Historic choice

Romney's Iowa win recasts Santorum as more intriguing challenger

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A fascinating race for the White House just got more so.

And overnight, South Carolina became Ground Zero in the campaign.

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney runs away with New Hampshire next Tuesday as expected, after winning Iowa, the race could essentially end if he also captures South Carolina Jan. 21. That means conservatives pining for an alternative to Romney will have to come together to build a firewall in the Palmetto State to contain him.

After his absolutely stunning near-win in Iowa Tuesday night – losing by single digits after a year of polling in them – former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum seems the most likely challenger to Romney. Michele Bachmann’s withdrawal from the race could help Santorum consolidate the conservative vote a bit.

With no discernible baggage, a consistent conservative message and some of the strongest debate performances of the season, Republicans have to wonder today: What’s wrong with Santorum? Why not give him a look?

That may end up being a fleeting feeling – ask Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, all of whom were once flying high in the polls. Only time will tell.

But time is short, thanks to the rapid-fire primary schedule.

Interestingly enough, Santorum’s two main negatives have almost nothing to do with him.

The first is that the left-leaning “mainstream” media surely will work to defeat him. He’s just too conservative for their taste. He’s already been “glitter bombed” by gay activists opposed to his support for traditional marriage – and that, alone, will be enough for many in the media to join a feeding frenzy.

Inevitable and bitter anti-conservative sentiment in the media may render Santorum unelectable (and the media all-powerful). The media already were gearing up for a reprise of their 2008 unquestioning glorification of Mr. Obama, despite his owning one of the most dismal records in presidential history; just imagine the frothy love-hate to come if he faces a rock-ribbed conservative in November!

The other thing working against Santorum, sadly and remarkably, is his devotion to traditional American values: God, family, limited government, individual liberty, responsibility and self-reliance. The media frown on such things, and the society at large does more than frown: Today’s increasingly coarse culture venerates alternative lifestyles and ignores their many repercussions, while deriding and disregarding the values that built the country whose seed corn we now blissfully devour.

Given these realities, conservatives may be faced with deciding whether they want to take on the media and risk a second Obama term – or to play it safe with a more electable Romney.

Some may come to look at it this way: Right now, our boat is leaking. The federal government is spending us over the same cliff we see Europe dangling from, and the current administration would have the government only grow in size, scope and power. It would be nice to paint the boat – with a real conservative president – but Job 1 has to be to plug the leak – with any president not named Obama.

This historic choice may be made just across the river from Augusta.

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robaroo
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robaroo 01/04/12 - 10:36 pm
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It always comes up the same

It always comes up the same way - the true believers of the two major parties will love whatever junk their parties throw out no matter what. It's the independents like me who must decide which party will cause the least amount of damage and vote for the appropriate candidate.

Obama was elected four years ago because Bush failed miserably and Obama came across as someone who would smooth the waters. He turned out to be something else.

This time, it is the Republicans' turn to win or lose. If they choose a hard core straight Republican candidate, the independents will again be left with the choice of who causes the least amount of damage.

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omnomnom 01/05/12 - 02:27 am
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odd choice to leave ron paul

odd choice to leave ron paul out of this editorial entirely, but whatever. its hard for me to care what ACES thinks a lot

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Riverman1 01/05/12 - 04:57 am
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It's going to be pretty tough

It's going to be pretty tough to beat Obama. He has already declared his presidency one of the greatest ever. What dollar denomination will we put this great president on is my only question? Should we take Washington off the one dollar bill and put the picture of Obama wearing his Mao hat on there?

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Techfan 01/05/12 - 05:08 am
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"With no discernible

"With no discernible baggage"??? Other than:
1. Believes all forms of birth control should be illegal and that states have the right to ban them.
2. Believes that no right to privacy exists, even in the bedroom of married couples.
3. He claimed residency at an empty house in Pa, even having Pa pay for tuition for a "cyber" school, when he and his family actually resided in Va. (He also would have committed voter fraud by having registered at a fraudulent address).
4. While willing to deprive anyone else of the right to an abortion for any reason (even to go so far as charge as to criminally charge doctors who perform them), he and his wife we willing to undergo the dreaded "partial birth abortion" to save his wife's life. How exactly could he be willing to deny that option to others?

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Rhetor 01/05/12 - 06:27 am
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Well, there are very good

Well, there are very good reasons that Santorum has been at the bottom of the polls until recently. Those reasons will inevitably resurface (just as they did with Cain). The Republicans' ultimate dilemma remains: the conservative core wants a fringe guy in the White House, but fringe guys aren't electable to the presidency. Good luck, guys.

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RunningMan 01/05/12 - 06:59 am
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More of the same. Wake me

More of the same. Wake me when this is over and the real election begins. Until then, it really doesn't matter to most.

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faithson 01/05/12 - 07:31 am
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'while deriding and

'while deriding and disregarding the values that built the country' Sounds like AM talk radio your talking about Mr. Ryan. Blissful unbridled capitalism for the last 30 years is the devourer of America's 'seed corn', not social justice advocates who have helped develop the great American middle class that is in jeopardy under republican rule.

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TParty 01/05/12 - 08:57 am
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I very much enjoyed reading

I very much enjoyed reading the word frothy whenever Santorum is being mentioned.

75% of the GOP does not want to vote for Romney. Thus the reason why his numbers have not improved, and why there have been so many front runners. Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Newt and now Santorum. I really hope Huntsman will have chance in the spot light in NH.

Santorum's problem is he wants a theocracy, his own version of Sharia law. He has a stance where the authority of God, as derived from the Bible, should be the basis on which we draft and enforce our laws.

So long as it doesn't apply to him. "Santorum OK’d the doctor’s suggestion to give his wife antibiotics and then go ahead with delivery of the 20-week-old infected fetus, which his wife’s body was rejecting. Santorum knew that, at 20 weeks, the fetus could not live on its own outside the womb, but his wife’s life was at stake and he made a very reasonable decision to save his wife’s life." They had an abortion, to save the life of his spouse. The problem is Santorum wants to deny others to make the same choice he and his spouse made. He has baggage, and is just the flavor of the week.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/05/12 - 09:03 am
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TParty wrote: 75% of the GOP

TParty wrote:

75% of the GOP does not want to vote for Romney. Thus the reason why his numbers have not improved, and why there have been so many front runners. Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Newt and now Santorum. I really hope Huntsman will have chance in the spot light in NH.

Your first sentence is correct. However, the reason 75% of the GOP does not want to vote for Romney is anti-Mormon bigotry (that's why I call them ABAMs — anybody but a Mormon). Huntsman's problem is that he is also a Mormon. Those same 75% will be against him, too.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/05/12 - 09:04 am
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By the way, you will recall

By the way, you will recall that I backed Romney in 2008 and I support him now.

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Herenow2say 01/05/12 - 09:25 am
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Obama will win because,

Obama will win because, outside of Augusta, he is a better president than anyone the GOP can come up with the possible exception of Romney. Romney's #1 problem is that, besides telling lies that gullible boobs like the AC believe, he is basically a white Mormon Obama. I have yet to hear one thing that I seriously believe he would do differently.

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augusta citizen 01/05/12 - 09:26 am
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Little Lamb, you may be right

Little Lamb, you may be right about some voters, but as for me, him being a Mormon holds no importance either way. I just don't think he's conservative enough.

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burninater 01/05/12 - 09:36 am
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So, if someone's views (my

So, if someone's views (my religion trumps your civil rights) or behaviors (partial-birth abortions are okay to save my wife's life but not yours) are unacceptable to the majority of American voters, it will be because of the media? You do know that states of denial can foster paranoia and persecution complexes, right? And you do know, ACES, that YOU are THE MEDIA?

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FalseHopeLooseChange 01/05/12 - 09:51 am
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Obama and Romney - one

Obama and Romney - one supports the unions and the other supports big government.

Both heavily supported by Wall Street, both members of the 1 per cent.

I'll not hold my nose and vote this time.

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Riverman1 01/05/12 - 10:03 am
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TParty said, "I very much

TParty said, "I very much enjoyed reading the word frothy whenever Santorum is being mentioned."

Well, pulmonary edema right back at ya.

I enjoy reading the word teleprompter whenever Obama is being mentioned. He also enjoys reading the teleprompter, itself.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/05/12 - 10:05 am
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Even if Romney doesn't win

Even if Romney doesn't win the election he has a career playing presidents in the movies. He is right out of central casting.

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InChristLove 01/05/12 - 10:06 am
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I wish people would get their

I wish people would get their facts straight before posting (TParty).

There is no truth to the claim that “Karen Santorum had an abortion”. There is also no truth to the claim that Rick Santorum “authorized an abortion”

http://www.angelfire.com/ca/numberslady/santorum.html
Gabriel's story by Karen Santorum.

"I am married to United States Senator Rick Santorum, who in 1996 led the debate on a bill to ban partial-birth abortion—which even several pro-choice senators refer to as “infanticide”. The procedure is justified by its advocates as necessary in cases of fetal abnormalities detected late in pregnancy. They implied that Rick had no right to speak on the issue because it had not not touched his life.

One week later at a routine sonogram, the 20 week old baby in my womb was diagnosed with a defect that is always fatal without surgery. Through our immense heartache came the most basic of parental emotions: We had to save our child. After many tests it was determined our son was eligible for the operation that could save his life. It was a success, but an infection developed in the amniotic sac, and I was rushed to the hospital with a high fever, having contractions. I begged the doctors to stop my labor, but they said it would be malpractice, for I would surely die since these infections are untreatable.

Gabriel Michael Santorum was born at 12:45 AM on Friday, October 11, 1996. He was a beautiful boy. He did not give a cry or open his tiny eyes. We baptized him, bundled him, and held him ever so close. We sang to him, held his little hands and kissed him. Gabriel lived for two hours. In those two hours something simple but profound happened. Rick and I became parents to a newborn baby and welcomed him into our family. That was all….but it was everything. His life was so brief, yet his impact so great. In two hours we experienced a lifetime of emotions. Love, sorrow, regret, joy—-all were packed into that brief span. To have rejected that experience would have been to reject life itself."

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augusta citizen 01/05/12 - 10:14 am
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Thanks for your above post,

Thanks for your above post, InChristLove.

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Bonk 01/05/12 - 10:14 am
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I agree with tech fan for

I agree with tech fan for even more than the reasons stated. I'm a republican and Santorum scares the crap out of me. As for the Romney/Mormon thing: it cracks me up that people who believe in a universal flood, a virgin can have a baby, and human beings showed up 6,000 years ago say that Mormons believe in weird stuff.

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stillamazed 01/05/12 - 10:17 am
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That's funny Riverman.....I'm

That's funny Riverman.....I'm keeping my opinions on politics to myself.....don't feel like getting my BP up today!

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harley_52 01/05/12 - 10:18 am
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Little Lamb said "However,

Little Lamb said "However, the reason 75% of the GOP does not want to vote for Romney is anti-Mormon bigotry (that's why I call them ABAMs — anybody but a Mormon). Huntsman's problem is that he is also a Mormon. Those same 75% will be against him, too."

I don't think it's accurate to conclude "...75% of the GOP does not want to vote for Romney..." simply because of his 25% showing in Iowa. We're in the Primary season, voting among Republicans (at least in theory) and a vote for another Republican does not indicate a vote against Romney, just a preference for another Republican ahead of him. Something approaching 100% of Republicans want Romney when the alternative choice is Obama.

I'm not sure his being Mormon is that big of a deal.

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InChristLove 01/05/12 - 10:24 am
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augusta citizen, with so much

augusta citizen, with so much false junk out there, just trying to keep facts as truthful as possible. To twist the fact that a family lost a child and to falsely turn it into abortion issue to use as a political point, is very disturbing to me.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/05/12 - 10:26 am
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Harley wrote: Something

Harley wrote:

Something approaching 100% of Republicans want Romney when the alternative choice is Obama.

I wonder how much money was spent on that poll?

:-)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/05/12 - 10:27 am
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Listen, if Mormons say Jesus

Listen, if Mormons say Jesus walked around America I'm not doubting them. We Southern Baptists have some strange beliefs, too, but ours have been around longer. Catholics...don't even get me started how long theirs have been around and how strange they can be. Mormoms will be okay on that Jesus in America thing in a couple of thousand years.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/05/12 - 10:28 am
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You are absolutely correct,

You are absolutely correct, ICL. It shows that there are no depths of deception or depravity which the left-wing will not plumb in order to demagogue a conservative or libertarian.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/05/12 - 10:30 am
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If you ask a Pentecostal what

If you ask a Pentecostal what a Mormon is, I bet they have no idea. Probably think it's the name of the choir at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. So relax on this Mormon thing.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/05/12 - 10:32 am
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:-) That's a good one, RM!

:-)

That's a good one, RM!

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burninater 01/05/12 - 10:37 am
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That's an interesting version

That's an interesting version of events, ICL. I did not realize that doctors could forcibly perform procedures on patients that abjectly disallow performance of that procedure.

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willie7 01/05/12 - 10:45 am
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Obama all the way. He has
Unpublished

Obama all the way. He has done a great job as president during our crisis. Save the Auto Industry, Health care reform, Improved America's
relationships around the world---People in other parts or the world are saying, we will be fools if we don't re-elect him. Excutive orders to improve the enviroment and shut down coal burning power plants,prevented a Second Great Depression , created 1.1 million jobs,named another woman to Supreme Court, Made decision to kill bin Laden. Talked with a man yesterday whose daughter couldn'tget health insurance due to a pre-existance illness, now qualifys for insurance under the Affordable Health Care Bill, which is already in enforce.The guy says he will vote for Obama and he is a Republican.
Obama all the way!!!!!!

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justthefacts 01/05/12 - 10:43 am
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Didn't Santorum vote "yes" on

Didn't Santorum vote "yes" on an amendment to allow partial birth abortions in the case of the mother's life being threatened?

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