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Graceless: Rick Santorum drops out but fails even to mention Mitt Romney
http://harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk/2012/04/big-mistake-rick-santorum-drops-out-but-fails-even-to-men ^ | April 10, 2012 | Toby Harnden

Posted on 04/10/2012 6:29:52 PM PDT by samtheman

At one point, Santorum emphasised how important it was "that we win the House back and that we take the United States Senate", omitting the number one aspiration of Republicans across America - taking back the White House from Obama.

Santorum probably hasn't damaged Romney with his graceless speech today - but he has damaged himself. Having run a highly commendable race on a shoestring, he had an opportunity to lift himself straight away into the top ranks of his party's leadership with real prospects of victory in 2016 (if Romney loses in November) or even 2020.

But by making the speech all about him, rather than his country or his party, Santorum ended up looking like the smaller man.

(Excerpt) Read more at harndenblog.dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012election; election2012; kenyanbornmuzzie; mittromney; newtgingrich; pennsylvania; ricksantorum; ricktheprick; romneysantorum
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Rick's just not ready for prime time. He can't even handle a simple announcement like this without making himself look bad. This is not about Romney. Romney sucks, I know. I'll be voting for Newt in the NJ primary. It's about how Rick just can't seem to do things right.
1 posted on 04/10/2012 6:29:58 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

One more chance to take a cheap shot at him.


2 posted on 04/10/2012 6:31:42 PM PDT by DManA
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To: samtheman

No one who cares about Conservative politics would do or say anything that would help Mitt Romney. Mitt does not have to be the nominee, so why promote him if you don’t believe in his politics?


3 posted on 04/10/2012 6:33:59 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: samtheman

The timing of the announcement was pretty surprising to me. I guess he thought he was going to lose in Pennsylvania.


4 posted on 04/10/2012 6:33:59 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: DManA

I don’t have a problem calling out Santorum, if he’s acting like a douche.

He could have strengthened his brand by being charitable.


5 posted on 04/10/2012 6:34:05 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: DManA

I don’t think Santorum wanted to give his support to liberal Romney who ran rabid and dishonest attack ads on him and Newt and caused a lot of anger in both of them and their supporters.


6 posted on 04/10/2012 6:34:53 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: samtheman

I’d say you make yourself look bad.


7 posted on 04/10/2012 6:35:03 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: samtheman

maybe he didn’t want to talk about Romney. After he spent millions
of negative ads against him.

maybe he wanted to drop out before PA in his own way.
Talk to his supporters. And his contributors.

I’m sure they’ll be plenty of time to do mending— i’m sure it was
sudden.

Mark Levin said yesterday that the reason Santorum was continuing
was maybe he thinks Romney can’t win v. Obama.


8 posted on 04/10/2012 6:35:04 PM PDT by preamble
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To: samtheman

why should rick say anything about scumbag etch a sketch obamney? Obamaney was loaded with millions for negative ads in pennsylvania same as he did to gingrich in florida. obamney helped hussein with the obamneycare, what the hell good is he.


9 posted on 04/10/2012 6:35:07 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: DManA

There was one decent not-Romney in the race, Newt, and Rick played the Huckabee-voter card against him and ended up, in effect, running interference for Romney, against the one real conservative in the race.

And then he bows out like this. With a speech about me-me-me-me.

He’s a loser through and through and I think the people of Pennsylvania know that, which is the REAL reason Rick quit.


10 posted on 04/10/2012 6:36:18 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

As dirty as Romney has played in this campaign I wouldn’t blame Santorum if he announces that he won’t support him and he’s running as a write in. He won’t because he’s a member of the GOP like the rest of them but.....


11 posted on 04/10/2012 6:36:37 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: All

I noticed Santorum said some would say “Game Over” but it is only beginning. Drudge put a vicious headline up “Game Over” just to be a jerk.


12 posted on 04/10/2012 6:37:18 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: Houghton M.

I’m not running for anything so go ahead, don’t vote for me.


13 posted on 04/10/2012 6:37:18 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: biggredd1

talk about a douche....


14 posted on 04/10/2012 6:37:36 PM PDT by mike_9958
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To: samtheman

He’s out. Pull the plug on the hatred.


15 posted on 04/10/2012 6:38:30 PM PDT by DManA
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To: samtheman

wouldn’t surprise me to see Santorum go to woke for the Obama campaign. Sometimes people become so focused on themselves they lose reality.


16 posted on 04/10/2012 6:38:46 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: samtheman

Rick is 54. He has PLENTY of time to become President. I am PROUD of him for not talking about reject Romney. Heck with him. He is going to lose so badly in November that the Reagan winning election will look small.


17 posted on 04/10/2012 6:38:46 PM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: samtheman

Toby the author of this drivel is an idiot. And Santorum did exactly the right thing. You don’t stand up like a hypocrite and praise the man who’s been lying about you for the past 3 months.

Romney is a disgrace. Sheer disgust should prevent any reasonably thoughtful conservative from ever voting for him.


18 posted on 04/10/2012 6:39:56 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Pray Continued Victory for our Troops Still in Afghan!)
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To: samtheman
Dunno, having your opponent use 90% of his campaign expenditures on attack ads might make a guy feel a little less than gracious.
19 posted on 04/10/2012 6:40:13 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: ClearCase_guy

I don’t really think any of the candidates are worthy of the conservative movement. But I’m not going to pin that on any of the guys who did run. They can’t help who they are. The failure was in ourselves. We did not field a viable conservative candidate. It’s our burden to recruit a candidate or to run ourselves. You don’t accomplish anything by beating the other candidates over the head. You need to offer an alternative, and we did not do that. So we are now left to choose between these several remaining flawed candidates. And I do think that realistically, Romney is the only one that has a chance of beating Obama, and even his chance is not that good.


20 posted on 04/10/2012 6:40:13 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Terry Mross

It’s not about Romney. It’s about how to get things done in the real world. Santorum has never understood that. He played the game of Wrecker in the primary, wrecking the one true conservative’s chance (Newt) and then goes out with a me-me-me-me speech.

Rick Huckabee Santorum all over again.


21 posted on 04/10/2012 6:40:13 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman
But by making the speech all about him, rather than his country or his party, Santorum ended up looking like the smaller man.

The speech WAS about him. It was about him suspending his campaign. But that doesn't stop people like this writer from taking one last gratuitous cheap shot.

22 posted on 04/10/2012 6:40:39 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (There will be no vote for Myth Romney in my house. Period.)
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To: mike_9958

mikey, you talkin’ to yourself again.


23 posted on 04/10/2012 6:40:44 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Houghton M.

“I’d say you make yourself look bad”

I second that statement regarding this Romney shill. Screw Romney. Go Newt. Anything it takes to stop the CHARLATAN ROMNEY from 1144 delegates. The conservative vote is now united. Delegates UNITE!


24 posted on 04/10/2012 6:41:47 PM PDT by publius321
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To: samtheman

I am glad Rick did not pretend RINOmney has been honorable in this race - or worth of support.
I respect Santorum more because he didn’t bow the knee to the evil one.


25 posted on 04/10/2012 6:42:06 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (I wouldnÂ’t vote for Romney for dog catcher if he was in a three way race against Lenin and Marx!)
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To: samtheman

What a pointless attack on Rick.


26 posted on 04/10/2012 6:42:25 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: xzins

romney is a disgrace, well said!


27 posted on 04/10/2012 6:42:34 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: napscoordinator; xzins

I agree. Why should he mention Romney? A candidate has a responsibility to address his supporters, not his opponents, especially a nasty one like Mitt. Anything he might have wanted to say goes without saying, and it’s better that way.


28 posted on 04/10/2012 6:42:50 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA! Y a su pueblo? VICTORIA!)
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To: samtheman

Toby Harnden from the Telegraph is pro=America, and I have read his articles since 2009 since he was one of the foreign media who questioned Odumbo’s socialist crap and the UK media until now is persona non grata with the WH.

However, I do question the cheap shot. Eventually, Rick will cool off for a bit and give Romney some props later which is the right thing to do.


29 posted on 04/10/2012 6:42:50 PM PDT by max americana
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To: samtheman

The exact opposite is the csse. Newt’s been a spoiler since Super Tuesday.

Take off your blinders. Newt will continue to fade. Deservedly.


30 posted on 04/10/2012 6:42:54 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: DManA

It’s not hatred, though I do confess to a certain amount of bitterness. It’s the Huckabee phenomenon all over again and this time the Actor was Rick Santorum.

It’s like we never catch a break. We have our liberals, we have our conservatives, and then we have these Huckabee clowns who come in, stir up the muck, end up on the bottom with the liberal of the hour (McCain in ‘08 and Romney in ‘12) on top.

Maybe you’re right. Maybe it is hate. Now that I think of it.


31 posted on 04/10/2012 6:43:03 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

Its going to be hard to support Newt if he’s anything like you
Go rot


32 posted on 04/10/2012 6:43:22 PM PDT by kidd
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To: GOP Poet

He’s not going to work for Obama, give me a break. I think that realistically, he’s finished, except as a possible Romney cabinet member.


33 posted on 04/10/2012 6:43:53 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: samtheman

Wrong. Mittens’ campaign has been the most “graceless” campaign I’ve ever seen. Mendacious negative ads are his trademark. Why should Santorum mention kindly that enabler of baby-killers, sodomites, the AGW hoax, and many other things dear to the hearts of leftists everywhere?


34 posted on 04/10/2012 6:44:08 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: samtheman

Rush liked his speech today.

Santorum is out. Leave him alone.

I guess we could say “now you don’t have him to kick around anymore”.

Who does that leave?


35 posted on 04/10/2012 6:44:21 PM PDT by dforest
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Santorum probably hasn't damaged Romney with his graceless speech today

What planet is this guy on??

36 posted on 04/10/2012 6:44:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: samtheman

Good grief....you RINOs are way too sensitive, The Kenyan and his media are going to have a ball slapping you around.


37 posted on 04/10/2012 6:44:49 PM PDT by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: publius321

Actually, more like a Newt-shill. That’s the thing about the Newties. They invest far more energy into vitriol against everyone else, even after they’ve quit the race, than they do in positive plumping for their guy. That’s because their guy has faded even more than Santorum, he just won’t admit it.


38 posted on 04/10/2012 6:45:26 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: roses of sharon

Enter stage right... Sarah.


39 posted on 04/10/2012 6:49:23 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Houghton M.

Newt faded because Santorum ran interference using the same block of voters who Huckabee used in ‘08 to run interference for McCain.


40 posted on 04/10/2012 6:51:27 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Houghton M.; samtheman

You’ve been spewing hate here for quite a while with your FRgringrich crap.

Newt Gingrich isn’t a quitter and he won his home state.

GO NEWT. He has surely faded, but he took the first and worst from Romney, but he’s still standing.


41 posted on 04/10/2012 6:52:15 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: samtheman

You have the roles reversed. Had Santorum bowed out early, we would already have nominee Romney. Had Newt bowed out early, there is a decent chance of a nominee Santorum. Even with the number of people against Romney, Gingrich’s +5 approval was never enough to pull him into contention. Newt’s PAC savaged Santorum as much as Romney did, at least here in Tennessee. By not supporting Romney, he leaves Newt one last chance to pull off a miracle. That seems rather charitable to me.


42 posted on 04/10/2012 6:54:22 PM PDT by Ingtar
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To: samtheman
It's about how Rick just can't seem to do things right.

Speaking of graceless...

43 posted on 04/10/2012 6:54:27 PM PDT by Washi (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, one head-shot at a time.)
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To: samtheman

Mitt who? Oh, the guy who’s left of McCain.


44 posted on 04/10/2012 6:55:03 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Houghton M.

Now Romney will spend his bucks going after Newt instead of Santorum. LOL

And all the Newt wants to do is debate.


45 posted on 04/10/2012 6:55:32 PM PDT by dforest
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To: samtheman

What was Rick supposed to do, congratulate Romney on his dishonest and sleazy campaign? Good for Rick for refusing to do so.


46 posted on 04/10/2012 6:56:54 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: samtheman

Toby Harnden from across the pond is almost always very astute but I think he got this one wrong.

Today was not about offering praise to Romney or even mentioning him.


47 posted on 04/10/2012 6:57:58 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: samtheman

so true, set Romney aside for a second - Rick was always over his head and always the beneficiary of amazing good luck and timing. He showed it again today.

You can’t fix mediocre, and that’s what his talent level is.


48 posted on 04/10/2012 7:00:50 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: samtheman
You budding Washington Post-ites won't have Rick Santorum to kick around anymore.

Now, to let the other half of the Republican party in on the action, let's resume the primaries ~ and this time it looks like Newt, on an even slimmer budget, may be able to relegate Mitt and his evil Mittbots to the meaningless nothingness they bring to politics and themselves.

49 posted on 04/10/2012 7:02:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: samtheman; All

“Santorum probably hasn’t damaged Romney with his graceless speech today - but he has damaged himself.”

I disagree. I think “dissing” Romney was the only good thing about his announcement today. I’m sorry he couldn’t stay in the race and force an “open” convention where a better candidate than Romney could be selected. No one really wants Romney, many of us so much so that we won’t vote for him in a general election. This is a sure fire path to GOP decline. The convention needs another pick than Romney. Santorum’s leaving may have ended what little chance there was of that happening.


50 posted on 04/10/2012 7:03:23 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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