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Revealing quote of the day – from Rick Santorum

Hmmm. Rick pitched this at the Value Voters Summit:

“We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country. We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

— Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R)

The opposite of elite and smart =  the dregs and stupid… so I guess this is how Santorum sees his conservative colleagues who are on their side.

Quote of the Day – a Republican evaluates the prospects of winning…

Commenting on what Romney’s campaign can been seen as doing and what it means to the election:

“If the campaign is about issues, we win. If it’s about Mitt Romney‘s record as a businessman, then we don’t win. If it’s about Mitt Romney’s tax returns, then we don’t win. If it’s about whether people like Mitt Romney more than Barack Obama, then we don’t win.

Rick Santorum

My one disagreement? I think if it’s about issues (women, war, taxes, etc.) then Romney doesn’t win either.

Remembering when Republicans were admired by ALL Americans…

 Read Robert G. Ingersol’s piece on Abraham Lincoln written in 1894. This gives a clear perspective on a Republican leader who served the WHOLE country:

http://www.archive.org/stream/abrahamlincolnle00inge#page/n3/mode/2up

(ever wonder what Lincoln would have thought of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner?)

Moving into the Real Election…

Both parties seem to think the full-fledged Presidential campaigns are now in force… Romney looks like the Republican favorite (although so many Republicans have appeared really edgy about his capability) and he is moving on Obama. Obama now seems to be taking on Romney.

…and all the special interest groups are letting folks know how they think:

like women…

 

…or dog lovers (Romney will never get past carrying his dog atop his car on a long trip)…

 

… and Republicans who are more and more dissatisfied with their party and its choice…

It’s going to be a long, uneasy road.

What fun!

Santorum is out… does not endorse Romney.

- David Horsey in the LA Times.

 After giving Mitt Romney a serious challenge for the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign on Tuesday. He made one of his better speeches, but did not endorse Romney.
Santorum failed in his approach to the presidency for a number of reasons:

• Lack of money when compared to Romney.

• Not much of an organization… in some states he didn’t even get on the primary ballot.

• Competition from Newt Gingrich who split some of the far right vote.

• Romney’s habit of saying and doing anything to win – including changing his statements ton agree with Santorum’s conservative from his established centrist position.

Santorum is only 53 years old… in 2016 he will still be younger than Romney is now. If Romney loses this election to Obama, Santorum will be ready to compete in the next election… and will have four years to raise the funds and put together an organization.
Can he?
(thanks to the LA Times for this morning’s info.)

Looks like Romney has sewn it up…

Having won in Wisconsin, Maryland and DC last night, Romney is being held up by all the pundits as the sure to be Republican Presidential nominee… even though he only has about half of the delegates for the convention.

Santorum is not a close second and would have needed Wisconsin to keep the possibility that he’d take the nomination at the convention. As for Gingrich and Paul, we have to wonder why they waste people’s money running.

We can expect Romney in the remaining primaries to ignore his competitors and focus on attacking the President.

The full scale Presidential campaign is about to have an early start.

Quote to End the Week – We are doing a Bang (Bang) Up Job

This sums up where we seem to be heading:

The Florida “Stand Your Ground”/License to murder law is just lynching with a bullet – along with a get out of jail free card.

At a gun range courting the NRA vote in Louisiana, Rick Santorum took a couple of shots as a supporter shouted “pretend it [the target] is Obama.”

“Shoot to Kill” may soon be replacing “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States.

-Mark Karlin, Editor for BUZZFLASH

…and I remember when it was e pluribus unum.

Did you hear this one from Santorum?

Source: Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire:

“You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future.”

Rick Santorum, quoted by NBC News, suggesting Republicans may be better off with President Obama than Mitt Romney.

This reference to Romney as the “Etch A Sketch candidate” is showing up everywhere today… on public radio as I drove to my morning meeting, in my search for political cartoons for Sunday, on all the TV news shows today.

Here’s my favorite political cartoonist, Mike Luckovich’s view of the Etch A Sketch attack (and a pretty accurate view of the results):

So let’s be clear. The Repiglicants get closer and closer to nominating Romney, but clearly he is a candidate they wish was not there.

I wonder what toy you would compare Santorum to?

Quote for the Morning – Santorum has it in the bag (trash bag, of course)

“If we’re able to come out of Illinois with a huge or surprise win, I guarantee you, I guarantee you that we will win this nomination.”

- Rick Santorum

Guarantee? Is Illinois a “winner take all” state? Did everyone forget that the Santorum campaign failed to file a full slate of delegates in four districts in Illinois so odds are Romney will emerge the delegate winner despite who wins the state.

Politicians who make guarantees are worth ignoring.

What do you learn from Lunacy?

Exerpts from “The Case for Crazy: What the GOP Would Learn by Picking Rick Santorum

by John Avlon in the Daily Beast

A cleansing bout of craziness in 2012 could be just what the GOP needs.

I’m talking about a nominee so far to the right that conservative populists get their fondest wish—and the Republican Party is forced to learn from the result.  Namely, that there is such a thing as too extreme.

If Mitt Romney does finally wrestle the nomination to the ground, and then loses to Obama, conservatives will blame the loss on his alleged moderation. The right wing take-away will be to try and nominate a true ideologue in 2016.

But if someone like Rick Santorum gets the nomination in an upset, the party faithful will get to experience the adrenalin rush of going off a cliff together, like Thelma and Louise—elation followed by an electoral thud.

Giving conservative activists everything they want in a presidential nominee would ultimately be clarifying for the Republican Party. It would break the fever that has afflicted American politics turning fellow citizens against one another. It would restore a sense of balance, recognizing that it is unwise to systemically ignore the 40% of American voters who identify themselves as independent or the 35% who are centrist. After all, a successful political party requires both wings to fly.

There’s nothing like losing 40 states to refocus the mind.

Education is a marvelous thing. Education by Experience can be devastating.

“Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.”

Hey… vote for Romney and he’ll get rid of Planned Parenthood (and Amtrak, too.)

What is WRONG with these guys?

The Great Southern Primary Day

Well, it’s the Tuesday of the Alabama and Mississippi Republican Primaries (and the Hawaii Caucus as well), and everyone is waiting to see who carries the South.

All of the remaining candidates have been sucking up in great Southern fashion (of course, Ron Paul remains in his same format… no need to change here.) Romney raves over “cheesy grits,” although I’m not sure they will ever get on his campaign plane’s menu. Santorum pushes himself as the “true Conservative”when he faces the Romney challenge. Newt knows he is from the south and needs to get at least one of the two states to maintain his position if there is a brokered convention.

Of course, all of them have to look squarely in the eye of the EDUCATED SOUTHERN CONSERVATIVE POPULATION! How educated? Well, as examples:

The poll of Mississippi Republicans found that 52% said they believed Obama is a Muslim, 36% weren’t sure and only 12% said they believed he is a Christian

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Alabama Poll

See? This is a thinking group of voters who are not held back by either truth or proof. They believe what they want to believe, right or wrong. How this relates to the current candidates, we will know tomorrow.

A Quote for the Morning – Here’s some prime speculation…

So the rumor is that Newt has picked Rick Perry to be his VP partner… Wouldn’t that make a swell team?

If there is any chance that a brokered convention, like the one the Repiglicuns are getting closer and closer to having, this could be the nominated package. You can bet the Democrats are saying “Good luck, guys.”

A Newt staffer said this, though:

“Gov. Perry thinks Newt Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama and truly overhaul Washington. The speculation is humbling but premature.”

With this quote, I thee wed…

Who is joining hands with all the truly religious in America by following the last three or four decades of political history?

Guess..

Look at every race that’s been run over the past forty, thirty years, and you will see a divide between George Bush and Al Gore, between George Bush and John Kerry, between John McCain and Barack Obama, between people who go to church and people who don’t … We are the party that believe in values.

Got it?

Yeah, it’s Rick Santorum from a WLW radio show last Friday.

over at RestoringTruthiness.org has an article: Rick Santorum to Abraham Lincoln: Oh You Infidel! that sums up the situation of the values party nicely.

Quote of the Day – Repub’s View of Romney Strategy

“It seems like Republican primary voters will not vote for Mitt Romney unless they are forced into it. And the way they’re forced into it is when he beats the other guy senseless.”

- Nelson Warfield, Republican strategist

Of course, when there are none of them left, he’ll have to actually come up with a real policy plan.

What will be left after the Repubs finish eating each other?

Thinking of politics as leftovers, it looks like we’ll have a couple of Santorum wings and a Romney drumstick or two left over after Super Tuesday. That doesn’t leave much to serve at the great election 2012 dinner. (Did I say they are both Turkeys?)

George Will is releasing a column later today in the WaPo that pretty much says the Presidency will be out of reach for Romney or Santorum after they have destroyed each other… and that Repubs should focus on preserving their lead in Congress in order to compete against Obama for the next couple of years.

George Will!

If I were to counsel the Democratic Party I’d say Obama is doing a great job right now in sticking up for the worker, defending his record, and pushing for reelection. That should continue.

There has to be focus put now on recovering the House and maintaining the Senate… and as long as the Repubs keep their focus on Birth Control, ultrasound for pregnant women seeking abortion and all the other non-jobs, non-economic crap they are playing with, we have a real chance of booting them out of office.

Frankly, I’d like to see more jobs, less unemployment, a single-payer health plan and so many of the things we NEED to deal with the 21st Century. And we have the candidates to do it.


Summary: It’s better to be the Diner than the Dinner.

What caused the Housing Bubble Burst?

 

“The bubble burst in housing because people couldn’t pay their mortgages because of $4 a gallon gasoline.” – Rick Santorum

 

Gee… I thought it was the big banks making unsupportable loans to unqualified people.

Liar, Liar, Pants (not) On Fire

Thanks to The Smirking Chimp for this one:

I thought my head was going to explode last night when I saw this on Rachel Maddow‘s show. (Kudos Ms. R.)

So I want to share and hope you will share it as well.

So here we go. BTW… not a word of what you are about to read is true. Not one word of it. All easily verified. But you wouldn’t even know it happened if your only source of news is your morning paper. Okay .. first what Father Rick Santorum said:

“In the Netherlands, people wear different bracelets if they are elderly. And the bracelet is: ‘Do not euthanize me.’ Because they have voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands but half of the people who are euthanized – ten percent of all deaths in the Netherlands – half of those people are u involuntarily at hospitals because they are older and sick. And so elderly people in the Netherlands don’t go to the hospital. They go to another country, because they are afraid, because of budget purposes, they will not come out of that hospital if they go in there with sickness.”
— Former senator Rick Santorum, at the American Heartland Forum in Columbia, Missouri, Feb. 3, 2012

Needless to say folks in the Netherlands are appalled. The person saying it wants to run the biggest country on the planet. And finally, that no one over here seems to care.

Here’s the actual cut from Maddow’s show:

Is there nothing this asshole won’t say?

Masterworks of Political Art

This was over at queerty.com.

Rick Santorum made entirely from gay porn stills:

… of coursed, if elected, Rick will do away with gay porn stills. It will be an amendment to the Constitution.

Morning Funny…what will we do for laughs when Santorum is all gone?

Tom Tomorrow’s THIS MODERN WORLD is particularly funny this week, with “Sex Talk With Rick Santorum.” Make sure your young folks get to see this… it’s for their own good! Here’s a panel:

See the whole strip HERE (thanks to Truthout.)

 

(Stupid) Quote of the Day

Climate Change is…

“an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life…

“When you have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that we can’t take those resources because we’re going to harm the Earth; by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven, for example, the politicization of the whole global warming debate — this is all an attempt to, you know, to centralize power and to give more power to the government.”

-Rick Santorum speaking in Colorado

In his article in TPM on Santorum’s little speech, Sahil Kapur also put this in:

But lest you believe Santorum’s thinking is hitherto unseen in the GOP. Rep. John Shimkus, in a 2009 congressional hearing, cited the Book of Genesis as evidence that climate change is a hoax, pointing out that God promised Noah that man won’t destroy the Earth. Shimkus was subsequently rewarded with the Chairmanship of the powerful Energy & Commerce subcommittee on the environment.

Don’t you love the Religious Right? Isn’t the Book of Genesis the one that never explains where all the other people beyond Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel come from? And there’s a talking snake.

A Visit with Margaret and Helen

I don’t know if you read Margaret and Helen, but I do.

These two “friends for sixty years” bring their experience to bear on almost every contemporary situation… like Helen’s recent comment  on Rick Santorum and his views on faith and sex:

 

He was in Texas this week talking about his faith… which always leads him to talk about abortion and gay marriage.  I swear that man worries more about vaginas and who is sleeping with whom than any normal person should.   I don’t think he is right in the head.  He told his audience that his faith is a part of who he is and it will guide him in his presidency.  Well good for him.

..and on the question of Republicans vs. Planned Parenthood:

If you really, honestly want to reduce abortions in this country, the last

And then I found this on line :)

thing you want to do is vote for a Republican. If you want to reduce abortions start in your own home by educating your children. Teach your sons to respect women and arm your daughters with information about birth control. If you are so outraged by abortions that your only criteria for a presidential candidate is that he be obsessed with my uterus, then arm your daughters with all the information she needs to protect herself from all those sons who were raised by politicians in Texas and Virginia. And if you really care, make a donation to Planned Parenthood or this other organization called Annie’s List. My grandson says that if you “click” on the underlined words in the previous sentence it will take you to a place you can make a donation on the internet. It couldn’t be any easier than that.

… to which Margaret responds:

Clicking on those words and you can make a donation? How fancy. I hope they know what to do with yours and my checks when they arrive in the regular old mail. Don’t forget. Stamps have gone up to 45 cents dear. Why isn’t anyone outraged about that?

So, my dear ladies, keep up the good work. I find you inspiring.

Quote of the Week (or more) – How the GOP views contraception…

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Andrea Mitchell got a big surprise when interviewing Santorum funder Foster Friess about Rick’s stand on banning contraception:

“Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”

As someone said on television this morning, it’s the kind of quote you can hear over and over again and just not believe someone said it… and certainly not on the air.

Here’s what it looked like:

Santorum goes on attack against Romney…

So far, Rick has not done TV commercials with the Romney-esque attack features. Then comes this ad called Rombo:

Now we’ll see what Willard comes back with. Oh these Repubs!

Santorum says President Obama will crush the religious by cutting their heads off…

From Think Progress:

Santorum Remembers The French!

“Rick Santorum continued to rail against President Obama’s so-called war against religion during a town hall in Plano, Texas Wednesday night. The former Pennsylvania senator — who has spent the last several days criticizing the government’s requirement that insurers provide contraception coverage and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision striking down Proposition 8 — accused the administration of “crushing” religion and setting the United States on the path towards executing religious people by decapitation…”

Just go HERE and see what he said in his own words.

That may not be so bad, however. Newt Gingrich said that if Obama is reelected, on his first day of the new term he will destroy the Catholic Church.

Why is it that a Repub will say anything?

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