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This Is Rick Santorum

The candidate goes to eleven on the culture amplifier.

by
Jazz Shaw

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February 10, 2012 - 12:00 am
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On the always dicey topic of abortion, America also seems to be a center-right nation, with more than half believing that it should be restricted in a number of cases and minimized as much as possible. But when you ask if it should be a criminal offense in every single instance, support plummets for the idea. There is a massive library of video clips of Rick Santorum saying that the procedure should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest and that any doctor performing one should be prosecuted.

On abortion, Rick Santorum goes to eleven.

When it comes to the subject of biological evolution, there are plenty of Americans of faith who feel that creationism or intelligent design should be offered in schools alongside Darwin’s theories so students and families can make their own choice. But in poll after poll they cite a preference for keeping everything on the table and handling it at the state and local level. Mr. Santorum has not only pushed to mandate this at the federal level but essentially claimed that the idea of biological evolution is bunk.

On evolution, Rick Santorum goes to eleven.

The list goes on from there, and it’s lengthy indeed. For social conservative warriors who are tired of RINOs and squishy moderates and are seeking a candidate who will truly reflect their values up and down the line, Rick Santorum appears to be a Socon’s dream come true. And if we nominate him, the great question I posed at the top of this column could finally be put to a real-world test. But what would happen?

Here’s where we roll into the arena of prognostication, so each of you can make your own call, but the outcome looks fairly clear from where I’m perched. If you were worried that Team Obama could turn a Gingrich nomination into a referendum on the speaker’s history, Santorum would make that look like child’s play. Gone would be discussions of the president’s paltry record on job growth or the disastrous downstream effects of his environmental regulatory policy. The DNC would dump hundreds of millions of dollars into running 24/7 advertisements in the fall featuring grainy, black and white clips of Rick Santorum reading off the quotes I cited above and many, many more. Tens of millions of moderate and independent voters who are currently looking with dismay at Obama’s record and are kicking the tires of a possible Republican alternative would thunder for the exits. In short, I believe a campaign such as that would lead to Barack Obama winning in a landslide.

But perhaps that’s just me and I’m reading the temperature of the American public entirely wrong. Socons have been complaining for ages about the propensity of the establishment GOP to back social conservative geckos when they seek a Komodo dragon. With Rick Santorum we could, at last, put forward the social conservative Godzilla, destroyer of worlds. And when the dust settles in November we would finally have the answer to the question once and for all. But it might be a very expensive experiment to run.

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Jazz Shaw is a heretical, Northeastern former RINO and the weekend editor at HotAir.com He can be reached at jazzshaw@gmail.com. Or you can follow him on Twitter @JazzShaw
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