With the advance of Santorum in the national polls, you and I BOTH know what is about to happen. A certain amount of vetting is, in fact, a good thing, especially as we prepare for the Republican nominee to face Obama. However, there is a difference between a policy attack and a personal attack. It’s one thing to ridicule and harass Rick Santorum for his stand on the various REAL national issues America faces. What I take exception with is the school yard antics that attack him as a man-of-faith. Where are those who scream about 1st amendment rights? Heaven forbid!
No, this is not about religion. It is about fear! Obama is afraid he will lose the election! He has already shown that he knows no boundaries, no taboos, no restriction on what he will do to retain and increase his power. The rest of us have a fear, too – that he will be re-elected!
One of the great things Hermann Cain spoke about was the infamous S-I-N tactic:
S – shift the topic or blame
I – ignore the facts
N – name call
How, uh, “Presidential” is the willingness to roll around in the mud while slinging it at an opponent? I just want to know how long we have to wait until we get a grown-up in the Oval Office?
By Tom Thurlow
A poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling shows Senator Rick Santorum 15% ahead of Governor Mitt Romney for the February 28 Michigan Republican presidential primary. This echoes another poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center, which shows Santorum leading Romney by 2% nationally. Should Santorum win the Michigan primary, and possibly the Arizona primary held the same day, not only could Santorum match Romney’s delegate count, but Santorum will have beaten Romney in Romney’s native state of Michigan. That in turn will show the fragility of Romney’s standing among Republicans, blowing the Republican presidential primary race wide open yet again.
The punditocracy is expecting things to get dirty between moderate Romney and socially conservative Santorum, but what else is new? Romney has orchestrated negative campaigning against other Republican candidates for months. In fact, it was Romney’s negative ads in Iowa that turned Newt Gingrich from a standard GOP candidate into a “payback time” candidate, bent on revenge.
As Santorum has become the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, we can expect to see a wave of negative ad hominem attacks against him not only from competing Republicans, but also from the media, academia, Hollywood, and every other liberal in America. It will probably get very ugly.
See, it’s OK to have policies that coincide with Ronald Reagan’s other two stool legs, specifically fiscally conservative policies and conservative approaches to national security issues. That’s pretty standard. But if a candidate makes a convincing case not only that he is a social conservative, but also that he has a good chance of getting elected president, then that candidate can expect an avalanche of personal attacks and vitriol. To put it another way, Rick Santorum is sitting on a volcano of criticism, and it is about to blow.
In fact, the ash cloud beneath Rick Santorum is just now becoming visible. Recall that only a few weeks ago Santorum was ridiculed for bringing his dead son’s body home from the hospital in 2006, allegedly “playing with it for a couple hours so his other children would know that the child was real.”
To his credit, Alan Colmes later apologized for his cruel comments, but following Santorum’s later sweep of the Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri contests on February 7, Santorum criticism has increased, and not just on his political positions. In fact, the criticism is mostly personal.
Liberal internet chat-sites are filled with open assertions of hatred for Rick Santorum, some comments using words that need context for definition. It is helpful for the reader to use a slang dictionary to follow along. And recently, it has been pointed out that a search for “Santorum” on the search engines Google and Bing result in a disgusting anti-Santorum website close to the top of the search results.
Following Santorum’s February 7 sweep of the contests in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri, John Cassidy of the New Yorker shared his feelings, calling Santorum an “abomination,” even criticizing Santorum’s number of kids (7), his fashion sense, and his house in Virginia. In another New Yorker post, David Remnick wrote that we are in a “culture war” and that Santorum’s views are “anathema” and his rhetoric “abhorrent.” READ MORE
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