Santorum Gets Huge Blogger Endorsement

This is a great plug for the Santorum campaign, but is it too little, too late?

Michelle Malkin finally took off her nose plugs long enough to endorse a candidate:

Rick Santorum opposed TARP.

He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.

Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.

He voted against cap and trade in 2003, voted yes to drilling in ANWR, and unlike Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never dabbled with eco-radicals like John Holdren, Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi. He hasn’t written any “Contracts with the Earth.”

Santorum is strong on border security, national security, and defense. Mitt the Flip-Flopper and Open Borders-Pandering Newt have been far less trustworthy on immigration enforcement.

Santorum is an eloquent spokesperson for the culture of life. He has been savaged and ridiculed by leftist elites for upholding traditional family values — not just in word, but in deed.

He’s all those things and more. Keep reading.

I’ve always said there’s very much to recommend Santorum, not the least of which is – he’s a good guy.  I’ve been wavering between Santorum and Gingrich, because  to be honest, either one of the not-Romneys is fine with me. I like them both. How I vote on Feb 7 will be determined by whichever one has the most momentum going to beat Romney.


Another huge blogger endorses Santorum at the American Thinker. (Just kidding, as far as I know Abie Rubin isn’t obese, either.)


A strategic word from Prof. Jacobson: A vote tomorrow for Santorum still is a vote for Romney:

The reality is that only Newt is within striking distance of Romney tomorrow in Florida, Santorum is the margin of difference, and only Newt tomorrow can derail the narrative of Romney inevitability.

If the narrative of Romney inevitability is derailed, Santorum politically gets to fight on and see if he can stage another Iowa in caucus states or elsewhere.

That’s what I was talking about when I said I’ll back the one who has the greatest chance of beating Romney. I actually lean toward Santorum, myself – but I’m not about to throw my vote away on a sure loser.



Video: Paul Ryan Slams Obama For His “Miserable Record”

One of my favorite conservatives, Paul Ryan, let Obama have it with both barrels, yesterday on Fox News Sunday, for his divisive campaign tactics and  dishonest rhetoric:

 The president can’t run on his record. It’s a miserable record. He is not going to change his tune and moderate like say Bill Clinton did in 1996 because he’s really stuck with his ideology so he has no choice but to divide. So he is going to run a very divisive campaign for political gain and he has this concept of fairness and equality where he uses the kind of rhetoric we use, but the policies he’s producing will result in crony capitalism will result in more power in the government to supervise our lives, to give us a stagnant economy where the rich and the powerful are the ones who are picking it. So what I’m trying to say is he is giving us a future of debt, doubt, and decline. ‘

Hat tip: Brian B.

Et-Tu Right Wing Blogosphere?

Mitt is inevitable — we have to get behind Mitt – he has the greatest chance of beating Obama.

That’s an excusable position to have if you’re a Republican senior in Florida who’s been inundated with a blizzard of anti-Newt ads and you have no memory of the 1980’s and/or no acquaintance with the right-wing blogosphere, where you can find the corrected record.  Romney’s scorched earth campaign against Newt has been so full of over the top,  hypocritical distortions – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it in a Republican primary. Mitt is making as many bitter enemies on the right, as he will have on the left if/when he’s the Republican nominee. How does this make him the best candidate to beat Obama?

RWNs’ John Hawkins polled conservative bloggers on their choices in the Republican primary race. The results in a 4-way match up were encouraging for Newt:

1) If you had to pick the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee today, which of the following candidates would you select?

4) Ron Paul: 11.6% (8 votes)

3) Rick Santorum: 21.7% (15 votes)

2) Mitt Romney: 31.9% (22 votes)

1) Newt Gingrich: 34.8% (24 votes)

But out of three choices, Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich, Romney won with 39.1% of the votes.

And he blew away the competition as the most “electable”.

4) Which candidate do you consider to be the most “electable” against Obama?

4) Ron Paul: 2.9% (2 votes)
3) Rick Santorum: 10.3% (7 votes)
2) Newt Gingrich: 32.4% (22 votes)
1) Mitt Romney: 54.4% (37 votes)

I’m shocked that there are so many conservative bloggers backing Mitt, and that in a 3-way race, he wins.

Dan Riehl has a message for those of you who are backing Mitt: Wake Up, Conservatives: Mitt Romney Is Running As A Leftist:

Mitt Romney is doing precisely what Progressives and the media do year after year. He is unable to debate honestly on conservative ideas and win. Scratch the campaign pressed and ready veneer and Mitt Romney is center-Left. If he were in the White House, he’d be crafting legislation with Democrats and liberal Republicans, not conservatives.

George Soros agrees: Romney = Change That Matters Little.

There is an alternative to this – those of you who should know better. Either Gingrich or Santorum are substantially more conservative than Romney, and both politicians would have a good chance of beating Obama in the Fall. We’ve seen the underdog win before, as Riehl argues:

What the Reagan era and victories demonstrated was that conservatism can win based upon ideas and principles. I don’t believe that’s changed in America, even if we currently lack top notch genuinely conservative political leadership. But it’s sad to see so many would be conservatives either abandon principle to support Romney, or perhaps to not understand what conservative principles even are.

And Melissa O’Sullivan recently noted in NRO, even her liberal friends are impressed by Newt’s rhetorical gifts:

Electability? The gender gap? Two very liberal women friends of mine who voted for Obama have come up to me recently and said they like and would vote for Newt. Why? Because he’s “so damn smart”!

But for some reason, we’re going to let the establishment bully win? William Jacobson writes Romney is winning his battles, but losing our war:

Newt rose in the polls in the fall on a positive message of not attacking fellow Republicans.  Newt’s great moments in fall debates were refusing to engage when debate moderators sought to pit candidate against candidate.  The message of a united front against Obama and a bright conservative future resonated with the Republican electorate like nothing else.

Romney had no positive message to sell or at least was not good at selling it, so in Iowa Romney, his SuperPAC, and the Republican political and media establishment launched Scorched Earth I on Newt, what David Limbaugh appropriately called “relentless, unmeasured scorched-earth savagery.”

The attacks on Newt were highly personal and deliberately demeaning, eiptomized by National Review’s notorious “Marvin the Martian” issue.

Even then, Newt tried to stay positive in Iowa until the last few days, and Newt paid the electoral price.

Ever since then, it has been downhill, with Newt launching negative ads in South Carolina and Florida and Romney unloading with far greater resources.  Some of the ads run by or for Newt have been as negative as those run by or for Romney, if only in smaller doses.  The rhetoric has escalated on both sides.

But make no mistake about it, the reason the Republican campaign has turned so nasty and so divisive is because the Romney campaign and its supporters decided in Iowa to win at any price, a theme which continues to this day even if it means embracing Nancy Pelosi and distorting the history of the Reagan revolution.

This will not be put back together easily.  The smugness and condescension are salt on open wounds.

Why are we letting the bully, win, conservatives?


Jimmie Bise: I’m For Newt, and Here’s Why.

Legal Insurrection: No, Newt did not endorse the Obamacare mandate

Legal Insurrection: A glimmer of a glimmer – The latest polls show Newt closing in…

Could Mitt’s scorched earth tactics be backfiring?

It may be backfiring big in the Cuban community. Dan Reihl reports: Reaganite Fla. Cuban Leader Backs Newt, Blasts Mitt For Distortions


Keith Koffler: Newt Gingrich Takes it to the Establishment

Read it – he’ll make you giggle a little, and we all need to lighten up a bit.