Santorum stood up, stood out

Candidate got further than expected by promoting bygone set of values

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In a year in which hardly any candidate has distinguished himself, Rick Santorum has.

With nonexistent name recognition, little financial backing and polling in the single digits, Santorum came out of nowhere to win the Iowa caucuses, then 10 other states.

Whereas many politicians today rely on a vacuous cult of personality, Santorum’s appeal was what he stood for. The success of his campaign came through the strength of his ideas and the depth of his convictions.

And while he inexplicably and awkwardly stumbled into the “extremist” trap that the media and Democrats had laid for him, Santorum shined in debates with his overtures for a return to the traditional American values of family, morality and liberty that have served the
nation so well for so long.

His campaign fell short in money and organization, which is part of the natural culling process of our political system. So be it. But even if he had prevailed to win the Republican nomination, there can be little doubt the national media would’ve been lying in wait to pounce on his conservative views and demonize him.

Alas, those views are perfectly in line with a large plurality of Americans, who describe themselves as conservative by a 2-1 margin over liberal. But another part of the culling process in American politics today is the ultra-opinionated “mainstream” media – which used to report, but which now openly take sides. It’s inevitable the largely liberal media would’ve done everything in their power to deny Santorum the presidency.

What a sad statement and state of affairs – that a still center/right nation is in danger of being led around by the nose by a liberal media. But there it is. Ultimately, we will get the kind of government we deserve.

By bowing out now, Santorum shows he can read the tea leaves well enough and set aside his personal ambition in the face of reality; frontrunner Mitt Romney is pretty much unstoppable – and has been for weeks, despite talk of months’ more blood on the floor and a messy brokered convention. Santorum also avoids the potential embarrassment of a loss in his home state of Pennsylvania April 24.

With no known skeletons and a race built on the issues, the former U.S. senator leaves with his integrity intact and a political future still possible.

Although the clock is ticking. It’s questionable how much longer this country will even entertain the possibility of electing a social conservative.

Good folks aren’t hard to find. We just need to know one when we see one.

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specsta
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specsta 04/12/12 - 01:35 am
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The Editorial staff wrote -

The Editorial staff wrote - "With no known skeletons and a race built on the issues, the former U.S. senator leaves with his integrity intact and a political future still possible."

I guess you guys didn't watch the video where Santorum called President Obama an "anti-war, government (racial slur)", then stumbled over his words to try and gloss over what he said. There are several web sites with the video from Santorum's speech to a crowd in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Let's add Santorum's declaration that he would tell Black people to get off food stamps, then throw in his anti-gay rhetoric and top it off with his whole anti-woman and anti-First Amendment views, and you have an extreme right-winger whose views are just downright ridiculous.

And of course, the Chronicle would support this type of individual.

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Riverman1 04/12/12 - 05:10 am
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Specsta, I watched the video.

Specsta, I watched the video. That's ridiculous. He didn't even come close. Santorum is a good guy who stood up for values without considering the consequences.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 04/12/12 - 06:16 am
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Tea leaves Chronicle? Really?

Tea leaves Chronicle? Really? How about writing on the wall and the potential embarrassment of being rejected by the folks who know you best?

Pennsylvannia voters kicked this extremist out of office by a whopping 17% a few years back and were set to reject him by even more this time around. And that's just the Republicans.

And talk about unemployment. Comedy writers accross the nation are in dismay this day.

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dichotomy 04/12/12 - 08:55 am
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Santorum is out of the race

Santorum is out of the race simply because most Republicans are first and foremost fiscal conservatives whose primary interest in this election is the debt, the deficit, and our overreaching bloated government. There is NOT a war on women and never has been. Santorum fell into the social agenda trap and shot himself in the foot. He has been rejected. Now let's get on with stopping Obama and the Democrats and their crazy spending, class warfare, anti-business, anti-energy, and pro-government dependency agenda.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/12/12 - 08:59 am
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Why do some folks insist on

Why do some folks insist on making every single issue and news item a RACIAL issue? Is there some latent hostility, racism, or guilt there?

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TParty 04/12/12 - 10:12 am
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I don't like Santorum at all,

I don't like Santorum at all, but I felt he was cheated during his campaign- and really America was cheated on having an honest debate. He won Iowa which should have given him a bump early on. Instead it was wrongly called for Romney, and Santorum had no momentum, which was rightly his. When candidates starting dropping out it became worse for Santorum- since Newt and his ego stayed in the race for no reason. A vote for Newt was really a vote for Romney. It's obvious that if Newt was not in the race, the vast majority of his votes would have gone too Santorum.

And of course, the money. Santorum did not have the money Romney has. Sad reality is- whoever has the most money wins. It's not who is best, with the best ideas- the winner has the biggest pockets. Look at how much money Obama had last election, and he won. Romney won the GOP with his money. And Obama will win again because he'll raise even more money.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/12/12 - 10:19 am
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TParty, I think you hit an

TParty, I think you hit an important nail on the head. We've been raised to think of democracy as the ideal form of gov't. However, that is far from the case. As soon as everyone has an equal vote, then that means candidates will say anything, do anything, promise anything, and spend anything simply to garner votes. The practice of politics becomes more important than the practice of good gov't.

Still, democracy is probably the best we can do. But, it's far from ideal. Those with the most money and the best skill at trumping up support (and emotions) will be elected, regardless of their stand on issues and desire for America. Unfortunately, so many Americans are too gullible to realize they are being deceived by a skilled politician that is simply telling them what they want to hear.

TParty
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TParty 04/12/12 - 10:38 am
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Everyone having an equal

Everyone having an equal voice is the great part. Problem is, not everyone has an equal voice, because money can drown out voices, and project others. It's seriously the reason why Romney won, because he has a lot of money, which he can spend drowning out voices of the other members in the GOP. He's not a conservative, he's not a man of principle. Ron Paul and Santorum are men of principle- where as Romney and Obama are just figure heads of people with lots of money, who want their agendas and profits protected.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/12/12 - 11:18 am
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Couldn't agree with you more.

Couldn't agree with you more. And, that's sad. Doesn't say much for the election, does it?

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ForeverFrog 04/12/12 - 01:32 pm
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Democracy? The US government

Democracy? The US government is a Republic.

Santorum is a throwback to the Dark Ages. Just looking at him, much less listening to him, makes me want to throw up.

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Retired Army 04/12/12 - 02:09 pm
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Here's an idea. Figure out

Here's an idea. Figure out how to raise the most money and then get elected.

Seriously though, America has or is swiftly degenerating into a Corptocracy. Aided by the hugely stupid Supreme Court decision to count corporations as individuals and open the floodgates to vast undocumented flows of cash will destroy the American dream
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howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/12/12 - 02:09 pm
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"Santorum is a throwback to

"Santorum is a throwback to the Dark Ages. Just looking at him, much less listening to him, makes me want to throw up."

That's good. Just more drive-by comments with no supporting facts. You seem to specialize in that Frog.

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Bouganvillea 04/12/12 - 05:45 pm
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I fully predict that
Unpublished

I fully predict that President Obama will be re-elected and that will mainly due to the work of InSanitorum. Sanitorum was never about less government.. in fact he wanted more government intrusion in the most personal aspects of our lives.

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Bizkit 04/12/12 - 09:22 pm
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Given Santorum's rigid

Given Santorum's rigid fundamentalist opinions, I was surprised he got as much support as he did. I mean America is suppose to be middle to middle-right from most polls (although that maybe changing) and he is so right he is off a cliff. I would have thought his rigidness would make people uneasy he will not be sensitive to all Americans that a President is suppose to serve. The President is not a monarch (apparently Obama missed that day in Civics) and he is suppose to serve all Americans and not a political party, political interest group, or special interest group. I have to admit that Santorum is just too rabid a social conservative for my taste. But the pickin's for Prez are slim. Obama's lack of executive experience and incompetence has been a disaster, now we have Mitt and his greatest liability is his executive experience. Golly what a paradox!Just add Newt and you have the Three Stooges. Actually the more I think about it Newt and Ron Paul look like Laurel and Hardy. Weird. Obama and Mitt are more like Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon-just they are both after us. Oh no the sequel.

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itsanotherday1 04/12/12 - 11:48 pm
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Bizkit, IMO the support for

Bizkit, IMO the support for Santorum came from those in the religious right who couldn't stomach supporting a Mormon, OR; are so far right they are impossibly rigid on a couple of (for them), non-negotiable positions. (thinking abortion for one) .

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