I tend to generally like Dan, so don’t lump me in with his general detractors. That allowed, claiming that you either support Rick Santorum or you aren’t a real conservative is one of the most idiotic claims I’ve heard in a long time.
If you insist that Rick Santorum is un-electable at this point, but call yourself a Republican – which I don’t btw – then you are wasting your time in the wrong party and may as well go Independent. I did when I left the Democrats and haven’t joined another one since. But given these numbers, there is no valid argument in suggesting Santorum would not be an acceptable nominee for the GOP, any more than one can say that about Romney at this point.
But if you are a conservative looking at these numbers and saying Santorum can’t win, then you may as well give it up, or stop calling yourself a conservative, because you don’t believe enough in what you profess to believe in to even fight for it when called. You assume conservatism is a loser out of the gate. Frankly, I don’t believe that, which is why I became one in my twenties. I believe it not only can win in America but must for America to remain strong. And I am always willing to fight to put that assumption to the test.
Leave it to the people who actually believe in both conservatism and themselves enough to fight for those things and to represent conservatism. Because, whatever it is you claim to believe in, obviously, you really don’t. You’re just clutter on the road to an ever increasing statism and it would be better for everyone, including yourself, if you simply got the hell out of the way.
This may come as a shock to Dan, but Rick Santorum isn’t the poster boy for conservatism, and there is a strong case to be made that he isn’t a conservative at all. While the former Senator is an avowed social conservative, his fiscal record as an big government, earmarking pork-fiend are very well documented.
And where real conservatism champions small government that get’s out of everyone’s way, Santorum’s particular brand of “social justice” is only marginally less intrusive into our private lives than Obama’s just coming at us from the other extreme. Between his structural flaws regarding our fiscal security and individual sovereignty, I’d be hard-pressed to swallow Santorum as any kind of a conservative at all.
This candidate’s particular and varied short-comings aside, Dan comes across as more than a little full of it himself here and I hope we can chalk it up to a bad day blogging (we all have those). The last I checked, no one gave anyone else the power to anoint a “true conservative” to which we must all bear feudal fealty or be banished for party treason.
Santorum is a crap candidate is a field of crap candidates. I’m sorry if he or anyone else can’t bring themselves to hear it.