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Blind arrogance: The GOP establishment and the media tell us who the nominee should be: Rick Santorum

Over the past few days I have watched with amazement at how anonymous GOP brass have been suggesting that if Mitt Romney loses Michigan, that a new candidate must come forward.  Huh?  So the say of the voters shouldn’t matter at all I guess because they don’t like the candidate the voters have chosen.  Or is it that Santorum hasn’t received any big money donations that would obligate Santorum to follow the establishment party line?  What does the GOP power brokers want?  Something similar to what the Democrats had at their 1968 national convention? Rush Limbaugh picked up on this as well:

I mean, folks, they’re salivating over Mitch Daniels. They’re salivating over trying to change Jeb Bush’s mind.  Oh, yeah.  But, no, look here.  In the mood I’m in it’s funny, but it’s actually very irritating.  Here you have the Republican establishment which, by virtue of this admission, that if Romney loses Michigan they think he’s gonna lose the nomination.  And that means it’s time to ditch everybody and go find somebody else.  That is a tantamount admission that they don’t care what their own voters are saying in all of these primaries, in all of these elections.  We are seeing the Republican establishment force a candidate down the throats of the Republican base.  The Republican base is obviously saying from primary to primary to primary they’re not really sure, really not all that sold on, Romney.  And so the establishment, “Oh, well, okay, well, we gotta find somebody else you don’t like that might be able to win it,” which is what it boils down to.

It seems as though Democrats and the media are starting to get nervous as well.  This was telegraphed by the Washington Post with an article titled “Is Rick Santorum too conservative to win in November?”  If I am Santorum, I would consider that one of the greatest compliments ever from a notorious Democratic friendly newspaper.  However, when you have newspapers like the Washington Post stating that is a candidate too conservative to win, you start to think “Hmmmmmm.”  It is curious that publications like the Washington post are now thinking the unthinkable in the liberal press.  Santorum could actually beat Obama.  The Democratic National Committee is starting to attack Santorum.  In response to the attacks, a Santorum spokesperson rightly pointed out:

For its part, the Santorum campaign is unperturbed. A spokesperson told CNN that Obama has to be worried about Santorum because he has credibility to attack the president on health care, the bailouts, cap and tax, and the administration’s assault on religious liberty.

The Social Issues Red Herring that Obama and the Media intend to use to distract voters from Obama’s disastrous tenure in the Oval office

I don’t think it is much a coincidence with the spinning of Santorum’s position on government mandating prenatal care and framing it as “Santorum is against prenatal care”.  This is a precursor of things to come should Santorum win the nomination.  Obama cannot stand on his record, so he has to somehow deflect attention away from it.  If this is how the Obama campaign will run against Santorum, I really like Santorum’s chances…so long as Santorum doesn’t allow debate moderators and media to suck up all the time talking about social issues in debates and interviews.  This is how the Obama loving media will try to protect their guy. Keep the public’s eye on Santorum’s social issue “extremism” and keep Obama’s record as president out of the spotlight at all costs.  A simple smile from Santorum with a following statement/redirect to what the election is about stating that “people know where I stand.  Now let’s talk about how Obama has stagnated our economy, heaped up mountains of debt for future generations, and prevented jobs from being created like the Keystone Pipeline, Obamacare, etc.”  or whatever other countless undesirables that Santorum can highlight for the voters.  So long as Santorum does it with a smile, not a whine, with optimism of what things could be like under his Presidency, he will be just fine.  He would only lose if he allows the Obama campaign and the media to define the race on social issues, making Santorum look like a preacher who is forcing Americans to act like he think they should act or believe, and not the state of the economy and Obama’s awful stewardship during his time in office.

The Electability of Rick Santorum

The anonymous GOP Senator I alluded to earlier feels that if Santorum were the nominee, he would lose 35 states in the general election.  How in the world does he or any other GOP higher up know that? National head-to-head polling shows Santorum within 3 points of Obama, 47-44 according to Rasmussen which is a tick better than Romney.  In a recent Des Moines Register poll, he bests Obama by 4 points (a couple ticks better than Romney and a cold watershock to the Obama campaign), 48-44, in the state of Iowa.  The idea that Santorum cannot do well in swing states is silly.  I had speculated that Santorum had a lot of crossover appeal to social conservative union voters, the Reagan Democrats and how this would be a very, very big problem for Obama.  Obama already has enough problems with independents but this is a nightmare scenario for them.  That is why Santorum is up right now in Michigan and why he could be so competitive in the key Rust Belt states come November.  If Santorum picks off just one of the typical Democratic reliables like Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, or Pennsylvania, he will win or at the very least, make a victory path to 270 next to impossible for Obama.  The South is decisively coalescing around Santorum if fresh polls out of Texas and Oklahoma can be considered an indicator.    Taking all this into consideration and imperfect as Santorum may be, I am left with a conclusion:

When Both Sides Of The Political Establishment And Media Are Openly Expressing Their Concern (Fear) About A GOP Candidate, We May Have Found Our Guy

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