The Whippersnapper snapped when he accepted the Democratic Party media fiction while The Legend's campaign is as much against the media as it is for the GOP presidential nomination
Thankfully, former Speaker Newt Gingrich is every bit a social conservative as the former senator from Pennsylvania, and so would have that historical advantage that, along with the "It's the economy, stupid" rule, regularly results in the election of Republican presidents and congressional majorities.
So how did the young whippersnapper who previously won our Super Tuesday endorsement by avoiding anti-Bain venture capitalism-pile-ons while also contrasting his unblemished record against individual health care mandates as opposed to Mitt Romney's Massachusetts RomneyCare and 2009 advocacy for the individual mandates in ObamaCare? Unprompted, he essentially took the economy off the table for the fall election against President Barack Obama based upon seasonally adjusted employment fictions from the administration:
“You hear now the media starting to say, oh well, looks like the economy is getting better,” Santorum told supporters in Missouri Saturday night after winning the Kansas caucuses. “You know, the economy may be getting better and Republicans may lose their edge on that issue. Well, if that was the only issue in this race, that may or may not be the case, we don’t know.”
You heard that right. The man that pointed out the danger of a Romney candidacy that takes ObamaCare off the table against the Democrats, volunteers to take the economy off the table based upon the bogus hurrahs for a fictional economy built at the Bureau of Labor Statistics that changed decades of procedures last year by rejecting state employment statistics in favor of the federal government's own best estimates. One wonders what the senator would say if the MSM reported that Americans are happy with ObamaCare.
When asked about Young Rick's concessions yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) yesterday recited economic reality:
Well, no, I don't think he's right at all. This is an anemic recovery as a pretty long recession, 37 months in a row over 8 percent unemployment for the people in the United States, the longest streak since the Great Depression. Last month in February, $229 billion monthly deficit, the highest deficit in the history of the nation. When you look at the stimulus package two years ago, they projected unemployment at 6.5 percent. Obamacare said that everybody's premiums would be lowered by $2,500; they've gone up by $2,200. And we're producing less oil on publicly held lands than any time in the nation.
So the economy is not -- is anemic at best, and the policies of the president are going to make it impossible for this country to recover. Big things haven't happened very well on his watch.
Doesn't the man so well-informed about the evil details of O'RomneyCares understand that:
- the raw numbers of Americans working last month are nearly two million less than those working when the Democrat president was elected in November of 2008;
- the 227,000 number of "new jobs" allegedly "created" last month is a fiction based upon seasonal adjustments;
- the U-3 unemployment rate of 8.3% produced by bureaucrats in D.C. sans data from states was flatly contradicted earlier last week even by liberal Gallup (9.1%) and the week before by the Congressional Budget Office (10%);
- 8.3%, in any event is unacceptably high after three-plus years of between 8-11% as Obama has presided over second the longest such period of high unemployment in American history; and
- the Gross Domestic Product over the last year has been barely above a pulse at an average of less than 1%.
Yet, somehow because ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and even Fox News Channel report government propaganda as fact, Republicans could somehow lose "the edge" on the economy this fall? Well yes, if we concede issues for incoherent reasons, we would lose the edge, not because the voters buy it (polls show that majorities reject the rosy scenarios and Obama's performance on the economy); but rather because too many voters would again see a cowardly Republican against a courageous Democrat and stay home.
Therefore, despite Newt's personal and non-personal baggage (Cave-ins to Bill Clinton while betraying promises to republican colleagues, Couching Pelosi on the science fiction of man-made global warming, Bain attacks etc), we are satisfied with his mea culpas and are confident that he won't shift campaign strategy based upon what John King insists is a booming recovery, when the numbers rely upon writing off 1.2 million people that failed to file their 5th application for work at the corner McDonald's for four consecutive weeks.
We just hope that a Gingrich nominee would also not have to fight with some timid conservative websites that also seem to want to make Green Rooms at CNN more palatable by also faking a smile about fictitious improving economies.
We also hope that those anti-social conservatives don't pull their support when the media reminds of Newt's very strong, you might say religious right-strength, social conservative views as expressed in his 2009 book, "Rediscovering God in America"; positions against judicial supremacy mainly on religious freedom issues; railings against the ABC TV show, "Christian Bitches"; and boldly and accurately describing then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama's opposition to the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act" as support for legalized infanticide.
Prior to Santorum's weekend remarks conceding economic issues to the failed Democratic incumbent, we thought we had cast our Stone Mountain of Georgia precinct primary vote for the best candidate to evict the American economy wrecking machine, also married to Michelle, from the White House. Our trust was betrayed.
Hopefully, our present advocacy for Gingrich that we hope is heeded by Alabamians and Mississippians voting in Tuesday's next installment of Newt's I-85 Primary, won't be betrayed before the sun sets on March Madness after the Kentucky Wildcats finally deliver a national championship to Coach Calipari.
But if Newt transgresses, he will be called on it by the DeVine Law Gamecock by rooster crowings before April Fool's Day. Would tea partiers expect anything less? No, and while I think either of the top three could and would defeat Obama, we are interested in the issues and a mandate to fix what ails us. We will continue to hold our fellow conservative Republicans accountable.
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