Post Santorum Depression

By Dean L.

After Santorum, depression set in. Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign for president. I wasn't a big backer of Santorum, but I'll give him this - he wasn't Mitt Romney.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday he is suspending his campaign.

He made the announcement at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa., talking about his young daughter's illness and reflecting on the campaign.

His 3-year-old daughter Bella was taken to a Virginia hospital Friday with pneumonia. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, left the campaign trail until this afternoon. The child has a life-threatening genetic disorder known as Trisomy 18.
Of course we all wish him and his daughter well. If ever there was a personal reason to suspend a campaign, this would be it.

But he was by most accounts the last line of defense against a Romney nomination.   Mitt Romney now has an easier path to the nomination.  Granted he was an odds-on favorite to win anyway, but for those of us not enamored with his brand of barely-conservative(-this-week), etch-a-sketch, phony conservatism, holding out hope that we still had options was at least lukewarm comfort.


Newt Gingrich has said he will remain in the race.  But his chances of winning are virtually non-existent.  This is no longer Romney's race to lose - it's his.  That's truly unfortunate.  A brokered convention may have been bloody, it may have been expensive and unproductive, but that was not a guarantee.  It may have been healthy. None of these candidates were ideal, but a brokered convention may have caused someone to rise to the occasion.  It might have resulted in some great speeches and it might have ended in a unifying rally cry.  But it's not to be.  

We are now faced with Obama and Obama-lite.  Maybe old Etch-A-Sketch will surprise us and really turn out to be a conservative, but I wouldn't bet on it.  I'm not actually depressed; given the choice between Obama and Romney, I would hold my nose and vote for Romney over Obama.  After all, it would be easier to hold Romney's feet to a Tea Party fire than Obama's.  Obama doesn't care what the Tea Party wants.  Romney on the other hand, with a conservative Congress and Senate, would be at least pliable to the conservative viewpoint.  That's not ideal, but it may be the best we can expect now.

Cross posted at Nonsensible Shoes.

15 comments:

  1. I agree with everything you said in this post. Sadly, there are many out there who view another 4 years of Obama as just as bad as a Romney win. Where are the rational people?

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  2. Well, that's what happens when one bad mouths the only Constitutional candidate: Ron Paul. Prepare for at least 8 more years of socialism.

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  3. Santorum was the least desirable candidate in the race, in my opinion. While I share the view that Obama-light is at-best a minor improvement over Obama, I would personally give Obama a second term without hesitation rather than putting a theocrat in office. I wish Santorum and his family well, and I'm thankful he is no longer a looming grave threat to the remaining freedoms in the US.

    My [unfounded] hope now is that, in four years time, the Republicans do not once again force the electorate to choose between a "slight-improvement" candidate and a "incomprehensibly markedly worse" candidate.

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  4. People here know I was no fan of Santorum. Unfortunately, I'm not cheering this move simply because it forever removes the chance of a brokered convention. I was holding on to hope against all hope for a brokered convention. Sigh, it was always a long shot.

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  5. I agree with LCR - Santorum being in the race improved the odds of a brokered convention and a not-Romney nominee. It was a long shot, but it was at least a possibility.

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  6. Frothy certainly is no Mittens, in some ways he is MUCH worse. Having said this a brokered convention wouldn't have been such a bad thing maybe.

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  7. "...it would be easier to hold Romney's feet to a Tea Party fire than Obama's."

    I agree with the essence of what you're saying. Romney's bad, Obama's worse.

    But I think that the Tea Party and libertarians and conservatives will have little meaningful influence on Romney. He will have won the nomination with no support from conservatives and their allies -- and he owes them nothing. Romney has rebuffed conservatives to a remarkable degree.

    It only gets worse from here. Romney will side with "moderate" Dems before he sides with rock ribbed conservatives.

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    1. Totally agree with RK here, the writing is on the wall. Romney will jettison any tea partyish inkling he might disingenuously posture toward once he gets the nomination (and even worse) *if* he wins the general. I've seen this game play out with the GOP before. We lose, simple as that.

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    2. I'm sure that's Mitten's natural inclination. But I think he would be far more susceptible to pressure from a Tea Party protest than Obama who is clearly tone deaf. I think a vibrant Tea Party movement would have to continue and indeed grow under a Romney presidency, but I think it would be paid more attention.

      Maybe I'm being too optimistic though.

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  8. --Of course we all wish him and his daughter well. If ever there was a personal reason to suspend a campaign, this would be it.--

    You are a scholar and a gentleman, Dean. Nicely said, sir. Of course, as non-liberals, we would wish good will towards Santorum, as it is only proper. I cannot imagine the vitriol being posted in the comments section of the leftist blogs right now. Oy.

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    1. Thank you for the compliment sir. I didn't follow up to see what sort of drivel was being shared on the left blogs, but to be honest, I wasn't interested. That sort of thing adds zero to real dialogue or debate.

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  9. Santorum is no theocrat. If you want to see the worst, blind, thoughless, faith based theocrats, look at the green movement and Obama's race baiting socialists. They worship the earth god and the god of slavery to govt.

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    1. Feeding into the imagined threat of a theocratic apocalypse has been an incredibly useful scare tactic for the statist left. It's like the "granny over the cliff" meme, only with a double dose of paranoia and a heaping helping of bigotry.

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    2. Well, as someone who is certainly not a member of the statist left, I can say that the perception that Santorum is a theocrat is not contained to only that group. Admittedly, I can only base my judgements on his public statements, but it seems like he had plenty of opportunity to distance himself from theocratic positions if he desired, and instead he emphasized his desire to remove the barrier between church and state, and inject substantially more religious influence in policies and laws. Ergo, you could draw the very reasonable conclusion that he's a theocrat.

      Don't get me wrong... Obama is a socialist, also, under the same reasoning, and the [man-made] Global Warming movement could certainly be characterized as a religion as well. I just find it intellectually questionable to categorize one's political views as religious, as opposed to more traditional usage of nomenclature.

      As for the perception of paranoia and bigotry on my part... I'm not really sure where the basis for the accusation comes from. Your conclusion seems to stretch credulity.

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    3. My comment wasn't directed at yours, but at DDE's. Although I have to say that you and I must have been following two different Rick Santorums. The Rick Santorum I observed didn't take the positions that you've described.

      Don't get me wrong, I've never been a fan of any Rick Santorum. I just think that a man should be judged by what he actually says and does, not by grotesque caricatures created by the left.

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