Rightbloggers Prepare to Swallow Their Santorum and Root for Romney

tomt200.jpgSince the recent Iowa one-two finish by Romney and Santorum, there've been a couple more debates and a lot of palaver about the GOP Presidential race.

But let us level with you: Despite all our jokes about The Next President of the United States of The Week/Month, it's become painfully obvious that the relatively moderate Mitt Romney will be the nominee.

How can we tell? Rightbloggers, who've heretofore been giddily following whatever Great Right Hope might defeat Mittens, are glumly getting with the program.

Some bigtime conservatives have already called it for Romney. "Unless something terrible comes out about him in the next few weeks, Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee," said John Podhoretz at the New York Post. Michael Barone "recorded this thought in my notes, '[Romney] just clinched the nomination.'"

Even those who couldn't go all the way seemed to be warming toward Romney, or at least working on their plausible deniability.

"[Romney] even showed some comic timing" at a recent debate, said Jonathan V. Last at The Weekly Standard. "Who wouldn't want to vote for that guy?" (Last said of Romney just weeks ago, "Voters just don't like him very much. And they never have.")

"Some of the candidates, by now, know they cannot win. As such, they have little incentive to attack Romney," said Matt K. Lewis of the Daily Caller. "Meanwhile, the candidates who think they can win -- Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich -- probably believe their best shot at the nomination is to finish second in New Hampshire."(On January 4, Lewis wrote, "it appears the [Republican] field is winnowing -- and this could deal a huge blow to the campaign of Romney.")

Some held out hope, but with their fingers crossed. Aaron Goldstein of The American Spectator affected to be juiced by Santorum's recent debate performance. "Santorum Goes For Romney's Jugular," he wrote. "Finally!!! Rick Santorum puts it point blank to Romney. If your record in Massachusetts was so great why didn't you run for re-election? Why did you bail out? ... Romney had an Anderson Cooper moment and turned to David Gregory for help...The seeds of doubt have been planted."

But... "The question," Goldstein closed, "is will they germinate in time for the vote in South Carolina." Now that's how the pros hedge!

Some were sour about it. "It would appear that all of the not-Romneys, once again, refused to as much as scratch at the veneer of that smarmy, two-faced, opportunist son of a bitch Mittens," snarled the dead-ender Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, "for reasons that will remain unclear to us until the day that we die."

Romney got some surprising defenses from surprising defenders. At RedState, Daniel Horowitz (author of "They Didn't Want Mitt in 2008, They Don't Want Him Now") was upset that some nonRoms, notably Gingrich, were giving Romney a hard time about his firing spree at Bain Capital. "They should have praised Romney's record as a businessman while ticking off his liberal vices and his terrible record as Governor, most prominently, his record on healthcare," he groused. "Instead, they chose an awkward position - one that placed them to Romney's left on free-market entrepreneurship." Imagine, running to the left of Mitt Romney! How could anyone win that way?

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Get used to him, guys.
"Gingrich's attack seemed even more out of place considering that it was at a Republican debate," agreed Doug Mataconis. "As ridiculous an issue as it is, one can easily see a Democrat going after Romeny on this issue, why Gingrich was giving them ammunition for the General Election is beyond me."

As often happens when things don't go their way, many of the brethren just yelled at the liberal media -- mainly, in this case, debate moderator George Stephanopoulos, who asked repeatedly for candidates' position on legal contraception.

John Presnall from First Things scored "Stephanopoulos' tiresome and persistent questioning on contraception." At National Review, Hugh Hewitt claimed that when Stephanopoulos asked about it, "the nation groaned." At the same site, Marc A. Thiessen went further and reported, when Gingrich "turned the question around and asked why no one was concerned about anti-Christian bigotry," that "the Twitterverse erupted and ever those who do not support his candidacy cheered him."

"ABC commentator George Stephanopoulos was called out this morning after his ridiculous and biased performance last night," said Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit. Hot Air's Ed Morrissey laughed that the candidates were being asked about "contraception, which was a pressing issue as recently as ... 1965."

One would never know from all this that Rick Santorum wants to ignore the 1965 Supreme Court Griswold contraception ruling, and insists states still have a right to ban it, which he would prefer. So were Santorum to be the nominee, 1965 would be very relevant indeed.

P.J. Salvatore offered an explanation at Big Journalism: that Stephanopoulos' question was "based on the illogical presupposition of a Santorum stance, one which he was not given the courtesy of clarifying before moderators proceeded with their misdirected question." By "clarifying," we suppose she means, "wisely backtracking from."

Some didn't like that the moderators asked about gay stuff, either. "What explains the media's obsession with gays?" asked Robert Stacy McCain. The short answer would be, unlike Republican debates, gay people attract an audience.

(Which brings us to Ramparts360's question: "I wonder when are we going see a Tea Party debate? Imagine if Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh were moderating the line of questioning? Or Erick Erickson or Andrew C. McCarthy?" C-Span, here's your big ratings opportunity!)

Well, at least people who hate gay people still love Santorum -- though there was one guy for whom even Santorum wasn't anti-gay enough.


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Mo
Mo

Newt's lesbian 'half-sister' won't even vote for the prick. She looks a lot like Drew Carey, and she's still easier on the eyes. Mormonism is a cult-like religion, kinda like $cientology...

Elijah Know
Elijah Know

Boy that Santorum is a dead frogs dream come true. Just don't try to kiss him, or he will turn into a real mental indigent, Oh that right he is one now. Gee fairy tails can come true, if your dumb at heart!

McSalmon
McSalmon

It is gratifying to be proven right - none of these losers had the political acumen or personal charisma needed to overcome Romney's money bombs. I knew it - you knew it. Everyone knew it. It's a dread fact, because Romney's wax statue is more human-like than Romney. If Romney weren't a wealthy bastard, he'd never have a chance. However, this is all it takes to be a member of the VIP club, and if you're a member, you get privileges. Like being allowed to run for office without being questioned on your clearly unsatisfactory qualifications, or having the media not mock you to your face when you say daft things in pursuit of that goal.

None of these people should be president. The number of conservatives who can be trusted not to abuse the levers of power are vanishingly small, and that is being generous. These debates are a slow train wreck of a proof in action, bless them for the instinct for purity that makes it possible.

DebbieSmith1956
DebbieSmith1956

While Mr. Santorum proclaims that America is socially classless, that   Here's a look at how much Rick Santorum was paid in 2010 to offer his opinions to the media and the corporate world:

http://viableopposition.blogsp...

While he may have the appearance of Main Street America, his 2010 compensation of nearly $900,000 says otherwise.

bilejones
bilejones

"So were Santorum to be the nominee, 1965 would be very relevant indeed."

If Santorum were  to be President, how could he ban contraception?

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

I think all these substandard candidates point to the possible end of the GOP as a major power, or at least the conservative movement's control over that party. To be truthful, the two-party system in America is dysfunctional; we would be better off with multiple parties.

Horatius
Horatius

The only thing more disgusting than a tide of santorum rising is a Romney-tide rising.

Glenn
Glenn

violates the God-given right of the child to be raised by a mother and father who respect (and intend to teach the child) those basic laws of morality

Fascinating. We've seen the wingnuts deny that access to health care is a right. We've seen the wingnuts deny that a social safety net is a right. Lately, wingnuts have even been denying VOTING as a right ("it's a privilege")!

But he's asserting it's a "God given" right to have a (married) mother and father with approved political and moral views? Why not throw the white picket fence in there too?

Glenn
Glenn

Imagine if Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh were moderating the line of questioning?

Other than Obama-trashing, what else would that be? Would Rush or Levin goad the candidates to one-up each other on supporting the nonsense Rush spews daily? That would go far to improving their electability in the general, don't you think? Actually, I'd love it if this happened - you'd see more moral dilemma over appearing than we did for the Trump debate.

mommadillo
mommadillo

I think the part I like best about these articles is the way conservatives almost always appear in the comments whining about Roy making their side look stupid.

Free clue, guys: Roy's not making your side look stupid - you guys handle that part just fine all by yourselves.  All Roy is doing is calling attention to the fact that you're making yourselves look stupid.  Again.

Daphne
Daphne

Terrence Jeffery has one of the highest male voices I've ever heard. Take that as you will.

VivlianWozz
VivlianWozz

Another restaurant cliaimed to use freshmozz arella cheese,where it's dishes were actually made with economycheddar.the "fresh pasta"advertieshed on another meau tumed out to befrozen.--Agedate. ℃⊙M--a nice and free placefor younger women and older men,or older women and younger men,to interact witheach other. 

Substance McGravitas
Substance McGravitas

While he continued Red baiting, he immediately seized the opportunity to work with Mikhail Gorbachev to reduce the threat of thermonuclear war... while abortion remained part of his stump speeches, he understood that... it wasn't worth wasting much political capitol doing anything about it.

Straighten up and lie right.

Alan Scherstuhl
Alan Scherstuhl

It's anti-Christian bigotry to ask these Christians for clarification about who they themselves are bigoted against? Thanks for clearing that up, Newt!

Kwillow
Kwillow

Sani wouldn't have to ban contraception in order to make it more difficult and expensive for women to have access to it.  Ditto abortion.

Despite Obama's lame performance in office, the President really does have quite a bit of power.  Jeez- I hate the idea of Santorium or Romney -or any of those cretins- having the powers Obama claims right now.

Roy T.
Roy T.

He could ban it in the White House.

Matt T.
Matt T.

Man, at this point we'd be better off blindfolding a drunken frat boy, spinning him until he vomits, and then have him throw darts at policy proposals posted on a corkboard and working with what we get.

Wes Meyer
Wes Meyer

do you know what Santorum actually means?

I am sure you don't know and won't ever know because you belong to the least educated political party in the western world.

Wes Meyer
Wes Meyer

LOL

I love how stupid the left is getting.

You all literally can't do anything anymore but call us names made up by your 6 year old retarded nephew because you dolts are comically uneducated.

I can't wait for the last educated liberal to die off so educated right wing youth like myself can run this country.

Nancy Irving
Nancy Irving

If God wanted to give kids the right to be raised by a mother and a father, why would He let women die in childbirth?

Susanoftexas
Susanoftexas

You know what else keeps people from having a mother and father to raise them? War. How about we get rid of that first?

Jason Howard
Jason Howard

 Yes, I agree with you, I like the voices very much.

ds
ds

Mozzerella?  I thought Cain was out of the race.

DDB9000
DDB9000

Didn't we already have that with George W?

Susanoftexas
Susanoftexas

Sorry, Wes is too busy waiting for all the liberals to die a natural death.

Susanoftexas
Susanoftexas

Santorum 1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum.

Santorum also means saint. How doth the mighty fall.

Budbear
Budbear

Now there's some weapons grade irony for you.

McSalmon
McSalmon

OK, Wesley - Tell us which of these men you're voting for? The stiff Opes Dei fanatic who wants to bring back the Inquisition? The cranky elf who is running for office from the year 1835? The George W Bush clone who seems to have gotten the Delta treatment? The narcissist throwback who's great legacy as an intellectual is to suggest ways to call his opposition names? The waxy android whose opinion shifts faster than a free falling weather vane in a tornado? Or the somebody something that did something somewhere and that is the most interesting thing to be said about him?

Trust me - as amused as you may be at how 'stupid' we may be, it is as nothing to how amused we are that this parade of vacuous pratts is the best your party can do. I have no doubt that you find these men better than Obama, and this is your right as an American. But, it's also my right as an American to point out that those men are galloping yahoos and that you are, as most conservatives are, wrong to support them.

Susanoftexas
Susanoftexas

What is preventing you from assuming your due place in soceity right now? Surely an educated right wing youth like yourself, full to the brim with intelligence and natural-born leadership qualities, has already catapulted to his rightful level of excellence?

As Ayn Rand taught us, nothing can keep down a man who was born to greatness and the only people who fail are moochers and looters. Mr. Jonah Goldberg, the right's greatest intellectual, author of Liberal Fascism and graduate of the journalism school at Goucher College, did not wait for WTF Buckley to die before he assumed the mantle of scholar and leader. What are you waiting for, son? Piss or get off the pot!

Horatius
Horatius

But how will the keyboard kommandoes get their chubbies? Viagra doesn't seem to work.

Blue Meanie
Blue Meanie

According to Sen. Bob Kerrey, Santorum is latin for asshole.  Sounds about right to me.

McSalmon
McSalmon

My D&D nights are already full, thanks.

Susanoftexas
Susanoftexas

We could create a vast, lucrative, elaborate competition in which men could project their own manhood on oversized, hypermasculinized ego substitutes, who engage in mock-war battles dedicated to their gods. Perhaps the competetions could be held on Monday nights, and televised.

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