Dem strategist’s robocall to Michigan Dems: Get out there tomorrow and vote for Rick Santorum

posted at 7:10 pm on February 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Kos said it was coming and now here it is. Chaos.

Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano has taken it upon himself to become a leading mischief maker.

DiSano says he targeted nearly 50,000 Democratic voters in Michigan through email and a robo call to their homes, asking them to go to the polls Tuesday to vote for Rick Santorum in attempt to hurt Romney.

“Democrats can get in there and cause havoc for Romney all the way to the Republican convention,” DiSano told CNN…

DiSano says over the last 7 days or so that he has been working on this, he has gotten some 12,000 commitments from Democratic voters to go to the polls and vote for Santorum.

Twelve thousand votes ain’t much in a big state like Michigan, where more than 850,000 people voted in the GOP primary four years. But (a) if national trends hold, turnout is likely to be down tomorrow so that 12K will count more and (b) according to the latest data, the final margin could be very close. Nate Silver’s model now gives Santorum a 36 percent chance of pulling the upset, up from 23 percent over the weekend, and PPP is reporting “encouraging things” for RS in the phone calls it made this afternoon. They’re predicting flat out that he’ll win among voters who go to the polls tomorrow; the question is simply whether he’ll win by enough to offset Romney’s advantage among absentees. If a few dozen votes could decide Iowa, why couldn’t a few thousand decide Michigan?

Even so, WaPo is skeptical:

Experts note that crossover voting must be viewed in a nuanced way, and that many, if not most, crossover voters are not mischievous members of another party trying to ruin the other party’s primary.

Just as often as someone crosses over to “raid” the other party’s primary, for example, they may also cross over for more wholesome reasons, such as simply wanting to take part in a competitive primary…

Similarly, studies on crossover voting show the effect of these “raiders” is rather small.

Fair enough. If a Michigan Democrat’s going to haul himself off the couch and drive to the polling place to vote for a Republican, he’s more likely to do it if he sincerely likes that Republican, not just to screw with the GOP. DiSano might convince a few hardcore Kossacks to make mischief but a real Democratic GOTV effort would likely require outreach from a Republican campaign.

Oh look: Here’s some outreach now.

It has been confirmed that a robocall making the rounds in Michigan the day before the state’s GOP primary comes from the Rick Santorum campaign and urges Democrats to vote for Santorum and against Mitt Romney. TPM obtained audio of the call Monday afternoon.

Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed to TPM that the camp was indeed footing the bill. “If we can get the Reagan Democrats in the primary, we can get them in the general,” he told TPM.

It’s a controversial tactic. Bill Ballenger, a longtime Michigan politico and the editor of Inside Michigan Politics, spoke with TPM about the call earlier in the day. He said the call piqued his interest because it sounded like it could have come from a union targeting Romney ahead of the Feb. 28 primary. The call focuses on Romney’s opposition to the auto bailout and calls on Democrats to vote for Santorum Tuesday because of it…

“You talk about chutzpah: here’s Santorum who’s just as opposed to the bailout as Romney is, but he’s putting out robocalls to Democrats urging them to crossover and vote in the Republican for Santorum,” Ballenger said. “The only thing intellectually in the whole message that it seems to be the Santorum committee could use to justify this tactic is the one line that, you know, ‘Romney was all too happy to support bailing out Wall Street, but not Michigan.’ Santorum is in the position all along of ‘a plague on both their houses. No bailouts for anybody.’”

Listen to the two ads in sequence. The first, according to RCP, is DiSano’s mischief-making Democratic pitch and the second, via TPM, is the Santorum camp’s own call beating up on Romney for, er, opposing bailouts. Click the image to watch. Exit question: Second look at letting Democrats decide Republican primaries?


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Well, I have a message to some of those people: Rick Santorum is a sick bigot, and I will state that fact whenever and however I please.
bluegill on February 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I mean listen to this stuff! I will not be cowed by stupidity such as this and of nothing else sheer defiance against people such as this lights a fire in my belly just to push back.

I’ve got no problem with Santorum and I’m sick of him being smeared for trying to be a good man the way his faith directs him. He’s offered no evidence of theocracy and has repeatedly stated he believes in states rights to disagree with him and form their own policies. Sounds fair to me.

I’m on board. I’m donating tomorrow. With a note attached: “On behalf of Bluegill.”

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I’m stepping up too. Well said.

Fuquay Steve on February 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

A guy with big labor, big government principles? What’s the point?
joana on February 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Show me a single one of his actual campaign platform proposals that supports your argument. You go to war with the generals you’ve got and at this point it’s either Rick “I have a soul” Santorum, or Mitt “I have good hair instead” Romney. Neither is perfect. But Rick does NOT deserve all of this and I’d rather have him than establishment finger in the wind Romney ANY day of the week. Warts and all.

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

PPP has Santorum up 38-37 over their 2 day poll and 39-34 just based on tonight, but here’s the kicker (from their twitter page):

“Romney leads among Republicans in Michigan. It’s Democrats putting Santorum over the top. We’ll see if they actually show up.”

RepublicanInMA on February 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Rules for Primary voting in Michigan as of 2007
The legislature enacted Public Act 52 to effect the following changes in the laws governing the 2008 presidential preference primary:

Voters who wished to participate in the presidential primary would be required to indicate “in writing” which participating political party ballot they wished to receive. The Secretary of State would be responsible for prescribing a form which voters could use to indicate their party ballot choice and procedures “intended to protect or safeguard the confidentiality of the participating political party ballot selected by an elector.”

This was done because of the Democrats doing this very thing in every Michigan primary. The State had an open primary back in the 1990′s and that didn’t work out all that well.

flytier on February 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I’m on board. I’m donating tomorrow. With a note attached: “On behalf of Bluegill.”

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I think Romney and Santorum are both okay. Either is preferable to Obama by many miles.

The blue gills types cannot wrap their heads around the concept that their rants are doing their candidate more harm than good.

cozmo on February 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM

The Santywaists seemed a liiiitle nervous….

Bradky on February 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Emperor Norton on February 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Look kids, it’s a perfectly preserved specimen of Stone Age man!

antisense on February 27, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I’m on board. I’m donating tomorrow. With a note attached: “On behalf of Bluegill.”

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I’d say you’ve crossed a line when you start letting your internet dialogs influence your real life actions….

Maybe it is a clever ruse by Santy operative to foster sympathy for their guy by posting sockpuppets at all of the major blogs….

Bradky on February 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

That’s the truth. The TP came about as a non-partisan movement with the single goal of stopping runaway spending. From the porkulus to ObamaCare people could see the ruinous road we were on. And then came the 2010 elections when the TP put their backing behind some truly fringe head cases. That was the beginning of the end. It wasn’t long before people like MB and SP and their ilk began speaking for the movement as though they were appointed. It’s been a waste ever since, with every hog and his dog on the radical right claiming that they speak for the TP.

MJBrutus on February 27, 2012 at 8:56 PM

This torpedo struck home. Bravo!

antisense on February 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

A guy with big labor, big government principles? What’s the point?
joana on February 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Show me a single one of his actual campaign platform proposals that supports your argument. You go to war with the generals you’ve got and at this point it’s either Rick “I have a soul” Santorum, or Mitt “I have good hair instead” Romney. Neither is perfect. But Rick does NOT deserve all of this and I’d rather have him than establishment finger in the wind Romney ANY day of the week. Warts and all.

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Are you really saying the guy who’s been in Washington since the mid-90s with a record as a big spender and union stooge is the anti-establishment candidate? I’m sorry, that’s just too far out there.

Santorum is making robocalls bashing Romney because Romney opposed the auto bailout. That’s pretty in line with Santorum’s voting record.

joana on February 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

PPP: Romney leads 43-38 among Republicans in Michigan. But Dems going for Santorum 47-10.

What do we call republicans who are objective allies of Kos and his operation chaos?

What was that expression the Soviets had for these cases? Useful idiots, wasn’t it?

joana on February 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Is it chaos, or simply Santorum succeeding at getting his union base to the polls?

EddieC on February 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Hey, you do what you have to do, and Santorum can only win by playing dirty now. But any Santorum supporter who doesn’t admit that their guy is the dirty politician is as fake as he is. If he wins Michigan with Dem votes, he may succeed in forcing a brokered convention. But he’ll never get the nomination. The anti-Santorum faction of the party will be intense after this, and he may likely have less delegates than Romney and maybe Gingrich. And it’s not like Paul’s delegates are going to go for any deal that puts him on the ticket.

Priscilla on February 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

So…does this end the ruse that Democrats want Romney to win or are we all still believing that? Just curious.

Kriggly on February 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM

You owe it to yourself to watch this 2 minute video. You’ll be glad you did.
It was made in 1975 but it could have been given this morning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OznoFCZdS8
PappyD61 on February 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

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I second the motion; watch that 2 minute video. Totally worth it.
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Thanks Pappy’. : )

listens2glenn on February 28, 2012 at 12:07 AM

You owe it to yourself to watch this 2 minute video. You’ll be glad you did.
It was made in 1975 but it could have been given this morning.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OznoFCZdS8
PappyD61 on February 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM

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I second the motion; watch that 2 minute video. Totally worth it.
.
Thanks Pappy’. : )

listens2glenn on February 28, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Excellent 2 minute video. Thanks so much.

No one will ever be like Reagan. “Bold colors – no pale pastels.”

So right. Voters stay home when they don’t see a big enough difference between the parties.

Obamacare – Romneycare. Just one example. There will be more if he gets the nomination.

Elisa on February 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

PPP: Romney leads 43-38 among Republicans in Michigan. But Dems going for Santorum 47-10.

What do we call republicans who are objective allies of Kos and his operation chaos?

What was that expression the Soviets had for these cases? Useful idiots, wasn’t it?

joana on February 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Nice job Santorum supporters. Scorched earth strategy and you’re bringing the entire party down with you. Do you guys really think these idiot Union people are going to vote for him again on November? NO

1984 in real life on February 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

cozmo on February 27, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Glad to see I’m not the only one that feels like that.

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM

The 8500 MI’anders on Daily Kos email list got note today: “Please vote for Rick Santorum…”

http://twitter.com/#!/jmartpolitico

ryandan on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Romney is winning votes and delegates…the Establishment isn’t hiding in every voting booth pulling the lever for people.

changer1701 on February 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

No, but his ads dupe enough people not paying attention to vote for him.

Decoski on February 28, 2012 at 1:23 AM

No, but his ads dupe enough people not paying attention to vote for him.

Decoski on February 28, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Yeah. How dare he to run ads?

joana on February 28, 2012 at 1:26 AM

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9110225/Democrats-launch-pro-Santorum-campaign-for-Michigan-primary.html

“I think Santorum is completely radioactive and will bring an electoral disaster to the Republicans – he could deliver Obama a landslide,” said Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano, who has launched one of the efforts to help Santorum. “We need to focus on the one real challenger to Romney.”

….Roughly 12,000 Democrats expressed interest in voting for Santorum when they were contacted during a “robo-call” phone campaign organised by Democratic activists, DiSano said. But it is not clear how many will actually turn out on Tuesday.

ryandan on February 28, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Well, this puts to rest the falsehood that Santorum is a conservative.

scotash on February 28, 2012 at 2:20 AM

I’ve received over half a dozen RonMe attack phone calls. I’m glad that Santorum is fighting back and winning.

DannoJyd on February 28, 2012 at 4:26 AM

Why would anyone still blame Kos when Rick admitted he is making these calls himself?

Rick Santorum is Arlen Specter. He switched parties.

petunia on February 28, 2012 at 4:35 AM

Useful idiots. In order to win Michigan Santorum needs the votes of these extreme liberals who will never back him in November. Operation Dem Chaos is in full gear and Santorums GOP supporters are stupid enough to fall for it.

kurtd on February 28, 2012 at 4:44 AM

Useful idiots. In order to win Michigan Santorum needs the votes of these extreme liberals who will never back him in November. Operation Dem Chaos is in full gear and Santorums GOP supporters are stupid enough to fall for it.

kurtd on February 28, 2012 at 4:44 AM

It’s funny, I don’t like the tactic, but I keep getting told by Romney shills that we need a moderate candidate like Mitt to draw in dissatisfied Donks and Independents.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 5:23 AM

Although I would still vote for Sen. Santorum, I am curious what other “arrangements” he would make with the Democrats once in office. Certainly seems he likes them well enough to help him win.

cfebrzl on February 28, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Operation Dem Chaos is in full gear and Santorums GOP supporters are stupid enough to fall for it.

kurtd on February 28, 2012 at 4:44 AM

Remember, these are the same GOP voters who have been spouting their conservative superiority at us since last spring. Now, because the rest of us haven’t bought into their flawed reasoning, they run to the liberal dems and progressives for support! These are not moderate dems they are targeting. If moderate dems were going to support Sacntorum, the majority of the GOP would be supporting him also.

NO! The people he is targeting are the scum Obama supporters!

YOU STINK SANTORUM! Switch over to the dem party because that is where you belong!

csdeven on February 28, 2012 at 6:29 AM

I hate robocalls.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 6:46 AM

I hate robocalls.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 6:49 AM

No, but his ads dupe enough people not paying attention to vote for him.

Decoski on February 28, 2012 at 1:23 AM

So if Romney is doing a good job at fooling these rubes, Sanctorum better get more proficient at convincing them to vote for him instead. And if Sanctimonious Sanctorum can’t pull them away from Romney, he certainly isn’t going to pull them away from Obama.

csdeven on February 28, 2012 at 6:50 AM

I hate robocalls.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 6:52 AM

I’m on board. I’m donating tomorrow. With a note attached: “On behalf of Bluegill.”

Genuine on February 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

HALLELUJAH!!!

bluegill just convinced you to send money to Sanctorum by criticizing him! You hate bluegill so you do exactly what you THINK he doesn’t want you to do!

You people are EASY to manipulate!

csdeven on February 28, 2012 at 6:54 AM

Try again.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Well, this puts to rest the falsehood that Santorum is a conservative.

scotash on February 28, 2012 at 2:20 AM

Yep. It’s time for Sanctimonious Sanctorum to make it official and switch over to the dem party.

csdeven on February 28, 2012 at 7:07 AM

I’m wondering what Mitt Romney thinks of tougher gun control now. Does he have a robocall for this?

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 7:17 AM

What did romney offer paul? Hm.. it’s ok for that stuff but not ok for catholics to vote for a catholic? Haven’t you read that rc’s are becoming more and more conservative due to O’s anti-religion rulings? But what tribute is paul getting? Somethings fishy here, but mittites see it differently.

Fuquay Steve on February 28, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Operation Chaos! Can’t blame the Dems here – smart politics. Of course with the RNC in charge of the GOP Primary, we hardly need much help in screwing things up … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on February 28, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Operation Chaos! Can’t blame the Dems here – smart politics. Of course with the RNC in charge of the GOP Primary, we hardly need much help in screwing things up … http://bit.ly/qVdDUt

ombdz on February 28, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Great article. Good site.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 7:26 AM

But what tribute is paul getting? Somethings fishy here, but mittites see it differently.

Fuquay Steve on February 28, 2012 at 7:20 AM

What is Sanctorum getting from Neutron Newt? He is playing anti-Romney ads in MI, but he has pulled out of MI.

And what has Sanctorum promised the progressive dems that are going to vote for him?

csdeven on February 28, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Santorum’s robocalls to Democrats reveals his core opinion of Republicans. He cares so little for our right to choose a nominee that he wants the decision in Michigan made not by Republicans but by Democrats (who he hopes will vote for him because he is the weaker candidate against Obama). This ought to derail Santorum.

Basilsbest on February 28, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Go ahead, Establishment. Vote for Romney and lose…again. If you want to beat Obama, then vote Ron Paul or Rick Santorum.

Decoski on February 28, 2012 at 7:49 AM

I just voted in Michigan. I can tell you that Santorum’s people have been calling my house and the houses of my family members non-stop. It borders on stalking. I mean, 8 calls a day? Even if I leaned toward Santorum, this behavior would turn me off. Especially since one of the calls actually had a live person who asked who we were voting for and Santorum wasn’t the answer. At that point, stop calling.

totherightofthem on February 28, 2012 at 7:53 AM

totherightofthem on February 28, 2012 at 7:53 AM

That is awful. Then they should all stop robocalling.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 7:56 AM

I just got my seventh call from Mittens campaign. Now he’s a real nice rich man but if I was on the fence, it might turn me off.

Fuquay Steve on February 28, 2012 at 7:58 AM

I just got my seventh call from Mittens campaign. Now he’s a real nice rich man but if I was on the fence, it might turn me off.

Fuquay Steve on February 28, 2012 at 7:58 AM

That’s way too many Steve.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 7:59 AM

A vote for Santorum is a vote for Obama.

It is that simple. Axelrod would destroy Santorum in 72 hours. Then the Dems would focus on our downballot races. The House will be lost and the Senate will remain Dewmocratic.

Wake up, Michigan. It’s pretty crude and obvious as to who Obama wants to run against, and the behavior of the Santorum effort to get votes from Dems is disgraceful.

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Surprise! A guy who constantly supports big labor and is against right-to-work is courting Democrat big-labor voters. Oh and Rick is calling them “Reagan Democrats”? Really? Who honestly believes that?

Those Democrats will vote for Obama in the General.

Republicans will be demoralized.

Voting for Santorum guarantees we will lose to Obama. He must be laughing his ass off.

Marcus Traianus on February 28, 2012 at 8:42 AM

DRayRaven, I’ll duck out for a while on this note then.

Social Conservatives, the time has come to make a decision. Are you going to be continually spit on by your party or are you going to vote with your feet and move on? You’re wanted for your vote and nothing else. Where in the past you were paid lip service to social issue concerns you had, today you are simply told you’re stupid to care about any of these things. You’re told to worry only about the economy and that nothing else matters. Please note while you’re being admonished in this way, progressive Republicans are not slowing down efforts pushing their own progressive social issues they’re wanting to champion. They make no pretense because they think you’re stupid.

They repeatedly tell you you’re an embarrassment to the party and a turn off Independent and unaffiliated voters. And make no mistake, these people are their target to court over you now. Because they think they’ve convinced you to vote Republican like your very existence depends on it, they think you’ll accept all the progressive consequences that go along with it. You are called fanatics and bigots for values that used to be the core of this country.

You can’t dispute that there’s probably been no greater time in our history were an election outcome had dire consequences for the very liberties this country was conceived over. But as the primary moves on and I read and hear the argument softening the expectations of being able to defeat National Health Care, I wonder if electing a Republican will even make a difference. When I read and hear people moving away from what used to be a spirited defense of Mitt Romney’s Pro-life stance, I can only assume that he is not and the Republican voters don’t care. You will be told that the Republican candidate is your only hope to stem the tide of progressive and socialist advances in this country. They’re not. You’ll be told that if you don’t vote for the Republican you’ll be voting for President Obama. You won’t. But they will. These pages at Hot Air are filled will more pledges to stay home or outright vote for President Obama if Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich is nominated than one can count. Why should you be any different?

If not this election, then when?

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 8:53 AM

(reposted from another thread) sorry.

hawkdriver on February 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Rick Santorum, principled conservative:

[Santorum's robocall to MI Democrats] attacked Romney’s stance on the auto bailouts, saying the former Massachusetts governor’s opposition “was a slap in the face” to Michigan workers

EddieC on February 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

If Rick wants to play big-labor Democrat games, he can forget about my vote in PA.

Philly on February 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Just got back from the deserted polling station. And this is a small, but very “red” precinct. Hopefully, as I told the old ladies staffing the place, it will pick up at lunch time and after work – for most people.
It was great to vote against Mittens!

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Kilmeade is playing Santorum’s labor robocalls. Ugh.

Philly on February 28, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Robert Reich:

“As Santorum and Romney Battle for the Loony Right, the rest of us should not gloat.”

They’re losing even more Americans now, as the four remaining GOP candidates seek to out-do one another in their race for the votes of the loony right that’s taken over the Grand Old Party.

But here, as we’re seeing, a loony fringe can take over an entire party — and that party will inevitably take over some part of our federal, state, and local governments.

As such, the loony right is a clear and present danger.

Santorum polls well below the margin of error against Obama.

maverick muse on February 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I wondered why the Santorum robo-calls ramped up.
He doesn’t have the money that I’ve been hearing spent in ads and calls.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

hawkdriver

Where in the past you were paid lip service to social issue concerns you had, today you are simply told you’re stupid to care about any of these things. You’re told to worry only about the economy and that nothing else matters.

To a huge extent, morality from within is learned through experience. In establishing our own personal ideals, we should remember that God values free will.

Excepting the brain-dead and the psychopaths, there is nothing “stupid” about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Therein, Americans agree.

Social conservatism does not condone abortion. The most “legal” manner to implement that social agenda is for the government to abstain from participating in the termination of any American life except by individual case of criminal court conviction sentenced to execution. The fastest and most facile manner to halt “free” abortion is to halt such funding through taxation.

Regarding the function of government, it is not logical to presume that a government issuing mandates as with (or without) the best of intentions will promote any eventual ideology beyond authoritarianism.

An authoritarian government is not in the best interest to any people who are not of the elitists monopolizing power. All other people lose and serve. To play the elitist in one aspect, dictating what others must believe or choose, converts whatever good intent into corruption.

The government already has the constitutional obligation to protect our lives and our liberties. When we vote to promote constitutional governance, we remove authoritarians from accessing abuses against us and against life in general. It is not the government’s constitutional duty to dictate who will/may and who will/may not birth children.

In order to protect our lives, our liberties and the opportunities in America to pursue happiness, maintaining our Independence from abusive governance requires the deprivation of OUR tax funds from the execution of mandates. Depriving public funding of unconstitutional policies and bureaucracies is most effective.

Regarding the value of the US Dollar, the lack of value makes survival extremely difficult. American individuals and families find it increasingly difficult to earn room and board throughout life, let alone ownership of homes. The temptation to justify unconstitutional means in order to attain a quick-fix end to the problematically weak American economy (or moral fabric) will inevitably only make matters worse, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

Dr. Ron Paul firmly represents the right to life , the US Dollar value and strong economy supporting our nation’s integrity/security.

No more Keynesian Can Kickers.
Deplete unconstitutional political policies/bureaus of tax funding.
Require legal performance of duties by government employees.
Support and Defend the US Constitution and our National Security. Use constitutional means to capture or kill terrorist leaders who helped attack the U.S. and who continue to plot further attacks.

maverick muse on February 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

So much for the myth that Democrats want to face Romney in November. Democrat operatives have been predominatantly financing attacks on Romney rather than Santorum during the GOP primaries. They fear a Romney candidacy more, because they see him as the stronger opponent to Obama. They have put their money on defeating Romney while at the same time pushing media rhetoric that he is the weaker GOP challenger. This two-pronged attack will only work, if GOP voters allow themselves to be duped by the two-faced liberal attack machine. They want to help us choose the weakest GOP candidate, so that Obama has the best chance of finishing his assault on the US Constitution and capitalism. Besides that, which one of the GOP candidates’ backgrounds best reflects President Reagan’s in his successful campaign that sent President Carter packing during similar tough economic times. Is it Santorum or Gingrich who have spent their entire careers as Washington insiders? Or is it Romney, a man who has practical executive experience gained while governing a highly liberal state and successful real-world business experience? For those who are really paying attention, the answer is pretty obvious. One other thing. The Michigan primary is totally meaningless. The race is so close that Romney and Santorum will essentially split the Michigan delegates, no matter who comes out on top. So, move along. Nothing to see here.

NuclearPhysicist on February 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

If Santorum thinks democrats should help pick the republican nominee, that is his call. But he better man up when they ask him about it in interviews. No vacillating or evading or deflecting.

State unequivocally that democrats should be allowed to help determine which republican nominee will run against Obama in the general election, and that’s why Santorum is robo calling democrats for their support in the republican primaries.

If Santorum has the balls to say that in an interview, I won’t agree with his response, but I will respect him a lot more than I do right now.

Cavalry on February 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Romney Team response:

Rick Santorum has moved beyond just ‘taking one for the team,’ he is now willing to wear the other team’s jersey if he thinks it will get him more votes.

Buy Danish on February 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I wonder if Santorum took money from a Democratic entity to fund these calls. not sure how it will play to explain to GOP donors their money was spent to get out Democratic vote.

Tater Salad on February 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

How many ‘conservatives’ would have been screaming if Romney was conducting robo calls requesting Dems to vote for Santorum, Paul or Newt?

Yet, I see the comments from those describing themselves true Conservatives who will never vote for Romney because he is a moderate. Yet, they chose Newt who’s first line of attack was so far left he had to look behind him to see moderate and liberal. Yet, they choose Santorum who was a cross the isle and take one for the team during the 90′s as a congressman and then as a senator. Santorum who in 2008 decried the Tea Party and how he would do everything he could to stop this deplorable group and the damage being done, yes Mr. Conservative we know.. we know.. and now low and behold he is the Tea Party Candidate! Those he screamed and hollered for years that we cannot have the Democrats determine our candidate only when referencing a Romney or McCain, but it is okay now if it is going to give them a Not-Romney? Really?

You despicable and useful idiots. Don’t tell me you are a true conservatives. You are willing to have democrats choose your republican nominee if it fits what you want. You are a one trick conservative, social conservative, which is just another form of big government spending to control those you disagree with and that is not Tea Party conservative. That is Progressive Republican.

uhangtight on February 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

WOW!!!

Democrats prefer Richard (Dick) Santorum, the Washington Establishment candidate?

Who knew?

Gunlock Bill on February 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Santorum can’t get ahead either way with these calls: If he loses, it’s over because the other candidates, not just Romney, are going to crucify him; if he wins, he has the taint of a dirty trick that might be a short-term gain. Very risky bet that has turned off some GOP voters.

Philly on February 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Rush is trying to take out Romeny right now with some very weak arguments.

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Santorum=conservative Going, going GONE! Do give the Ricky fans credit for creative spin though.

jeanie on February 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Now the spin is Santorum’s robocalls are reaching out to Democrats and that’s what we need to win!

1. TruCons always say we just need to be Cons and NEVER reach out… until now?

2. Romney’s appeal to moderates was viewed as disqualifying to the conservative pundits before…. but Santorum’s is brilliant?

2. These Dems will not vote for Santorum in the general. Sorry, but you can’t out Democrat a Democrat.

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

23. These Dems will not vote for Santorum in the general. Sorry, but you can’t out Democrat a Democrat.

I can indeed count to 3, whoops.

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

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