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Voting for Santorum Equals Electing Obama in November!

February 27th, 2012 - 4:41 pm

By nominating Santorum, it would make the election about cultural issues and cultural war, precisely what the Obama administration wants. Another woman journalist who calls Santorum on this is Jennifer Rubin, who once wrote at PJ Media and now is the conservative blogger at the Washington Post. As Rubin writes:

[Santorum] fumbled the contraception issue, going from a slam dunk (don’t mess with the First Amendment) to a dead-bang loser,”contraception harms women.” Then he really lost it — telling us college access is a plot and JFK’s vow not to take orders from the pope made him “throw up.”

What Kennedy was trying to do — many decades ago, when it was thought impossible for a Catholic to become president — was to assure voters that his religious faith and the beliefs he held would not interfere with his ability to keep church and state separate, and not make decisions that were not in the nation’s interest, even though they may conflict with his personal religious views. That assurance was necessary to make in that time and day, when people worried that a Catholic president would inflict Catholic dogma on the majority of non-Catholics. That Santorum saw reason to “throw up” at such remarks says that he does not subscribe to the perfectly reasonable standard that Kennedy professed.

Kennedy did not say, as Santorum argued, that “people of faith have no role in the public square,” but rather that the “separation of church and state is absolute” in the United States. To argue against JFK’s words, as Santorum does, is to give credence to the left-wing charge that Santorum and the Republican Party want a theocratic state.

How many women, not to say men, will want to vote for Santorum in a general election when he promises, as he did, that “one of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about. … It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be”? Doesn’t he know that most people, including many Catholics, use contraception? Hearing such words, doesn’t he raise the specter of growing state intervention on personal issues of morality, in which most voters do not want Big Brother looking into their bedrooms? Do they really want their president talking about this at all?

The truth is, if Romney does not come out of Michigan with a big win, the race will go on, and both Santorum and Gingrich will continue to blast Romney in as tough and nasty a fashion as they can, and Romney will in turn do the same to them, especially to Santorum. With months to go until all the delegates are elected, the harm will be done, and even if somehow the party comes together to stand behind Romney, it will be difficult by then to escape the damage that has been done. Democratic commercials will be filled with video of what Santorum and Gingrich had to say about Romney, and the only one who will have gained an advantage will be the present incumbent.

Should Romney not win, the election will not even be close. In any case, as it looks to me from our present vantage point, our nation is faced with another four years of President Obama. And yes, I hope I am wrong.

Update Tuesday morning: 

According to news reports, the Santorum campaign is now encouraging the crossover vote in the Michigan Republican primary…with a robocall targeted at Democrats asking them to send a message to Mitt Romney because of his opposition to 2009 auto bailouts that kept thousands of Michigan workers employed.”

This is particularly reprehensible and moreover dishonest, given that  Santorum’s position on the issue of opposition to bailouts is the same as that of Romney. Moreover, a Michigan Democratic strategist admitted that “Santorum is completely radioactive and will bring an electoral disaster to Republicans- he could deliver Obama in a landslide,” which is why he admits that he “has launched one of the efforts to help Santorum.”  The article continues to point out that a Democrat vote for Santorum in the Republican primary could give him “a big win.” 12,000 Democratic activists indicated interest in voting for him.

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