Surgin' Santorum! Rightbloggers Not So Frothy for This Week's Next President of the United States

tomt200.jpgThe wheel of fortune has spun once again, and the GOP Next President of the United States of the Week is now Rick Santorum.

Mind you, no one thinks Santorum will actually be the nominee. He's just running third in some optimistic polls -- of the Iowa caucuses, which is no bellwether. Yet all the world declares a Santorum Surge.

In rightblogger world, where everyone gets to be the NPOTUSOTW for a couple minutes at least, that's usually good enough for some rah-rah. Yet the brethren are surprisingly neutral to negative on Santorum. Why?

Before last month, Santorum's low-polling Presidential run had hardly raised a whisper among the brethren. In November, The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein explained that though Santorum is a "true blue conservative... articulate and a strong debater," he "remains overlooked by voters as a serious contender" because, experts told him, Santorum got beat in his 2006 Senate reelection campaign by 18 points -- a more humiliating fall than most of the other Republicans defenestration that year.

There may be other reasons, though -- first among them, we should think, that Santorum is mainly known, to the extent that he is known, as the Gay-Hating, "Man-On-Dog" Candidate -- so ferociously against gay marriage, gays in the military, and indeed any gay rights at all that homosexuals and their sympathizers retaliated by making Santorum's name synonymous with an anal discharge.

Still, Santorum has his defenders -- few more loyal than Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post. When no one else was listening to him, Rubin was all ears.

In August Rubin praised Santorum's "strong finish" in the Ames, Iowa straw poll (fourth place). She told us Santorum was "encouraged by a noticeable uptick in calls to his campaign" and that he "is nothing if not fearless," and predicted he would "cause his competitors fits in the upcoming debates by attacking their positions and style from the right." In September, when Rick Perry gave his infamously bad debate performance, Rubin headlined, "A strong night for Santorum as Perry fades."

In November Rubin covered a Santorum policy speech "calling on Congress to abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals," "advocating for a personhood amendment to the Constitution," etc. "Some of this may be a stretch," admitted Rubin. "...Santorum doesn't much care about that or about the ridicule he'll receive in the media. In fact, he thrives on it."

When she got the word that Santorum had received the endorsement of "Chuck Laudner, the former chief of staff for Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)," Rubin headlined it, "Santorum's Big Get," and did not appear to be joking. After the lackluster November 22 GOP Presidential debate, Rubin posted an "Exclusive: Post-debate interview with Rick Santorum." "It remains a bit of a mystery," she added, "that Santorum has yet to show progress in the Iowa polls."

Santorum's also got a friend in rightblogger Robert Stacy McCain, who's been pumping out posts like "SANTORUM EXPRESS UPDATE: Pulls Even With Bachmann in New Iowa Poll, Gains Endorsement by Influential Pastor," "God-Hating Feminist Blogger Denounces Iowa Republicans and Rick Santorum," etc.

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Hate to say it, dude, but that sweater vest? Hella gay.
Now that Santorum's number has been called, so to speak, and the mainstream press has rushed to his side ("Rick Santorum is so hot right now, you'd think he was the cure to something" -- John Dickerson, CBS News), more rightbloggers are speaking up about Santorum -- and a surprising number of them are not enthused.

For example, CNN commentator and RedState boss Erick Erickson has displayed a consult-your-physician hard-on for Santorum in several posts.

Erickson has denounced Santorum as a "pro-life statist," a term he got from fellow RedStater Ned Ryun who, back in May 2010, used it to denounce Mark Souder, a GOP Congressman who'd resigned after an extramarital affair. The affair didn't seem to bother Ryun as much as the fact that Souder voted for TARP and Cash for Clunkers. Ryun concluded that "someone who is pro-life, but votes to expand the state and state spending, is in fact not a conservative, but a pro-life statist."

Thanks to Pennsylvania voters, Santorum never had a chance to vote for or against either TARP or CfC. Still, Erickson felt Ryun's elderly post "sums up every issue I have with Rick Santorum," because while in the Senate, "along with Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum led the K Street Project, which traded perks for lobbyists for money for the GOP funded with your tax dollars through earmarks and pork projects."

Thus, Erickson said, the 2006 wipeout "was not a defeat for Rick Santorum. It was punishment." Given that 2006 was the year of a great Democratic sweep, that the voters of Pennsylvania had no reason to expect less tax-and-spendy policies from the Democrats, and that normal people are not as prone to "punish" apostate conservatives as the famously retributive Erickson, this seems like a clumsy retrofit at best.

Still Erickson has kept at it. He later posted on Santorum's appointment to the board of directors at healthcare management company Universal Health Services, which has been the subject of some lawsuits, as if Santorum had been crowned kingpin of a crime syndicate. And here's Erickson's latest stop-the-presses dispatch: "Universal Health Services, on whose board [Santorum] sat until he left in June of this year," Erickson breathlessly reported, "runs a PRIDE Institute in Minnesota. It's the 'nation's first and leading provider of mental health service to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community.'"

Okay, that's funny. But it's not the sort of thing you expect Santorum's fellow conservatives to use against him. And, in fact, Universal Health Services hasn't made it onto the rightblogger radar -- not because they're carrying water for him, it would seem, but because they don't care that much.

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Jcs4420
Jcs4420

The caucuses are in, and the polls say...Some are wrong, a few are right. I am so tired of hearing about nothing but polls as they, in my opinion, don't seem to reflect what the average American truly feels. If only there was one that could truly capture our interest. I found the 2012 EBAY US Presidential Poll - can we really make a difference? I say cast your vote for your candidate now in what appears to be an intriguing nonscientific, nonpartisan poll on EBAY.

McSalmon
McSalmon

I sort of feel sorry for everyone in the GOP now. The base repeatedly and vociferously points out that they really don't care much for Romney, as evidenced by the sudden surge of a new candidate every other week. And they shall have the bland and unappealing dollop of slightly spoiled unflavored yogurt that is Romney despite what they wish. It is being pushed on them with all the power and authority that only millions of dollars can bring. All the rest spontaneously implode on contact with any form of criticism, because every one of them are mean and venal people that no one save the most true of true believers would want with The Big Red Button.

And how frustrating is it for Romney to be repeatedly spurned by the base? This man has been campaigning for decades to obtain a number of offices, and normally his vast fortune would suffice. Only his complete and utter lack of charisma in public, his poor sense of speech craft, and the artificial manner which places him just this side of the Uncanny Valley has prevented him from the success he could have had. His single term as a governor is hung around his neck like an ACME anvil and he has to know how low he is in the estimation of the nation. Christ, if he wins, I suspect he will try to fire the arsenal out of spite.

Smut Clyde
Smut Clyde

not because they're carrying water for him

Umm, that's not water.

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

Santorum has only one significant point of difference from the rest of the GOP field: He's a tested, proven gay-hater.

Did you mention that butt-froth stuff? Because that's a significant difference too. Oh you did, a whole bunch of times! HA HA. Here's hoping there's someone with VP potential called Dick Smegma.

dfs
dfs

Quick correx: the Club for Growth hitman in Arlen Specter's last race was Pat Toomey, not Rick.

Ellis Weiner
Ellis Weiner

"glitter and be anti-gay". 

That's what a director I used to know would have referred to as "a hundred-dollar joke."  Than which there is no higher praise.

Otisah
Otisah

Some are saying that, should Romney receive the GOP nomination for president, conservatives will vote for Obama with an eye towards electing a true conservative in 2016. According to experts, GOP officials are planning for a conservative revolt at the polls next November. "A Romney presidency will make it extremely difficult to elect a true conservative for at least 8 years," one insider said.

Mitt Romney is considered by many to be a liberal in conservative clothing. Others merely believe he is a man with no conviction except his desire to be president. Because of Romney's many negatives in conservative minds- such as Romneycare and his liberal views on abortion- GOP insiders are afraid conservatives will feel compelled to re-elect Obama in order to ensure conservative victory in 2016.

ktheintz
ktheintz

The *only* explanation for the popularity, even if fleeting, of such a non-entity as Santorum is that the well of wingnut loathing for Mitt Romney has no bottom.

Ciaron Malloy
Ciaron Malloy

We, in Pennsylvania, voted Rick Santorum OUT of office for a reason. His election was the result of redistricting to ensure a GOP in office. When Santorum, who ran a pro-life campaign and his wife were faced with a problem pregnancy, a Pittsburgh newspaper quoted Santorum stating he and his wife considered terminating the pregnancy. (There is an ongoing debate about whether or not they did) yet, such a strong pro-life candidate considered it?  The child was born at 19 wks. when Santorum's wife was given an antibiotic. (this is the debate...google "Our abortion was different" with Santorum's name), the premature child lived only 2 hours. Santorum and his wife took the corpse home overnight to spend time with their other six children. Consider the effect of a child's corpse on the other children. Then Santorum really messed up when, while in office, he stated he did not believe US citizens were entitled to privacy in their own bedrooms. Until he was called out on it, he continued to have his children enrolled in a PA public cyber-school while they resided with him at his $700,000+ home in the DC suburbs. WE paid for his children's education with our taxes while the children resided out of state. Santorum registered them under the address of a small home he owns and was renting out in Penn Hills. By claiming the home as his primary residence he was able to claim the Homestead Exemption for tax purposes which was clearly tax evasion. USA TODAY interview excerpt: "if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. I would argue, this right to privacy (tha)t doesn't exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution."  Keep those trousers zippered, folks.

Jay
Jay

"Former United States Senator Rick Santorum represents everything that is wrong with the Republican Party. If dismantling big government is now a primary concern, Santorum has spent a career promoting big government. If stopping massive spending is now a top priority, Santorum has a lifelong record of championing massive spending. If our debt is now considered the greatest threat to our national security, Santorum has always considered everything but the debt a greater threat.

“Indeed, if conservatism means limiting government, the many ways in which Santorum has been the consistent enemy of conservatism are virtually unlimited."

Link: http://www.theamericanconserva...

Woe ToGo
Woe ToGo

"has prevented him from the success he could have had"

You forgot that he's a Mormon AKA Not A True Christian.

Roy T.
Roy T.

Santorum may be coming from the rear, but Romney will eventually clean up.

Roy Edroso
Roy Edroso

Tom M's right, I got it from Conservative Times -- bad idea to take their word for anything, including proper names. My reference has been changed from "Rick" to "Pat."

Tom M
Tom M

Dfs, make sure you tell the Conservative Times about the error, they made it, Roy just quoted it.

The Republicans have a real quandary on their hands:

A) vote for Romney who they feel is a liberal in disguise, or;

B) vote for the only proven conservative in the race: Obama.

Obama has it all when it comes to the stuff that thrills cons, militaristic, business friendly, all for austerity, anti-immigrant. I mean, criminy, what more do they want?

He is half white, couldn't they vote for that half and ignore the other?

Consumer Unit 5012
Consumer Unit 5012

Eh, I can't see it.  After 4 years of the rightwingnuts insisting that Obama is some hellish amalgamation of Hitler, Stalin, Malcolm X, and Jimmy Carter, I think at this point most of the GOP Faithful would vote for Francisco Franco's Reanimated Corpse before they'd even THINK about voting for the Kenyan Usurper.

Tracy Mohr
Tracy Mohr

Your ideas are intriguing and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Andrew C
Andrew C

Taking a still-born child's body home is fairly standard.  It helps with the grieving and makes the child 'real' to the parents and the siblings - it is also part of building a healthy attitude to death.  Santorum may be an unpleasant bigot, but this is nothing to attack him on.

Dirk
Dirk

If a five year old dies, do you take its corpse home for your family to play with?

Dstatton
Dstatton

"Fairly standard"? I've never heard of such as thing, and you're the first person I've come across that was not grossed out by this.

Andrew C
Andrew C

Why is it gross?  The baby was loved when it was in the womb, there was an expectation in the family that it was going to be another part of the family and to have it simply disappear...that is gross.  

Just because there is a modern phobia about death and discussing death, doesn't mean that people don't have to face up to it everyday.  And about 1 in 200 babies are stillborn.

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