Santorum: It’s Better to Stick With Obama Than “Etch-A-Sketch” Candidate Like Romney


Rick Santorum mocked a reference one of Mitt Romney’s advisers made to the Etch A Sketch. (NYT)

Senator Rick Santorum said it was better to stick with Obama than an “Etch-A-Sketch” candidate like Mitt Romney.
MSNBC reported:

Rick Santorum today suggested it would be better to stick with President Obama over a candidate that might be “the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future” — a shot at chief rival Mitt Romney.

“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,” said Santorum. “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.”

For the second day in a row, the former Pennsylvania senator brought an Etch A Sketch on the trail as a prop to remind voters of Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom’s response to a question about whether Santorum is pushing Romney too far right to win over moderate voters in a general election.

No, it isn’t.

The Romney Camp responded later today.

The Romney camp responds with this statement from the former Massachusetts governor: “I am in this race to defeat Barack Obama and restore America’s promise. I was disappointed to hear that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican. This election is more important than any one person. It is about the future of America. Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure.”

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  • Path

    I would have voted for Rick Santorum until I read this. I cannot believe he said this. ABO (anybody but Obama).

  • Militant Conservative

    Disappointing. A non socialist that loves America.

    Kinda let’s Obama out huh. Show some nuts man.

    ABO. Powder is dry

  • Frank Scarn

    Bye, Rick. I realize now that you’ve lost your marbles entirely.

    Keeping Obama. Yikes!

  • Sasja

    Good grief.

  • FurryGuy

    So far not one of the currently running candidates have truly been inspirational in a way that clearly gives people a reason to vote for them, especially since they are more comfortable in attacking their rivals instead of who the real opponent is: Obama. Is is any wonder why there is a poll that shows Governor Palin is more popular than any actually in the race?

    Poll: Palin more popular than any GOP presidential candidate

    A new poll by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling concludes that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a higher approval rating than any Republican in the presidential race.

    PPP has been notoriously unreliable in the past when polling about Alaska’s political races. However, the firm seems better at better at national polls, and it’s been made abundantly clear, anyway, Sarah Palin is no longer an Alaska politician. Too, the poll didn’t ask whether or not she was presidential material. It just measured her approval ratings.

  • Rick Santorum today suggested it would be better to stick with President Obama over a candidate that might be “the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future” — a shot at chief rival Mitt Romney.

    THAT right there is why Santorum is not fit to be the candidate. Obama is the enemy. Santorum should be running against Obama, telling us why he’s better than Obama than Romney is….not how “bad” Romney is. Its too late in the game. Tell us why we should vote FOR you, not against Romney.

  • what a loathsome creep.

    but we shouldn’t be surprised after what he did in michigan.

    what a piece of crap.

  • Adi

    Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure.

    Couldn’t agree more.

  • Estragon

    If there was any doubt Santorum has jumped the shark, this ends his candidacy. People will remember this, too – he need not reapply in 2016 or 2020.

    If he waits 16 years, maybe voters will have forgotten, like they forgot Gingrich’s many apostasies.

    With Freedom Works dropping its opposition to Romney and saying that, with a Republican Congress, he could be “the most conservative President ever,” and Jim DeMint praising Romney’s leadership, and the Jeb Bush endorsement, it should be obvious to all by now that it is over.

  • Mitch Rapp

    Rick, ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?

    Jimmy Carter would be better than Obama – Remember, you have never held a real job – you supported some real crazies – And your management skills are lacking to non-existant!

    Romney has faults but his skills far outweigh Obamas and yours for that matter. RICK,, Go get a job as a governor or mayor and come back to see us.

  • Sanmon

    Sorry Rick Santorum! No more support!
    You R’s just don’t get it!
    LIBERTY!

  • Dana Whtie

    I am by no means a Mitt Romney supporter, but he is better than Obama. But the way Romney operates he ends up making enemies of his opponents. Romney has run adds saying that Santorum is an “economic light weight” the same as Obama.

  • Skinner

    Rick just lost any cabinet post under Romney.

    Along with several million supporters.

    Classless dork.

    Take your ball and go home.

  • Redwine

    So sad. The first time Rick picked up on the Etch a Sketch thing, it was good. Now, he’s run it into the ground and forgot that his goal, first and foremost, is to defeat Dear Leader. Even though Soros said that there isn’t much difference between Mitt and Barry, Mitt simply isn’t the ideologically rigid Barry, who is intent on shredding the Constitution and destroying this country.

    Rick messed up big time. This is going to hurt.

  • Susan K.

    My family and friends (all conservatives) had asked me who I preferred right before our recent vote in Georgia. I told them that the closest one to my philosophy was Santorum. After today, I am sorry…..I hope he drops out. To say something like he did is beyond the pale. Romney has his faults, but to prefer commie obambi….he has definitely jumped the shark. I feel like Romney at leasts loves this country; I believe obambi hates it.

  • Texas_Treeroach

    Santorum just “fouled his breaches”.
    Take your new toy, and go home, Rick.
    You are now an annoying distraction.

  • Gotta be joking……….anyone better than the marxist dictator we have now…..

  • Patty

    Seems they are parsing words. Stop the bash and get on to what really matters. Your plan to help this country’s greatness get on track.

    If we have a majority in the Senate and the lean conservative then Romney will follow suit.

    At this point it seem the more Santorum opens his mouth about Romney, he doesn’t look good in the eyes of many and most of all the independents.

    We have a broken record in the White House, I do believe that we already know how Santorum feels about Romney and Romney about Santorum.

    I feel that it is evident that Romney will be the nominee and we may not be happy or we are happy but remember the Senate. Romney hasn’t much wiggle room to go to far towards the left.

  • David E

    Both Santorum and Gingrich have shown themselves to be low and mean-spirited fools. Neither one is presidential material. Hang in there, Willard!

  • smmtheory

    I agree with Rick Santorum on this. The choice between the current Criminal-in-Chief and a candidate that you can empty the screen by shaking him around is no choice. I keep telling you people, Romney (if he actually manages to get elected) will be like Obama on steroids because the Republicans who have aided and abetted Obama grow the government into a bloated monstrous beast will be cackling with glee that the Criminal-in-Chief has an ‘R’ after his name. When that happens, find something to hang onto tightly, because then the real ride to hell will begin.

  • Patty
  • Bye Bye Santorum. ABO, including Romney. The idea is to get Hussein out of our WH and we’ll sort things out later as we repair the damage bin Obama has done. We do not vote for Obama over a GOP candidate, even a RINO like Romney is vastly preferable to a Communist like Obama. Get a fricking clue.

  • Patty

    OT
    Thursday, March 22, 2012
    Chrysler “Driving America” has creepy resemblance to Obama Logo

    Now this is creepy.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d6qH89fUIl4/T2vCyPdFlxI/AAAAAAAAI7I/9fusQMFgGGE/s400/chrysler_tri-branded_logo.jpg

    What does that look like, for those of you who can see here it is at site.

  • Mo

    I would have voted for Santorum but now I am totally supporting Romney!!! What an utterly ridiculous thing to say!!! Even Ron Paul would be better than Obama!!!!

  • Patty
  • TiminPhx

    I’ll use the cliche for this…Rick “JUMPED THE SHARK.”

    That’s such a bit of pettiness, to wish that horror, the re-election of Obama,” on the United States.

    Tell us and the country how wrong you are, but dropping out tomorrow. Explain it was in the drama of being on the edge of dropping out that made you say such a stupid thing.

    Then campaign like your nation’s survival depends on the election of Mitt.

    It does.

  • Gotta be joking………..anyone but odummer

  • jason

    Republican voters have helped destroy this country. Obama will get four more supreme court choices in a second term.

    Ginsberg, breyer, kennedy, and scalia will most likely retire by 2017.

    So that would make six justices for obama and an obama court for the next generation.

    There will be no more next election.

    Give obama four more years and then you can threaten to not vote for the republican for the next generation because with an obama supreme court politics will be over in this country.

    Remember second amendment case was 5-4.

    Santorum would rather have obama replace scalia with janet napalitano who was the finalist for kagen’s seat.

    I give up with politics. Reading on conservative blogs nonstop how it would be better to have obama.

    I give up you win. Politics in this country suck. Republican voters allow the dems to have an open field if you can’t be one hundred percent perfection.

  • Sorry folks about these double posts been having computer problems

  • jason

    Get ready for kamela harris to replace scalia in a second obama term.

    I hate politics in this country. I hate it. Obama is destroying this country and so called conservatives are padding themselves on the back that they are going to give us an obama supreme court until 2040.

    I give up you win. Politics is over in this country.

    You win.

  • Sorry folks about these double posts been having computer problems today….

  • StrangernFiction

    I’ll take the statist who represents the Left over the statist that is perceived to represent the Right.

  • Spike

    What a stupig thing to say, well, he just keeps demonstrating that he does not have the Horsepower to pull this off. I am not a Romney fan but, that comment was way over the line …Bye Rick!

  • StrangernFiction

    #20 March 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm
    smmtheory commented:

    To back up what your saying, one of the best R’s we have basically came out and said that Romney, the man responsible for the Obamacare pilot program, is a solid conservative. Romney is poison to conservatism. Much worse than W, and he gave us Obama.

  • ff2009

    Now you’re acting just as bad as the MSM.

    The points Santorum was making in a very long and drawn out answer was: we need to have a candidate who is different than obama….who is boldly different. (ex: the difference between carter and Reagan)

    He said if we’re going to run and lead with only slight differences than obama we might as well stick with obama.

    Who can argue with that? We’ve got to make huge changes to survive as a nation. Tinkering around the edges or marginal attempts at reform are not going to rescue us from the tsunami of debt we have.

    To get a fair representation of what was said, watch the entire speech here:

    http://electad.com/videos/rick-santorum-addresses-the-usaa-in-san-antonio-texas-march-22-2012/

  • Patty

    Mic Check: Gay Kissers ejected from Santorum Rally, Crowd Chants U.S.A

    Video

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/18/mic-check-gay-kissers-ejected-from-santorum-rally-crowd-chants-u-s-a-video/

  • Militant Conservative

    Voted santorum in ga. Just give me a candidate.

    Romney will move right due to the public demand.

    He is a businessman, don’t like him one bit.

    To flush the socialist terd Obama, glady.

    Obama is the “protected class” it’s not my fault

    I had no daddy and I’m sub standard because of

    My race and slavery. Ya got the WH of the leader of

    the free world. Man up an put your big boy pants on.

    Obama is a joke, to his race. I know many a black

    Person more capable than he. He discusts me,

    Pathetic socialist pole smokin musterd.

    Powder is dry

  • Carbon Pootprint

    NYT and pmsnbc? Really? Really?

  • Matches Malone

    Rick Santorum was a complete tool while he was in the US Senate, why is anybody surprised that he’s a complete tool today?

  • a former dem

    Uh. NO.

    Barry is a billion times worse. ABO 2012.

    What a stupid statement by him.
    SweaterVest needs to drop out, he seems to be losing it. Very undisciplined. The goal is not to defeat Romney, its to defeat Barry Soetero in November.

  • Little Joe

    Rick Santorum is an ass! He is doing extensive damage to the Republican Party

  • jason

    @34

    Romney is more conservative than he gets credit for. he is for anwr drilling. He has a great tax cutting plan.

    He has said his justices will be like roberts and alito.

    What more do people want from him.

    Demint endorsed romney in 2008 so this isn’t some new occurance. And demint didn’t endorse him he simply said the obvious.

  • mitch

    Here is the real Rick Santorum. In 2008 at the RNC convention Santorum says to our credit republicans no longer the party of small govt.

    Rick Santorum lost because he stood for big govt. He is everything the tea party fought against and yet he is some great conservative?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-WezrKqUBQ

  • Spider

    This is why politicians shouldn’t be allowed to run for president.

    They don’t realize how in peril our country is.

    To put your own personal advancement before the country disqualifies you sir.

  • donh

    Busting Santorum over this is WHY you will get 4 more years of Obama. Rmoney is the one who confessed he is just FAKING republicanism ,,,,,and who gets the beat down ? Santorum for calling it like it is. People have been telling the establishment Rmoney is fake from DAY1 and no matter how many ways its proven true Rmoney keeps getting shoved as the foregone conclusion. A fascist big government democrat who puts on a republican disguise is a GREATER evil than a fascist big government democrat who masters his own turf.
    Republicans are defrauding people of representation by forcing their fake etch a sketch candidate….. playing the con artist at a time when this country need honest conservative leadership. They have no shame…no fear of eternal damnation to see all the evil that is Obama and offer a man who is his soul mate . Its been this way for 100 years since TR, Taft, or Wilson …Progressivism you cannot refuse.

  • StrangernFiction

    He has said his justices will be like roberts and alito.

    Well if Mitt said it, it must be true.

  • StrangernFiction

    He has said his justices will be like roberts and alito.

    Well if Mitt said it, it must be true.

  • Barry S

    Bye Rick. I had hope that you’d be better than Mittens. With this, you crapped in your hat. ABO.

  • democraps suck

    Hey santorum…STFU…anyboby but a mooslime and Marxist socialist Kenyan fraud…

  • democraps suck

    Hey santorum…, anybody but an illegal Kenyan fraud mooslum destroying America…

  • CatoRenasci

    I never thought Santorum was a conservative on anything but social issues – more of a Catholic Christian Socialist than anything else – so it’s hardly surprising he’d rather see socialist Obama remain in power rather than the business-oriented, relatively liberty-friendly Romney.

    Jumped the Shark Santorum has! All is bases are belong to Romney now!

    Just go away Rick. Now. Forever. You are not a Republican.

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  • ABO

    Desperation. Reminds me of 2006. Before the election Rick held a news conference saying we found the weapons of mass destruction and I thought it was pitiful, desperate and embarassing. I think Rick just blew his foot off.

  • lynched1

    double facepalm

  • Ausonius

    It just kills me to hear the defense of Mitt, who at one point or another, has crossed virtually every line immaginable on conservativism.
    He still won’t sign the pro-life Susan B. Anthony pledge
    He still won’t sign the anti-gay marriage pledge
    He still won’t admit that he lied the entire time about promoting romneycare at a national level
    He has to his credit being on of the very few who could say, “I signed a permanent assault weapons ban.”
    He was strongly pro-abortion and homosexuality
    He supported global warming, and perhaps still does

    All of these positions changed when he desired national office. There is little reason to trust him to do what he says. I suspect part of the desire for the establishment to push him hard is to beat down internal opposition. Mitt’s actual history is exactly what they’ve wanted for years: eshewing all pilars of social conservatism at the party leve as well as killing the idea of smaller governmentl. Govt health care and global warming schemes by definition require some of the most tyrannical forms of government to oversee. Should he redefine the party, you may deeply regret seeing him as your nominee.

    Don’t forget that it was his top advisor that began this by confirming what most conservatives suspected: he’ll turn on a dime.

    Mitt has run the dirtiest campaign immaginable. He’ld never dream of having his super-pac run ads about barry like he has his primary opponents.

    Rick made a gaffe, but hardly to the degree that Mitt has. I seriously doubt Rick is actually suggesting republicans support barry. He’s frustrated because no matter what comes out on Mitt (like the stories proving he lied about promoting romneycare nationally-came out the friday prior to super Tuesday and got almost no attention), the media makes him out to be the problem and largely ignores Mitt’s failings.

    Mitt’s nomination will represent the beating down of the tea party concepts of de-centralization (exactly the opposite of the power brokers who desire it to remain expressly centralized). Rick’s gaffe doesn’t change that.

    I really can’t believe some of you people. Maybe you ought to remember what started the etch-a-sketch dialogue in the first place.

  • Rachelle

    Okay, maybe he’s a nut after all.

    I would vote for Donald Duck before I would vote for Obama. I don’t like Romney, but I will vote for him if he is the candidate.

  • kato

    An incredibly stupid and desperate remark.

    I’ve always had reservations about Santorum. In principle, I agree with him on most things. But I don’t trust his judgment. Blowhard’s passivity with the world’s bad guys is dangerous, but not as dangerous as a commander-in-chief who rushes impulsively into military action. I fear Santorum could do the latter.

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  • Dien Cai Dau

    LOVE how everybody seems to have convinced themselves that romney is conservative!
    Santorum is RIGHT
    what have you accomplished if you remove a dog turd from your supper and put a cat turd in instead??
    romney IS obama without the moccha

  • How depressing to hear Santorum say something so dumb. The goal is to defeat Obama. If he has lost sight of that, that’s a serious problem. To the extent Romney is malleable, that means we can shape him. As these last 3 years have shown, Obama is who he is and is not going to be shaped by the right. It will only be worse if he doesn’t have another election to face.

    beatbarack.blogspot.com

  • Bubba

    Santorum is looking more and more like a total ass clown with every passing day. It’s time to go, Rick “yaaa…I made it to the final four” Santorum. Idiotic statements like this one, and the dim bulb “I don’t care what the unemployment rate is” statement show you’re not ready for prime time.

  • Jerry M

    It is easy to see why Santorum was massacred in his last run for the Senate. He is coming across as a small vindictive man whose excessive ambition is getting in the way of any semblance of good judgment. He should pick up his toys and go home to save himself any further embarrassment.

  • Jerry M

    It is easy to see why Santorum was massacred in his last run for the Senate. He is coming across as a small vindictive man whose excessive ambition is getting in the way of any semblance of good judgment. He should pick up his toys and go home to save himself any further embarrassment.

  • Multitude

    Wow. Rick Santorum just accomplished a near impossibility… getting me to back Romney. Those here know of my utter disdain for the political whore Romney, the “name your own price for special interest favors” fat cat, country club, daddy’s lil’ pleaser, business world poseur.

    But Rick shows a remarkable capacity for simply terrible judgment. We don’t trust people like him in any position of responsibility, managing the night shift of the Dairy Queen, operating heavy equipment, driving a car with children riding, etc. Romney may be a political prostitute and a fake as a businessman and politician, but he’s not Obama. It’s one thing to be old school corrupt, another to be a radical totalitarianist intent on driving a country into slavery due to a pathological narcissistic disorder and anti-colonialist hatred. Both “Loser Sons” like their predecessors Clinton and Bush II, both have profoundly screwed up daddy issues. Mitt may need to please his dead daddy by showing how he too can take money from his fat cat friends and swing political favors, but Obama’s driven to please daddy by destroying the Western nations his father so hated.

    Of course, Santorum has always shown remarkably poor judgment in other areas, such as his quirky, bizarre need to regulate other people’s social behaviors while the country fails. He’d be Miss Manners demanding people use the proper fork while Rome burns. There’s something seriously wrong with him there (denial?), especially in his almost rabid, irrational fear and hatred of gays which is usually only seen by those who maintain a separate lifestyle of deviance.

  • Jerry M

    It is easy to see why Santorum got massacred in his last run for the Senate. He is coming across as a small, vindictive man whose ambition is getting in the way of his better judgment. He needs to pick up his toys and go home to save himself further embarrassment. Prior to this gaffe he had little chance of winning the nomination. Now he has no chance.

  • Tired Okie

    STUPID!!! BUGS BUNNY OR MY DOG MAGGIE WOULD AND COULD BE BETTER FOR AMEICA THAN obumeer…..

  • Mitch Rapp

    Rick has qualified himself for a job in the Obama Administration with this stupidity.

    A hernia or hemorrhoids is better than Obama.
    Santorums judgement is now as valid as Obama and his crew of Bag Men.

  • Dale

    Ladies and Gentlemen; I present to you the end of the Santorum campaign forever.
    NO NO NO NO Rick, Anyone BUT Obama you IDIOT!!!!

  • Dave-O

    What Santorum said is beyond the pale. I believe that today will mark the end of his campaign. I can’t imagine any Republican primary voters voting for him after this remark. Horribly petty and just plain wrong. Time to quit the bickering and get behind our inevitable nominee, Mitt Romney, and work like heck to oust that SCOAMF that now occupies the Oval Office. Seriously.

  • Paul

    Wife and I switched to Romney several weeks ago, even though we liked Rick quite a bit. We voted for Romney in the Ohio Primary. Now, thank God we did switch. I rather have Larry, Curly or Moe as President, than Obama.

    Rick, go away, I don’t care if you go mad or not

  • Tired Okie

    I can’t stand Mitt but the last man with a chance to beat him just peed into the wind. Time to get on board and beat obumer and then apply all the pressure we can to keep Mitt on the conservative path.

  • no2liberals

    Santorum can’t say things like that, being a candidate, but I sure can.

    RUCK FOMNEY!

    Not a nickel worth’s of difference between him and the community organizer and I won’t vote for either.
    Fomney IS the Etch-A-Sketch candidate.

  • Dave-O

    #72 – too bad you feel that way.

    true conservative S.C. Senator Jim DeMint says of Romney that “there’s a lot to like there” –

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/22/demint-on-romney-theres-a-lot-to-like-there/

    I think so too.

    Anybody but obama. I’d vote for a freakin’ tree stump before I sit home and do nothing.

  • Voice of Reason

    Santorum has lost it, in more ways that one.

  • mainstreet8

    I have two choices a Democrat who believes Big Government is great, as long as Democrats are in charge and a Republican who believes Big Government is great, as long as Republicans are in charge. Romney is better than Obama but not by much. On the great issue of the day, Obamacare, there is little question that if Romney had been President instead of Obama he would have signed it just as quickly as Obama did. I watched GWB undermine a relatively conservative Congress for 8 years. I believe will undermine and marginalize Conservatives more than GWB. As I said, better than Obama but not by much.

  • NorthernX

    Rick is toast.

    Maybe Newt was right about the “Hare and the Tortise” stuff after all?

  • susan d

    I agree with #71; let’s get on board with Mitt and defeat Obama as well as get a Republican congress. Many of the people commenting wanted candidates who did not run (Sarah Palin) or were not good campaigners (Rick Perry). You have you give Mitt Romney credit for running the strong campaign that he has. My adult kids (2 of them are in the military and have been in Iraq and Afghanistan) dislike Santorum because all he seems to do is bash gays-that is not a way to get young adults to vote for you. Santorum is WAYYYYY over the line with this statement prefering Obama over Romney and sounds like he is succumbing to stress and pressure-not a good quality in a future president.

  • Joanne

    Where is Allen West when you need him?

    Santorum obviously doesn’t get it – too stupid I think.

  • Sparky

    Santorum is a loose cannon and would be dangerous in the Oval Office.

    The man is too stupid for words!

  • donh

    I have prospered in spite of Obama and I will survive a second Obama term. The Rmoney voter can follow all the morally bankrupt souls Obama has come to reap into his kingdom of HELL . There is no salvation to being the very same man you hate. The hypocrisy makes your soul more perishable to the powers of Satan who is drooling at the mouth to bite into the carcass of dead amerika.

  • Warren Peece

    Two words:

    NEWT GINGRICH.

    I urge you all to take another look. Newt is the ONLY one who has been taking the fight to Obama. Newt has been forcing Obama to defend his phony energy plan. Newt is the only candidate that Obama is having to answer to.

    NEWT GETS IT.

    Romney and Ricky are like two little bitches in a slap fight. Meanwhile, Newt’s doing the heavy work and Obama is taking a big hit in the polls because of it.

    Take another look at NEWT.

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  • JimmyT

    Ricky-Na Na Na-Na Na Na -Hey Hey- GOOD BYE!

  • Contessa61

    Santorum not fit to be prez. He’s gotta go.

  • Romney-The Conservative Socialist

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You know where Muslims like Obama stand. You don’t know where Mormons like Romney stand. You do know they believe they will become gods themselves and inherit their own planets. They also believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers.

    I won’t support Romney–no way no how.

    Santorum is pretty much spot on.

    Romney’s health care plan is the plan that Obamacare is modeled after. What’s the difference between these 2 socialists? Oh, wait, Romney is the ‘conservative socialist’.

  • Gary Ogletree

    It was a Romney aide who said the gaffe. So Rick is both sleazy and stupid. Axelrod will send him a check for that priceless sound bite. Go home, Rick. We’ll take our chances with timid Mittens.

  • el polacko

    i make it a rule to refrain from calling people names on comment threads, but this time i just have to say it: anybody who thinks that obama and romney are one and the same is an effing MORON.
    i want barack OUT of office and if the alternative is gonna be romney, then it’s romney. all this whining about ‘rinos’ and all that crap is tired and destructive. united we stand, divided we fall.

  • It is time for Santorum to look for another job.

  • xiphos

    Out to lunch, never to return.

  • Jo

    Let’s not lose focus “ABO” 2012!

    Santorum = RINO (Republican Idiot Nominates Obama)

  • Jo

    Santorum = RINO (Republican Idiot Nominates Obama)

    Let’s not lose focus “ABO” 2012!

  • Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah,nah, hey hey goodbye! Not real geeked up about Romney but we really can’t have a verbal gaff aka a [email protected] statement like that from any Republican candidate.

  • Gini

    You have to give Santorum credit – for a man who lost his last election by 18% he has the guts to present himself as a leader. Santorum is a negative force.

  • Mimi

    So when the Supremes rule the individual mandate unconstititional what will Romney say??? He can’t say it is an over reach because he is in favor of mandates. Romney can’t argue with Obama on gay rights, life, climate chg, or taxes because they are exactly the same. More importantly look at Romney’s judge picks in Massachusetts. Yep same as Obama. Don’t forget TARp they both supported it.

    I voted for Rick and still support him I see NO Difference between Romney and Obama. I will NEVER vote for those two. I will write in for the first time in my 50 years. They are both the same. Voting Romney is voting Obama. Go ahead but after holding my nose for McCain I will never lower myself to voting Romney.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Romney comes from the old “country club” GOP. He is for lower taxes but otherwise he’s a Northeast elitist liberal. He’s pro-choice, pro-gay, he believes in global warming, he’s an environmentalist, he’s anti-gun…Santorum should not have said what he said, but he’s not wrong. With Romney in the WH, we will the same policies but the GOP will be expected to back them…and don’t bet on a conservative SCOTUS.

  • JD

    Talk about “over the damn top.” What the hell is wrong with you Santorum?

    Time for you to pull a Hank Snow…..start moving on down the road.

    …..your Toast, Baby!

  • Tom in CA

    #95 – Dear Lady.

    He is also a typical politician and vulnerable to pressure from his base. Get him in, hold him accountable, if he strays, move him out in the next election.

    A second term Obama would be curtains for the land we love.

    What type of SCJ do you think O will nominate? A conservative?

  • Benson II

    This is why people need to get behind Gingrich…now! He’s the only person in this race that has made the president, Chu – Energy Secretary, Carney – Obama mouthpiece and Axelrod answer to his message of higher gas prices and drilling.

    It’s getting national and internet coverage now but Newt is the one who started it and continued to hammer Obama in speech after speech that the above people had to answer to. Even Fox news finally came out with all the particulars about oil and future reserves, facts Gingrich outlined in a speech two days earlier.

    Unless we want Romneycare Romney and doesn’t know how to fight Obama and the press Santorum you better get behind Gingrich. He’s had Obama running around in circle for weeks.

    Here’s what Gingrich did.

    Came up with slogan 2.50 gal gas.
    Did a 30 minute video explaining how to do it.
    The conversation about gas prices began to take hold
    The president had to go out and start making speeches about gas prices and drilling.
    Gingrich used the speeches to ridicule Obama policies and understanding of drilling.
    The president had to go out and make some more speeches about gas prices.
    The presidents Energy Secretary pronounced he wasn’t interested in bring down gas prices
    Gingrich called him on it telling people this administration wanted European gas prices $9 and $10 dollars.
    The presidents Energy Secretary had to back pedal on his original statements
    The presidents mouth piece Carney ridicules 2.50 a gal gas saying not possible.
    The president mouth piece Carney had to back pedal on statement.

    In presidential speeches Obama specifically used the 2.50 a gal gas which meant he was talking about Gingrich.
    The outcry and press coverage about gas prices escalated and Obama is making a 5 state tour trying to explain his energy policy.

    This is how it’s done folks. Gingrich is inside Obama’s head and taking it to him. What plan of Romney or Santorum’s is the president concerned about. NADA !

  • Gary

    Lady Mondegreen 95

    As usual, I’ll have to disagree with you. Romney is like the “country club Republicans” but he is not one of them. He was actually completely apolitical for most of his life. When he decided to get into politics, the opportunities before him were in the GOP, so he went with it.
    I think over time, while we can’t call him a true Conservative, he has been pulled rightward significantly from where he started out as gov. of Mass.
    He is still figuring a lot of it out, but with the recent news that we are looking really good for the Senate this year, and the very likely case that we’ll keep the HR, Romney will have no choice but to govern conservatively.

    We are on a conservative ascendancy in America, and if Mitt Romney is the best we could do for President in 2012, then so be it. If a GOP White House, Senate, and HR (and hopefully SCOTUS) can do better than what we’ve had the past few years, then the next guy will be even more Conservative. Remember where we’re starting out from.

    As for Santorum, I don’t fault him. He tried to run a popular grassroots campaign against a big money media campaign. Imagine how frustrated he is at this point. He’s in desparation mode. And I’d wager that Romney actually does offer him something even after this.

  • Benson II

    Here’s what Gingrich did.

    Came up with slogan 2.50 gal gas.
    Did a 30 minute video explaining how to do it.
    The conversation about gas prices began to take hold
    The president had to go out and start making speeches about gas prices and drilling.
    Gingrich used the speeches to ridicule Obama policies and understanding of drilling.
    The president had to go out and make some more speeches about gas prices.
    The presidents Energy Secretary pronounced he wasn’t interested in bring down gas prices
    Gingrich called him on it telling people this administration wanted European gas prices $9 and $10 dollars.
    The presidents Energy Secretary had to back pedal on his original statements
    The presidents mouth piece Carney ridicules 2.50 a gal gas saying not possible.
    The president mouth piece Carney had to back pedal on statement.

    In presidential speeches Obama specifically used the 2.50 a gal gas which meant he was talking about Gingrich.
    The outcry and press coverage about gas prices escalated and Obama is making a 5 state tour trying to explain his energy policy.

    This is how it’s done folks. Gingrich is inside Obama’s head and taking it to him. What plan of Romney or Santorum’s is the president concerned about. NADA !

    Go to Newt’s website see the speeches and then tell me who will take it to Obama and the press.

    http://www.newt.org/

  • Obamas regulation destroy jobs

    Well now you see the REAL Santorium..what a victim! I knew it..he is a bully! I saw the way he treated his wife….what a bully..now this…all he talks about is social issues.and PA didn’t want him for a second term. Nope I want Romney..he has class, smart knows how to make money..energy..loves our military..he is a strategist..not an emotional victim. Newt is smart but really holds a grudge..mean. I wish we could just fight Obama now and they get out!

  • Jerry C

    I keep hearing that Romney is our “best” candidate, ABO. Sortof like in 2008 when I held my nose to “vote” for McLame. I did that because Palin was on his ticket. Was it possible there’s an actual candidate that had real conservative values? Then, lo and behold, McLame was one of the co-sponsers of the indefinite detention of american citizens (on american soil) bill. UNbelieveable or actually, believeable.

    We have no real choice. The establishment has chosen Romney for us. Romney will continue to do as his master’s tell him, just like the LUITPOS in office now. Fool me once and fool me twice, but I have learned that the GOP is RHINO and working in cahoots with the DemonRats.

    Do you really believe that Romney, Santorum or Newt would govern differently than the LUITPOS?! You’re being fooled. The ONLY difference between LUITPOS and the others is that the LUITPOS doesn’t make pretend to be a conservative.

    By default, I’ll be voting for who I believe would actually do something or at the very minimum would do nothing to harm America. Go ahead call me names and make false claims about how I’m the one to be responsible for getting the LUITPOS elected again. Go ahead, ’cause it ain’t working on me this time. My vote does matter.

    Ron Paul 2012 or America Bust

  • owl

    Let me help pile on. Seriously. I think I have finally figured out what some feel when they talk about Palin. I do NOT feel that way. I still think Sarah would have made us a fine president.

    I have never felt Santorum was president material. He finally gave me something to hang my hat on. I have been so disgusted with him for quite some time and his destructive brand of campaigning.

    I certainly did not start as a Romney supporter but have had to change my candidate every step of the way because either the voters rejected them or they shot themselves in the foot/mouth.

    I begged this party not to make me vote for McCain. Now I beg you people not to make me vote for Santorum. PLEASE. STOP IT. HE CAN NOT WIN against Obama. If I can not even tolerate him after all this time, please, please, please.

    Stop this destruction in this election. I WANT OBAMA GONE. Shut up Santorum. Shut up Gingrich. Just shut up. Enough. And yes, I backed Gingrich for a while but he is now so over. Santorum has painted himself into a corner that he can not help us in any way.

  • owl

    OMG, I forgot to add Ron Paul. NO to the nut on foreign policy also.

  • There is NO excuse that can be given me – to explain away a comment like Santorum just made. He’d rather stick with Obama?? than have a Republican in the WH! What is happening here?

  • Carlos

    I’m uncertain which frightens me more as a White House occupant.. turdBama, or pRick Sanitarium.

  • Liz

    When you want it this badly, you are dangerous.

  • OldSailor

    Stick a fork in him, Santorum is done.

  • Gary

    Benson II

    May be a news flash to you, but most of us aren’t all that excited about $2.50 gas. Just because they’ve managed to jack it up to $4.00 doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to $2.50. It was $1.80 when Obama took office, and a lot more oil has been discovered here in the US and Canada since then, so I think that would be a better benchmark for successful governance.
    But then the very fact that Newt is naming a price for gas shows the flaw in his plan. He intends to have gas fixed at $2.50? That isn’t very free market of him. How about we get out of the way of the suppliers and let the chips fall where they may. Last time we were doing it that way, gas was nowhere near $2.50.

    So no thanks, Newt. We’ll pass on your command and control economy, as you can already tell by your Ronpaulian poll numbers.

  • Gary

    Owl 103

    Welcome to my world. Basically the same story, except I was for Bachmann from day one until she got out of the race, then I saw the writing on the wall and decided to back Romney.

    It is a shame about Santorum. I really like some aspects about him. He just needs to work on delivery, learn where to draw the line, and at the very least get a facial expression coach. His face may be contorted in frustration over being outgunned, but it comes off to the average person as a personality disorder. If he could develop more of Newt’s debating style (yeah, I’m throwing Newt a bone), his conservative values are actually about as good as it gets in a pool of realistic candidates. I think he could come back from this a better candidate in 8 years. I wouldn’t even be shocked if Romney offers him VP. It would give us all something we could get behind.

  • MartinT

    The Mittbots are getting desperate with their etch-a-sketch candidate. They are trying to spin the IL 12 point win as closing out the primary with Jeb and DeMint coming aboard. But the IL primary just matched the demographics of the race. It change NOTHING. The LA primary tomorrow IS a game changer. The polls suggest that Santorum is gaining on Romney’s demographics in the suburban, urban and non-evangelical areas as well as the somewhat conservative demographic. Romney has owned the somewhat conservative voters and if Santorum wins those tomorrow as well as keep Romney under 25%, it could change the race in ways that the elected political class does not want to deal with.

  • Gary

    Martin T

    I’m not sure how much you follow campaigns, but I live them, and you’re way off.

    First off, the “bots” thing is kind of played out. It only made sense in the case of “Paulbots” anyway. There are solid arguments to be made for any candidate but Ron Paul, so there’s no need to call people “bots”. Most of the people supporting Romney (like myself) started out with a much more conservative candidate but quickly saw that the conservative candidates were going to be hammered down every time they popped up. I stated in January when I switched support that there is no reason to waste any more time, energy, or money on somebody who simply won’t win. Until last week, there wasn’t one national poll anywhere that showed any candidate other than Romney beating Obama, and then there was only one for Santorum last week or so, and that has since reversed. It sucks to hold your nose and vote, but it sucks worse to let Obama get 4 more years. And Romney is no McCain. McCain was a completely close-minded useful idiot determined to prove that he was better than Conservatives because he could compromise with the other side. Romney is a guy who thinks he can fix what’s broken in the country but needs to be nudged toward conservatism because he didn’t come by it naturally. But he is capable of changing, and a Republican house and Senate will put him on the correct path. We just have to focus on those Senate races and make sure we take it back.

    Now as for your campaign conclusions, no Louisiana will not be a game changer of any kind, unless it serves to persuade Santorum to drop out of the race and spare himself a load of debt. His funding is drying up and another win in the South in a state that could just as easily go for Obama (in other words, whose Republican votes won’t mean anything anyway) isn’t going to change what’s on the horizon. All the states where the Republicans are moderate to put it mildly are about to vote, and several of them are winner take all, and they will go to Romney. Mathematically, Santorum is already too far handicapped for a game-changer. He has to get 900 more delegates before Romney gets 600 more, and the polls aren’t trending that direction, not to mention, the number of available delegates is shrinking with each contest, and a great many of them are guaranteed Romney delegates (New York, California, etc). So no game-changers.

  • Bob W

    Santorum has repeatedly demonstrated a mean streak that ought to disqualify him for the Presidency.

    There is no doubt he really would like to see Obama defeat Romney in November

    http://www.theagilecentrist.com/2012/03/do-conservatives-despise-romney-more.html

  • Dave-O

    Good post Gary #112. I think you are “spot-on” and speak for a lot of us.

  • Freddy

    People need to remeber what Rush said yesterday.

    EVERY story from the AP must be taken as a pro-Obama story.

    The underlying story is from the ap. The ap misquoted Santorum to attack Romney in support of Obama. Then msnbc repeated the misquote. Now this blog has repeated the misquote.

    The desperation of the hate filled Romney campaign to try to gob onto this story as an attack on Santorum is predictable. The Romney campaign of HATE is the reason why primary turnout is depressed.

    The Romney plan is to lie to conservatives in the primaries, then completely change his story and stick those lies into their face for the general election.

    Romney is a disghusting candidate that even if nominated, may very well lose to Obama as BOTH of them lie to the American people.

  • Gary

    Bob W 113

    There’s no question Santorum has a mean streak, and even a petty streak, but it would be just fine if he would turn that on Obama and the left. Of course the same could be said for Romney’s attack ads. But Romney will turn those ads on Obama as soon as he has the nomination and doesn’t have to worry about falling short of delegates.
    I like Santorum, and I think he has a role to play, just not president (not until he mellows out just a bit anyway). I think he would be good back in the Senate.
    If we could Bachmann leading the HR and Santorum leading the Senate that would ensure that Romney stays to the right and that the squishy Republicans in both houses don’t start compromising a la 2005-2006. We need at least two solid years of Republican control of the WH, the Senate and HR, and SCOTUS to start undoing the mess.
    I hope somebody out there is listening.

    Dave-O 114
    Thanks.

    Freddy 115
    It isn’t desperation and it isn’t hate-filled. It’s politics and it’s late in the game. Romney can’t afford to fall a few delegates short because of Gingrich and Santorum staying in the race against all odds. That will put us without a candidate until mid- to late summer. We need more time than that to really get the Nobama message out by November.

  • Simsalabim

    Yankee Steve’s Column
    for the Week of March 22, 2012
    Mitt Romney, No Sage Nominee
    Someone asked me at a Republican caucus meeting in Missouri this past weekend why I would not vote for Mitt Romney. I will tell you what I said, but before I do I would like to suggest that the troubled caucus meetings that made headlines in St Charles may have been torpedoed by followers of the methods of the radical communist Saul Alinsky [1909-72], a favored influence of Barack Obama.
    Alinsky taught his followers that they should set aside ethics and decorum when pushing the liberal agenda. On one occasion he directed young radicals to go to a Bush 41 rally dressed as KKK clansmen. When there they should applaud everything Bush said so that he would be identified with the far right. Those who broke up the caucus meeting in Missouri may have been protégés of Saul Alinsky.
    As to the person who inquired about why I would not vote for Romney I should tell you that I did not answer him in a way that he might have expected, which is that he is a Mormon, a liberal, a flip-flopper, a detached rich person, a corporate raider, etc.
    Here is what I said, “Mitt Romney is not a thinker.” He looked shocked. He had to re-gather himself. Now I did not say that he isn’t a nice guy, nor did I say that Romney would not make a better president than Obama. (By the way, Obama’s presidency has been so horrendous that saying someone would make a better president is not much of a compliment.)
    Here is what I think.
    Romney, when grooming himself for the presidency in Massachusetts, could not see that the Republicans had tired of Conservative look-alikes (Bush, McCain, Murkowski, Snowe, etc.), the so-called moderates. If he were a thinker he would have recognized it. He would have read the Tea Party leaves. The Republicans want to return to their roots. Many of them are looking for the real McCoy a Reagan or a Goldwater. And this is why Romney cannot clinch the nomination.
    Now Romney (and I might add Santorum as well) has discovered the real mood of the Republican Party, and that the word “conservative” is used much more frequently than it would have been had not the Republicans given birth to the Tea Party. Conservative has become a buzz word. However, a true conservative would not have to keep on using the word. He would be known by his record.
    If Romney were a thinker he would have seen this coming. He would not now have to try and look as if he were a conservative, which he has not been able to do convincingly.
    What does this suggest? It suggests that Romney may not have any convictions. When he was a corporate raider Romney was ruthless; however my complaint is that he is rootless. So what will he be when and if he becomes president? Your guess is as good as mine.
    You are wondering, “Does a person have to be a thinker, a Calvin Coolidge (silent Cal could think in six languages), to be president? Would it hurt? Coolidge had the best presidency since Lincoln’s. The Bush family (not the brightest bunch) sent two of its members to the White House with the result that we were embroiled in three different wars each, which could have been easily avoided. Bush 43 left office with the nation teetering on bankruptcy.
    The Mandate
    People who lack grey matter always believe that people under their authority are stupid. Romney thinks that we will ignore his record as governor of Massachusetts, when he acted like a big-government liberal.
    Romney wants us to consider Romney-care, or the forcing or mandating of citizens to buy health insurance from private insurance companies, as a state-by-state issue and that that is how he presented it to Obama and company. Does anyone believe that? At the time, Romney-care was heralded as a model for the federal government.
    Romney-care however you cut it is an authoritarian, socialist scheme that cannot be reconciled with the U.S. Constitution. This is not a state issue. Romney-care represents a Constitutional infringement on our rights as citizens.
    Liberty in Massachusetts has taken a step backward. The edict went forth: buy health care insurance or Massachusetts will make you regret it. Massachusetts, the most liberal state in the union, is now the most restrictive thanks to Romney. I understand now why economist Milton Friedman was right when he said that liberals want freedom for themselves, but not for others.
    Listen to the former Governor, who wants us to think that he believes in liberty and that he is a life-long conservative. In a debate in New Hampshire he proudly stated, “I like mandates, . . . The mandate works.”
    The Nazi mandate attached to Romney-care was softened by a promise for MA voters – medical costs would go down. So what happened? You guessed it, medical costs went up.
    Birds of a Feather
    The Heritage Foundation, a pretentious “think” tank comprised of neoconservative trigger-happy gunslingers, has adopted Romney as one of its own. (You must worry about an organization that holds Dick Cheney in high esteem.)
    The Heritage Foundation was not merely an onlooker when it came to Romney-care. It helped the Governor design it. To show their support for this cockamamie scheme, Heritage sent its health care analyst Bob Moffit to Boston for the bill-signing.

    The Heritage people said that they supported Romney’s Socialism because it took medicine and healthcare out of the hands of government. Oh, yeah!
    It did nothing of the kind. Massachusetts is now in the medical health care business. Lord Acton said there are some things government cannot do. Certainly the healthcare and its administration are included.
    Final Thought
    Napoleon said, “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” Maybe Romney will get the nomination after all.
    Ever yours,
    Yankee Steve Cakouros
    oldlineconservative.com

  • Mary

    I remain a Santorum supporter. As with most things, there’s probably more to it. I will wait to see…If everyone keeps knee-jerking each time someone makes a mis-step (small or large) you’ll be changing candidates on a daily basis.
    Sometimes things just don’t come out quite the way you meant them to…do you think the Romney Communications Director (ex director?) meant to say Mitt changes opionions like an Etch-A-Sketch? Don’t let the media (here or otherwise) make more of this than was intended.
    Keep focused.