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The Worst Thing About a Santorum GE Loss…

Previously, I had written a blog post “Three Reasons Santorum Will Lose Against Obama.” One of the interesting things about the comments in that post were the comments that seemed to suggest that I was supporting Mitt Romney by writing that post.

That could not be further from the truth. Believe me, nothing makes me happier than watch a man who has rejected conservatives in making his pitch to the American people, who then tried to appeal to conservatives using outdated stereotypes of us (severely conservative) and failed miserably, who grandfathered ObamaCare in the form of his own health care plan, sweat for a Republican nomination he felt so entitled to (after all, it’s his turn.) Even if the man who’s doing it is someone who has no chance of winning in November.

I am currently supporting Newt Gingrich for the presidency, because while Newt has strayed from the reservation, I believe he 1) is proud of America, believes in America and has faith in the American people. And he doesn’t have to say it all the time to show that. 2) I believe he’s a conservative by instinct who has occasionally strayed from the reservation. Santorum is concerned about America, like Barack Obama, but for different reasons, he looks down on America, similar to the way Obama does it, but for different reasons. He may be right in some instances, but that is not a way to appeal to people. I also do not believe Santorum is a conservative in the way that you and I define conservatism. Santorum believes conservatism is all about traditionalism, it’s a similar conservatism that Bill O’Reilly promotes. Big Government is OK, as long as you’re upholding classic American institutions. Traditionalism is certainly a string of conservatism but it does not define conservatism, especially conservatism in 2012. Based on his campaign, I have no reason to believe Santorum has abandoned that view. He’s consistent, I’ll give him that.

So we’ve already seen why Santorum would lose against Obama, but what affect would it have on the country and perhaps more importantly the Republican Party?

Obviously, four more years of President Obama would be a disaster. And would be devastating for our country.

The reason I say more importantly is because the Republican Party has been the vehicle for conservatives to come into power to help enact our agenda to make America great. For the greater part of the last 50 years, there’s been a struggle between conservatives and moderates/liberals in our party. Santorum, in my view, belongs with the latter group, but he’s aggressively promoting himself as the former propped up by people I greatly admire like Mark Levin and Michelle Malkin. And if he goes down in flames, like I think he will, it will give moderates and liberals in the Republican Party all the ammunition to say, “see when we nominate conservatives, we lose.”

This is probably the worst thing about a Santorum general election loss, it would essentially hand victory to moderates in our party for another few election cycles.

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