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Santorum you say?

So, what’s been going on since I’ve been out?  Hmmm, Rick Santorum you say?  Might actually challenge Mittens, you say?  Is actually a conservative, you say? Well, this may get interesting.

I’ll admit it.  I’m torn.  Santorum may actually provide me with the opportunity to vote for a legitimate conservative who doesn’t think taking a stand on social issues is just for the left. Yeah, yeah, I know…it’s the economy stupid.  That’s true, it is.  But if you don’t think social issues matter, than you’ve got another thing coming.  You want a healthy, vibrant society?  Legalizing drugs probably isn’t the best answer.  You want a society that respects the lives of its citizens?  Murdering millions of people each year for the sake of convenience kinda waters that down, right?

Rick Santorum, I like the cut of your jib.  The problem is, can you win?  Can you beat B.O.?  That’s the question we all need to be asking ourselves.  Sure, Mitt ain’t the most conservative guy in the world, but he’d be better on the economy than the guy who wants to give you $10,000 to buy a thoroughly combustible Chevy Volt.  And Mitt’s Jello when it comes to social issues.  Which means he won’t offend the independents.  And we all need the independents.

Our society has broken down into three groups.  The 42% who describe themselves as conservative; the 20% who describe themselves as liberal; and everyone else.  I don’t care who the GOP puts up there against Barry.  Put a wig on Gorbachev to cover up that birthmark/map of Asia thing, and we’d vote for him.  And the left continues to be enamored with the guy because he fulfills their need for solid speeches.  Thus, the independents/moderates will decide who wins.  And as we all know, if you identify yourself as an “independent,” then you’re really just telling everyone that you’re the type of person who can’t make a decision and/or is easily distracted by shiny objects.

Too harsh?  Maybe, but only a little.  I call independents “surface voters,” because that’s about as far as they choose to get in their analysis of any issue.  After all, if they went deeper, they’d pick a side.  So, what makes the life of the surfacer content?  Vague statements about “feeding the poor” or “housing the homeless” or any comment containing the word “fair.”  No, independents are not liberals.  If they were, then they would have bumper stickers on their cars referencing tolerance, while at the same time they fail to understand that the government forcing Catholic hospitals to supply their employees with contraceptives is the exact opposite thereof.

Can Santorum win independents by being pro-life, anti-gay marriage, and honest about the fact that we can’t afford to provide free health care to everyone?  I’m not sure.  And we need to win this election.  It’s not the most important election of our generation (that was 2008 and we blew it), but it’s in the top five.  So, before I decide who I’ll be voting for on a Tuesday in March, I’m going to sit back and try and figure out who can win in November.

 

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