Romney blasts Santorum for robocalling Democrats in open MI primary

posted at 1:20 pm on February 28, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Is courting Democrats in an open primary “outrageous,” or simply good politics? Rick Santorum’s campaign funded robocalls to get Michigan Democrats to come to the state’s open primary today, attacking Romney as “Massachusetts Mitt” and slamming Romney for opposing the auto bailout — which, as Chris Cillizza points out, Santorum also opposed:

Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign is actively seeking the support of Democrats in Tuesday’s Michigan primary, running a robocall that sounds oddly like one that would be run by an organized labor group.

“Michigan Democrats can vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday,” the narrator says in a copy of the automated call to Democratic voters that was initially obtained by Talking Points Memo. “Why is it so important? (Mitt) Romney supported the bailout for his Wall Street billionaire buddies, but opposed the auto bailout. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker. And we’re not going to let Romney get away with it.”

Then the ad closes with: “This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women and paid for by Rick Santorum for President.” …

It’s also an odd message considering that Santorum also opposed the auto bailout. Santorum has tried to differentiate himself on the issue by noting that he has a blanket no-bailout policy, while Romney supported the Wall Street bailout but not the auto bailout.

The Romney campaign responded last night with an e-mailed statement calling the robocalls “outrageous,” and that it proves that 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.”  Romney himself made TV appearances today condemning Santorum for “teaming up with the Obama people” and calling it “a new low in this campaign.” But this seems way over the top, even if you’re inclined to share some of Romney’s outrage:

Flanked by volunteers at his campaign headquarters, Romney conceded that — as recent polls suggest — Santorum might win and pointed to the Santorum robo-calls encouraging Democratic crossover voters to turn out in the open primary.
“I think the hardest thing about predicting what’s going to happen today is whether Senator Santorum’s effort to call Democrat households and tell them to come out and vote against Mitt Romney is going to be successful or not. I think Republicans have to recognize there’s a real effort to kidnap our primary process. And if we want Republicans to nominate the Republican who takes on Barack Obama, I need Republicans to get out and vote and say no to the dirty tricks of a desperate campaign,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Romney encouraged volunteers working the phones to get Republicans to turn out for him instead. “We want this to be a process where Republicans choose our Republican nominee. We don’t want the Democrats to choose who they think is the easiest person to run against,” he added.

However, Michigan’s primary is open, which means that Democrats will make up some percentage of the vote.  In the 2008 primary, they comprised 7% of the vote despite the fact that Democrats had their own primary at the same time.  Democrats might be inclined to turn out in the same amount or more this time — so why not court them?  Kevin McCullough reminds the Romney campaign that the idea is to get Democrats to vote for Republicans at some point:

He’s expressing this morning his “outrage” and “disgust” at a concept that signals something very important to anyone watching the race from a general election perspective.

Earth to Mitt, Earth to Mitt: There are not enough pure Republican voters in the country for you to win a general election. Reaching out to Democrats isn’t only the savvy thing to do from a campaign strategy in the primary, it also makes a heck of a lot of sense in laying the groundwork for disaffected Democrats and Independents in the general election.

Mitt’s team feels sucker-punched because they have had almost no forethought on the Michigan race almost from the get-go. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Iowa. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Minnesota. They weren’t paying attention when they lost Missouri. They’re not paying attention now that they may lost Michigan, or that they are running a huge risk in possible losing Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

The Team Romney scorched-earth, spend big, and no-one-challenge-us, mentality has not brought about an especially strong argument for why people should vote for their candidate.

The Boss Emeritus writes that Santorum is playing by the open-primary rules, and that Romney needs to toughen up:

Inconvenient truth: There’s nothing “dirty” and there’s no “trick” in playing by the rules set by the states. Seventeen states have open primaries. (Think the rules should be changed? Go for it. But not in the middle of the game.) One of those 17 states with open primaries is Massachusetts. And among the many voters who have crossed over to influence the outcome of an open primary is…Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney’s longtime argument is that he, not Santorum, is best equipped to appeal to the very Reagan Democrats that Rick Santorum is wooing.

Yet, in the state he considers his “home state” and where he has desperately outspent Santorum by 3-to-1, tonight’s outcome is “too close to call.”

If Romney can’t put away Santorum and can’t handle a run-of-the-mill robocall, how is he going to handle Team Obama’s Chicago goons and the Democrat deacons of truly dirty tricks?

Even the normally Romney-sympathetic Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post mostly agrees:

Aside from some strategic ambiguity as to the origin of the ad, there is nothing legally or even politically wrong with going after Democratic votes. The primary is not limited to registered Republicans. Just as GOP candidates in New Hampshire appealed to independent voters who were allowed to vote in that contest, it is perfectly acceptable to try to maximize a candidate’s votes by corralling Democrats. If the GOP wants a closed primary, it can have one.

That said, it’s rather embarrassing to be caught snuggling up to pro-union Democrats since Santorum characterizes himself to Romney’sright. The robocalls are either trying to confuse voters that Santorum supported the auto bailout (which he did not), or an admission that Santorum is perceived as the weaker candidate (Democrats, come vote for me to help you in November!). It sure does muddy his message, which is that he’s the one with the bolder contrasts to go up against Obama.

This is an inside-baseball story that is not likely to influence actual voters today (other than to inform some Democrats that the ad is from Santorum and not actual Democrats). Moreover, the number of mischief-making voters who are really going to bother to vote, I imagine, is quite small.

The impact of the story, if any, is to give Romney an excuse if he loses in Michigan and to muddle Santorum’s message. In his anxiousness to try to pull in a few Democratic voters, Santorum has undercut his own self-description as the most Republican of the Republican candidates and conveyed a certain desperation.

It has that kind of sense to me, too.  The ad doesn’t cross over into the kind of class-warfare attacks leveled by Romney and Newt Gingrich at each other a few weeks ago, and pointing out that Romney supported the Wall Street bailout while opposing the auto bailout doesn’t reach that level of Occupy rhetoric — even if it is a bit hypocritical, considering Santorum’s opposition to the auto bailout, too.  It’s hardly “outrageous” or a dirty trick, though, and it’s certainly not “kidnapping” a primary that’s already open to Democratic voters. Until Santorum’s rise, I doubt that the Romney team saw an open primary as a bad thing, anyway.

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Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

True. But, Rush isn’t taking sides. He realizes that Romney and Santorum are both far more conservative than Obama.

NuclearPhysicist on February 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Let’s try that again: We don’t want to defeat Mitt Romney, we want to destroy him.

Exactly. His stench needs to be washed out of the party as quickly as possible. I don’t want him campaigning for us, I don’t want him sullying us with his money. I don’t want the votes of his supporters, who would just pressure conservatism to compromise with liberals in the name “governance.”

I want Romney and everyone who thinks like him to leave the conservative party in shame. Let them start a third party if they must. More likely they’ll go where their hearts inevitably like, with the Democratic party. And then their true colors will be shown. We are better than that.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Richochet is reporting that Romney is heavily targeting Ann Arbor (!) with Robocalls.

So while Santorum goes after Union Democrats who voted for Reagan in the 1980s; Romney is going after Ultra-Leftwing Progressives who voted for the Communist Party in the 1980s.

Norwegian on February 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Santorum’s Democrats will all vote for Obama this fall and the state will go blue as it usually does. Intellectual honesty, Santorum supporters. You aren’t recruiting disaffected Reagan Democrats, you’re recruiting Michael Moore Democrats.

rhombus on February 28, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Absolutely true, but they’re so drunk on holy water they don’t and won’t see it.

jan3 on February 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:02 PM

That might work except for the coming collapse, if Obama is re-elected. Economic collapse leads to unpredictable outcomes and most of these potential outcomes do not involve conservatives taking over government.

NuclearPhysicist on February 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

True. But, Rush isn’t taking sides. He realizes that Romney and Santorum are both far more conservative than Obama.

NuclearPhysicist on February 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Wrong. Rush is not only in the tank for Santorum, but I suspect he’s even on the daily conference call. Santorum somehow manages to hit all the Rush talking points.

jan3 on February 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Wrong. Rush is not only in the tank for Santorum, but I suspect he’s even on the daily conference call. Santorum somehow manages to hit all the Rush talking points.

Rush is clearly on our side. I like how he pretends to be neutral, though — that makes him a much more effective advocate for Santorum and against RINO Romney.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

TARP was BS to the maximum. You’re not convincing me that a 700 billion dollar bailout (which some was NEVER doled out) saved the world (or American) economy. It was a “slush fund” invented by Paulson, pure and simple.
Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 2:54 PM

We’ll have to agree to disagree. But do keep in mind that a loan is not the same thing as, say, Obama’s stimulus, which was a gift.

Buy Danish on February 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Gotta run. Maybe when I come back I’ll remember to use blockquotes…

Buy Danish on February 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

hoping Santorium wins, so we get a contested convention!!

Gov. palin, stand by!

Danielvito on February 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

HA HA HA HA HA.

Mittwit the great electable because he can get the moderates and crossover dems. So Rick goes and does it and it’s a foul? Cry me a river, Mittbots.

Here you go, Mittbots, flame away because some crazy frog is beating your champ at his own game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kXwW6reObk&ob=av2e

A Vote for the bigot Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Obama’s Reelection against the GOP elites that value their perks and country club more than they value you.
bluegill on February 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM

FIFY

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I want Romney and everyone who thinks like him to leave the conservative party in shame. Let them start a third party if they must. More likely they’ll go where their hearts inevitably like, with the Democratic party. And then their true colors will be shown. We are better than that.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

THIS!!! If Mittness winds up with the nomination, I’m voting Conservative Party. I’ll probably still do so if Newt or Santorum win it instead.

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

So while Santorum goes after Union Democrats who voted for Reagan in the 1980s; Romney is going after Ultra-Leftwing Progressives who voted for the Communist Party in the 1980s.

Norwegian on February 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Nice twist to try to cover what Santorum is doing…we ALL KNOW that RS is not trying to keep these voters, because HE knows it won’t happen he is USING them to reach his political goals. Reagan, Romney, and others were actually recruiting Indies and Blue Dog Dems to KEEP their voters.

g2825m on February 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM

HA HA HA HA HA.

Mittwit the great electable because he can get the moderates and crossover dems. So Rick goes and does it and it’s a foul? Cry me a river, Mittbots.

Here you go, Mittbots, flame away because some crazy frog is beating your champ at his own game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kXwW6reObk&ob=av2e

A Vote for the bigot Rick Santorum in the Primary = A Vote for Obama’s Reelection against the GOP elites that value their perks and country club more than they value you.
bluegill on February 28, 2012 at 1:53 PM

FIFY

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

AH_C you are missing the point…see my post at 3:20.

g2825m on February 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

That might work except for the coming collapse, if Obama is re-elected. Economic collapse leads to unpredictable outcomes and most of these potential outcomes do not involve conservatives taking over government.

NuclearPhysicist on February 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

That’s why we need to elect the most electable AND conservative candidates down ticket to gridlock Oboobi in bothe houses of Congress.

If they have cojones; they can even lock up SCOTUS – there is no rule that SCOTUS vacancies must be filled. After all , many a position have been left vacant for years, ie the baker’s dozen of IGs yet to be nominated, let alone confirmed.

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

In the general election it will be a lot easier to get conservatives to vote for Romney than independents for Santorum.

Axelrod will destroy Santorum by Labor Day, and then the RATS/MSM will move on to throwing out the GOP majority in the House.

Every vote for Santorum is a vote for Obama.

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Rush said I was right on the radio today. He pointed out that the Establishment leaders are trying to run conservatives out of the party and using the election to do it. They apparently think that Santorum is a guaranteed loser in the general election and it will be blamed on true conservatives. Rush pointed out how wrong they were, that conservatism wins WHEREVER and WHENEVER it is tried in elections.

Rush is never wrong about these sorts of things. I’ll take his guidance rather than yours.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I don’t care what Rush Limbaugh says, and I’m not sure why so many others do. He’s wrong. Where’s the evidence that conservatives are being run out of the party? And it’s not true cons win all the time…hello, NV, DE, CO, etc. He’s flat out wrong, or just plain lying.

The Republican Party is tasked with trying to get Republicans elected, and they’re going to support whomever has the best chance at winning. It’s really as simple as that. Conservative purity doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if you’re not in power. I bet Limbaugh fully understands this, as well, but he knows where his bread is buttered. You don’t win anything by losing.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

AH_C you are missing the point…see my post at 3:20.

g2825m on February 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM

So when Sarah palin reaches out and talks to Union Workers, she was only doing it to score points? I think not.

And who are these Indies and BlueDogs that Mitt is recruiting? And what’s his message to them?

To keep the good parts and throw out the bad, is a fool-proof way to keep the ObamneyCare structure around for the Dems to blow-out once they get back into office.

To fix and strenghthen the holes in the safety net? Where’s the incentive to get off the public teat, if the net will be strengthened?

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The Republican Party is tasked with trying to get Republicans elected, and they’re going to support whomever has the best chance at winning. It’s really as simple as that. Conservative purity doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if you’re not in power. I bet Limbaugh fully understands this, as well, but he knows where his bread is buttered. You don’t win anything by losing.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

If 1994-2006 is the best example you have for us of what Republicans do when they ARE in power, your argument rings quite hollow. Weak tea. And all that jazz.

gryphon202 on February 28, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Well, guess who made it easier for democrats and independents to vote in Michigan’s republican primary? Read Malkin’s update.
http://michellemalkin.com/

fight like a girl on February 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I want Romney and everyone who thinks like him to leave the conservative party in shame. Let them start a third party if they must. More likely they’ll go where their hearts inevitably like, with the Democratic party. And then their true colors will be shown. We are better than that.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

“We” are better than…what? Who do think you were including in “We” – yourself, the genius who gave us the following pearls of wisdom?

Exactly. Santorum: just win, baby. Worry about the ethics of it later. The winners WRITE the ethics books anyway.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Your cries of hypocrisy will have no effect on us. Sure it’s hypocritical. So what? This is politics. Winning is everything. Losers whine about how unfair it was and hold grudges about being stabbed in the back blah blah blah.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 2:04 PM

You’ve established that you have no ethics, which you not only don’t deny, you admit that you don’t care that you don’t have any. That makes you worse than a Dem, because while they also lack ethics, they won’t admit that they don’t have any – they are aware enough to have a sense of shame about their lack of character, unlike you. You are the Right’s counterpart to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. So, surely, you weren’t including yourself in “We” if you were talking about Democrats when you said “We are better than that”.

Santorum, who’s been the biggest whiner of the GOP candidates, and who also has the whiniest, most hypocritical supporters, shows that he doesn’t have any ethics as a politician by this move he made, so it’s no wonder at all you’re AOK with what he did – you are one of the stupidest posters I’ve seen at HA, and you are quite possibly the least introspective one. Do you even know what “introspective” means? LOL :)

Bizarro No. 1 on February 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Those union voters ought go along well with Santorums support of closed-shop work rules

Tater Salad on February 28, 2012 at 4:17 PM

“We” are better than…what? Who do think you were including in “We”

I was referring to real Christian conservatives who make up the bulk of the GOP’s stalwarts and Hot Air, not RINO filth like you and Romney, who hide behind pitiful mewling cries of “fairness” to disguise your truly noxious anti-religious, glibertarian “fisc-con” (HA!) agenda.

You are outnumbered. We don’t want you in OUR party anymore. Leave now, before it gets ugly and we make you leave. This is our party, now and forever. If you want to shut up, pipe down, and let us save conservatism, you’re welcome to watch as a junior partner. But true conservative TEA partiers are calling the shots. As Rush pointed out today, it’s FAR more important for us to take over the levers of power in the Republican Party and show the Establishment who’s boss than to win a fake victory by getting rid of Obama with a guy who won the nomination without our support.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

At first reading your comments I thought you were just being over the top sarcastic. Turns out you might actually be serious.

Wow.

gotsig on February 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Michelle Malkin’s latest on this subject:

Guess who pushed for Michigan’s open primary? Hint: Rhymes with “snit” and “fit”

fight like a girl on February 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

If 1994-2006 is the best example you have for us of what Republicans do when they ARE in power, your argument rings quite hollow. Weak tea. And all that jazz.

gryphon202 on February 28, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I’m not sure what your point is. The Republican Party is tasked with electing Republicans, bottom line. Sometimes they don’t choose wisely, but then, sometimes, neither does the base (Angle, O’Donnell, etc). There’s no guarantee that cons will vote the way cons ought to, either, which is what that time period illustrates to me (as some were in office during that time, as I recall).

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I don’t care what Rush Limbaugh says, and I’m not sure why so many others do. He’s wrong. Where’s the evidence that conservatives are being run out of the party? And it’s not true cons win all the time…hello, NV, DE, CO, etc. He’s flat out wrong, or just plain lying.

You fool, we WON by losing in NV, DE, and CO. Would you have rather had a squish like Mike Castle, Sue Lowden, or Gale Norton in the Senate, doing indefensible things and tacking to the moderate/lib winds in order to please the budding socialists in those states? No. Far better to lose with dignity and principle with Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, and Ken Buck. Losing, under the right circumstances, is far, FAR better than winning. That’s the point Rush is making today (and I believe in my soul): it’s better to lose with Santorum than to win with Romney, because if Romney beats Obama, he will have proven that he didn’t need us to do it. And we here on Hot Air are going to make sure that the Republican Party knows from now on that when WE say “jump” THEY (and squishes like YOU) say “how high?”

You are so wrong about this, the fact that you don’t understand that you are is simply evidence that you are more of the trash that the TEA Party needs to take out and kick to the curb during this election cycle. Go vote Obama, I’m sure you want to. Me, I’ll be voting for Rick Santorum, the only real conservative in this race.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

<blockquoteI want Romney and everyone who thinks like him to leave the conservative party in shame. Let them start a third party if they must. More likely they’ll go where their hearts inevitably like, with the Democratic party. And then their true colors will be shown. We are better than that.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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This is the Republican Primary…Esoteric. I am a Conservative and after Tim Pawlenty dropped out I became a Romney supporter. I will admit relunctantly at first…he does not throw out the red meat as others do and is not Mr. Excitement. However, he will cut the Federal Budget and stop the outrageous spending, end OBAMACARE, develop an intelligent national energy and tax policy and be a grown-up.
Also, be careful what you wish for. If the center right Democrats and center right Republicans ever formed a party, it would own the majority leaving the Progressive Leftist Dems and extremely social conservative Republicans to be politically insignificant.

Natebo on February 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Michelle Malkin’s latest on this subject:

Guess who pushed for Michigan’s open primary? Hint: Rhymes with “snit” and “fit”

fight like a girl on February 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Romney is such a hypocritical boob! God help us if he gets the nomination. Of course he conveniently ignores the New Hampshire primary, which is also open to democrats and he won big there. Democrats perhaps wanting to make mischief with him as the republican nominee? Of course they want him since he washes out against Obama in the general!

mozalf on February 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM

. Losing, under the right circumstances, is far, FAR better than winning. That’s the point Rush is making today (and I believe in my soul): it’s better to lose with Santorum than to win with Romney, because if Romney beats Obama, he will have proven that he didn’t need us to do it. And we here on Hot Air are going to make sure that the Republican Party knows from now on that when WE say “jump” THEY (and squishes like YOU) say “how high?”

You are so wrong about this, the fact that you don’t understand that you are is simply evidence that you are more of the trash that the TEA Party needs to take out and kick to the curb during this election cycle. Go vote Obama, I’m sure you want to. Me, I’ll be voting for Rick Santorum, the only real conservative in this race.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Haha, very good.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Absolutely true, but they’re so drunk on holy water they don’t and won’t see it.

jan3 on February 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I am beginning to think that somemost of the hostility toward Santorum has more to do with his faith and the fact that he is not afraid to show it(unlike some people), than for any other reason that his opponents(on both sides of the political fence) give.

His faith, by the way, that he has stated himself he will not force on people(like taking away their contraception; jailing them for homosexual acts; or other stupid “extremist” stuff like that. Stuff that the MSM wants you to think).

Sterling Holobyte on February 28, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I am beginning to think that somemost of the hostility toward Santorum has more to do with his faith

Yes, his faith in big government.

EddieC on February 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Mittwit the great electable because he can get the moderates and crossover dems. So Rick goes and does it and it’s a foul? Cry me a river, Mittbots.

AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Exactly! Isn’t that why they want to vote for Romney? Because they think that the moderate dems who say they’ll vote for Santorum, won’t vote for him in the general election against Obama, but they will vote for Romney??

But yeah, I suppose they may be right. If they are feeling that Obama isn’t doing enough to further their left-wing agenda, they may think that good old Romney the RINO might.

Sterling Holobyte on February 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Rick has a right to campaign for anyone’s vote in an open primary. I question the means by which he did it. This will eliminate the psychological victory Rick would have benefited from if he wins MI. Now, that win will be tainted by accusations of dirty tricks and Democrat chaos. Romney will win AZ, so this adds up to nothing. And the rest of the candidates will clobber him for this. Ron Paul will pile on doubly because it appears he has aligned with Mitt.

I’d love to hear what Newt has to say about this.

Philly on February 28, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Santorom flip flops on democrats voting in gop primary. Just last month he said only republicans should vote in the gop primary.

“We want the activists of the party, the people who make up the backbone of the Republican Party to have a say in who our nominee is as opposed to a bunch of people who don’t even identify themselves as Republicans picking our nominee,” Santorum told voters on the call held January 29. “I don’t like that. I believe that states should only allow Republicans to vote in Republican primaries.”

In stark contrast to his campaign’s more recent courtship of Democrats, in January Santorum told Democrats that if they wanted to vote for a Republican, they should switch their party affiliation.

“It’s the Republican nomination, not the independent nomination or the Democratic nomination,” he said on the call. “If you’re a Democrat and you want to be a Democrat, then vote in the Democratic primary, not the Republican. If you want to vote in the Republican Party then become one.”

Story at CNN political ticker. It is not letting me post the link.

ryandan on February 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The year is 2038. Mr. Peabody and Sherman dial up the year 2015 on the Wayback Time Machine. Out pops a document smuggled to the Australian government from a dissident group in the USA:

The eight-page memo describes the current regime under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei President Santorum as a “brutal, apocalyptic theocratic dictatorship and asking for help.”

jb34461 on February 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

In stark contrast to his campaign’s more recent courtship of Democrats, in January Santorum told Democrats that if they wanted to vote for a Republican, they should switch their party affiliation.

Whining is for losers. Winners get to go home and bang the prom queen.

You are an excuse-making loser. Santorum is doing what he has to do to win, by any means possible. Silly mewling about “integrity” is beside the point.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Yes, his faith in big government.

EddieC on February 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You don’t think that Romney is part of that establishment?!
In fact, the way the republicans are trying to get Mitt elected(even on Fox News) shows that Santorum is more of an “outsider” from the governmental status quo than Romney is.

Sterling Holobyte on February 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Santorum is a real low-life worm. If nominated, his far-right agenda and beliefs are not going to get him elected. His cheerleaders (Limbaugh, Hannity, and Palin) certainly don’t represent GOP conservatives and are actively doing more to get Obama re-elected than anyone on the Democratic side.

lhuffman34 on February 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Prediction: Scott Walker will lose in Michigan because of these “tru conservatives” class warfare and pro-unions rhetoric.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

isn’t Walker in WI ..? maybe you should get your states right …..

conservative tarheel on February 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

You don’t think that Romney is part of that establishment?!
In fact, the way the republicans are trying to get Mitt elected(even on Fox News) shows that Santorum is more of an “outsider” from the governmental status quo than Romney is.

Exactly. Romney is a corrupt, DC lobbyist fatcat Establishment crony. Sarah had his number years ago.

We need to obliterate all the insiders, RINOs, moderates, so-called “fiscal conservatives,” and finally return the Republican party to the Christian conservative purity that the TEA Party demands.

First step: destroy Romney. Once you take him out, the whole rotten structure begins to collapse.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Mittwit the great electable because he can get the moderates and crossover dems. So Rick goes and does it and it’s a foul? Cry me a river, Mittbots. AH_C on February 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

You really are this stupid, aren’t you. Santorum won’t get any of those crossover Dems in the General. They are voting for Santorum now because they know Obama will annihilate him in the General. This makes them a lot smarter than Santorum’s supporters.

Basilsbest on February 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Yes, his faith in big government.

EddieC on February 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You don’t think that Romney is part of that establishment?!
In fact, the way the republicans are trying to get Mitt elected(even on Fox News) shows that Santorum is more of an “outsider” from the governmental status quo than Romney is.

Sterling Holobyte on February 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I thought you were talking about Santorum?

There’s nobody more establishment than Santorum. He’s a life-long career politician who went to Washington decades ago, spent others people’s money like a drunken sailor, sold us out to the unions and the special interest groups and then when he was finally fired found a job as a lobbyist. He defends his record with bizarre excuses like saying he was “taking one for the team”, but considering his entire voting record on economic, labor, trade and fiscal issues, one has to wonder what team he was playing for.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

joana on February 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

isn’t Walker in WI ..? maybe you should get your states right …..

conservative tarheel on February 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I already corrected it. I greatly admire you for never committing a typo. Are they fund-raising for a statue honoring your achievement?

More importantly: the class warfare and pro-unions rhetoric of CINOs like Santorum as well as his tendency to prioritize social issues ahed of the economy is already taking its toll in budget-cutting, anti-big labor republicans like Walker, as today’s poll from PPP shows. No wonder GOP governors everywhere in the country seem so worried with a Santorum nomination.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

The year is 2038. Mr. Peabody and Sherman dial up the year 2015 on the Wayback Time Machine. Out pops a document smuggled to the Australian government from a dissident group in the USA:

The eight-page memo describes the current regime under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei President Santorum as a “brutal, apocalyptic theocratic dictatorship and asking for help.”

jb34461 on February 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I see the fear-mongers aren’t only at the MSM.

“Run and hide! Santorum wears his Christianity on his sleeve!! He is going to make everyone go to church!! He is going to stop us from having homosexual sex!! A bible will be required reading in every school at every grade level, and we won’t have time to read our copy of “Heather’s Two Mommies!!” Help, Help, I’m being repressed!!!

Really, when will this stupidity stop?! I really, really want Santorum to win and not do all this “extremist” garbage(how would he anyway, really?!) just so you can all feel really stupid for letting the liberal media dictate your position.

Sterling Holobyte on February 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Ed, Santorum is the man you endorsed. We were told by Michelle Malkin and others that Santorum didn’t have any positions that were embarrassing. He was on the right side of most major issues. But he’s not really a conservative is he? Mitt is a louse. I voted for Gingrich in Florida. He has warts, he’s strayed from conservative doctrine (mainly in his time out of office), and his personal story is a mess. But no man in the race has done more for the GOP and the conservative movement than Gingrich. The Santorum endorsement was short sighted on your part.

eaglephin on February 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Romney attracting independents and democrats in New Hampshire primary = demonstration of appeal outside the base

Santorum attracting independents and democrats in Michigan primary = betrayal of conservative principles and proof he can’t win against Obama.

Romney running robocalls = Dont whine

Santorum running robocalls = whining about dirty tactics

I just want to make sure I understand how it works.

Marybeth on February 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

You don’t understand how it works.

Nothing wrong with Santorum attracting independents and democrats in Michigan primary or running robocalls.

That’s not the problem.

Highly doubtful if you can understand the problem even if someone explains it to you once again.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

This is why I can’t stand Mittbots. They think they are so superior to everyone else in their intellect and their understanding of the issues.

Oh, and Mitt can do no wrong – ever.

It would be fantastic if you have to eat a huge helping of humble pie tonight, honey.

Marybeth on February 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Can this be labeled as attacking Romney from the left as the King of Bain film was when it was released by the Newt super PAC? Where’s the outrage?

eaglephin on February 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

This is why I can’t stand Mittbots. They think they are so superior to everyone else in their intellect and their understanding of the issues.

Oh, and Mitt can do no wrong – ever.

It would be fantastic if you have to eat a huge helping of humble pie tonight, honey.

Marybeth on February 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Romney can do no wrong? Maybe for Santorum, he was the one calling him a great conservative! To me, he’s not even a conservative. Just not quite as bad as Santorum.

As for the personal remarks, someone is kind of bitter. Sort of creepy, actually. Chill out.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

“We want the activists of the party, the people who make up the backbone of the Republican Party to have a say in who our nominee is as opposed to a bunch of people who don’t even identify themselves as Republicans picking our nominee,”

Richard Santorum told voters on the call held January 29.

“I don’t like that. I believe that states should only allow Republicans to vote in Republican primaries.”

Can you say HYPOCRITE!!!

LOL!!!

Gunlock Bill on February 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Sterling, you may not have noticed but I have made disparaging comments about each of the candidates. My opininions are; Santorum’s focus on social issues bothers me. Gingrich is a self serving politician who claims to be a conservative and has absolutely zero support from anyone who served with him when he was Speaker. Romney is the establishment candidate who wants to simply take over the reins of government, not change it’s suicidal path. Paul has great positions on some issues but is off the reservation on others.

But when the general comes around I will vote for whoever has our nomination. This election is that important in my opinion.

jb34461 on February 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

If you want to quote Romney saying something to the effect of “Hey democrats, vote for me because Santorum is the stronger candidate against Obama”. Feel free. Because only then would you have a point. Otherwise Santorum is only “appealing” to democrats to hurt Romney, no other reason.

Zaggs on February 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

And Romney is running attack ad, after attack ad, after attack ad, against Santorum for what reason, if not to hurt Santorum?

Romney has been dirty throughout this campaign. Now he’s criticizing Santorum for using “dirty” tactics? He can bite me.

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

ED, Santorum is going down and it all begins today.

Natebo on February 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

We need to obliterate all the insiders, RINOs, moderates, so-called “fiscal conservatives,” and finally return the Republican party to the Christian conservative purity that the TEA Party demands.

First step: destroy Romney. Once you take him out, the whole rotten structure begins to collapse.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

‘Christian conservative purity’? You can’t be for real. No conservative talks that way. I’m guessing you’re screen-capping your own posts in order to show how backward and bigoted conservatives are.

troyriser_gopftw on February 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Poor Willard Fillmoure Romneycare… he started the campaign by flinging sh*t… now he’s crying when shit starts getting tossed back at him…

Boo-hoo.

Cry me a river Willard, then tear a tree-branch of the tree of Woe, gnaw it into the shape of an oar, and paddle yourself off into oblivion…

SilverDeth on February 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I want Romney and everyone who thinks like him to leave the conservative party in shame. Let them start a third party if they must. More likely they’ll go where their hearts inevitably like, with the Democratic party. And then their true colors will be shown. We are better than that.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Wow. I think you need to take a deep breath and try to relax.

Syzygy on February 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Marybeth on February 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Dittos to this post! *high five*

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM

And Romney is running attack ad, after attack ad, after attack ad, against Santorum for what reason, if not to hurt Santorum?

Romney has been dirty throughout this campaign. Now he’s criticizing Santorum for using “dirty” tactics? He can bite me.

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Of course Romney is trying to hurt Santorum. What I don’t see is him asking Obama supporters to disrupt the Republican primary process knowing they will never vote for him in the general.

That being said, politics is tough and dirty. Let the candidates do whatever they think will help them as long as it’s within the rules. Michigan is an open primary – Santorum can call for Michael Moore democrats to support him now (knowing they never will in the general) if he thinks it will actually help his chances.

gotsig on February 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

And Romney is running attack ad, after attack ad, after attack ad, against Santorum for what reason, if not to hurt Santorum?

Romney has been dirty throughout this campaign. Now he’s criticizing Santorum for using “dirty” tactics? He can bite me.

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Of course Romney is trying to hurt Santorum. What I don’t see is him asking Obama supporters to disrupt the Republican primary process knowing they will never vote for him in the general.

That being said, politics is tough and dirty. Let the candidates do whatever they think will help them as long as it’s within the rules. Michigan is an open primary – Santorum can call for anyone he wants to support him there if he thinks it will actually help his chances.

gotsig on February 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Rush is never wrong about these sorts of things. I’ll take his guidance rather than yours.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Oh, I can’t wait to rub that one in your face in November!

Rush is acting like a damn fool over this- and I really, really can’t wait to hear his spin when Santorum goes down in flames; I really do hope that the social cons go and start their own party- they absolutely should. I’m tired of having to defend Republicans against fanatics like Rick Santorum.

BettyRuth on February 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Is it outrageous or just good politics? Hmm, why don’t we let Santorum answer that:

“We want the activists of the party, the people who make up the backbone of the Republican Party to have a say in who our nominee is as opposed to a bunch of people who don’t even identify themselves as Republicans picking our nominee,” Santorum told voters on the call held January 29. “I don’t like that. I believe that states should only allow Republicans to vote in Republican primaries.”

Dark Star on February 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Santorum’s robocalls to operation Hilarity voters paying off huge. Exit polls show Dems compose 10% and unions 14% of MI vote.

EddieC on February 28, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Mostly, Santorum is wrong for pandering to the Unions.

Count to 10 on February 28, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Santorum being punked by Bret Baier, who has Santorum on tape making, er, contradictory comments about reaching out to Democrats…

He may win tonight but he will lose in the future…

Buy Danish on February 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Hey Mittbots:

Now is your big chance….

Levin is taking calls from Mittbots only for the next hour on why we should vote for Mittens.

Try to think of something good b/c I sure can’t think of one single reason to vote for Mitt Romneycare in the primary.

Be sure to reveal your hotair screen name when you plead your case….

(877)-381-3811

NOW THANK ME FOR YOUR CALL !!

LevinFan on February 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

You fool, we WON by losing in NV, DE, and CO. Would you have rather had a squish like Mike Castle, Sue Lowden, or Gale Norton in the Senate, doing indefensible things and tacking to the moderate/lib winds in order to please the budding socialists in those states? No. Far better to lose with dignity and principle with Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, and Ken Buck. Losing, under the right circumstances, is far, FAR better than winning. That’s the point Rush is making today (and I believe in my soul): it’s better to lose with Santorum than to win with Romney, because if Romney beats Obama, he will have proven that he didn’t need us to do it. And we here on Hot Air are going to make sure that the Republican Party knows from now on that when WE say “jump” THEY (and squishes like YOU) say “how high?”

You are so wrong about this, the fact that you don’t understand that you are is simply evidence that you are more of the trash that the TEA Party needs to take out and kick to the curb during this election cycle. Go vote Obama, I’m sure you want to. Me, I’ll be voting for Rick Santorum, the only real conservative in this race.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Haha…wait, we “lost with dignity” with the likes of Christine O’Donnell? You cannot be serious. Here’s a general rule of thumb…if you have to tell people you’re not a witch, dignity is no longer applicable.

I’m not sure what bizarro world you inhabit, or what you’re smoking to get there, but losing is not better than winning. You don’t gain anything by giving seats away to people who won’t vote with you at all. Something is better than nothing.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Romney can do no wrong? Maybe for Santorum, he was the one calling him a great conservative! To me, he’s not even a conservative. Just not quite as bad as Santorum.

Well, you’d never know it by reading your posts. This is the first time I’ve seen you make a comment like this, and frankly, my dear? I’m not buying it, after watching you spam threads with your anti-Santorum propaganda.

As for the personal remarks, someone is kind of bitter. Sort of creepy, actually. Chill out.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

No, I don’t think she’s bitter. I think she’s tired of being talked down to by people like you who act condescending toward anyone who disagrees with them. I know I am.

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Michael Savage is on now; discussing at length his distaste for Santorum using campaign funds to send out robocalls encouraging Democrats to vote for him and help Romney lose the primary. States this act alone shows him to be just another dirty politician and unfit to be the POTUS.

Belle on February 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Of course Romney is trying to hurt Santorum. What I don’t see is him asking Obama supporters to disrupt the Republican primary process knowing they will never vote for him in the general.

That being said, politics is tough and dirty. Let the candidates do whatever they think will help them as long as it’s within the rules. Michigan is an open primary – Santorum can call for anyone he wants to support him there if he thinks it will actually help his chances.

gotsig on February 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I was responding to someone who said Santorum was “only doing this to hurt Romney.” To me the issue is the hypocrisy among the Romney supporters. One of them even told me, over the weekend, that they didn’t care how Romney won, as long as he wins.

We all know damned well that if Romney had done what Santorum did, his supporters would praise him for his genius. Instead, Romney is raking Santorum over the coals for dirty tactics, when his campaign has been a prime proponent of dirty tactics, and his supporters are whining and using it as just another excuse to bash Santorum. IOW, typical.

I will most probably vote for Romney! if he turns out to be the nominee, but the relentless attacks on Santorum by them is not endearing me toward their candidate.

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Dark Star on February 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Did you miss the link earlier to Michelle Malkin’s site, where she provides evidence that Mitt was in favor of the open primary in Michigan? The fact is, the primary in MI is an open one, so since it is, that leaves it open to such “dirty tactics” by a Republican presidential candidate. Don’t like it? Get the rules changed.

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Belle on February 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

So what?

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

We all know damned well that if Romney had done what Santorum did, his supporters would praise him for his genius.
JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

The reply, when I was a young un, when someone intoned the “Royal We” to attempt to shore up a not-so-sure “I” was: “What? You got worms?”.

But seriously, I cannot recall any candidate desperately pleading with the opposition party to help him sabotage his own party’s primaries ever before as Santorum is doing. This is one of those times where “new low” actually does refer to a “new low”.

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Michael Savage is on now; discussing at length his distaste for Santorum using campaign funds to send out robocalls encouraging Democrats to vote for him and help Romney lose the primary. States this act alone shows him to be just another dirty politician and unfit to be the POTUS.

Belle on February 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Weiner Nation is a clown. The Great One has forgotten more about conservatism than Little Wiener Nation has ever known.

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/02/28/toughen-up-mitt-ercup/

How can you support this clown?? It was ok when Mittens HIMSELF voted for Democrat Paul Tsongas in the Democrat primary in the 90′s to try to get a “weaker” opponent for George H.W. Bush. It was ok when Mittens and the Establishment pushed for an open primary in Michigan when he though it’d help him. It was ok in NH when 53% of VOTERS in the primary were INDEPENDENTS OR DEMOCRATS!!

But now it’s not ok when Santorum is trying to use the rules to his advantage to get Reagan Democrats to vote for him. Can you say hypocrite??

It was ok when Mittens used his millions and his SupePac to smear Newt in Iowa and Florida. Ok to use liberal scare tactics to say that Newt was going to cut social security (which was total BS).

It was ok for Mittens to use robocalls smearing Santorum — he played a clip of Santorum endorsing Mittens over McLame in 2008 (as big as a piece of trash as Mittens is I’d STILL vote for him TODAY OVER MCLAME). That was a disingenuous ad by Mittens. However when Santorum fights back by running his own robocall showing Mittensas a hypocrite supporting the Wall St Bailouts (TARP) but then opposing the auto bailouts suddenly it’s “dirty”?? WTF???

How much more evidence do you need?

Now today Mittens comes out and says “he doesn’t need to make INCENDIARY comments about Obama to get attention”. Mittens also refused to call Maobama a socialist back in December and said Maobama was just in over his head (sounds like McCain who threatened to fire anyone who went “too far” in criticizing Maobama”

We don’t need another moderate panzi who won’t stand up to Maobama and the media.

Mark my words. Mittens will stop at nothing to smear real conservatives but he will not fight nearly as hard against Maobama.

LevinFan on February 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I’m not thrilled about any of the candidates. But I don’t believe Romney, as liberal as he is, would have done what Santorum did with the robocalls.

Belle on February 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I will most probably vote for Romney! if he turns out to be the nominee, but the relentless attacks on Santorum by them is not endearing me toward their candidate.

JannyMae on February 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Goes both ways. I don’t see you calling out the likes of Esoteric for their ridiculous over the top anti-Romney posts. He’s certainly not encouraging any Romney supporter to vote for Santorum (or any other “pure christian conservative” for that matter).

gotsig on February 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Will the Obama-Santorum alliance to save Obama from facing the toughest opponent manage to eke out a Mich victory for Santorum?

Many Democrats voting for Santorum, Paul to deny Romney a Michigan win

“Some Democrats have put together a fairly organized effort to get Democrats to vote for Santorum or Ron Paul in order to rob victory from Romney. The Santorum campaign joined the effort Monday with a robocall aimed at Democrats urging them to vote for him because Romney opposed the bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler. The call didn’t note that Santorum also opposed the bailout.”

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Good point whatcat.

Mittens would be such a tough opponent. He won’t make incendiary comments about Maobama or call him a socialist. Mittens will only attack conservatives.

Just what we need. McLame 2.0.

At least McLame had the decency to wait until the General election to lash out at conservatives (McLame threatened to sue the NC GOP for running Rev Wright ads and also threatened to fire any staff members who were too harsh attacking Maobama).

LevinFan on February 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Mittens will stop at nothing to smear real conservatives but he will not fight nearly as hard against Maobama.
LevinFan on February 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

“The only one left standing who can honestly be said to share most of our conservative principles is Mitt Romney.”
Rally for Romney

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

If Mitt Romney had made an ad like this sanctimonious talking heads like Levin and Rush and Malkin would have had a cow..Hypocrites.

BTW, CNN is interviewing Democrats who are saying they voted for Santorum because he is the weaker candidate and they want him to run against Obama…think of the ads that will make for future primaries.

Terrye on February 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

“The only one left standing who can honestly be said to share most of our conservative principles is Mitt Romney.”
Rally for Romney

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

You’re so disingenuous. Yeah, Santorum supported Mittens in 2008 as an ALTERNATIVE to McLame.

As much as I hate Mittens, I’d still vote for him today OVER Mclame!!!

You sound like a leftist with your distortion of the truth. Why not just vote for Maobama and get it over with??

LevinFan on February 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Facebook has a page dedicated to my local GOP in which 2 RonMe fanboys have attempted to coerce we subscribers into voting for 0bama lite. I only managed to be the first to rub their faces in it once, but that is OK. Those who beat me to the punch did so with style and relevence.

Did you know that Reagan shunned democrats when he ran for POTUS? According to the second RonMe supporter that is a fact. Who would have thunk that? /s

Time for me to go see if Rick is doing his happy dance yet.

DannoJyd on February 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Rush Limbaugh is Santorum’s stauches supporter with the conservative radio shows. Levin is a very close second. I have quit listening to both of them. This kind of bias reporting is sickening. Santorum is not a fiscal conservative and they both know it. I am totally disallusioned with these talk show icons. Loser loser for them.

ihavehadit on February 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Rush Limbaugh is Santorum’s stauches supporter with the conservative radio shows. Levin is a very close second. I have quit listening to both of them. This kind of bias reporting is sickening. Santorum is not a fiscal conservative and they both know it. I am totally disallusioned with these talk show icons. Loser loser for them.

ihavehadit on February 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Agreed. It’s almost like Rush and Mark want Obama to win.

Priscilla on February 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM

“It’s the Republican nomination, not the independent nomination or the Democratic nomination,” he said on the call. “If you’re a Democrat and you want to be a Democrat, then vote in the Democratic primary, not the Republican. If you want to vote in the Republican Party then become one.”

Story at CNN political ticker. It is not letting me post the link.

ryandan on February 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Yawn. Kinda like saying I think there should be a rule that you can’t tackle the kicker on field goal attempts, but as long as it’s not on the books, my team will hit him hard.

There’s no hypocrisy in wishing for a rule change, yet play it the way it is.

AH_C on February 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM

I was referring to real Christian conservatives who make up the bulk of the GOP’s stalwarts and Hot Air, not RINO filth like you and Romney, who hide behind pitiful mewling cries of “fairness” to disguise your truly noxious anti-religious, glibertarian “fisc-con” (HA!) agenda.

You are outnumbered. We don’t want you in OUR party anymore. Leave now, before it gets ugly and we make you leave. This is our party, now and forever. If you want to shut up, pipe down, and let us save conservatism, you’re welcome to watch as a junior partner. But true conservative TEA partiers are calling the shots. As Rush pointed out today, it’s FAR more important for us to take over the levers of power in the Republican Party and show the Establishment who’s boss than to win a fake victory by getting rid of Obama with a guy who won the nomination without our support.

Esoteric on February 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

lol if I believed you were doing a bit, I’d give you an A+, but you look too much like another poster here, HondaV65, for to me think you aren’t as moronic and unhinged as it seems you are.

You mention “real Christian conservatives” – who do you think they are? Rick “Take One for the Team” Santorum? Again, you believe you’re one? On what basis? I thought Jesus wanted people to follow His lead by condemning hypocritical behavior? I can see you don’t like Him either, because to you, critics of hypocrites, like Jesus, are whiners who all “hide behind pitiful mewling cries of “fairness”" whenever they care to comment on such a trivial matter as ethical virtue. If He were in the GOP today, no doubt you’d call Him a filthy RINO, too.

For someone who complains about the “whining” of others as much as you, you sure whine a lot – your mommy still hasn’t learned to change your diapers often enough, even though she’s had more than 40 years to master the skill, right? No wonder you’re so miserable.

Bizarro No. 1 on February 29, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I am beginning to think that somemost of the hostility toward Santorum has more to do with his faith and the fact that he is not afraid to show it(unlike some people), than for any other reason that his opponents(on both sides of the political fence) give.

His faith, by the way, that he has stated himself he will not force on people(like taking away their contraception; jailing them for homosexual acts; or other stupid “extremist” stuff like that. Stuff that the MSM wants you to think).

Sterling Holobyte on February 28, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Really – you believe many people on the Right hate it for the most part when Christians talk about their Christian faith? Didn’t Rick Perry’s wife say the same thing about her husband, too?

I disagree with you – I think most of the hostility that’s directed at Santorum originates in the same place that has the answer to the question, ‘What’s the explanation for good ol’ Rick being the very last of the “True Conservatives” to be glommed onto by the candidate-jumping “Anyone but Romney”ers?’

Think about the main criticisms Santorum received in the early debates – he has an overly aggressive, negative persona. Rick just isn’t a very pleasant guy on a personal level, like Ron Paul and Tim Pawlenty aren’t, and his unlikable qualities are having a repellent cumulative effect the more exposure he gets. If you remember, people got sick of him in PA, too.

Bizarro No. 1 on February 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM

When I saw Gingrich attack Romney for engaging in capitalism at Bain, Santorum was the principled candidate who stood by capitalism. Now he’s thrown principle out the window and become an opportunist by attacking Romney for not supporting a socialistic auto bailout.

Not to mention the hypocrisy that he also voted against the bailout.

Santorum has lost my respect.

netster007x on February 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

netster007x on February 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Well said.

I’d add that it’s one thing for the Dems to set up robo calls to influence who their opponent may be in the fall. Rush organized a similar movement in 2008. To his credit, Romney is not being critical of the Dems.

But when a GOP candidate starts appealing to the Dems to crossover and vote in the GOP primary, they’ve crossed a line and made a huge statement regarding what they are all about.

Romney is right: Santorum has some explaining to do.

EconomicNeocon on February 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Let me get this straight. RINO Romney (aka Obastard-Lite) can just LIE, and libel, and LIE, and slander, and LIE some more ALL over Iowa and Florida about Gingrich, but Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name) has a problem with Santorum’s robo-call???? Somebody give Willard (from the RAT movie of the same name) some cheese to go with his WHINE!?!?!

Colatteral Damage on February 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

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