Posted by: Ann Corcoran | February 8, 2012

Santorum surges and Romney wonders what is going on (again)….

I’m sure readers of Potomac Tea Party Report are not still in the dark about the stunning news that Rick Santorum pulled off a larger-then-expected victory yesterday in three states—Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado.  If you don’t know yet, here is the AP story that headlines Drudge at the moment:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rick Santorum is looking to capitalize on a string of stunning victories that snapped his four-state losing streak and raised new questions about front-runner Mitt Romney’s clout with conservatives.

Romney shrugged off his poor showing, but his losses Tuesday in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado laid bare his stubborn weakness just when it looked as if his party was beginning to embrace him. Bringing up the rear of the Santorum surge: Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who mostly skipped the contests and finished at or near the back of the pack in all three states.

The AP continues here.

Forget all the things we already know are the negatives on Santorum (conservative purists say he voted wrong at times 10 or 15 years ago before he, or America, had a Tea Party) and people say he can’t beat Obama.

By the way, one big positive for me  with Santorum is that he is far and away the best candidate on the immigration issue as NumbersUSA reported, here, last month.

The message the Romney people should be getting now is that a large number of Republican primary voters don’t want to be ‘McCained’ again.  We don’t want to be told by the talking heads and “smart people” on both sides that Romney is the only guy who can win.  Let me tell you, he cannot win if people are uninspired and don’t want to work hard for him.  It is not just about who has the most money.

The Left wants to run against Romney—they have it all set up with Occupy Wall Street among other things.  Romney will be the rich guy who doesn’t care about anybody but his rich pals (and we will be expected to defend him).   The fact that Obama is a rich guy (taking Wall Street money), who says he wants a plane and a valet when he leaves office, will be lost on the mass of voters who are not paying attention to much more than how cute the Obama girls are.   In point of fact, Santorum has many more cute kids, but I digress.

What is that truism about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.  Just look at Bob Ehrlich’s campaign last time.   He beat the guy who couldn’t win against O’Malley (or so we were told), but Ehrlich inspired no one (except his party insiders and some with their “rice bowls” out for a government job).

I don’t recall a single person out waving an Ehrlich sign on a street corner as the general election approached and that, to me, said it all.  He was uninspiring and that is exactly how many Tea Party types (the hard workers in campaigns!) see Romney.

I don’t want to make it sound like its all personality. I can’t dismiss the fact that Romney is not expected to roll back Obamacare in any significant way and as time has gone on, many have forgotten that it was Obamacare that most inspired the Tea Party to action.  That element in the anybody-but-Romney segment of the voting electorate is important.

The fact that Bob Ehrlich is Romney’s campaign chairman in Maryland says it all.  Boring!

Yes, of course we will vote to defeat Obama whoever our candidate is, but the big question is can Romney (and Ehrlich in MD) inspire people to actually go out and work hard in counties like Washington County with its high unemployment rate and defend Romney’s  Caymen Islands bank accounts while trying to reach the undecided voters?


Responses

  1. As I see it, the only candidate that is inspiring is Ron Paul. Of course he can’t win, but who cares? The elections, especially electronic, are rigged anyway. Santorum is the golden boy for the moment, but his history is not so good. In 2005 and 2006 CREW named him one of the 3 most corrupt politicians of the year. Immediately on leaving congress he got a lobbying job. He voted 2x for the Patriot Act. He supports the NDAA act and indefinite detention of citizens. He’s ready to bomb Iran tomorrow … and get us in a WWIII that kills our soldiers while making profits for banks and military suppliers. No, I cannot get enthusiastic about replacing Obama with Santorum. I could not vote for either one.

    • Henry, really appreciate your comments. I know I shouldn’t focus so much on immigration but I really do feel that is the one issue that is the primary reason we will lose our country. Perhaps its because I have spent so much time over the last 5 years researching our LEGAL immigration programs and know we are bringing in hundreds of thousands of Muslims who intend to change America (along with their friends in the hard Left) that I need someone in our leadership who recognizes that and Santorum comes the closest in my view.

      By the way, what was Santorum’s lobbying job, I heard he went to a think tank to write papers and speak on terrorism?

      And, please fill our readers in on what he did to gain the corruption award.

      • Illegal immigration is a hugely important issue. That we have 12 million plus out of work, and 12 million plus illegal immigrants is just one of the many problems from illegal immigration. I am satisfied with Ron Paul’s approach to illegal immigration. Ron Paul is against amnesty and says: “As long as our borders remain wide open, the security and safety of the American people are at stake.” http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/

        While I’m also happy with Rick Santorum’s position on illegal immigration, I have a huge problem with his character. The combination of lobbying and legislating bothers me a lot. Santorum lobbied for UHS (and many others) and UHS is one of his biggest contributors. Lobbying
        http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/99323/santorum-corruption-k-street-project

        Corruption also bothers me a lot. Santorum lived one month out of the year in PA, but had PA pay some $72,000 for cyber-teaching his kids. He also got contributions and a special loan deal from one bank – Philadelphia Trust Company. Here, starting on page 207 are 12 pages of corruption problems for Santorum. CREWS report
        http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt/entry/most-corrupt-2006

        Santorum also has some rather suspicious ties to the Penn State child molestation scandal … giving Sandusky “Congressional Angels in Adoption Award,” after Sandusky had already been accused of at least five cases of child molestation. http://www.infowars.com/media-ignores-santorums-support-for-accused-child-molester-sandusky/

      • I should also mention Rick Santorum is not a conservative: http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/the-faux-conservatism-of-rick-santorum/?eiid=

        And he’s a globalist http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/rick-santorum-globalist/http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/rick-santorum-globalist/

        Other than that I like him.😉 I just like Ron Paul a whole lot better.

      • Ann, I understand your concern and fear about losing this country. I believe that this country’s elite will never lose their power through the immigration of muslims. The elites can only gain or lose their power at the cost of the american people. I feel that the biggest challenge facing this country that is starting to break its backbone is DEBT. Through excessive debt we are destroying the purchasing power of or dollar and the middle class is transitioning into the working poor. The greatest thing in this country (the middle class) is being destroyed not due to any foreign enemy, but by liberal spending both domestic and foreign that both parties endorse. All threats should be addressed and I agree that immigration is a problem but we must put a priority upon them. We are on the verge of economic collapse and it is directly tied to the size and power of the Federal government. Rick Santorum as I recall has done nothing to limit this. Voted to increase the debt limit 5X, Medicare D 1-trillion, No Child Left Behind, Patriot Act, Sarbanes Oxley and many more.

      • Ann, sorry, I tried to post an answer and I guess I didn’t do it right … only got the P.S. on here. ;-(

        Yes, immigration is a huge issue – with more than 12 million out of work and more than 12 million illegals … that is just the tip of the iceberg. However, I don’t see a problem with Ron Paul’s stance on illegal immigration. He satisfies me on that issue. http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ Do you see a deficiency there that I don’t?

        I have a problem with legislators transitioning to lobbyists and vice versa. Santorum lobbied for a number of companies that also contributed to his campaigns. http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/99323/santorum-corruption-k-street-project

        I also have a problem with corruption … and the crony capitalism that has taken over our government. CREW has 12 pages of questionable actions by Santorum when he was in office in 2006: http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/mostcorrupt/entry/most-corrupt-2006 … staring on page 207

  2. In any normal presidential election, Mitt’s inability to inspire the conservative base would spell doom for the GOP. But 2012 is not a normal presidential election. Obama has already provided more than enough inspiration to get conservatives working hard for his defeat in November.

    And the only people who care about Romney’s Cayman Island bank accounts and 14% marginal tax rate are the people who were always going to vote for Obama. I, for one, think it is your patriotic duty to hand as few tax dollars over to the government as you possibly can.

  3. I see the Ron Paul followers are doing their jobs: Jumping in for their guy and pretending that someone who doesn’t believe America has any enemies is a conservative, anyone who wants a strong national defense is a globalist, a warmonger, etc., etc., etc. Grow up, guys: your candidate has a lot of good economic ideas, but what good are they going to do if he won’t protect America because he believes the world’s problems are our fault and if we just stay home nobody will ever bother us? As if Iran hasn’t been our enemy for 30-plus years, hasn’t stated many times its intention to destroy us, and isn’t working to get nukes so it can hold the world hostage to its insane ideology.

    • Judy, Ron Paul is the only candidate to have served in the military. He says that “national defense is the single most important responsibility the Constitution entrusts to the federal government.” He says that if we need to go to war that congress should declare war (as required by the constitution) and we should get in, take care of business and get out. Because of his national defense position, Ron Paul has more donations from the military (all in small donations) than ALL the other candidates, including Obama, put together. Iran has no nukes, and no delivery system even if they did. They are not a danger, and won’t be for at least 5 years, if ever. However, because of our aggression towards Iran and Syria both Russia and China are gearing up for WWIII against us. http://www.thetotalcollapse.com/china-joins-russia-orders-military-to-prepare-for-world-war-iii/

    • Hi Judy, I am a 30 yr old Ron Paul supporter and though I look forward to the many years of life ahead of me I don’t feel that my support for Dr. Paul’s message will change, so suggesting I need to grow up is a tad immature on your part. I don’t understand that if someone challenges the philosophy of our current foreign policy it is assumed that they are weak on national defense. There is no candidate that adheres to the constitution any stricter than him. The constitution clearly states in Article 1 Sec 8 that a function of the Federal Govt. is to provide for National Defense. Ron Paul argues that we have adopted more of a World Defense/ Nation Building policy. What is so scary of a constitutional foreign policy where the president is confronted with a situation and it is presented to congress for the people of this country to decide the course of action through there elected officials. If you are content with perpetual war then just continue to ignore what role our policies over the last 60 years my have contributed to the circumstances of today. He does not blame America (You and Me) he blames the bad policies and understands that our actions such as 1953 in Iran have consequences. Explain to my why it is acceptable to overthrow democratically elected foreign governments while at the same time giving tens of billions to ruthless dictators. If that does not need to be examined then we should just give up. I, nor Dr. Paul enjoy countries possessing nuclear weapons but to suggest Iran could destroy this country and hold the world hostage is a gross misunderstanding of the might of our military. War in that region is an odd way to bring peace and security to Israel. Russia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan have already pick sides concerning this conflict and it is not on ours. How many more troops need to die and how many more dollars need to be sent before we can have an adult conversation concerning foreign policy without drifting into “You blame America”. You ironically mention insane ideology in your post I think that sums up our foreign policy for the past decades.

      • Hey guys, leave aside for a moment our foreign interventions, I can’t get past Paul’s position on immigration. As I understand it, his position is that if we take away incentives they won’t come. I get that and I agree, however, he completely overlooks our CORRUPT AND FRAUD RIDDEN LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS.

        Back in 2007, we learned that the Virginia Council of Churches had resettled about 200 Meshketians (Turkish Muslims who lived in Russia) to Hagerstown. I just wanted to understand how a Virginia Church group had the right to drop off poverty into Hagerstown. One thing led to another and I started writing my other blog—Refugee Resettlement Watch—where I also write daily on the problems associated with this LEGAL program and other of our legal immigration programs. After writing over 3000 posts over nearly 5 years there, my views are completely colored by the information I’ve learned. We have admitted thousands of Islamists who are here to transform America. We have admitted tens (hundreds) of thousands of people who are in need of our “safety net”—food stamps, medical care etc.

        If one is concerned about our debt, one needs to look to the fact that we are importing poverty daily.

        No one talks about it and Ron Paul received an F score from Numbers USA because for two decades he was one of the majority of members of Congress who said not a word about what was happening. (Santorum gets an A score because he became the first Presidential candidate to get away from the mantra—illegal immigration is bad, legal is good—and now questions some of our legal programs. Check out the Diversity Visa Lottery sometime and see what I mean.

        You don’t see it so much in Washington County because some of us caused enough of a fuss back in 2007 that the State Department sent the Virginia Council of Churches packing….their plan was to resettle a few hundred refugees into Hagerstown each year.

        So again, I look at everything through the prism of the horrors I’ve seen in the last five years in our LEGAL immigration programs. Google Refugee Resettlement Watch and read it, scroll back to recent stories and know that is where I am coming from. And, as I said, each of us looks at what we fear most for our country and I fear most the loss of our cultural identity and our government for that matter (but I won’t get into shariah law again here).

        Of course, I’ll concede that all of my worries are moot if we completely collapse financially. But, I guarantee you it will be the hundreds of thousands of third worlders we have admitted to the US who will be the first in the streets when there is no more government assistance to support them.

  4. One more thing. Senator Rand Paul does get the problem. I guess you guys know that 2 Iraqi refugees were arrested in Kentucky last summer (one has already plead guilty) to hatching a terror plot. Senator Paul went to work and held up benefits in the Refugee Program until he got answers as to how those two came to live in Kentucky never having been properly screened.
    http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/sen-rand-paul-holding-up-benefits-for-refugees-until-audit-of-program-is-completed/

    • Ann, I think I understand the immigration issue (both legal and illegal) and agree … yet I still don’t get why Ron Paul would get an F. He is running against candidates that are for amnesty. I wouldn’t think that’s simply the difference between F and F minus. (?) I doubt that Rand ‘gets it’ and Ron doesn’t. What is importing refugees but welfare? I suspect that you would find Ron Paul’s actions as president to be very much to your liking, despite the fact that he has not been vocal about the issue.

    • I agree Ann, that we are importing poverty and need to look at our immigration system. At the same time we need to address the nanny state where govt promises to take care of us from cradle to grave We are importing poverty and also creating it here at home with our monetary system. I fear it is designed to make more people dependent upon govt programs and slowly transition into a socialist society. The easiest place to cut spending is overseas this will allow us to restore fiscal soundness immediately and start to address the problems here at home. I just don’t think we have time to get domestic issues solved first and then address foreign spending. We will have people in the streets and at the same time be fighting wars abroad. I think it may be some of Paul’s medical background that influences his decision making, you cannot address the symptoms without understanding the disease. BIG GOVT

      • Henry and Josh need to get together and write a blog for Ron Paul Maryland and put all of your research in one place so others can find all of your good points easily and so that other people supporting Dr. Paul might have a rallying place.

      • It’s not that I’m in love with Ron Paul. It’s that we have a lot of very serious problems in this county. Josh links it to big government, and socialism. I link it to the crony capitalists, Federal Reserve, and globalists. All of the major candidates except Ron Paul are a part of the same club. It is not for no reason that while Bush campaigned against the policies of Clinton, he continued them. And while Obama campaigned against the polices of Bush, he continued them. As long as the globalists, crony capitalists remain in power there will be no change. Multi-culturalism, open borders, refugees are all an integral part of the globalist’s plans. Electing another globalist, even if he promises to change that, will not change anything. You have to get to the root of the problem.

      • Henry, I don’t have any illusions that any President (no matter who he or she is) is going to be our salvation. That’s why all I can do is keep educating about things I know about with a tiny megaphone in a tiny geographic location and know that at least I am doing a tiny bit to help us survive. It’s either that or go into la-la land watching sitcoms with a stiff drink in hand….

      • Ann, you do a tremendously important job and do it well. Awareness of each problem, unconstitutional act, etc. is vital. Legal and illegal immigration, and refugees are destroying our culture and our country.

        Off the top of my head, here are some of the problems connected with (not necessarily caused by) inappropriate immigration.

        Why don’t we seal the borders? Why have they greatly increased the numbers of legal immigrants? Why bring in so many refugees? Why do we not enforce our laws and deport illegals? Why would the government sue Arizona to prevent them from deporting illegals? Why do we have so many unemployed? Why does the health care bill specifically cover illegal aliens? Why do we have to “Press 1 for English”? Why have our manufacturing jobs been moved to foreign countries? Why was the Long Beach, CA naval base leased to the Chinese to use as an import base? Why do our schools have to accommodate translators/tutors for those who don’t speak English? (My father was an immigrant and didn’t have or need such a tutor.) Why do we have the UN? Why are our Supreme Court justices referring to foreign laws when making decisions? Why, if you call the Bank of America and press #2 for Spanish do they NOT ask you for your Social Security number … but if you press #1 for English you cannot proceed until you give them at least the last 4 digits of your Social? Why is our constitution being ignored? Why Agenda 21? Why did Obama not wear a flag pin? Why does Obama not salute the flag? Why did Obama replace the backdrop of flags in the White House with some mid-east looking golden fabric? Why did they form the European Union? Why are they working towards an American Union? Why are they building a superhighway system going from Mexico to Canada through the US? Why are we set on going to war with Iran?

        All of these are for the same reason. They all have the same root cause – it is globalism. All of these things are designed to take away our culture and individualism. All of these things are designed to help usher in a world government and do away with our constitution. The UN, the New World Order, is being orchestrated by a handful of megabanks – Rockefellers, Goldman Sachs, etc., and international corporations.

        Stopping any one of the above things will help … but because they are all interconnected it will probably be more effective to go at the root cause rather than a branch that will just grow back.

      • Coincidentally, my source on the Uzbek story also sent me this on globalization….it goes to what you are saying here Henry:

        http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-dhs-defends-globalism-not-america

      • Ann, OMG – that zerohedge writer says it very well! The whole thing is worth reading several times. This was among the gems:

        “Centralized and corporatized food production has led to a complete lack of self reliance within our society, contributed to food scarcity, not abundance, and opened our means of sustenance to the mad-science and genetic criminality of monstrous entities like Monsanto. The globalization of law through treaty has supplanted the U.S. Constitution, fed the growth of unaccountable and unelected councils and committees, and stricken our country with policy initiatives that weren’t even written by officials that live here. There are absolutely no substantial benefits to globalization that outweigh its considerable detriments, unless, of course, you are one of the elite few who stand at the helm of the machine.”

        There is a steady march towards control of everything … and centralization – consolidation of control. It’s a march toward tyranny. I don’t know if it’s become unstoppable, but it sure seems close to it.

  5. Henry I agree the FED facilitates many of the evils we have created. If the people were taxed for all the money we spend instead of allowing the Federal Reserve to just print the shortfalls many more would be paying attention due to the pain inflicted. We have to realize that a system based upon deficit financing will never end in prosperity. The people will be stuck with the debt while the ones who control the flow of money prosper.

    • Josh, the Fed doesn’t just facilitate … they are a primary cause. Because they create the money and loan it to the US government at interest, their very existence is a tax burden on all of us. However, it goes much further than that. Because they control the money supply, and they know what is going to happen ahead of time, and their member banks can make money on that knowledge. Furthermore, creating money – increasing the money supply – IS inflation. Since 1913 when the Fed began, an ounce of gold has gone from $20 to $1700 … that inflation devalues our money and widens the gap between rich and poor. While everyone’s money becomes less valuable (it takes $1700 to buy the same ounce of gold that $20 bought) … that affects the poor more … rich have property and investments which rise in value with inflation.


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