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Sellout: Santorum Proves Hes Just Another Washington Insider
The Red Side of Life Conservative Musings from New York ^ | 4/19/12 | RedInNewYork

Posted on 04/19/2012 11:47:55 AM PDT by jmstein7

In my estimation, the hallmark of the true politician, the true Washington insider, is the intentional evasion of responsibility and/or blame – the sin of omission. By this standard, Rick Santorum, in the end, is nothing but a typical two-bit political hack.


For all his bloviating and posturing, painting himself as a true conservative, selling his alleged “genuineness”  and values – a regular Joe – Santorum has shown his true colors by failing to endorse when it could have made a difference. Plainly, he is avoiding the ire of the GOP establishment by not endorsing Gingrich, and he is avoiding the ire of his own base, the base that believed in him, by not endorsing Mitt – who does not share the values of the Santorum base.

Of course, Santorum’s silence is indeed a tacit endorsement of Romney – but, in the spirit of jim Taggert, Rick “hasn’t said that.” It is beyond dispute that a timely endorsement of Gingrich would have likely injected the Gingrich campaign with fresh life – in both supporters and in news coverage. His silence has resulted, instead, in the further atrophy of the Gingrich campaign. But don’t blame Rick… he “hasn’t said anything!”

On the basis of my “Caucus Theory,” as a friend put it, Santorum has the right to endorse anyone still in the race; he certainly has the right to endorse Romney if he so chooses. He clearly has – but in a way that undermines his integrity… in a way that allows him to evade the responsibility for an explicit Romney endorsement. Rick has elected the Washington two-step over Main Street candor.

Rick, indeed, has the right NOT to endorse, just like an uncommitted or undecided voter has the right to NOT go to the polls. But the exercise of such right by Santorum, or a voter who has committed to a candidate and/or a set of principles, is distinguishable because such a non-vote implies a rejection of a professed set of principles or a loyalty (to a candidate). And, in Rick’s case, the implication of a non-endorsement is of great magnitude and consequence.  Here, Rick has sold-out on principled conservatism by not endorsing the remaining principled Conservative (Newt has a 95% Conservative lifetime rating by the ACU, the only objective measure to go by here).

THIS is the art of the dodge – something that makes Santorum more like Obama. As you may recall, Obama was notorious for voting “present” in the State and US Senate to avoid creating a record, to avoid being pinned-down for supporting, or not supporting, a measure that may become relevant, popular or unpopular. On his support of Conservatism, Rick Santorum has voted “present.”


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: aerofthedodge; artofthedodge; biggovernment; endorsement4sale; evangelicals; falsealternative; falsechoice; fauxconservative; fauxtrueconservative; gopeusedrick; mittusedrick; present; rick4rick; rick4sale; santorum; usefulhack; usefulidiot
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1 posted on 04/19/2012 11:48:01 AM PDT by jmstein7
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To: jmstein7

Sorry “Failure to endorse Gingrich” does not equal “Washington Insider sell out.”


2 posted on 04/19/2012 11:50:37 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: jmstein7

Talk about bloviating, this one takes the cake.

Calling Rick silly names because he won’t endorse Newt ain’t gonna help Newt, any more than calling Newt names a couple of weeks ago because he wouldn’t endorse Rick would have helped Rick.

At most, it just annoys people.


3 posted on 04/19/2012 11:56:33 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: DannyTN
Sorry “Failure to endorse Gingrich” does not equal “Washington Insider sell out.”

Ordinarily, no. But when the only other option is Mitt Romney, the establishment candidate, it certainly does have a whiff of selling-out.

4 posted on 04/19/2012 11:57:18 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: jmstein7

Santorum is a conservative, so why would he endorse Gingrich?


5 posted on 04/19/2012 11:58:24 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

Thank you... exactly the point.


6 posted on 04/19/2012 11:59:18 AM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound by the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
"But when the only other option is Mitt Romney,"

It's probably just smart politics. I don't think Gingrich can win at this point no matter how strongly Santorum endorses him.

So why do it?

7 posted on 04/19/2012 12:05:38 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Fiji Hill
Santorum is not a conservative, so why would he endorse Gingrich?

FIFY

8 posted on 04/19/2012 12:07:49 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: jmstein7

Ah, our side. we never hesitate to run down the hill and shoot the wounded.


9 posted on 04/19/2012 12:08:01 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: jmstein7

Six paragraphs to repeat a couple of things, over and over?


10 posted on 04/19/2012 12:08:01 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: jmstein7
This pissed me off more than anything else he's done in the campaign...

Santorum: Zimmerman ‘has a very sick mind,’ motive ‘a malicious one’

11 posted on 04/19/2012 12:09:13 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: jmstein7
Rick is a sell out. The article is spot on.
Ricky is an opportunist.He sounds like a consertative but if you look at his record, He is far from one.
12 posted on 04/19/2012 12:10:33 PM PDT by ivory49
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To: ivory49

Right on!


13 posted on 04/19/2012 12:13:32 PM PDT by jmstein7 (A Judge not bound by the original meaning of the Constitution interprets nothing but his own mind.)
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To: DannyTN

Correct... It is his voting record as a senator that makes him a sell out....


14 posted on 04/19/2012 12:14:02 PM PDT by joe fonebone (If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.)
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To: Deb
Ah, our side. we never hesitate to run down the hill and shoot the wounded.

Like Santorum did to Zimmerman?

15 posted on 04/19/2012 12:14:37 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: DannyTN

What is the point of endorsing a man who has won but TWO states out of thirty-something? NO, it would not help Newt. It is too late. This is getting as silly as the Ron Paul meme from his supporters. We may have had had our day if Palin ran, or if enough Republicans were strong-minded enough to resist the phony Romney attack ads against Santorum. But it’s freakin’ over, Folks! Bob


16 posted on 04/19/2012 12:15:10 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: jmstein7

I said that from the beginning - Mitt surrounding himself with ‘conservatives’ who where politically hungry - the mark that they can be bought out.

MB, Cain and Santorum and, of course, his cousin were his protectors - so it appeared as if there were many choices and, the end, mitt would be the preferred candidate. MB attacked Perry unmercifully and gave the maggot mitt a total free pass. Cain’s answer to anything was 9-9-9. Not one of these attacked mitt except Perry and the media side with mitt and called Perry sour grapes. Then Cain accused Perry’s campaign of those women coming forward. It confirmed it for me he was a mittbot as anyone w/a half a brain knew it was mitt’s mo as Cain was the #1 candidate at the time - he had stuff on them all if they suddenly ‘took off’ ahead of him. Not strange Cain supports mitt now, so will MB.

Towards the end of the debates Santorum went after Romney about Romneycare but softly enough for Romney could lie about it and blame others for it.

Then both Rick and Mitt both went after Newt with millions upon millions of attack ads that were damnable lies! I watched the debates with no dog in the race - clear vision of dirty politics in play all done to deceive voters that the candidates were above board.

Everything all according to script designed since ‘08 with his political team. The ones mitt surrounded himself with didn’t even have qualifications to be president! Voters just wanted them and didn’t care. It was horrible to watch. They were all duped.


17 posted on 04/19/2012 12:20:26 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Ken H

I agree, but I think that like me, Rick came to assume that the two-week silence by law enforcement in Fl. smelled of a cover-up. You know, I had a first cousin murdered in Fl, and since the perps were politically connected and wealthy, authorities tried everything to sweep it under the rug. Of course, the silence in the Martin case amounted to either stupidity or naivete, we now know. Bob


18 posted on 04/19/2012 12:22:01 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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To: jmstein7

Let’s wait and see how the PA primary turns out. Rick could win. My absentee ballot was mailed before he dropped out.


19 posted on 04/19/2012 12:23:51 PM PDT by finnsheep
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To: joe fonebone

Well, you have 535 “sell-outs” in every Congress then, except for Ron Paul, who hungrily loads appropriation bills with excessive pork, then smarmily votes against the bills. Rick Santorum is a helluva man and leader. You have an incapacity for imagining how much one can accomplish *from the inside*, and Santorum was masterful. Perfect no, effective and principled, YES! bOB


20 posted on 04/19/2012 12:26:02 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
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