Santorum supporters are understandably upset — but so upset that they’d prefer to see another Obama term?
Following Rick Santorum’s graceful exit from the Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, pundits were speaking as much about what the former Pennsylvania senator did not say as what he did say.
In particular, Santorum described wanting to help Republicans beat Barack Obama, keep the House and take back the Senate, but he made no mention of the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
Nerves are raw, with Santorum, under the additional pressure of having a very sick daughter, feeling unjustly swamped by the Romney campaign’s money and aggressiveness — much as Newt Gingrich apparently still does. It’s not just business; it’s personal, at least for now.
And it is not just Rick Santorum who feels injured; plenty of his supporters do as well. Some are saying (such as in comments on these pages) that following Santorum’s exit, they will not vote in November, or only vote in House or Senate races, or even give up their Republican Party registration.
But if I may offer an overused expression: Really? Really?
Santorum’s supporters are, if they are anything, passionate about ending the Obama administration’s intentional shredding of the American fabric, whether in the social, economic, or political arenas. We all should be so passionate.
Barack Obama is, with his every law and his every regulation, trying to do just what he promised us he would: fundamentally transform the nation, namely the nation that his wife had never been proud of until he was nominated and about which his minister of 20-years said “G_d damn America.”
As promised, with Obamacare, he is orchestrating a de facto nationalization of the health insurance industry, which is to say transforming the way Americans deal with the most personal and most critical decisions we face.
He promised us that he wanted to bankrupt coal companies. With recent EPA regulations, he is well on his way toward that transformation, a first big step toward another energy-related promise: to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”
He promised us that “No world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will succeed. No balance of power among nations will hold.” With his sweet nothings whispered to Russian President Dmitry “Vlad’s sock puppet” Medvedev about future “flexibility,” Obama made clear his intention to further weaken the United States’ position as the world’s only military superpower.
Those are the promises he keeps.
A promise he has not kept — not that anyone who understood the man believed it was anything but a sop to gullible independent voters — was that he would “cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.” Under Obama’s budget proposals, we have trillion dollar deficits for the foreseeable future, with the national debt increasing by more than 80 percent in the next ten years, from $10 trillion to just under $19 trillion, a level of debt that would make Greek politicians giggle at their own relative fiscal conscientiousness.
Are many Santorum supporters — some of the nation’s most ardent believers in the promise of America — really going to take their marbles and go home rather than support Mitt Romney’s efforts to unseat a president who is arguably the most destructive (of the American exceptionalism that he disdains) in our nation’s history?
If that is really what they think, then perhaps the nation is better off without them. More likely, only a single digit percentage of Santorum’s supporters (or Newt Gingrich’s, though perhaps not Ron Paul’s) will be willing to sacrifice their country in November. More will, like Quin Hillyer, disavow responsibility for Romney’s eventual results while pledging to do what they can to help him beat the current occupant of the White House.
Conservatives and libertarians alike have valid concerns about Mitt Romney. It remains depressingly difficult to tell just what the man actually believes. It remains a black mark on his résumé that he is the father of Romneycare. It remains troubling that one can imagine the John Kerry windsurfing ad with Romney filling in, given his changed positions on everything from minimum wage to mandates to climate change. I could go on.
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