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  • Santorum vs. the Meat Grinder

    by L. Brent Bozell III

     

    For many months, the liberal media elite has made no secret that in its mind the field of Republican presidential candidates includes Mitt Romney and a collection of clowns. Clearly, Romney is the opponent that Barack Obama and the liberal establishment want nominated.

    Journalists have mercilessly savaged every single conservative alternative to Romney who’s ascended to the top of the polls: Palin, Bachman, Cain, Perry and Gingrich. It’s too bad for them that the results from the Iowa caucuses threw off their bold predictions that the Romney juggernaut would achieve lift off in Des Moines, Iowa. Yet Romney won by only eight votes over, surprising, Rick Santorum. This means one thing only: Senator, step up to the guillotine.

    “He’s about to face the meat grinder of tough scrutiny for the first time,” promised Ann Curry on the “Today” show. I’m still waiting for Obama to face the “meat grinder of tough scrutiny for the first time.” Instead, he gets to handle Barbara Walters’ slow-pitch puffballs in prime time, being asked what kind of superhero powers he’d like to have.

    Some would protest Obama has faced some meat-grinder questions recently. Take the president’s “60 Minutes” favorite, Steve Kroft, who put some tough questions to the president on CBS in December. The complaint? Obama compromised too much with heinous right-wingers. Kroft scolded, “There are people in your own party who think that you were outmaneuvered, that you were stared down by John Boehner and Grover Norquist and capitulated…. It seems to be all the compromising is being done by you.”

    The compromising is supposed to be done by the conservatives. The media stayed on their message with a relentless discipline after the Iowa results. Santorum, like the other authentic conservatives, are too “far right” to win. Ann Curry started the meat grinder. “So is he going to have to change his conservative message as he’s looking into north, looking into New Hampshire, which is a much less conservative state?”

    ABCs Jake Tapper laid out the “reality” of Santorum moving to the center. “His is an unapologetic, in-your-face conservatism. But Santorum argues this is all part of his fight for the traditional American family,” Tapper reported. “But in order for Santorum to succeed, he really needs to expand beyond those base Republican voters.”

    CNNs John King told Santorum he was a Democrat’s dream. “A lot of Democrats were celebrating, if you will, Senator Santorum, last night, saying, in their view, you’re on the extreme right on many of these social issues and they think, for them, it’s a good thing that these issues will be front and center.” This is especially appalling coming from CNN, which has created several hour-long specials boosting the extreme left, such as “Gary and Tony Have a Baby.”

    Several anchors — including NBCs Savannah Guthrie before the caucuses and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly (warning of what would come) afterwards — pressed Santorum on artificial contraception, which hasn’t exactly come up in most presidential campaigns. Obama isn’t exactly being badgered about contraceptives and how he told a town hall meeting in 2008 they would help his daughters avoid being “punished with a baby.”

    The media will demand Santorum move to the center on all of the issues: economic issues, defense issues and social issues. But they think he’s especially vulnerable as “extreme” on the social ones. Conservative viewpoints are extreme, but the liberal counterpoints never are so.

    It’s extreme to criticize contraceptives, but not extreme to give them to 12-year-olds in public schools. It’s extreme to oppose all abortions but not extreme to favor every one of them (even partial-birth abortions) and want them funded with taxpayer money. It’s extreme to believe in traditional marriage, but it’s not extreme to support poly-amorous groupings of three or five lovers in loose “family” arrangements.

    Amazingly, ABCs “Good Morning America” slavishly promoted polyamory the morning after Santorum’s near-tie. Abbie Boudreau gushed, “Really, these days a modern family, just like ABCs hit comedy, can be anything you make it.”

    Republican voters need to remember that the ultraliberals who run our national media are nowhere near the mainstream on the culture or on any other vital American issue. When they insist a conservative candidate really needs to move to the middle, perhaps conservatives ought to push back and ask when was the last time these people were anywhere near the center. They couldn’t find it with a pair of binoculars.

     

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    • Rosemary

      Thanks for this. I loved it.

    • Anders13

      Romney is the unelectable candidate because he cannot defend conservatism.
      The Dims have sacrificed all their political equity for the last three years of legislative achievements; all they have left is ideology. They know that if they lose to a conservative that they could be stuck in a very deep political hole for as long as two decades. Everything is on the line. The 2012 election will be a face off between conservatism and progressive liberalism. Romney has no conservative political record; NONE!!! He talks the talk but he walks on quicksand. His business success will count for little. There are billionaire leftists who dwarf Romney and support Obama. Other candidates like Perry, Santorum, and Gingrich have actual conservative political accomplishments. All Romney has is campaign rhetoric and his liberal governorship. Romney will be shredded by the main stream media that supports him now. He may be just another a straw candidate

      • John B

        Romney is Obama’s most dangerous opponent. I like Santorum. How could I not? He and I are both sons of Italian immigrants, and we’re both(gasp!) practicing Roman Catholics. Nevertheless, Romney has broad appeal to independents. if he loses the nomination I would have no trouble voting for Santorum and maybe for Gingrich but if Romney wins conservative Republicans are going to have to bite the bullet and vote for him. Obama is not the Prince of Darkness, but under his administration the Catholic Church will be increasingly banned from performing its public service ministry. Romney plays well to Obama’s weaknesses as an operational leader and economic planner. To call him unelectable bespeaks an unawareness of the American electorate.

        • Anders13

          Establishment republicans have a win-win if they win the senate and keep the house with moderates and not with tea-party conservatives. 1) Obama is the most impeachable president we have ever had. If he wins and won’t deal with them then they can send him packing. 2) A Romney candidacy, win or lose, would not be able to support Tea-party conservative candidates for the House or Senate; the establishment would have a good chance to take back its party. So business as usual would continue in Washington and we-the- people become the real losers. You can forget conservative social reforms and most other meaningful reform.
          A Reagan conservative candidate is almost a sure win and would ably support House and Senate conservative candidates. Recall that it was the Reagan Democrats who gave Reagan his first term victory and a landslide victory for his second term. Thanks to Obama those Reagan democrats have been alienated from their party and are looking for an alternative. The key is winning the Senate and holding the House. Having a Reagan conservative President and increasing the conservative numbers in the House and Senate would insure social and most other reforms; a win for we-the-people.

    • MMC

      Ditto to what Rosemary just said:+) It amazes me that the hedonist liberals control the media, hollywood, education and government…yet the normal American just doesn’t buy their brand of crazy.

      Watched Bill O’Reilly try to run over Santorum the other night. O’Reilly needs to brush up on his Catechism…he equated contraception with eating meat on Fridays and said that it wasn’t Church dogma. He also criticized Santorum on not being “Mainstream” when it came to same-sex marriage. I’m sorry but how is SSM mainstream in any way, shape or form? Only 10% of the states have SSM and their laws will be contested on it…esp Iowa. Mr. O’Reilly needs to meet more than just the New York social liberals he works and lives around.

      O’Reilly made a big deal like you can’t “take away the licenses you already have out…that would be a BIG deal.” Uh, no it wouldn’t. God giveth…God taketh away. Laws do the same. And why have a law that supports destructive behavior just b/c you’re too afraid of confronting the patients running the asylum? How are you helping or loving someone with same sex attraction by helping them self destruct?

      We don’t deserve someone like Rick Santorum…not after all we have done. His will be a white martyrdom. And I will pray that he is blessed by God for having the courage to live out the truth of Christ for us all.

    • Sarto

      L. Brent plays the martyr card. Whine, whine, whine. If Santorum can stand up to the pressure, then he’s the man.

    • Crusading Kafir

      “When they insist a conservative candidate really needs to move to the middle, perhaps conservatives ought to push back and ask when was the last time these people were anywhere near the center.”

      Gingrich did just that in last night’s debate.

    • mdepie

      Sarah Palin said something on Fox that was pretty astute. All this talk coming often coming from Democrats saying that the “fear” Romney the most, is likely to be a ploy. Romney actually plays into the narrative Obama and his allies wish to assert, that Republicans are not for the middle class, the little guy and “the poor”. I think all of this please don’t nominate Romney is brier rabbit stuff. Why are they favoring Republicans with free advice anyway?

      That is not to say that Romney is not better than Obama. I think if it ends up being him this is satisfactory, but I think Santorum obviously is a unique opportunity. This is the first time we have someone running for President as a Catholic. That is one who sees policy through the lens of Catholic political philosophy. JFK was ” Catholic” but in his speech in Houston promised that his Catholicism would be irrelevant and so negated it. Santorum quite explicitly admits to being shaped by his. I do not agree with him on each and every issue but I know if he is President he will make decisions shaped from a political philosophy I can trust, he was a effective Senator and he is a decent man. In terms of electability who knows? His middle class sensibility may help attract lower middle income voters that the Democrats covet (I think they actually would fear this! ) Trying to demonize him on the “social issues” will never work, Gay marriage proponents are not voting for Romney either, and people who vote on abortion generally vote pro-life. Put another way most people do not care about abortion enough to vote on it, and those of us who do are going to vote pro-life.

      So I would not overplay this ” who can beat Obama” rhetoric, it may just be a Democrat/establishment Republican social set pushing this for their own ends/

    • Don Schenk

      The religious left attacks Santorum as not being Catholic enough (because they still insist, despite what Cardinal Ratzinger wrote to the US bishops in 2004, that you have to endorse the entire liberal agenda in order to be Catholic.)
      The worshippers of Ayn Rand (Ann Coulter, Ron Paul) hate Santorum for the same reasons that Ayn Rand hated William F. Buckley Jr.
      That just goes to show you that Santorum is Catholic, and who the real conservative is in this race.

      • Chris

        I think you’re a bit off there on a couple of counts, Don.

        For one, neither Coulter or Paul are “Ayn Rand worshippers”, contrary to current popular myth.

        For another, it’s incorrect to imply that Catholicism makes one a “real conservative.”

        Personally, I’m not much of a fan of Ayn Rand, much less a “worshipper.” While she had a few decent ideas, her hyper-individualistic outlook was necessarily incorrect, given the false premise it was largely based on – her atheism.

        Nonetheless, there are many arguments against Santorum from both Catholic & conservative perspectives.

        A couple of reasons to oppose him from a Catholic perspective are his support of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, and his fervor for war.

        From a conservative perspective, while he is generally a decent “social conservative”, he is anything but conservative in regards to fiscal matters or things that fuel government largesse, as can be seen in his support of migrant alien amnesty, his enthusiastic support & defending of the misnamed “Patriot Act”, & his participation in the bailout of the airline industry.

        Never mind his joining of the “Public-Private Revolving door” once he left the Senate, going directly into a lobbying job to parlay the connections he made.

        • Anders13

          I found this on http://www.ricksantorum.com.

          During his time in elected office, Rick Santorum fought for the preservation of the traditional American family and for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society. Rick was the author of legislation outlawing the heinous act known as partial-birth abortion and he championed the fight to pass the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act” and the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act.” He also authored legislation to advance adult stem cell research, so that ethical research could take place to fight debilitating diseases without the moral implications associated with embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.

          • Anders13

            Oops! The more direct link is: http://www.ricksantorum.com/issues

          • Chris

            I would certainly expect Mr. Santorum’s campaign site to pump up his good acts while ignoring his bad ones.

            In addition to the things his site shows he supported in the past, he also supported:

            - The misnamed Patriot act – which isn’t particularly compatible with a free country.
            - While he has (to his credit) opposed the concept of torture, he is a fervent supporter of perpetual war – which isn’t particularly compatible with the term “pro-life.”
            - Continued federal funding for embryonic stem cell line research – also not very “pro-life”
            - Bailouts for huge corporations, most specifically airlines, which have suffered more from the absurd & authoritarian TSA than from people being frightened of being on a hijacked plane.

            I believe Santorum’s primary appeal are that he is the current “Anybody But Romney” flavor, and he is 2012′s version of Mike Huckabee, who’s primary appeal was his religion.

            He’s not a bad person, but good votes don’t mean he is consistent, and his overall actions have shown he is selectively Catholic, & selectively conservative. IMHO, while there are worse choices, if Santorum were elected, he will simply provide more of the same deterioration of America that we’ve been seeing for the past 20 years…

    • simplynotred

      Just some words from Wikepedia Regarding the Repubican Presidential Candidates.

      Mitt Romney: A serious Mormon who promoted the Mormon church. Romney’s ancestry is predominantly English, as well as Scottish and German.[3] As a sixth-generation member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[4][5] Romney is descended from a genealogically interconnected political family sometimes known as the Pratt–Romneys. Romney endorsed McCain for president in 2008 following his lost to McCain with the Palin influence.

      Newt Gingrich: A Catholic Convert is beginning to adhere to his new found modern Catholic religion. Gingrich was raised a Lutheran.[147] In graduate school he was a Southern Baptist, and he converted to Catholicism, Bisek’s faith, on March 29, 2009. The moment when he decided to officially become a Catholic was when he saw Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to the United States in 2008: Gingrich told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he finds Romney a “very formidable opponent” whom he’d even consider having as his vice-presidential nominee. Continue Reading Text Size-+reset Listen
      POLITICO 44“I think there are circumstances where he’d certainly be on the list, I don’t know if he’d want to or not, but he’s a very competent person,” Gingrich said. “He’s not – this is a serious man, and I would certainly support him if he became the Republican nominee.”

      Rick Perry: An Evangelically religious man, who states his religious beliefs in his politics. Perry grew up in the Methodist church, until 2010 when he began attending Lake Hills Church in Austin.[2] In 2006, Perry stated that he believes in the inerrancy of the Bible and that those who do not accept Jesus as their savior will go to hell. In April 2008 while appearing as a guest on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company, he specifically stated that he would not agree to serve as Vice President in a McCain administration, stating that he already had “the best job in the world” as governor of Texas

      Rick Santorum: Born to parents Aldo (1923-2011)[6][7] and Catherine Santorum (née Dughi, 1918-)[7] in Winchester, Virginia, Santorum was raised in Berkeley County, West Virginia and Butler County, Pennsylvania. His father was an Italian immigrant, originally from Riva del Garda, Italy;[6] his mother is of half-Italian and half-Irish descent. A cradle Catholic, who states his religious beliefs in his politics. On February 1, 2008, Santorum said he would vote for Mitt Romney in the 2008 Presidential Republican primary race, stating: “If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now and that’s Mitt Romney

      Jon Huntsman: A Mormon who does not speak of his religious beliefs. Huntsman was born March 26, 1960 in Redwood City, California. His mother is Karen Haight Huntsman, daughter of LDS Church apostle David B. Haight. His father is billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr. of the Huntsman Corporation. Through his father, Huntsman, Jr. is the great-great-great-grandson of early LDS Church leader Parley P. Pratt. Huntsman was one of John McCain’s earliest supporters in the 2008 presidential campaign.

    • tehennessey

      Thank You,very good article