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Rick's Missing Message
The American Spectator ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ross Kaminsky

Posted on 03/08/2012 4:45:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

....SenatorSantorum's other reference [to jobs] hits a level of self-absorption that even the patrician Mitt "I'm not worried about the very poor" Romney has not, at least when taken in context, come close to reaching:

"Karen and I have seven children, ages 20 to three, not exactly the best time to be out running for president of the UnitedStates. We've given up our -- our jobs. We're living off our savings. Yeah, we're making a little sacrifice for a very, very big goal…"

Yes, during his Tuesday evening speech, RickSantorum's only mention of someone losing a job was about him and his wife voluntarily giving up whatever they were doing.....

Talking about "living off our savings," something many unemployed Americans only wish they had as a fall-back position, also struck a discordant note from the Republican most trying to portray himself as a "man of the people."

Note to Rick: It was your choice to have seven children. (We certainly cannot question your opposition to contraception.) Don't use them as an excuse for your financial woes; we don't want to hear it, especially while you drag them around the country like a traveling circus act.

Other important issues during this campaign season include debt (Romney mentions: 3, Santorum:0), unemployment (Romney 3, Santorum0), economy (Romney 9, Santorum 1), tax (Romney 9, Santorum0) and perhaps the biggest threat to the economy, Obama (Romney 9, Santorum 2).

.....Instead of drifting from economics to birth control to the size of government to being a fighter, instead of complaining about being outspent, his own "sacrifices," or the unfairness of having opponents who won't do him the courtesy of dropping out (when he selfishly wouldn't do the same for them), Rick Santorum needs to get a message -- any message -- and stick with it...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: economy; gopprimary; message; santorum2012
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Rick is having trouble finding and expressing a message. He needs to have something to run on other than being the anti-Mitt.

Mitt's "next in line" problem and inability to connect to "ordinary" people with a powerful message is obvious.

Newt connects and he's turned around a state and a party to show his ability to lead and inspire (and rub the GOP-e the wrong way).

Oh, and Newt doesn't need to apologize and explain away a liberal voting record due to the political landscape.

UNLIKE Rick and Mitt, Newt Gingrich didn't sit on his laurels complaining about the liberal political landscape of his state. Newt CHANGED the political landscape in GA (as he did in Washington), brought Democrats into the party, rallied people to get involved in politics -- all by pushing conservatism.


"ATLANTA — It wasn't so long ago that the Republican Party in Georgia was just an afterthought, and Democrats were in firm control of all the levers of state government. Back then, Newt Gingrich and other die-hard GOP stalwarts ventured across the state with the far-fetched message that Republicans could reverse the tide.

Now with commanding majorities in the Statehouse and control of all statewide offices, Gingrich is hoping his vision for how the GOP could overcome decades of Democratic dominance in Georgia will pay dividends. He sorely needs a victory when his home state votes Tuesday, along with a big chunk of its 76 delegates, to prove his stumbling presidential bid has staying power.

Many Republican figures in Georgia still credit him with championing conservative policies, outlining a framework for what a GOP majority in the state could accomplish and broadcasting talking points to a generation of up-and-coming conservative leaders. He's also applauded for lobbying conservative Democrats, like then-Rep. Nathan Deal, to switch parties.

"Everyone else was trying to lose as slowly as possible, and to die with dignity at the Alamo. He was talking confidently that the Republican majority in Georgia, in the South and nationally was right around the corner," said Ralph Reed, a veteran Georgia GOP operative who founded the national Faith and Freedom Coalition. "On the one hand it was crazy, but on the other it was just the most exciting thing you've ever heard.".....................In Ga., Gingrich helped build conservative base

1 posted on 03/08/2012 4:45:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Rick Santorum and his sweet family connect with the people!

The whole family is making a sacrifice because they love our country------ they know they have to count the costs.....and they find it worthy, very worthy!......

...Karen Santorum and the children love their dad....they believe and support what he's trying to do!....the oldest daughter, Elizabeth, is taking a year off from college to help her dad.

..and if you don't think being part of a 24/7 political campaign is anything but a sacrifice you should try it sometime.....ask any of the candidates.

...All the Santorum family is charming, engaging and genuine!

2 posted on 03/08/2012 4:56:24 AM PST by Guenevere (....Whom God calls,... He equips......Press On Santorum!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So are their rental properties their savings account.

According to Santorum’s public financial disclosure form, he makes an income of $15,001 to $50,000 per apartment annually on rent and royalties from the residences.

Santorum is the landlord of five apartments in Beaver Plaza — 304, 306, 603, 604 and 610 — that have a net worth of $100,001 to $250,000 each.

3 posted on 03/08/2012 5:14:40 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Guenevere

So you think the country is looking for a “father figure”?

I’m not trying to be ugly about Santorum, it is true. He has a lovely family. But.....

4 posted on 03/08/2012 5:15:32 AM PST by georgiagirl_pam (STEP ONE: SECURE YOUR DOOR (gives you time to get your gun!)
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To: Guenevere

Well, hell, let’s elect the whole damn family because they’re sweet and love each other.

Give. Me. A. Freakin’. Break.

5 posted on 03/08/2012 5:19:03 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: georgiagirl_pam

Sad, isn’t it? So many of them - desperately needing a role model apparently. It’s like the Deacons discussing who we should pick as pastor.

6 posted on 03/08/2012 5:19:55 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mrs Cincinatus,

I have a great deal of respect for you, but while you are busy posting hit pieces on Santorum, Romney is waltzing away w/ the nomination.

You need to think very carefully.

7 posted on 03/08/2012 5:22:48 AM PST by Pietro
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

Santorum lacks a message because he lacks intellect.

8 posted on 03/08/2012 5:24:36 AM PST by j.argese (FR is a Newt-ist Colony, not a Romney Room, Paul Pavillion or Santorum Sanctum)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
The family sweater vest picture is eerily reminiscent of the creepy Huckabee blue striped Christmas photo. Just has Stepford written all over it...

Yeah, I connect with that. /s

9 posted on 03/08/2012 5:26:42 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Pietro

I think a lot.

10 posted on 03/08/2012 5:29:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I’ll go you one better - I think RS’s use of his family as props borders on shameless. They are “paraded around” and “trotted out” and it mesmerizes a certain group of folks into some kind of fantasy about how cute they would all look as First Family and it’s like they totally forget that much of America is going to hate this man - and this is like giving Obama the keys to the kingdom.

11 posted on 03/08/2012 5:38:46 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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I have to imagine then you had the same thoughts on Gov. Palin in 2008.
12 posted on 03/08/2012 5:46:25 AM PST by Rational Thought
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To: Rational Thought

Then your imagination has run wild. And frankly, I resent trying to compare Santrorum to Palin or to Reagan (as he himself has done). Shame on you for that.

I instinctively was drawn to Palin and to Reagan. Was one of the very first national internet writers to notice Palin and Reagan was my first Presidential vote. There is absolutely nothing about Santorum that seems even the slightest bit like Palin or Reagan to me. The very comparison is nauseating.

In every possible way.

13 posted on 03/08/2012 5:51:37 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Your posts are nauseating.

14 posted on 03/08/2012 5:52:59 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Houghton M.

Well good thing I’m not running for anything then, isn’t it? Off subject much?

15 posted on 03/08/2012 5:54:36 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Guenevere


16 posted on 03/08/2012 5:56:27 AM PST by gardner
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Pietro

CW and I do not always agree - got into a bit of a tussle few days ago in fact - but no one can say that CW does not think through what she posts.

17 posted on 03/08/2012 6:02:53 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: All
So Santorum's message is by necessity a different one, some might say a more principled one. Santorum mentioned "liberty" three times; none for Romney, and "rights" five times to none for Romney. He reminded us that "we are a great country because we believe that rights don't come from the government."

I think maybe that tunnel focus is a bit of his lawyer skirt showing. Speaking of suffering, money and lawyers...whatever happened to the money the Santorums sued for? You know, the type of lawsuit that has driven up medical and insurance costs (made his wife feel fat and she couldn't campaign)? Maybe that is their savings account? Or how about that charity money...oh, that's right they disappeared that charity.

Mitt Romney on a message of job creation, especially following Romney's revamped jobs and tax plan which economic conservatives, including the Wall Street Journal's editorial page praised (though acknowledging that it, like the other candidates' plans, is not without flaws).

Just this morning I was reading about what a bad tax plan Romney has and this isn't the first time I've read such. I think I heard yesterday that Team Romney also wants to up the gasoline tax?!

Instead, Romney gives us tax-bracket tweaking and — this is rich, coming from a guy who hardly pays income taxes, since his wealth derives largely from capital gains — “limits placed on deductions, exemptions, and credits that are currently available” on “higher-income Americans.” Explain to me again how Romney is a conservative?

Analysis: Romney tax plan strongly favors the rich

Many more negative Romney tax plan analysis out there...

18 posted on 03/08/2012 6:05:05 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Guenevere

I thought for sure, you were going to include the part that he as such nice hair, and looks good in a casual sweater vest and jeans.

You mean the Economy and the National Dept is a problem too? Really? (Who knew?)

19 posted on 03/08/2012 6:08:04 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Santorum has an excellent message and connects well with people. That's why he's the leading not-Romney in the field. Even Henninger in today's WSJ (who doesn't like Santorum) admits he connects and hits it out of the park against Romneycare. The Gingrich supporters don't get it that they have to pull voters off of Romney to have any real prospects. If Santorum broke up and disappeared, Gingrich would only get some of the Santorum votes, but he would still be left with being unable to be viable alternative to Romney.
20 posted on 03/08/2012 6:08:10 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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