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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Santorum Revisited

Now that Santorum's been slowed down, I've been relieved. After his rise to the limelight, I was not impressed with how he tackled issues or the press. I wasn't sure exactly why, but I just didn't like him as much anymore.
Ann Coulter told me why. In her article this week, she said:
"And yet when Santorum tried to explain why states could ban contraception to Bill O'Reilly back in January, not once did he use the words "Constitution," "constitutionally," "federalism," their synonyms or derivatives. Lawyers who are well familiar with the Constitution had no idea what Santorum was talking about.
"He genuinely does not seem to understand the Constitution's federalist framework, except as a brief talking point on the way to saying states can ban contraception. Otherwise, he wouldn't keep claiming, falsely, that Obamacare is the same as Romneycare.

"Rick! We're conservatives! We believe the states can establish a religion -- and the federal government can't.

"If he truly believed in the Constitution, Santorum wouldn't be promoting big social programs out of the federal government, such as tripling the child tax credit exemption and voting for "No Child Left Behind."

"No federalist can support this man."
She gave plenty of examples with her usual wit spicing them up, and then concluded with:
"The problem is not Santorum's conservative positions, it's that he can't defend them."
That's it! She hit the nail on the head. Bye, Santorum. Maybe you'll be considered for Secretary of something or other or VP.  
This long vetting process is awesome, isn't it? We'll have the best qualified candidate nominated, and all his flaws will be old news by then and used to lesser effect by the repetition of the left in the general election season - as long as the Establishment GOP doesn't rob us through an open convention and throw an utterly unvetted candidate upon us.  I don't buy for a minute the idea that the candidates are 'too damaged.' That's liberal media talk. They've driven the national conversation too long, and only a fool would take them at their word! The truth is that any of these candidates could take down Obama because he can't run on his record - he has to run away from it! Not that the media doesn't help him there, not reporting his failures and talking him up regardless, pointing fingers incessantly at the GOP. Still, any of the candidates could take him down because his real record will be surprising news to the majority of Americans.

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