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Matt and Jen: Rick from Northern VA suburbs really is Ricky Bobby from Deer Hunter, PA

Matt and Jen: Rick from Northern VA suburbs really is Ricky Bobby from Deer Hunter, PA

Oh, how times have changed.

They built up reasonable solid conservative Rick from the Northern Virginia suburbs when it was necessary to stop Newt, but now that he’s a threat to Mitt, he’s Ricky Bobby from Deer Hunter, PA.

The Drudge headline today, linking to this:

All those nice “right” things (masterfully cataloged by this commenter at Hot Air), now they’re like nails on a chalkboard:

In short, Santorum on social issues is not a conservative but a reactionary, seeking to obliterate the national consensus on a range of issues beyond gay marriage and abortion.


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as youve done so many times befre you demonstrate your even handedness even though youve youve endorsed newt unlike some other people we know

Good grief. One most interesting things to come out of this primary is exposure of our once trusted pundits and media. Drudge, Jen Rubin, Anne Coulter, ……etc. We now know who they are.

As far as Rick Santorum goes, he is now finally being vetted. He does have a way of saying things that get people riled up. It is one of the things that annoys me about my former Senator. We begin talking about what he said and not what Obama is doing to this country. If you are going to vote for him, then at least know what you who you are voting for and what to expect from him. So let’s get him vetted the as we did with all of the other candidates. If he’s the guy chosen, I will hold my nose and voted for him. In the meantime, I will be hoping for a third time’s the charm from Newt.

    Say_What in reply to tazz. | February 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    The third time IS the charm. I urge all Newt supporters and those considering who to support to watch this video of Newt at Oral Roberts University and share it with others. It is around one hour long, but well worth the time. As one who has sat through hundreds of boring speeches over the years, this one woke me up and made my day … it is brilliant, one of the best I have ever heard, don’t settle for a short clip of this speech:

    Here’s the link:

      wodiej in reply to Say_What. | February 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Bless you…been waitin’ to see this all day but couldn’t find it.

      Hope Change in reply to Say_What. | February 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      I agree, Say_What. Fabulous speech. I like Newt’s Q & A with the students, too.

      As is often the case at universities, some of the questioners clearly feel they are representing what they consider an opposing point of view.

      Newt takes the time to really explain, Newt explains the goal of the policies and shows that the whole point is that they are meant to lead to a better life and more opportunity for all Americans. All all all Americans.

      You are right, Say_What — it’s an outstanding speech.

        IrateNate in reply to Hope Change. | February 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

        You know who else gives a really good speech? Our current Occupy White House member, that’s who. Well, at least some think so, anyway. And just look where all that fancy speechificatin’ has gotten us.

        While no candidate is going to run on a “I’m probably not going to be able to do anything while in office” platform, I think more emphasis needs to be placed upon personal history than lofty campaign promises.

        Say_What in reply to Hope Change. | February 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

        Hope Change – I too noticed how well he interacts with young people, he respects them and doesn’t talk down to them. He unites people, young and old, around his ideas and solutions.

      conservativegram in reply to Say_What. | February 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      I just finished watching it. Awesome. I really appreciated his answers about education, college tuition and food stamps.
      There was talk about religious freedom, but it didn’t sound preachy. He was strictly talking about policy. I actually agree with much of what Rick says. He just doesn’t know how to express his thoughts and visions for our country like a leader. Newt definitely sounds like–and is–a leader.

        “I actually agree with much of what Rick says. He just doesn’t know how to express his thoughts and visions for our country like a leader”

        That’s an interesting comment because you are the third person who said that to me today in various forms. Maybe you are correct and that’s all it is in a nutshell. Because, right now, it is very important for our country that our leader not only have the solutions but can articulate a positive vision of those solutions.

        I read a comment on another site that said something to the effect that Newt make you feel like “it’s morning again in America” (the famous line taken from the Reagan re-election campaign commercial) and I think that best sums it up. Newt gives people optimism for the future.

      terimwal in reply to Say_What. | February 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you for posting this video! I love this man. Who among the other candidates is such a clear thinker, such a patriot, and such a conservative? No one. I cannot fathom the vitriol against him. I too am hoping for a third Newt comeback.

        Say_What in reply to terimwal. | February 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

        Politics is a roller coaster, there are ups and downs, but ya just gotta hang on for the ride and enjoy the thrill:)

    Neo in reply to tazz. | February 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    2004: Q: What is sin ? Obama: Being out of alignment with my values.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to tazz. | February 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Santorum’s Satan mark is no big deal. For goodness sake, Satan is a busy adversary, and each nation has a prince in charge of it. The prince of America is becoming openly active. Happily for us, Michael, our warrior prince is still fighting the good fight. Anybody remember the prince of Persia from the Book of Daniel? He was a demon. We pass our children through fire in sacrifice to Molech (abortion) and then we are surprised that Satan has us in his gunsights? Heck, he’s sitting on the nation. Abortion is evil. Have you all seen the pix of the Folsom Street fair goings on that occur in front of the cops,and in front of kids? Rank evil.Obama lies faster than a horse trots. That is evil, too, because God hates liars. We all lie. We all do stuff that is wrong in the sight of God. Who says that man is good, anyway? Certainly not God. The Bible tells us there is none good, no, not one, so God needed to send us a redeemer. And people are getting worked up about Santorum’s comment? Oh please!

oh my a catholic talking to an audience of catholics about god and satan. yawn

Is Rick Santorum a reactionary? Isn’t that like asking if the sun rises in the east?

The most important aspect of Mr. Santorum is that he is a die-hard statist. That in itself disqualifies him, IMO. Of course, he is hardly alone is such views.

Louis R. Lombardi | February 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I think Santorum is toast, burnt toast!

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Louis R. Lombardi. | February 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Why is that so, Louis? For his policy positions or for his talk on Satan?

    If it’s about policy, he’s a statist and is therefore toast.

    If it’s about Satan, then we have to look at your individual beliefs, Louis. I know Rome has a rite of exorcism, so Rome believes in the existence and ongoing evil works of Satan.

    What about you?

    Why would Santorum be toast for mentioning Satan in a way that does not contradict what is in the Bible? Are we, as Christians, to be sidelined for believing what the Bible tells us and speaking it out loud.

    If Obama wasn’t toast for imbibing Wright’s God **** America, it’s in the Bible (where oh where?), then why is Santorum toast?

How does a candidate know they are really getting under the skin of the establishment?

They have opposition research done on them 🙂

I love that this is supposedly the best they can throw at Santorum – hahaha – a Catholic talking to Catholics about God, Country, and the evil trying to undermine both!

I am a practicing Catholic, Rick Santorum was spot on about Satan. Everything He said was true. And every Christian would also recognize the message. Not because it was shoved down our throats but because evil and good are always pitted against each other in the fight for souls. Free will enables us to make our own decisions but the path is full of temptation. We know from the Old Testament that man is weak to finding an easier and softer way. But also the Old Testament proved to us that the hard road and the higher road, was the path to salvation for our sins. What is the problem, Rick Santorum or the Bible?

I hope they go there because they will lose if they put faith on trial. And I don’t mean Islamiphobia. Judeo-Christians founded this country and I will bet that they will fight for it.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to Ma Kettle. | February 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    You’re singing my son, Ma Kettle. It’s not a Catholic thing. It’s a Christian thing and each of us ought to stand up and say ‘so what?’

NC Mountain Girl | February 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Rubin’s headline yesterday was Is Santorum the Sharon Angle of 2012? Funny how these pundit can’t figure out that to many Republican primary voters Mitt Romney is the Linda McMahon of 2012. His background is as off putting to them as hers was to the voters of Connecticut.

Satan, Obama, tomato, tomatow

“he’s Ricky Bobby from Deer Hunter, PA.”

you’re sounding like baracky lamenting the bitter clingers

I have a feeling the whole debate tomorrow evening will be the dressing down of Rick Santorum. Should make for good television.

I just keep waiting for the re-emergence of Newt! I heard he had a very good crowd at ORU.

Yeah, it’s Bush 43 hanging himself with that “Jesus is my favorite philosopher” gaffe all over again. If only Bush hadn’t said that, he might have won the election. Having religious convictions is such a killer in this country where 93% believe in God and half of atheists admit to praying once in a while.

    EXACTLY. Does Obama really want theological matters coming to the discussion table while Obama is actively trying to squash religious liberty in this country?

    All the RINOs will be quick to point out that the “Jesus people” only make up, according to them, 20-30%. What they fail to realize is, they turn out to vote when push comes to shove, and they vote conservatively.

    The middle-of-the-road squishees that these RINOs are so desperate to court don’t turn out, and when they do, they are prone to voting stupid (i.e. Democrat).

      A link to firm up what I said.

      The UN produced a similar study that place America right at the top of believing nations and was the source of my comment about how half of atheists admit that they pray occasionally. What makes this even more remarkable is that except for us, religious devotion is inversely proportional with wealth in the world. Another argument supporting the exceptionalism of America.

      My theory is that virtually all people are spiritual and are at least subconsciously aware of an inner voice.

        One more thing, this also says that most LIBERALS are believers. It is just a big mistake for the cultural elites to be bashing ANYONE

        One more thing, this also says that most LIBERALS are believers. It is such a doozy of mistake for the cultural elites to be bashing ANYONE for not hiding their religious convictions. It hasn’t hurt Tebow, didn’t hurt Bush and won’t hurt Santorum.

          Hope Change in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm

          Hi, Pasadena Phil. Wow. This is quite a day. First Astroman. Now I agree with you.

          I think most people have a spiritual life and an awareness of some special sacred life inside.

          I agree that attacking every sign of a religious or inner spiritual life, as they do, will hurt the liberal/Leftist cause. Tebow is a good example. Tebow is like a cultural hero even to people who don’t follow football.

          The Alliance increases. In a good way.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        I waded through that paper.He says that the top 25 most non believer countries do very well on most social & economic scales.

        He finishes by saying that Christians in the Congress will not effect improvements in America’s lagging standards & can not promise a higher moral standard or of much of anything good.

        This paper is pre GFC & pre Islamapalooza .

      Juba Doobai! in reply to Astroman. | February 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Obama is not trying to squash religious liberty in this country. He’s trying to destroy Judaeo-Christianity. Waiting in the wings is Islam which will be free to do all the things that people squawk over when we JC’s do it. Then nobody will be free.

So, does this mean we also get to bring up what was said in Obama’s church of 20 years?

Oh please let it be so, I would love to compare Santorum’s theology with Obama’s. =)

listingstarboard | February 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Seriously, I thought Drudge was going to have Whitney Houston coverage as a permanent headline.

    Don’t worry, I’m sure Drudge’s headline tomorrow will be:

    Investigators say Santorum and Gingrich accidentally killed Whitney Houston while performing a Catholic exorcism to get rid of her liberal demons


Anyone who believes in devils, saints, angels with wings, bronze age theology, miracles and demons is not going to get my vote for anything. Santorum said it and Santorum owns it. It is not attacking someone using their own words. And I sure don’t want the leader of the free world and a nuclear military believing he can resolve issues by praying instead of thinking.

Screw Santorum. He is making all Republicans look like West Verginia snake healers. He would not only lose the Presidential election, he would take many congressmen and senators with him.

    Tamminator in reply to Anchovy. | February 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    So when Obama quotes bible scripture that’s okay, but if a Republican does it he’s a snake charmer?
    PLEASE vote democrat. You belong with them.
    Idiocy becomes you.

      Anchovy in reply to Tamminator. | February 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Did you see the word Obama anywhere in my post? The post was about Santorum wannabe snake charmer and part time Presidential candidate.

      Defend him and his views if you wish but I can tell you for a fact I have been voting Republican since 1966 when I turned 21. I can also tell you that I will never vote for Santorum.

      I want government out of my wallet and out of my bedroom. Santorum thinks he belongs in both places. Devils and deamons my ass.

        Tamminator in reply to Anchovy. | February 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        Good for you. Another idiot Republican who will not vote for the Republican candidate and by doing so is voting for Obama.
        Like I said, please vote Democrat.
        You already are by your statement.

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to Anchovy. | February 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm


    Juba Doobai! in reply to Anchovy. | February 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

    You are a coward who is afraid to stand up for what’s in the Christian Bible. Given the contempt with which you speak, I doubt you are one of us. To get your vote Santorum must deny what he knows as a Christian. At least Richard Rich sold his soul for Wales. You want Santorum to sell his for your stinkin’ vote!

Good post.

Professor Bill: I linked you to this… Rick Santorum is of course being taken out of context. That the left is doing it is one thing, but the so called “right”? Then again, his hostility to libertarians (not every libertarian is a Ron Paul supporter) makes no sense.

The point is religion should never be the central theme of a candidate’s platform. Santorum is inserting this in some way or form in all of his responses to questions or speeches. I don’t think anyone is bothered by how many times he goes to church or reads the Bible. As long as a candidate does not want to use their own personal doctrine to lead the nation on. I just don’t think Santorum has the leadership skills to get us out of this mess.

    That may well be; but, it does not change reality. The cause of corruption has been dreams of instant gratification, which is incompatible with either the natural or enlightened (i.e. conscious) orders.

    Oh, who am I kidding. Vote for instant gratification without consequence! Just do what feels “left”. In the extreme “left”, we don’t even have freewill (or dignity).

    retire05 in reply to wodiej. | February 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    “As long as a candidate does not want to use their own personal doctrine to lead the nation on.”

    So you would reject the man who held office that said:

    “Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refinded education.. reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principal.”

    Or the man who said:

    “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

    Heaven forbid that we should ever select a man who believe that religion and morality are necessary to a healthy body politic.

    Santorum was speaking to a reglious organization about “satan.” Context absolutely matters. Maybe Sixty Minutes can seek in a camera to film him in some Knight of Columbus meeting? I agree religion needs to be treated in a neutral manner by a President. Washington was a good example of that. He kept his faith private but lived by a very disciplined moral code. Santorum would be wise to emulate Washington.

    Santorum is not the one inserting religion into this, his enemies are doing that. Santorum needs the humility, wit and charm to deflect their attacks.

The risk to Obama is that Santorum will be welcomed as a kindred spirit by a great many Americans who prefer truth to lies and good to evil.

I do not support slavery. I do not oppose slavery. I am pro-choice.

No. Wait. Replace “slavery” with “abortion”. The former was about the assignment of universal human dignity. The latter is concerned with when that assignment occurs.

All those right-wing and/or religious people are wrong. The selective “objective” faith advises that evolutionary fitness is no longer the principal objective. The natural order is reactionary and should yield to individual desire for instant gratification. In order to realize this progressive objective, all behaviors which feel good will be normalized without further (or any, really) consideration. Just do what feels “left”, right?

    n.n in reply to n.n. | February 22, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Reality is often a harsh mistress.

    So, where is the disagreement? Is it with the assignment of dignity or the natural order (e.g. evolutionary fitness)? Was assignment of universal dignity the realization of positive or negative progress? Is there disagreement that the natural order is principally reactionary (within the limited frame of reference to which we have objective insight)?

DIRTY Romney’s people have been caught removing Santorum signs in MICHIGAN:

They were being paid to do it!

The Republican party needs to remove this man from the campaign.

Drudge’s attack Santorum is intense but not as nasty as his attack on Newt which was intentional, systematic, malicious and thorough.

Every adjective and headline was negative and every photo was ugly, It was pure spite. Classic Alinsky tactics.

Moreover, it was courtesy of Romney.

Here are some of the Drudge Media connections:

Clear Channel and Premiere Broadcasting Networks are owned by Bain.

Drudge’s former radio show was syndicated through Premiere Broadcasting Networks.

Drudge is a guest host for Clear Channel at times.

Other Drudge connections:

Andrew Breitbart works with or for Drudge. They are very close friends.

Two Washington Times ‘journalists’ Joseph Curl and Charlie Hurt work for Drudge too now.

Story of Drudge/Romney axis –

Some commenter @ The Right Scoop said Ann Coulter was dating Drudge, but that has not been verified.

That would really make it all a close family project … as far as Romney shilling is concerned.

    Tamminator in reply to Uncle Samuel. | February 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks for the info, Uncle Samuel.
    These cocktail party Republicans like Ann Coulter and Drudge make me sick.
    Now I get the connections. Appreciate it!

On the spiritual issues – Franklin Graham speaks to both the question of Obama’s theology and of Romney’s Mormonism on Morning Joe:

As much as I love the Drudge, the attack tactics are growing old. I noticed that he ran the Satan headline for 4 days, starting last Thursday. Today, he had a “Romney’s support is solidifying and growing” link. To his credit he had a link to that moronic column by (former conservative) Ann Coulter. I’m not sure whether that was supposed to show support Romney, though.