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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WaPo's Jennifer Rubin: Santorum put Ron Paul in his place

IA Caucuses Big Win for Hawks over Doves

Excerpted Washington Post, Right Turn columnist, Jennifer Rubin, "Credit Santorum with sinking Ron Paul":
There is a special irony that the man who put Ron Paul in his place and thereby did his party a great service is none other than Rick Santorum, who is the Republican most despised by the left. His views on abortion and gay marriage, not to mention his robust foreign policy, are an anathema to the left. There is no candidate who has been more mocked or ridiculed than he.

But let’s consider what he accomplished in relegating Ron Paul to third place. He spared Iowa and the party more generally from the ignominy of rewarding the man responsible for racist newsletters and bizarre views on Iran and 9/11. In fact, a pro-freedom, hawkish national security outlook triumphed. It was a central part of Santorum’s message, and it was a view embraced by Mitt Romney as well.

The GOP nominee, whether Romney or Santorum, will be staunchly in favor of a military option, if needed, to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. He or she will be exceptionally critical of Obama’s foreign policy, especially his treatment of Israel. He or she will be a robust defender of religious freedom around the world and opposed to the dictator-coddling stance that the left favors. He or she will be opposed to slashing defense.

3 comments:

Tom said...

"“They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom or in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world.”

-Rick Santorum in an interview today

http://race42012.com/2012/01/05/rick-santorum-denounces-small-government/


Not exactly a candidate you'd expect to be promoted on a libertarian site. Santorum=just another big government establishment egomaniac.

Eric Dondero said...

We're not promoting his domestic agenda. We most certainly are promoting his foreign policy which is anti-Islamist and pro-liberty.

Can't say the same for statist on foreign policy Ron Paul.

jgeleff said...

So, Eric, you're willing to give up our economic and personal freedom to Little Ricky, who believes that contraception is bad and earmarks and unlimited military spending are good, instead of saving the country's economy?