Amazing Grace: Is Rick Santorum the new Sarah Palin?

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January 5, 2012

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"I believe in free people and free markets," Rick Santorum told a spirited and well-informed town hall audience last night in Brentwood, a few miles down the road from our hometown, Exeter, New Hampshire. We caught the event in C-SPAN reruns this morning and were struck once again at the disconnect between old-media caricatures of "Soaring Santorum" and the man himself we're coming to know and admire through a full panoply of media, old and new. More on that below. Program Note: We're heading up to Manchester Saturday for "an evening of ruminating, riffing & debate watching" with National Review's Jonah Goldberg and company.

By Sissy Willis of sisu

"The interest was palpable in Santorum’s first New Hampshire event since the caucuses," reports the Boston Globe as the former Pennsylvania senator steps up to the "very short but open window" of opportunity [Dana Perino's words on Fox this morning] to grab the nation's attention in this frenetically condensed primary season …

"It's all about media and momentum," says Fox political analyst Larry Sabato, seemingly troubled that "the process is being rushed. One reason why no big themes are being developed is because there isn't time" …

But there IS time, Dr. Sabato, and there ARE big themes if you know where to look, that "panoply of media, old and new" where fans of the Shining City can disintermediate the lamestream media narrative at will: C-SPAN, blogs, facebook, twitter, not to mention the town halls themselves, under the radar till Tuesday's "unexpected" Iowa caucus results.

Now a larger audience is getting a taste of this authentic, thoughtful, knowledgeable, deliberative, experienced, articulate, principled, humorous and good-hearted man, very much a formidable opponent in any debate with the current Leader of the Free World …

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Comments:
  1. EBL says:

    Well at least Meghan McCain does not like him. I would be worried more for us if she did. http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/01/megyn-mccain-um-like-if-santorum-wins.html My advice to Rick Santorum still holds: http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-humble-advice-to-rick-santorum.html
    And while I am sure Sullivan will start vilifying Santorum, Sullivan actually had a post today that was entitled: “Iran: “The Sarah Palin of Nations” You really cannot make this stuff up.

  2. Ragspierre says:

    Sadly, Santorum’s record belies his words.
    Talk is cheap.
    Santorum has a record showing he does NOT support market economics. He also seems quite comfortable with Federal compulsion in social matters.
    Those are essential “sorter” issues for me.

  3. Godzilla says:

    Regarding Santorum:
    Santorum favors gun control
    Santorum stated that he believed mutually consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual acts.
    Santorum On Privacy
    excerpt: “Santorum has frequently stated that he does not believe a “right to privacy” exists under the Constitution, even within marriage; he has been especially critical of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which held that the Constitution guaranteed the aforementioned right, and on that basis, overturned a law prohibiting the sale and use of contraceptives.[80] He has described contraception as “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”[81]

  4. Godzilla says:

    Got the links screwed up. Here’s the redux:
    Santorum favors gun control: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/18212
    Santorum stated that he believed mutually consenting adults do not have a constitutional right to privacy with respect to sexual acts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorum_controversy_regarding_homosexuality
    Santorum on Privacy: “Santorum has frequently stated that he does not believe a “right to privacy” exists under the Constitution, even within marriage; he has been especially critical of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which held that the Constitution guaranteed the aforementioned right, and on that basis, overturned a law prohibiting the sale and use of contraceptives.[80] He has described contraception as “a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”[81]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Santorum

  5. Ricky says:

    Congratulations to Santorum. He worked hard for a long time in Iowa with scarce resources.
    I was very impressed when a few weeks ago on the radio he admitted that he had an event where only 1 person showed up! Such honesty. The other candidates would never have mentioned something like that about themselves!
    I am looking forward to learn more about him and hope he will withstand the scrutiny. All the best to him.

  6. Ricky says:

    Actually he did not admit it, he mentioned it out of his own free will,(I think there is a difference). Now that is integrity.

  7. bud says:

    If RS takes the nomination, I will have to agree with my wife – that the religious right IS controlling the Republican Party, and that the Tea Party is just a cover for said RR.
    If the TP activists allow the social conservatives to select the nominee, instead of insisting that fiscal sanity be the litmus test, the RP is dead, and the USA is in serious danger, because Obama WILL be re-elected.

  8. m says:

    Santorum will not get my vote. I have found some interest stuff about him on the Rush Limbaugh website that we don’t know anything about Santorum. He is weird. I don’t like the way he act on the debate because he whiny too much. The reason he lost the US Senate seat 10 years ago because he has supported spending more government money. He look like another liberal Democrat. I don’t see how he can do the job at the White House because he lost the US Senate 10 years ago. Hope the FOX News Network will not hire him anymore.

  9. Eric Shackle says:

    Greetings from Sydney, Australia.
    You may like to see another story about Amazing Grace
    http://www.openwriting.com/archives/2011/12/amazing_grace_n_1.php
    Best wishes, Eric (retired Sydney journalist).
    Blog: Nimblenoms.blogspot.com

  10. PhilipJames says:

    Enough with the bull crap…. even if Rick borrows many of Sarah’s phrases and ideas, puts on a dress and gets extensions in his hair, lays on the lipstick and wears glasses, he would never get close to being Sarah Palin. Give me a break. Not half the legitimate Conservative powerhouse that Sarah Palin is.
    Rick Santorum will not be the Republican nominee… he would not be able to beat Obama… pure and simple… he has too many vulnerabilities to be able to pull that off. He may be the next substitute for a Conservative…. but come on, he is not going to be President. Ain’t going to happen.

  11. Ragspierre says:

    Obama said, “You inspire me.”
    And you know how the members of that crowd in the most Democratic district of Ohio responded to that campaigning Democratic president’s professed sincerity this time?
    They laughed at him.
    “Okay,” Obama insisted, “you do.”
    And the president, like a pro pol, continued with his speech, as if nothing had happened.
    –Andrew Malcolm
    Empty suits are funny…
    So are little narcissistic tin-pot dictator wannabes.

  12. gary gulrud says:

    Is Rick the new Sarah?
    No.

  13. Xiaoding says:

    “If the TP activists allow the social conservatives to select the nominee”
    Holy crap, what world do you live on, Conspiracy World? The Tea Party controls the Republicans, they are “just a cover”? Weird!

  14. Rich Fader says:

    Unfortunately, we don’t have that long to find out.

  15. Gary Ogletree says:

    Rick has some integrity problems. And he’s no Sarah.