, Pat Robertson is a good family man, too. Dewine always reminded me of Bubbles on the Trailer Park Boys series.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I see the Romney campaign tactic of “you suck” is still in effect.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Their group assumption that repeating a failed tactic more loudly and more frequently will somehow kick-start it into genuine efficacy. Here — as in Michigan; Ohio; and with polled independents, overall — it is only costing them everything.

Life is good. ;)

Kent18 on February 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

You notice that the other Troll, Bradky, is the only one who agrees with you,don’t you?

You’ve painted yourself into a corner.

Now, holler for your grammy, Troll.

kingsjester on February 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Ohio is the most bipolar, schizophrenic state in the union. It’s a follower and not a leader, and it will always go for the flavor of the day.

jan3 on February 17, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Lady,… are you trying to be an ass.. This state was always a swing state, that doesn’t make us collectively nutz you pompous twit.

I suppose to win favor in your eyes as a wonderous bastion of clear thinking, we must all rush out and vote for Romney…

right?

You are a stone cold example of the kind of elitist fops who pass judgement on their fellow citizens based entirely on wether we hang on your every word, and think, exactly as you demand. I can think of a quick half dozen reasons to favor Rick over Mitten’s.. but way down at the bottom of the list,..

a new one..

because it will piss you off..

Ohio gave this country avaiation, Neil Armstrong,.. 8 presidents, and is the communications hub for virtually all information which flows through this country,… we fight in all the wars, and we play football like it was a holy mission..

We do not need your approval to think on our own..

We’re Buckeyes.. we go our own way.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

No lady here, chick. I grew up in Ohio. It’s dying. You can’t tell me crap about it. You can’t pay people to stay there anymore and it’s rapidly becoming a welfare state. Yep, Ohio’s contributed a lot – in the past. The very distant past. The last President from there was Warren Harding in 1921. There’s a winner – served two years and died. There’s never been any consistency in Ohio politics. One year there’s two GOP Senators and a Democrat Governor, a few years later there’s a GOP Governor and only one GOP Senator, then a few years later they’ve got a GOP Governor and two Democrat Senators, then there’s a Democrat Governor and two Democrat Senators. Ohio is a swing state because Ohio votes for the flavor of the day, and the state has a welfare mentality – usually voting in the end for whomever promises them the most goodies. No core values. No consistency. A “you-owe-us” mentality. “Bubble” Dewine perfectly represents the hell hole.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Romney supporter and former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu

Ah, yes, the great and wise John Sununu. The man who convinced George H.W. Bush to break his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge. That only led to the election of Bill Clinton.

Bitter Clinger on February 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Ohio Attorney General: Forget Mitt Romney, I’m supporting Rick Santorum now

Ah, flip-flopping fickle supporters of the flavor of the month aren’t confined to Hot Air.

rukiddingme on February 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Mitt the milquetoast is toast (white)!

Pragmatic on February 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Mitt the milquetoast is toast (white)!

Pragmatic on February 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Yup. Increasingly stale, and most frequently seen in the company of assorted flakes. ;)

Kent18 on February 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Then verify it, liar. Show how Santorum embraced every single earmark that made its way to the US Senate while he was Senator, or admit you are an out-and-out liar. You already set the parameters. Now you have to live within those parameters you yourself set. Liar.

See, it’s not my job to do research for you on the candidate that you practically deepthroat on your posts here. Considering that you haven’t done anything to disprove it, I’d say that you’re entirely relying on me not reading this so you can get away feeling as if you’ve won the exchange. Unfortunately for you, not only am I your intellectual superior, but I’m also substantially more vindictive than you are. However, since you lack the basic capacity to use the internet to it’s fullest capacity, I’ll help you out here.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/287335/santorum-and-earmarks-katrina-trinko

From Townhall, HA’s sister site:

http://townhall.com/columnists/donaldlambro/2012/02/10/rick_santorum_never_met_an_earmark_he_didnt_like/page/full/

WSJ:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204331304577143120992311812.html

Three conservative news publications, three indictments of Santorum’s earmark record. A billion dollars in earmarks and Bob Casey, Jr. That’s all Santorum ever did “for” Pennsylvania. What makes you think he’ll do any better for America?

Even if that were true, and as I’ve shown you to be the liar that you are, I cannot be sure of the veracity of your claim, that beats Mitt Romney’s requirement that the abortion mill Planned Parenthood receive money from every Massachusetts taxpayer, hands down.

You haven’t shown anything other than your own inability to make an intellectual argument, boy, so I suggest you tone your rhetoric down before everybody in this community begins to see you as the liberal schill that you are. Actually, you’re fast appearing to be a one-issue voter, who only sides with the GOP because it’s the pro-life party. In short, you’re looking for a pro-life version of Barack Obama as your candidate, and you’ve found him in Rick Santorum.

You claim you’re not a Mittbot, Professor de la Paz, but it is very clear in practically every slime you make, every mud you sling, that you are. And Mitt is by far dirtier than Santorum (who wasn’t even in my list of 3 (and only 3) that I could back).

Yeah, it’s not clear, since, I’ve said multiple times, I do not support Mitt Romney. Not supporting Rick Santorum is not equal to supporting Mitt Romney.

The reason you’re mocked, Professor de la Paz, is because you have no use for logic. You use rhetoric fallacies that would have gotten you killed in ancient Greece. You use lies of omission and lies of commission. And you smear your opponents with charges that would stick better on your preferred candidate. In short, you are your own worst enema. (Yes, that last word is spelled right.)

Yeah, I would have fared really well in ancient Greece, I think your prudishness when it comes to homosexuality would have gotten you killed before my argument style would have gotten me killed. Either that, or you’d have been forced to take a few for the team just to get by, but I can’t see you compromising the one political value you have for simple survival. After all, you’re willing to throw away the future of the nation to elect the Christian Man’s Obama.

But actually, I haven’t lied at all, and you haven’t shown that I’ve lied at all. You’re projecting when you suggest that I rely on rhetoric to make my argument; I have yet to see any substance other than “YOU DON’T LIKE SANTORUM YOU R MITTBOT” in any of your posts, and I highly suspect that you can’t think of anything because you’re simply too ignorant about the actual issues to do anything other than cling to your pro-Life Obama.

Your mistake is that you believe Mitt. I don,t. The reason Mitt didn,t run for re-election was because most of Gop left him because of his lies. I the will allow that you could say the same for me in my belief in Santy. However I have heard Santy say he would back a right to work plan on a national level. It’s a matter of trust. You can trust Mitt if you want. Another problem I have with Mitt is that I think he is a lousy politician and will lose. And please don’t tell me about reviews by “conservative” economists. Thats a total circle jerk game and you know it. That sounds like an Al gore tactic. consensus indeed.

Except that I don’t believe Mitt, I just don’t see any possible way for Mitt to do more damage than Santorum. Rick Santorum was my senator. I live in Pennsylvania. I’ve been familiar with him since I moved to Pennsylvania in 2002. For every bad thing Romney is, Santorum doesn’t offer a better alterative, except when it comes to being pro-life. Unlike Hitchcock, I’m not a one-issue voter. Economic policy is just as important to me as social policy – more so, actually, because I believe that even under lax laws, traditional values will prevail because, to put it simply, they had to work well to become tradition in the first place. I’m not so insecure in my beliefs as to have to force them on the entire nation through Federal Law, and I believe Americans will, in most cases, make the right decision. Unlike Rick Santorum, I have faith in the American people. Rick Santorum has faith that the Government can shepherd the American people down the “right” path. That provides no real contrast to Obama.

Then again, the creater of Obamney Care doesn’t either, nor does the man who worked with Clinton to create the laws that led to the financial crisis. That’s why I won’t support anybody in the current field until they win the GOP nomination.

And economist reviews are always a circle jerk until they’re positive, then they’re unchallengable proof of qualification. I know how this works. Basically, person presents evidence against your candidate, you discard the evidence without considering it and attack the presenter. It’s the same tactic Democrats have been using for years.

And you wonder why I call Rick Santorum supporters Democrats in disguise?

Professor de la Paz on February 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

No lady here, chick. I grew up in Ohio. It’s dying. You can’t tell me crap about it. You can’t pay people to stay there anymore and it’s rapidly becoming a welfare state.

Sorry, I never knew a guy named Jan before.

Dying?…. this state has been in critical condidtion for years now, but I’m not ready to slam the door and yank the cord yet. My family is buried here going back to the early 18th century, when it was all wilderness. I have the blood of Native Ohioan’s and the blood of the German and Amish families who followed later,

The democrats control the densely packed urban areas, the GOP the small towns and rural areas. We aren’t schizo, we’re nearly evenly divided, with one side or the other holding sway for a time. We’re taxed to death, and the goverment Unions are killing us with their demands for more sacrifices while they sacrifice nothing.

We elected Kasich, and now that we finally have a shot at turning it around, you want to throw up your hands and walk away?

Because Romney is unpopular here?

I’ve got my sister in law and her kids living with us while she looks for work, I didn’t dump them on a homeless shelter. I don’t get payed for taking them in, and she isn’t on cash asistence. I pay everything from my pension, and my wife works.. the work ethic isn’t dead here.. and just because people are out of options don’t you DARE spit on them..

People here aren’t gleefully signing up for welfare, every job opening is flooded with responses… just because some have zero choices doesn’t mean they are suddenly happy wards of the welfare state..

The democrats are fighting ugly nasty, trying to kill any reforms, pushing to stay a wasteland, and we need every vote. Kasich is our chance, and no we didn’t “hate” Dewine, you did, he was more moderate than we expected,.. but hate?

and are you seriously saying,… Dewine is a scumbag, for being too moderate..

then trashing him, for NOT endorsing the uber moderate Romney?

did I get you right on that?

really?

and you call us “bipolar, schizophrenic”…… the irony here could cut a diamond.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Sorry, I never knew a guy named Jan before.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

JAN and DEAN! Surfer rock!

csdeven on February 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Hey DeWine you useless GOP hack… release the former Ohio AG Richard Cordray’s computer files… many of the Ohio co-workers of Cordray’s say he did alot of porn watching on his State owned computer.

charmingtail on February 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Sorry, I never knew a guy named Jan before.

Dying?…. this state has been in critical condidtion for years now, but I’m not ready to slam the door and yank the cord yet. My family is buried here going back to the early 18th century, when it was all wilderness. I have the blood of Native Ohioan’s and the blood of the German and Amish families who followed later,

The democrats control the densely packed urban areas, the GOP the small towns and rural areas. We aren’t schizo, we’re nearly evenly divided, with one side or the other holding sway for a time. We’re taxed to death, and the goverment Unions are killing us with their demands for more sacrifices while they sacrifice nothing.

We elected Kasich, and now that we finally have a shot at turning it around, you want to throw up your hands and walk away?

Because Romney is unpopular here?

I’ve got my sister in law and her kids living with us while she looks for work, I didn’t dump them on a homeless shelter. I don’t get payed for taking them in, and she isn’t on cash asistence. I pay everything from my pension, and my wife works.. the work ethic isn’t dead here.. and just because people are out of options don’t you DARE spit on them..

People here aren’t gleefully signing up for welfare, every job opening is flooded with responses… just because some have zero choices doesn’t mean they are suddenly happy wards of the welfare state..

The democrats are fighting ugly nasty, trying to kill any reforms, pushing to stay a wasteland, and we need every vote. Kasich is our chance, and no we didn’t “hate” Dewine, you did, he was more moderate than we expected,.. but hate?

and are you seriously saying,… Dewine is a scumbag, for being too moderate..

then trashing him, for NOT endorsing the uber moderate Romney?

did I get you right on that?

really?

and you call us “bipolar, schizophrenic”…… the irony here could cut a diamond.

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

First of all, it’s not a name. Secondly, I know all about Ohio. Lived 18 years there and left the first chance I had (still a big Buckeyes fan and pay extra on my cable to see them here). I watched the trade unions and race baiters destroy the place while the people just sat back and watched as their children moved away to Texas and Florida because the jobs were gone. Have you heard of the huge Democrat scandal going on in the northeast that’s getting no national attention yet? No, because the GOP is so weak there they have no clue how to shine the light on it and exploit it. A month or two ago Romney was leading the polls in Ohio, then the flavor of the day, Santorum, began rising in the polls and Ohio followed, as they always do. Dewine is just jumping on the bandwagon. As Santorum begins to plummet, and he will, so will his polling there. Romney is a business man. He doesn’t talk like a social conservative. Isn’t it about time the GOP nominated a real business man and not another public servant with no business experience? A man who doesn’t frighten all those families in Ohio with a gay uncle or lesbian cousin? Someone people aren’t afraid will take away their birth control pills and force them to go to church and pray in school? Santorum is a buffoon, and so is Dewine. Have you and your family ever thought of going to N. Dakota? People can actually get jobs there.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Obama’s a Muslim? Must be news to Jeremiah Wright. At least you could attack Obama for something he actually has done instead of the idiotic internet rumor mill.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Black liberation theology is the brainchild of James H. Cone. Cone states in his own explanation that black liberation theology is his attempt to forge a third way between Martin Luther King’s orthodox Christianity and the Islamic creed of Malcolm X. As I noted in my original work on black liberation theology as practiced by Jeremiah Wright, anyone wishing to become a member at Trinity needed only a black perspective on faith and Black Muslims were welcome members with no renouncing of Islam necessary to join.

unseen on February 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM

SHhhhhhhhhh! [whispering]

Don’t tell E L ! He hates it when people talk facts !It makes him mad to see us all talk like crazy right wing wacko birfers bigots bla bla ……
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cableguy615 on February 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM

mark81150 on February 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

By the way, there’s nothing noble in going down with the ship, unless you’re the captain. It’s only dirt, grass and trees.

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

jan3 on February 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Jeez, you could say that about this country as well. It’s just dirt grass and trees, so let’s not worry about it going down like a ship. I guess you forgot that this country is based on a collection of states. Fix the states and you fix the country to an extent. But nooooooo, some will run away from the fight. I guess those are the ones who will vote for Romney. No guts no glory. We’ll fix our problems here in Ohio, while you run off to gather your nuts from any state that will let you in. I’ve lived in several states, but Ohio is home and that’s where I’ll die. There really isn’t any need to run down Ohio because you don’t like Dewine. I’ve met him, spent an afternoon with him and his wife, decent guy and believes in what he does because well he just believes in it. More than I can say for Romney, the ultimate flip flopper, who will say whatever to whomever to achieve what he wants. I can see why you like Romney…. birds of a feather and all.

noneoftheabove on February 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I would bet Team Obama is funding Santorum’s campaign through proxies.

Support the easy one to beat is a good strategy.

profitsbeard on February 18, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Jeez, you could say that about this country as well. It’s just dirt grass and trees, so let’s not worry about it going down like a ship. I guess you forgot that this country is based on a collection of states. Fix the states and you fix the country to an extent. But nooooooo, some will run away from the fight. I guess those are the ones who will vote for Romney. No guts no glory. We’ll fix our problems here in Ohio, while you run off to gather your nuts from any state that will let you in. I’ve lived in several states, but Ohio is home and that’s where I’ll die. There really isn’t any need to run down Ohio because you don’t like Dewine. I’ve met him, spent an afternoon with him and his wife, decent guy and believes in what he does because well he just believes in it. More than I can say for Romney, the ultimate flip flopper, who will say whatever to whomever to achieve what he wants. I can see why you like Romney…. birds of a feather and all.

noneoftheabove on February 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM

How dramatic. No, you won’t fix your problems in Ohio. Ohio will never be capable of doing that as long as you allow corrupt Democrats, race baiters and unions to control the entire NE and SW, with the Columbus area rapidly joining them. When I said Ohio is just dirt, grass and trees, it was my way of saying there are 49 other states in this country that people are free to move to if they really want to better themselves and give their family a better life and not just live a martyr’s existence. It’s psychologically troubling that some people think they can’t leave a state that left them a long time ago. Those of you in Ohio who still have a decent job are little more than tax puppets for the welfare state, waiting for a savior. Rick Santorum is no savior. He’s another “compassionate” conservative – a lifetime civil servant with a religious agenda.

jan3 on February 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM

From my seat near Columbus, Ohio, the endorsement of Mike DeWine means less than zero. His poor performance as our senator opened the door for Sherrod Brown a few years back. I did not expect him to defeat Rich Cordray for the AGs office, but that just proved that nearly any Republican could have won state office here 2 years ago.

EconomicNeocon on February 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

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