Scorning Santorum

Media smearing GOP candidates - with the candidates' help!

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The media are doing their best to portray Rick Santorum as the Taliban.

Oddly, he’s doing his best to help them.

He’s even allowed amniocentesis to become an issue in the presidential election.

Forget the relative merits or drawbacks of the procedure. Just ask: How can it, or contraception, possibly be a winning strategy for Santorum or the Republicans?

Ron Paul thinks it isn’t, and said so recently.

We don’t know about that, though we do know the media love to paint social conservatives as dangerous extremists. Santorum’s stance on marriage, for instance? Oddly enough, it’s the same that Barack Obama’s was when he was running; but for some reason, it just looks different now. Plus, Santorum is more likely to stick to his principles, one observer noted, so maybe he’s just taken more seriously than Obama.

And when they dredged up a 2008 Santorum speech at a religious school in which he suggested Satan was attacking American institutions, the media got “all wee-weed up” in Sarah Palin’s words.

“Have they ever, ever attended a Sunday school class even? Have they never heard this terminology before?” Palin asked.

“I believe in good and evil,” Santorum was quoted in a CNN story. “If somehow or another because you’re a person of faith and you believe in good and evil is a disqualifier for president, we’re going to have a very small pool of candidates who can run for president.”

He’s absolutely right.

But as William McGurn noted in The Wall Street Journal this week, “Mr. Santorum cannot change the double standard. With a little discipline, however, he need not let himself be defined by it.”

We do know that Republicans can’t take any foolish chances in the effort to defeat Barack Obama in November.

We also suspect the whole social issue debate is a ruse by Obama supporters inside and out of the media to change the subject from the staggering economy, this president’s woeful record, his profligate spending, gasoline prices that are the worst on record for this time of the year, and more. The more we talk about birth control and Rick Santorum, the less we focus on the task at hand: fixing the economy, reducing debt, getting to energy independence, shrinking government and growing our freedoms back – all issues that the Obama administration has been feckless on at best, counterproductive at worst.

Mr. Santorum should have said at the outset of this bogus debate:

“The real issue on the birth control debate, which is a distraction from other issues, is whether the government has the right to force insurance companies and employers to provide services they find morally objectionable. Let me just make this clear: Of the two of us – Mr. Obama and me – he’s the one who wants to send down encyclicals, not me. I have my own beliefs, but unlike Mr. Obama, I’m not going to try to force them on you. In short, we already have a president who wants to tell you how to run your life; we don’t need another one.”

The media desperately want to make every Republican candidate look as bad as possible.

It’s time the candidates stopped helping them do it.

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Jake
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Jake 02/24/12 - 12:03 am
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Well maybe, just maybe, the

Well maybe, just maybe, the candidates look bad because maybe they are just bad candidates. Is this really the best the GOP has to offer? Obama is no homecoming queen but neither are the alternatives so I will guess folks will vote for the devil they know instead of the one they don't know.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/24/12 - 05:53 am
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Yep Jake.....the reason I

Yep Jake.....the reason I love ya...tell it like it is.....we don't have the best of choices ..heh.
Yes the Reps. are falling into the trap of "let's make them talk about birth control"....that will do them in for sure...& it is by golly.
Find that silver platter & give them the election.....what amazes me are the sheep ......they are so blinded & they have been down this road B4!!!
I dearly love the South & will always...but please-please....this time...think outside the box.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/24/12 - 06:02 am
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Barack sings pretty well. The

Barack sings pretty well. The press likes his music. We need to unify behind our nominee. I only hope Barack starts to rap soon.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/24/12 - 07:26 am
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Putting the Creep in

Putting the Creep in Creepy

“’Mommy, something creepy happened to me.’ ”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/girl-scouts-critics-too-extreme-to-s...

Rhetor
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Rhetor 02/24/12 - 07:52 am
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ACES, please stop blaming the

ACES, please stop blaming the MSM for the conservatives' problems. It is getting silly. People can only solve their own problems when they fess up to them and stop blaming someone else for them. Please note for one thing that the story about the "Satan" speech broke not on NBC but on the conservative Drudge report. Santorum didn't just talk about Satan; he also said some unpleasant things about his Protestant brothers and sisters. On a larger scale, the big accusations against the conservative candidates are being launched much more often by their own Republican opponents than by the Obama campaign; indeed; conservatives this year have been eating their own young. The fact checkers are having a field day with the conservatives' ignorance, overstatements, and outright lies. Do the conservatives have a single presidential candidate who could pass a 7th grade civics test? No, the media don't have to work at it to make conservatives look bad--they're doing it all by themselves. Look at the bright side, ACES. Enjoy the day--we're getting some much needed rain, and the weather is nice and warm.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/24/12 - 08:42 am
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BJ, I'd say what's creepy is

BJ, I'd say what's creepy is the mother contacting the Wash. Post and THEM running the story. If the Girl Scouts don't support abortion then obviously the girl knocked on an idiot's door. I run into liberal idiots everyday spouting insane beliefs, some on here. Do I get the newspaper to write a story about it so I can slam liberals? Nope, it would be creepy if I did.

TParty
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TParty 02/24/12 - 08:44 am
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Why is it the MSM to blame

Why is it the MSM to blame for reporting on what Santorum says? He said that as president he would warn the nation about "the dangers of contraception and the permissive culture it encourages. Many of Christian faith have said,`Well, that's OK. Contraception is OK,' it's not OK. It's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. ... If it's not for purposes of procreation, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women."

So he brought it up while giving an interview to a Christian blog. No one is making that up, and it's not a ruse. Santorum could have been talking about the staggering economy, this president’s woeful record, his profligate spending, gasoline prices that are the worst on record for this time of the year, and more- and instead he wants to use the office of President to speak about the dangers of contraception, which comes from his faith and not science. So myth, not facts.

Santorum talking about good and evil in the world is not a problem, but it turns people off when he talks of a literal interpretation of the bible and is referring to Satan like he’s some guy with a pitchfork, it just works to distance themselves from the average American I think.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/24/12 - 09:03 am
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When will the Obama

When will the Obama administration stop punching conservative’s knuckles with their face; now conservatives have to use Obamacare.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/24/12 - 10:13 am
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Even liberal Chris Matthews

Even liberal Chris Matthews on MSNBC, who is a devout Catholic, took up for Santorum using the word satan. He said it's a real principle in the Catholic Church and part of expressing your faith.

I mean come on, folks. We all compartmentalize our religion from matters. Presidents have always done that. It's perfectly reasonable to be personally against birth control as the Catholic Church is and not let your beliefs interfere with government policies.

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carcraft 02/24/12 - 10:25 am
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Interesting that Obama sat

Interesting that Obama sat for 20 years in Wright's church where Wright screamed GD America and followed the Black Liberation theology Gospel. Obama named one of his books after a Wright sermon. Obama was married in the Church of Wright. Obama had his two Children baptised by Wright. Wright Pals around with Farrakan and Obama says "Gee I never heard Wright say any of this controversial stuff" The press yawns and walks off as Obama throws Wright under the bus. Santorum takes a very traditional Christian positions and the Lame Stream media has a fit..pretty funny stuff

Techfan
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Techfan 02/24/12 - 10:27 am
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Sorry car, quotes over 3

Sorry car, quotes over 3 years old can't be used. See the above editorial and ask the AC.

David Parker
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David Parker 02/24/12 - 10:28 am
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Santorum? REALLY? Talk

Santorum? REALLY?

Talk about being used solely for a bumper sticker. If there was no such thing as nat'l debt, economy, unemployment, energy, illegal immigration, foreign policy, budget, and global leadership, maybe.

Santorum, that's funny

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harley_52 02/24/12 - 10:29 am
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This Editorial is dead on

This Editorial is dead on target.

In an attempt to obfuscate the real issues, the left has decided to try to portray Republicans as ultra-right wing nuts who will stuff THEIR version of religion down the throats of all American citizens.

It's political agenda, pure and simple. I think people will see through it. Their next ploy will be racism. I don't think that will work either.

Obama's Presidency has been a miserable failure. The evidence abounds. Talking about Santorums' "Satan" or Romney's Mormonism won't change Obama's record and, ultimately, that's what will become the issue.

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allhans 02/24/12 - 10:39 am
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I don't think the Obama

I don't think the Obama administration wants to make the election about beliefs or religious backgrounds. The media might be enjoying it, but I'll bet Obama is cringing.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/24/12 - 10:43 am
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Santorum has done a pretty

Santorum has done a pretty good job on his own of portraying himself a "right wing nut'.
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/01/05/31-rick-santorum-quotes-that-pro...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/24/12 - 10:54 am
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River....ya know I luv you

River....ya know I luv you BUT this statement won't fly...

Presidents have always done that. It's perfectly reasonable to be personally against birth control as the Catholic Church is and not let your beliefs interfere with government policies.

Have they REALLY.....women hear the word birth control & they flee...to the other "par-tee"....got that .....if we do away with anything let's do away with viagra...there is a stupid bill in Ga now about that....I don't want to do way with either.....the REps. will lose this electon if the women leave....you can count on that!!

harley_52
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harley_52 02/24/12 - 10:58 am
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Well, at least it's sporting

Well, at least it's sporting of you, techfan, to cite a source so willing to announce their blatant and complete bias and partisanship in the "about us" section of their web site.

Further demonstrating the mindlessness of "proving" your point by finding (and linking) a website that takes the position you seek to advance.

The real issues here are these.....Can a Presidential candidate have a personal religious belief at odds with some citizens and still be an effective President? Will all Presidents force their religious beliefs on all of the citizenry? Should citizens be more comfortable with a President who admits his personal religious beliefs, or one who hides them and lies about them?

allhans
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allhans 02/24/12 - 11:00 am
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I think Newt has already done

I think Newt has already done a good job on the womens' vote.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/24/12 - 11:02 am
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Talibangelists?

Talibangelists?

Talivangelists?

Teavangelists?

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/24/12 - 11:14 am
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/24/12 - 11:16 am
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Joe Biden has done a pretty

Joe Biden has done a pretty good job on his own of portraying himself as just a plain old, garden variety nut.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/24/12 - 11:17 am
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Just vote for Romney on Super

Just vote for Romney on Super Tuesday and the Santorum issue will be a faded memory.

TParty
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TParty 02/24/12 - 11:20 am
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"Can a Presidential candidate

"Can a Presidential candidate have a personal religious belief at odds with some citizens and still be an effective President? Will all Presidents force their religious beliefs on all of the citizenry? "

Ron Paul has made it clear the Constitution will guide him as President, not his personal belief. Ron Paul talks about the Constitution, where as Santorum talks about his religion. You can only deduce from his own words that Santorum will try to force his religion onto others, at the very least have them guide him if President.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/24/12 - 11:20 am
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How dare they defame Santorum

How dare they defame Santorum by quoting him.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/24/12 - 11:20 am
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BJ, that was an interesting

BJ, that was an interesting chart of the previous and current polls of Obama v. Santorum. Although Santorum is behind now, he is clearly rising and should pass Obama in a few months the chart is showing. Nice.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/24/12 - 11:22 am
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Thank you Llamb...a faded

Thank you Llamb...a faded memory is what it will be....aaah some memories I don't want to fade.....

bjphysics
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bjphysics 02/24/12 - 11:24 am
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Santormonious? Santoricism? S

Santormonious?

Santoricism?

Santorumcised?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/24/12 - 11:25 am
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Really, I don't care if it's

Really, I don't care if it's Romney, Santorum or a surprise candidate. Just win the dang general election.

harley_52
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harley_52 02/24/12 - 11:25 am
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The strategy of the

The strategy of the left.....ask Santorum a question about his religious beliefs and when he answers it make the claim that 'all he talks about is religion.'

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/24/12 - 11:26 am
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bj....you are funny

bj....you are funny today......I think some imposter is posting with rm name today........but who could be brave enough to do THAT!!

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