Quotes of the day

posted at 8:15 pm on February 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

“Whether Mitt Romney wins or loses the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Tuesday, his advisers are warning donors and other supporters to prepare for a longer, more bruising and more expensive fight for the Republican presidential nomination that may not be settled until at least May…

“Mr. Santorum is likewise preparing to fight on for weeks or months, enticed by new party rules that award delegates in early primaries and caucuses based on each candidate’s share of the votes. ‘The race is going to go a long time,’ he said as he left the stage, promising to ‘fight fire with fire.’…

“There is a growing sense among party leaders that the primary fight has gone on long enough and that continued attacks by the candidates and their allies have steered the conversation away from the economy and could damage the party’s prospects in the fall. But several Republicans said a diversion to social issues threatened to turn off independent voters, who will be needed to form a winning coalition in the fall…

“In Michigan, some Republican leaders expressed worries about the effect of an extended battle on the party’s prospects of winning the White House and suggested that the time had come for the party to rally around one candidate, however imperfect.”

***

“The most disturbing aspect of this election is that despite the parlous condition of the country and the profound vulnerability of the incumbent, the best Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Haley Barbour — have sat it out. As I keep lamenting, in the terrible year 1968, with assassinations, riots, 550,000 draftees in Vietnam and 200 to 400 of them returning in body bags every week, at one time or another, Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan were all running for president, and all of them were more impressive than the present contestants.

“Of the surviving Republican contenders, Ron Paul is a sound monetarist and a doughty libertarian, but he is a 76-year old kook who, like President Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, thinks 9/11 was the chickens coming home to roost. Newt Gingrich is a completely unfeasible flake. Rick Santorum is consistent, courageous, and believably argues for fiscal encouragement of families and the creation of jobs that add value to the economy and not just more lawyers and consultants and service-industry leeches. But he has his feet stuck in cement on abortion and same-sex marriage, and early in the campaign even criticized contraception. These shouldn’t be partisan issues at all, and any candidate who gets into them has self-detonating grenades strapped to his torso, front and back. Mitt Romney is more presentable and has a successful private-sector career behind him, but is afflicted by plasticity and has faced in all four directions on most issues…

“It is all as ludicrous as Fidel Castro, the world authority on misrule, claims. If Obama loses, it will be because the Republicans jump the rails on this corrupt, farcical nominating process and draft a serious candidate on a serious platform. If he wins, it will be a disaster to delight America’s critics, and will be repealed by a nation chastened back to its senses in 2016.”

***

“Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage told POLITICO Saturday he hopes to see a ‘floor fight’ at the GOP convention in Tampa this summer, giving the party an opportunity to nominate a ‘fresh face’ rather than one of the battered members of the 2012 field.

“‘I’m pushing for a floor fight … I’d like to see a good old-fashioned convention and a dark horse come out,’ LePage told my colleagues Dave Catanese and Alexander Trowbridge at the National Governors Association winter meeting. ‘I think the candidates, in my mind, have injured themselves and injured the party by not following Ronald Reagan’s ‘never speak badly of another Republican.”…

“‘It’s been too messy. I just believe we ought to go to the convention and pick a fresh face,’ LePage said. ‘They beat themselves up so badly that I’d think it’d be nice to have a fresh face.’”

***

“The most interesting [convention] scenario, however, is the case where the unpledged delegates would be sufficient to give a candidate a majority, but his claim to the nomination was somewhat tenuous. Suppose, for instance, that Mr. Romney had 43 percent of the delegates, Mr. Santorum 37 percent, and about 8 percent of delegates had not yet pledged to a candidate…

“If Mr. Romney’s plurality lead seemed to be built upon structural advantages in the delegate selection process rather than popular support — say, for instance, that Mr. Romney had the most delegates, but Mr. Santorum was 10 points ahead in national polls at he time — some delegates might conclude that it was not in the best interest of the party to give him a helping hand…

The aesthetics of how a candidate performs could be important in a case like this. If in addition to trailing in national polls, Mr. Romney had lost key states like Michigan and Ohio, it would be harder for him to claim that his nomination reflected the collective will of the Republican electorate.”

***

“By performing his aloofness from and contempt for the radical right, even as he fakes solidarity with it, Romney is doing exactly what he needs to do. He is keeping the radical right close to him for the general election by seeming to bow to its power, even as he is signaling to everyone else that he knows how miserably inadequate the support of the radical right will be in the general election.

“So let’s all calm down and stop getting so excited about a deadlocked convention, and a dark-horse nominee introduced at the last minute, and an imploded Republican opposition. Beyond Super Tuesday lie delegate-rich states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California that are not top heavy with Tea Partiers and evangelicals and that will almost certainly enable Romney to arrive at the convention with a strong hand. And beyond that are the party elites, who were content to use the radical right-wingers but who never liked them, and who tremble at the thought of Candidate Santorum. Finally there are the Tea Partiers and evangelicals who, though hostile to Romney at present, would rather vote for a golden retriever than give Obama another four years in the White House.

“What seems like a circus now is serious business, so let us look beyond the circus instead of exaggerating it.”

***

“Whatever risks it might pose in the general election, the controversy over contraceptives, the Catholic Church, and the Obama administration has been an unalloyed blessing for Santorum in the Republican-nomination fight. Popping up unexpectedly, it has shifted what the political sharpies call the ‘issue matrix’ in an awkward direction for Romney and a comfortable one for Santorum, and is likely to help the latter further solidify his already firm hold over a voting bloc with which his rival is notably weak…

“If Santorum can consolidate the support of these groups as Gingrich did momentarily in South Carolina, the battle between him and his amalgam of red-hots and Romney and his army of regulars will be pitched—and, depending on what happens on Tuesday in Michigan, maybe bloody and protracted

“The reality is that even winning Michigan (and Arizona the same day) may not be enough to rescue Romney from the rough. ‘Every money guy I know thinks Romney can’t win a general election,’ says a respected Washington player and presidential-campaign veteran. ‘Our guys on Capitol Hill are moving into survival-of-the-fittest, only-worrying-about-themselves mode. They think the damage to Romney may be done and may be irreversible—and now he might not even be the nominee. So Romney not only has to win Michigan and Arizona, but he has to have a resounding knockout on Super Tuesday or he’s gonna be in real, real trouble.’…

[I]f Obama prevails, precisely the opposite dynamic is likely to kick in: a period of bitter recriminations followed by a reformation (or counterreformation) of the GOP. This, please recall, was what many Republicans were counting on to happen in the wake of their party’s loss of the White House and seats in the House and Senate in 2008. Instead, Republicans seized on a strategy of relentless opposition to Obama, which proved politically effective in 2010 but left the party as bereft of new ideas, a constructive agenda, or a coherent governing philosophy as before. With Obama having looked beatable months ago, a botched bid to oust him—especially if coupled with a failure to take over the Senate—would usher in a full-blown Republican conflagration, followed by an effort to rise from the ashes by doing the opposite of what caused the meltdown of 2012.

***

Via Mediaite.

***

“‘Well, I think it is important to appeal to the independents, certainly as I’ve described, Ronald Reagan did,’ she said. ‘We will not win by getting only the people who voted for John McCain. So, yeah, we need moderates. We need my gender. We need independents. But I don’t even know what he is talking about — playing to fears, particularly. When I make that point I have specific criticisms. I don’t think we should be prattling nonstop about contraception in the middle of an economic meltdown. I don’t think we need a candidate who proposes child janitors and then turns around and opposes worker comp requirements in the welfare reform. That is Newt Gingrich. I think you need an appealing candidate. But conservative positions are appealing and the more conservative a candidate is, you know the better off you are, which is why I support Mitt Romney.’”

***

“GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said today that watching John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to ‘throw up.’

“‘To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?’ Santorum said…

‘I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country,’ said Santorum. ‘This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960,’ he said.”

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Derp.

carbon_footprint on February 26, 2012 at 8:16 PM

“We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” —Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 22, 2011

Roy Rogers on February 26, 2012 at 8:17 PM

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

Roy Rogers on February 26, 2012 at 8:18 PM

The people who are complaining can’t seem to get it around their heads that the new primary rules are causing this. they are judging this based on the rules from 2008

gerrym51 on February 26, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Over-under on states won by Obama is hereby set at 43

e-pirate on February 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM

What really matters is the price of gas.

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Santorum needs to get out already.

liberal4life on February 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Santorum needs to get out already.

liberal4life on February 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Are you trying to control HIS contraceptive techniques???

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Everybody’s got an opinion…yet every election turns out pretty much like the last one. I’m getting pretty bored with these “pusillanimous pussyfooters,” these “nattering nabobs of negativism,” these “hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.” They sound like “an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

:)

Rational Thought on February 26, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Jeb Bush, who says he USED to be a conservative is really prime Presidential material.

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Santorum needs to get out already.

liberal4life on February 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

The rhythm method??

Electrongod on February 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Santorum needs to get out already.

liberal4life on February 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Put your diaper back on your head…and stuff your bib back in your mouth.

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Pull out Rick!

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

What will it mean if Michigan is 37/35 in Romney’s favor but the delegate count is equal?

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Campaignus Interruptus?

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Pull out Rick!

Rusty Allen on February 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Good advice…
The Money Shot.

Electrongod on February 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Does Ann Coulter still have any credibility left outside of the talking heads circuit?

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

No use crying over spilled…hm…milk.

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Rick is clearly not pulling out, he is settling in for the long haul.

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

“‘I’m pushing for a floor fight … I’d like to see a good old-fashioned convention and a dark horse come out,

I asked it last night and I’ll ask it again.

How does this “dark horse” come out of the convention in August, mount a credible campaign, and raise enough money to go against the billion dollar Obama machine?

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

How does this “dark horse” come out of the convention in August, mount a credible campaign, and raise enough money to go against the billion dollar Obama machine?

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

These are just RINO wet dreams, they don’t mean anything.

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I’m part of the radical right….

idesign on February 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

How does this “dark horse” come out of the convention in August, mount a credible campaign, and raise enough money to go against the billion dollar Obama machine?

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Good ole American exceptionalism.

tinkerthinker on February 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Does Ann Coulter still have any credibility left outside of the talking heads circuit?

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Nope. She Natalie Maines-ed herself.

Myron Falwell on February 26, 2012 at 8:41 PM

“They beat themselves up so badly that I’d think it’d be nice to have a fresh face.” [said Maine gov LePage]
Vote Santorum in Mich / AZ if that’s what you want.

anotherJoe on February 26, 2012 at 8:41 PM

It is very possible this will happen. the new rules give delagates based on congressional districts.

Romney could win total vote and actually lose on delegates.

in the same vein the 3 primaries Santorum won did not actually award delegates. its possible Romney and or paul could get more delegates out of these states. Its a mess

gerrym51 on February 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

seems like the only people that are talking contraceptives demorat operatives and their fellow travelers

newrouter on February 26, 2012 at 8:43 PM

some Republican leaders expressed worries about the effect of an extended battle on the party’s prospects of winning the White House and suggested that the time had come for the party to rally around one candidate, however imperfect.”

I think that is a fine idea. So, Republican leaders, how about realizing that the majority of Republicans do not want Romney and that some voting for him in the primaries are only doing so because they have been cowed into believing he is the most “electable” candidate? Thus, the time has come to admit that Romney is not the candidate that most Republicans really want and rally around Santorum. How about it Republican leadership? After all, we’ve had what, 9 primaries to date. By golly! It’s time to declare an end to it all and forget what the 41 other states have to say! Let’s move on and pitch RINO Romney overboard and get Santorum started on the general!

/For the humor impaired, please substitute Gingrich for Santorum where appropriate above. Not going to go so far as recommending Paul as a substitute though.

AZfederalist on February 26, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Is it curious that there was no poll from MI published since Friday , when Rasmussen reported on a 6 points lead for Romney. The tracking poll from Gallup tracking poll had Santorum up by 10 nationally prior to the debate, and today it is Romney up by 1. Is the silence because polling result does not reflect the meme of a tight horse race in MI, judging by the national trend? Will there be a poll out on Monday, the day before the actual voting? I thought polls usually do not come out that late. If Sanctimnoius had lost his lead, would his appearance today on The ABC Sunday compound the fall?

galtani on February 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I scan see that Dr. Paul’s strategy of forcing a brokered convention in which the eventually nominee will HAVE to accept his End the Fed demands is coming along nicely. Carry on then…

abobo on February 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM

“The most disturbing aspect of this election is that despite the parlous condition of the country and the profound vulnerability of the incumbent, the best Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, and Haley Barbour — have sat it out.

What a load of sh*t. This is no different than any other primary, everybody has their own lil fave and they rant about the others while the press simultaneously blast any and all Republicans as nutjobs (as they have for a century)…

Pull your panties outta your a** and settle down, we have a long way to go and our candidates are no more flawed than they always were….

They branded Reagan as a flake and a idiot too, just let it play out and back whoever is standing when the dust clears…

Tim Zank on February 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Again: where is this supposed clamor for a Jeb Bush candidacy coming from? I keep hearing and reading about the potential power of a Jeb Bush candidacy and the need for a brokered convention to bring it about.

Okay, why? Why is Jeb Bush considered the white knight standing just off-stage, ready to save the GOP and make all rainbows and sunshine? He was a fairly capable governor of a middling-sized state (no offense, Florida). That’s it, that’s all. Oh, and yeah: his surname is Bush. Nothing–and I mean nothing–Jeb Bush has said or written or done demonstrates masterly executive ability or spellbinding writing, thinking, and rhetorical skills.

Ridiculous. And the idea of a brokered convention to nominate Jeb Bush or one of the shoulda-rans in lieu of the candidates who had the guts and conviction to step up and, you know, actually run? Equally ridiculous and completely undemocratic. What you would have as a GOP nominee who is appointed, not elected, and–speaking solely for myself–I’m having none of it.

I’m voting in the Indiana primary. What a brokered convention would mean is that my vote–and the votes of millions of other Republicans–has been negated. As an aside, I don’t care what national opinion polls might indicate about the eventual nominee. As a Republican, I frankly don’t trust any polls conducted by any MSM outlet, Gallup, AP, Reuters, or Rasmussen, ever. Who does? Even liberals know polls are loaded in their favor.

Am I ecstatic about the field? No, not ecstatic, but those men and women who step up and put themselves out there deserve our respect and consideration. Those who don’t, don’t. That means you, Palin, Daniels, Bush, et al. You can’t win if you don’t play.

troyriser_gopftw on February 26, 2012 at 8:47 PM

PPP said would have poll tonight

gerrym51 on February 26, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Does Ann Coulter still have any credibility left outside of the talking heads circuit?

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I’m sure she’s highly popular in South Carolina.
//

predator on February 26, 2012 at 8:49 PM

As I keep lamenting, in the terrible year 1968, with assassinations, riots, 550,000 draftees in Vietnam and 200 to 400 of them returning in body bags every week, at one time or another, Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan were all running for president, and all of them were more impressive than the present contestants.

Who was the author of this statement? If I remember correctly Johnson said he would not seek re-election.

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Tim Zank on February 26, 2012 at 8:46 PM

troyriser_gopftw on February 26, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Common sense in a sea of hysteria.

Rational Thought on February 26, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Good ole American exceptionalism.

tinkerthinker on February 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I have zero confidence in the GOP and the RNC.

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Didn’t LBJ only rescind his intention to run in that April? I think it was implied that he was running until he gave that prime-time address.

BTW, that statement was attributed to Conrad Black.

Myron Falwell on February 26, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I’m part of the radical right….

idesign on February 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

….and I think I’m to the right of you!
Oh oh!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

“GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said today that watching John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to ‘throw up.’
“‘To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up. What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?’ Santorum said…

Any commentaries made by JFK on the subject of “faith” have obviously been made completely irrelevant by the historical record of his life.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

I have zero confidence in the GOP and the RNC.

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Well, you know….THE GOP WILL BETRAY YOU

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Considering Romney has more delegates and more raw vote total, it’s pretty clear the majority of the GOP is leaning toward him. There have been a few hick-ups in the states that are focused on socon issues, but in the end, as the polls have shown for better than a year, the GOP will settle on the most electable candidate. And for the last year, Mitt Romney has held that distinction for the majority of the time. The only time he loses it is when one of these flash in the pan fakers become the next Not-Romney and then have to face the scrutiny of a national campaign and the mighty money and power of Romney and the super PAC who supports him.

In the end, the talk of a brokered convention will be viewed as crazy talk, because Romney will have run away with the nomination.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM

troyriser_gopftw on February 26, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Very thoughtful post. In particular your comments regarding polls. We are in the decision shaping stage of the campaign right now where the pollsters are working to shape opinion. We won’t get to the opinion measuring stage until mid to late October, as close to the election as the pollsters can shave it and still maintain their credibility for the next election cycle.

AZfederalist on February 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Not me.
I’m a conservative-libertarian.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM

“By performing his aloofness from and contempt for the radical right, even as he fakes solidarity with it, Romney is doing exactly what he needs to do. He is keeping the radical right close to him for the general election by seeming to bow to its power, even as he is signaling to everyone else that he knows how miserably inadequate the support of the radical right will be in the general election.

“So let’s all calm down and stop getting so excited about a deadlocked convention, and a dark-horse nominee introduced at the last minute, and an imploded Republican opposition. Beyond Super Tuesday lie delegate-rich states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California that are not top heavy with Tea Partiers and evangelicals and that will almost certainly enable Romney to arrive at the convention with a strong hand. And beyond that are the party elites, who were content to use the radical right-wingers but who never liked them, and who tremble at the thought of Candidate Santorum. Finally there are the Tea Partiers and evangelicals who, though hostile to Romney at present, would rather vote for a golden retriever than give Obama another four years in the White House.

That is about as cynical as it gets. We aren’t necessarily hostile to Romney but we are d*mned hostile to a party that places us in this situation election and election. The party just might be counting its chickens before they hatch.

chemman on February 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Anyone who thinks Gingrich is a flake is either ignorant or has deminished ability to understand logic. One need only listen to the candidates speak, tell their plans about how they plan to govern to see Gingrich is the logical choice. Santorum is a theocrat. He should have kept his religious opinions to himself. To clearly state he does not believe in absolute separation of church and state can be interpreted to mean he will govern from the bible. Romney is in the position he is in by using Alinsky tactics. He cannot win on his record or his vision so he can only win if he is the last man standing. He was on Chris Wallace’s show today. He easily lied at the end of the interview. He did not govern as a conservative, because he is not a conservate. Find the speech Gingrich gave at the GOP California convention. If it does not change your mind, refer to the first sentence.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on February 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

BTW, that statement was attributed to Conrad Black.

Myron Falwell on February 26, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I thought this guy was still in prison. Either way his opinion means less than nothing to me.

Anyway thanks for the info.

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Does Ann Coulter still have any credibility left outside of the talking heads circuit?

Igor R. on February 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

doubtful

balkanmom on February 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Any commentaries made by JFK on the subject of “faith” have obviously been made completely irrelevant by the historical record of his life.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

19 YO intern. Swimming pool. Sex in Jackie’s bed. Any questions?

That said, I would take JFK in a heartbeat over the anti-Christ that currently occupies the WH.

TXUS on February 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

The GOP “establishment” really screwed up by changing the rules and forcing this process to continue on interminably. As for Gov. Le Page of Maine – while I’m delighted Maine has a Republican Governor (and more) saying you want a floor fight to stop the fights makes no sense. Oh well, I’ll chalk it up to his being a newbie.

Buy Danish on February 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Thank you to HotAir blogger Allahpundit for helping to highlight the disgusting, bigoted views of Rick Santorum. All voters should learn as much as they can about this man.

It is no surprise at all that the bigot Rick Santorum is fading in the polls.

Santorum says he ‘almost threw up’ after reading JFK speech on separation of church and state

Guess what, Rick Santorum, many people did throw up after learning about your sick, bigoted views and your desire to impose your religion on all Americans.

As many of you know, the unelectable bigot Rick Santorum, who in 2003 came out in support of government bans on homosexual activity (he suggested such behavior “undermines the fabric of society” in his defense of the homosexuality ban), also wanted to force public school science classes across the country to teach intelligent design.

Bigot Rick Santorum, who, according to his wife, apparently believes he has the personal endorsement of God, has also declared that “the pursuit of happiness” harms America.

VIDEO: Rick Santorum Declaring that the “Pursuit of Happiness” Harms America.

The unelectable bigot Rick “Bedroom Policeman” Santorum also can’t stand libertarians and has vowed in the past to fight AGAINST the Tea Party.

VIDEO: Rick Santorum in 2011 declaring his opposition to the Tea Party and libertarians.

VIDEO: Rick Santorum Opposes Personal Freedom

For readers’ convenience, I’ve included a small collection of just a few revealing Rick Santorum quotes:

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does.”

-Rick Santorum defending government bans on non-procreative (e.g., oral, anal) private, consensual sex between adults.

“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. [Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It’s supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal…but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen…This is special and it needs to be seen as special.”

-Rick Santorum

“The state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statutes they have.”

-Anti-birth control Rick Santorum, happily asserting that states can ban birth control

“The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire.”

-Rick Santorum

Santorum Quote:

“This idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do,” Santorum complained to NPR in 2006, “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.”

A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Obama’s Re-Election in the fall.

Democrats are the bigot Rick Santorum’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders right now. Why? Because they know that the bigot Rick Santorum would be SO EASY for Obama to beat.

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

A commenter above me stated JFKs acts disqualified his view on faith. I say this to that person. Your judgement of someone else’s faith and actions will qualify you for judgement in the end.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

19 YO intern. Swimming pool. Sex in Jackie’s bed. Any questions?

That said, I would take JFK in a heartbeat over the anti-Christ that currently occupies the WH.

TXUS on February 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Yes. The main distinction being that I wholeheartedly believe that although amoral and somewhat incompetent, JFK loved this country and had its best interests at heart.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Video links fixed:

VIDEO: Rick Santorum Declaring that the “Pursuit of Happiness” Harms America.

The unelectable bigot Rick “Bedroom Policeman” Santorum also can’t stand libertarians and has vowed in the past to fight AGAINST the Tea Party.

VIDEO: Rick Santorum in 2011 declaring his opposition to the Tea Party and libertarians.

VIDEO: Rick Santorum Opposes Personal Freedom

I apologize for the messed up links earlier.

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Very thoughtful post. In particular your comments regarding polls. We are in the decision shaping stage of the campaign right now where the pollsters are working to shape opinion. We won’t get to the opinion measuring stage until mid to late October, as close to the election as the pollsters can shave it and still maintain their credibility for the next election cycle.

AZfederalist on February 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Yes. I posted this on another thread, but it’s worth another posting.

AP rigs polls for Obama

Rational Thought on February 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Is the silence because polling result does not reflect the meme of a tight horse race in MI, judging by the national trend? Will there be a poll out on Monday, the day before the actual voting? I thought polls usually do not come out that late. If Sanctimnoius had lost his lead, would his appearance today on The ABC Sunday compound the fall?

galtani on February 26, 2012 at 8:44 PM

yes to the last one. I read a article today, not sure if it was WP or NPR detailing a strange fact, that Romney is winning the Catholics in MI…and Santorum is more popular with the evangelicals there (how ironic is that?)…His ‘throw up’ comment about the JFK separation of church and state speech was probably the cherry on the cake and he probably managed to alienate the rest of the MI Catholics with that…which goes to show that inserting foot in mouth on national TV a week before an important primary is not a very smart thing to do…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Look, it’s the Mittwit network…

idesign on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Hey, Allahpundit, Ed Morrissey and Tina Korbe –

Where is the HotAir post about Mitt Romney (a great man who will be our 45th President) seizing the national lead back from the bigot Rick Santorum?

I’m looking forward to the post discussing Rick Santorum’s continued decline. Republican voters don’t want a sick, unelectable BIGOT like Rick Santorum.

Thank you.

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Telling…

… isn’t it?

The political elite ruling class is getting nervous…

… You can smell it in the air and read it in their words.

How dare the American people actually keep the GOP primaries going…?

… We can’t have THAT now, can we?

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Seven uses of “bigot” in one post? Kudos. I think we may have a new record.

Kataklysmic on February 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Any commentaries made by JFK on the subject of “faith” have obviously been made completely irrelevant by the historical record of his life.
cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Quite a few folks back then were worried that he would be the Catholic Manchurian Candidate. If they only knew.

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Your judgement of someone else’s faith and actions will qualify you for judgement in the end.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Not exactly. We are not to judge what is in another’s heart, this is true. Thus, if someone claims to be a person of faith and gives us no reason to think otherwise, it is an act of judgment by which we can be judged to think, “he’s just saying that so I will like him”. However, if a person claims to be a person of faith, but lives a life in complete opposition, not meaning those failings to which all humans succumb, but outright opposition, to that which a person of faith would lead, then we are called to discernment and judgment, “By their fruits you will know them”. The Kennedys’ (JFK and Teddy most notably) lives were those whose fruits did not match their words.

AZfederalist on February 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Seven uses of “bigot” in one post? Kudos. I think we may have a new record.
Kataklysmic on February 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The bigot-macro key was stuck.

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I’m looking forward to the post discussing Rick Santorum’s continued decline. Republican voters don’t want a sick, unelectable BIGOT like Rick Santorum.

Thank you.

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

don’t worry, it’s everywhere else in the MSM…besides, his foot in mouth insertion today on Stephanopoulos’s show will be reflected in the polls soon…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

“Where is the HotAir post about Mitt Romney (a great man who will be our 45th President) seizing the national lead back from the bigot Rick Santorum?

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM”

You missed it…

… They had two posts.

Here is the first one…

… and here is the second.

Enjoy…!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Rational Thought on February 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Thanks for the link, but all one has to do is read any AP article and see the Pro-Obama agenda. As a matter of fact, I try hard not to read their articles they’re bad for the blood pressure.

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

The GOP will fillet you.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Jeb Bush,HELL NO Mitch Daniels,Aw Schucks NO Chris Christie,Not my guns you don’t NO Marco Rubio,NOT YET Paul Ryan,LATER and Haley Barbour, You’all don’t no dis dog don’t hunt! — have sat it out.

Sick em Newt!

ConcealedKerry on February 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

The GOP will saute you.

John the Libertarian on February 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

A commenter above me stated JFKs acts disqualified his view on faith. I say this to that person. Your judgement of someone else’s faith and actions will qualify you for judgement in the end.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

Oh….okay. So although to outward appearances JFK was some kind of devout Cahtolic family man, the acts attributed to him were those of an amoral degenerate libertine. How should I judge him again? People who think that we are somehow just commanded to accept any kind of behavior from people without passing judgment are hopelessly clueless and have contributed to the fading force of Judeo-Christian values in this world. We will all be judged in the end, that does not mean we are supposed to roll over and blindly accept any kind of conduct from our fellow man in this world. Last time I checked I didn’t use my power and influence to coerce a barely legal virgin into servicing me in my spouse’s bed. Yeah, I feel pretty confident in claiming higher moral ground here. Nor as a self-professed Catholic do I recall betraying my faith by trying to coerce any vulnerable young girls into having abortions or using drugs against their will. What was your point again?

James 5:20: let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Genesis 4:9: Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?”

Proverbs 31:9: Open your mouth, judge righteously; maintain the rights of the poor and needy.

Matthew 7:2: For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.

Luke 6:37: “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

Matthew 18:15: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Luke 7:40-43: And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “What is it, Teacher?” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.”

Luke 12:57: “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?

Acts 4:19: But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge;

1 Corinthians 2:15: The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.

1 Corinthians 6:2-3: Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, matters pertaining to this life!

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I’m looking forward to the post discussing Rick Santorum’s continued decline. Republican voters don’t want a sick, unelectable BIGOT like Rick Santorum.

Thank you.

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

It was up in the headlines earlier you MittWit.

And knock it off with the bigot crap.

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Quite a few folks back then were worried that he would be the Catholic Manchurian Candidate. If they only knew.

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Yeah. Not exactly the Papist conspiracy we were all hoping for….///

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

don’t worry, it’s everywhere else in the MSM…besides, his foot in mouth insertion today on Stephanopoulos’s show will be reflected in the polls soon…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

What did he say?

gophergirl on February 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The GOP will belay you…

predator on February 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Shouldn’t the commenter who judged and decided your fate in the hereafter be worried about judging you?

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Enjoy…!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Thats’ just brutal. How can anyone vote for this guy in the primaries after listening to that out of touch, phoney baloney, shape shiftin, NE Libtard wrapped in R clothing!
God Halp us if enough people are fooled again to vote for Obamalite!

No wonder mCSame beat his phoney butt!

ConcealedKerry on February 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

And knock it off with the bigot crap.
JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

If he types it in ALL CAPS it’s different. More impressive. I know I’m in total awe at that novel usage.

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM

It was up in the headlines earlier

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Excuse me, but the bigot Rick Santorum plummeting from the lead in national polls deserves its own post by one of the main HotAir bloggers.

Mitt Romney has come roaring back, and it’s time that HotAir bloggers sufficiently covered the story.

When the bigot Rick Santorum (who was the flavor of the month before more people learned about his sick views) briefly took first place in national places, we were subjected to gushing “analysis” about how America was suddenly warming to the bigot Rick Santorum. Turns out that analysis was dead wrong. Rick Santorum was nothing but a flash in the pan.

We all know that…
A Vote for Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote to Help Obama Get Re-Elected

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Rats, the Brits had beat Barry to it!!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9107485/Osborne-UK-has-run-out-of-money.html

galtani on February 26, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Shouldn’t the commenter who judged and decided your fate in the hereafter be worried about judging you?

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I have dutifully judged him/her and found him/her guilty. However, I am prepared to let them off with just a fine and warning, provided they comply with the terms of probation, to wit: the fine must be a cashier’s check mailed to directly to my court. Also they must say 25 Hail Marys before bed tonight.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on February 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM

(where you been? I had to fill in a couple of times! I start stressing now if I don’t see that in a thread…Dire’s, been rather remiss too)

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

If it does not change your mind, refer to the first sentence.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on February 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Neutron Newt is considered a flake for many reasons and most are valid. Lunar colonies. Dissolving courts. Dragging judges before congress. Community immigration boards. His claim in December that he will clearly be the nominee. Sure he has some good ideas, but most are completely whacky. On top of that, add his corruption, his lying, serial adulteries, and extremely erratic behavior, and it is no wonder why he is polling in the single digits.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

IGOR! Hey, Igor!

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Look, it’s the Mittwit network…

idesign on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Got your raincoat?
I got that on, hip waders, a hook and a shovel!

KOOLAID2 on February 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Neutron Newt is considered a flake for many reasons and most are valid. Lunar colonies. Dissolving courts. Dragging judges before congress. Community immigration boards. His claim in December that he will clearly be the nominee. Sure he has some good ideas, but most are completely whacky. On top of that, add his corruption, his lying, serial adulteries, and extremely erratic behavior, and it is no wonder why he is polling in the single digits.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

And you have a problem with any of the above ideas, why?

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I have dutifully judged him/her and found him/her guilty. However, I am prepared to let them off with just a fine and warning, provided they comply with the terms of probation, to wit: the fine must be a cashier’s check mailed to directly to my court. Also they must say 25 Hail Marys before bed tonight.
cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Sounds like a fair deal to me!

whatcat on February 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

‘I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country,’ said Santorum. ‘This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free exercise of religion. That means bringing everybody, people of faith and no faith, into the public square. Kennedy for the first time articulated the vision saying, no, ‘faith is not allowed in the public square. I will keep it separate.’ Go on and read the speech ‘I will have nothing to do with faith. I won’t consult with people of faith.’ It was an absolutist doctrine that was foreign at the time of 1960,’ he said.”

Gee, that Santorum actually believes that people of faith and people of no faith all have a right to be heard. That damn constitution just keeps getting in the way of the secular utopia that atheists keep trying to shove sown the collective throats of the american people. s/

fight like a girl on February 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

bluegill on February 26, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Defend this you idiot.

And when you get done with that, defend this.

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

We are getting to the point where we will have “winner take all” primaries soon. That means that losing by one point is a loss by 100, you lose everything.

You need to start asking yourself what you can do to support Romney in the general election. If you can’t bring yourself to face that, then you need to ask yourself if you are in the right party because you are probably actively working to get Obama elected if you aren’t behind Romney.

crosspatch on February 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I say, peeps, is it true that Santorum may be a bigot, I’m sure I read it somewhere?

OldEnglish on February 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

And you have a problem with any of the above ideas, why?

DDay on February 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Because they are overreaches of the federal government.

Lunar moon bases for what reason?

Community immigration boards are more government and ripe for corruption.

Dissolving courts? Do we want Obama dissolving courts?

Dragging justices before congress? Do we want Obama dragging judges before congress?

They are insane ideas that would have consequences that Neutron Newt doesn’t consider. He likes big ideas. The bigger the better and d@mn the consequences.

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

that does not mean we are supposed to roll over and blindly accept any kind of conduct from our fellow man in this world…
cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

well, what can I say then, I can only hope that you didn’t blindly accept Gingrich’s multiple transgressions either :-)…as far as I am concerned he’s at par with JFK and Bubba when it comes to that, only difference he will never be president…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

well, what can I say then, I can only hope that you didn’t blindly accept Gingrich’s multiple transgressions either :-)…as far as I am concerned he’s at par with JFK and Bubba when it comes to that, only difference he will never be president…

jimver on February 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Seriously? Do I really have to paste in here the 6000 or so Bible verses that deal with repentance and redemption? Give me a break. I’m no theologian, but even I know that if somehow sincerely repents of their past transgressions they can be forgiven not only in this life but in the next as well. As to whether that repentance is genuine or not, truly only God and that person can know. I do know that by all accounts Newt Gingrich has led a blameless and exemplary personal life for the past dozen or so years.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

What was wrong with either of those videos?

csdeven on February 26, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Does Ron Paul even attack Romney?

liberal4life on February 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Defend this you idiot.

And when you get done with that, defend this.

JPeterman on February 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I suspect you will be waiting a long time for a response. It just spews its’ crap hoping to get everyone worked up. When Newt was ahead it did the same thing about him. Earlier today I saw it say that Newt was so much better than Santorum, unless of course, Newt manages to have another comeback, then it will be back to attacking him.

Night Owl on February 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I say, peeps, is it true that Santorum may be a bigot, I’m sure I read it somewhere?

OldEnglish on February 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

What’s that? A bigot, you say? I’m sure I would have heard something about that if it were true.

cynccook on February 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Look, it’s the Mittwit network…

idesign on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

There are several people that post that I just scroll right over now. Not even worth the time it takes to read them. Same CRAP different post.

razorbackchick on February 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

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