Santorum Hammers Gingrich in South Carolina

There were several points in South Carolina where Rick Santorum handed Newt Gingrich’s head to him on a plate. The first was on the issue of Newt’s narcissism, recklessness, and unwillingness to take the bold stands that he so often purports to be in favor of:

The key point is that Gingrich is mostly just talk, and lacks the courage of his convictions. Many, many conservatives who served with Gingrich in Congress came away with a bad taste in their mouths, because he was great with public pronouncements, but more often than not cut their legs off with his backroom deals and inaction. It is in fact difficult to find any conservatives who actually served with Gingrich who now support him for president.

The second was on the issue of abortion. I haven’t found a tape of it yet, but here is the transcript:

MR. SANTORUM: We get a lot of folks who just whisper into the microphone that they’re pro-life, and then you have other people go out and fight the battle and defend life and come out of the trenches and actually work to make sure that the dignity of every human life — innocent human life in this country is protected. And I’ve done that.
And I — and I would say, in — in — in — in contrast with Speaker Gingrich, who, on the social issues in particular when he was speaker and even afterwards — they were pushed in the back bench. There was a Pledge to America that the Congress tried to put together in 2010. I got phone calls ringing off the hook that Speaker Gingrich went in and told them, keep social issues out of the Pledge to America for the 2010 elections, and we need you to come in and help to try to convince these folks to put that back into the pledge. We don’t need someone who in the backrooms is going to get up and say, social issues in the front — are in the back of the bus, and then come out here and try to pretend they’re pro-life.

Again, Santorum hit the nail on the head. Gingrich consistently put abortion and social issues on the back burner when he was Speaker of the House, even though the GOP won a mandate for change in 1994. Then in 2010, Gingrich and many other establishment Republicans actively worked to marginalize social conservatives once again. While Gingrich pointed out that he has a perfect voting record when it comes to abortion, this is typical of the stupid tricks politicians play, and so typical of Gingrich’s behavior as a politician. As Speaker, he controlled which bills and amendments came up for a vote. More often than not he prevented pro-life language from even coming to the House floor, and only allowed a vote when there was no risk and it did not make a difference to the pro-abortion status quo. This allowed him to claim to be pro-life without ever having to take a hard stand.

If you are a pro-life Republican and this is an important issue for you, there is only one candidate left in the race who has been consistently pro-life, with the courage to stand for his principles–Rick Santorum.

Gingrich is great with political theater and offering up red meat to conservatives, but everyone who has ever trusted in him has had their heart broken. It seems that in this political season, many people want more than anything else to have someone who will go after the press and President Obama, and Gingrich does that like a pit bull. However, we should be looking for the best person to run the country, and not the best demagogue.

There was a time when conservatives and Republicans knew the difference–a time when conservatives were so fed up with Gingrich’s shenanigans as Speaker that they fired him, because he was completely devoid of scruples, principles, and shame.

Now it seems that many conservatives and Republicans have become just as callow as the Democrats in their zeal to vote for the next American Idol.

Sanjaya for president, anyone?

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8 Responses to Santorum Hammers Gingrich in South Carolina

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  4. Is Santorum electable? Will he beat Obama? Most conservatives I know–that’s the critical issue: can we get Obama out. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

    • John Scotus says:

      “Electability” is a much more complicated issue than many people believe. Clinton was considered “unelectable” by many people in 1992 and Obama in 2008, and look what happened. By the same token, Kerry won the Democratic primaries in 2004 because he was thought to be the most “electable” candidate, yet he was in the end unelectable.
      Romney has the basic issue that Republicans hate him. He flip-flopped on social issues (note that he has actually been quite consistent on most other issues). He is also a Mormon, which may turn many evangelical Christians off, and which seems to have played an important part in his defeat in South Carolina (but we aren’t supposed to talk about that). He has his issues that he must overcome. However, I can see many, many independents being willing to vote for him, along with some Democrats. People who are tired of the mess in Washington may be attracted to him, as he is quite steady. He just needs to survive the primaries and actually get GOP support in the general election, which may in the end be a tall order.
      Gingrich is frankly a joke, and an embarrassment to the GOP. Getting beyond his myriad of flip-flops, his love affair with big government solutions, his love affair with futurism, his love affair with himself, his lack of conservative principles in his new Contract with America (look it up–he checks all the conservative boxes with his rhetoric, but the proposals he actually offers are not all that conservative), his tendency to throw conservatives and the GOP under the bus even while publicly grandstanding and pretending to be the conservative flag-bearer, his shameless hypocrisy and demagoguery–getting beyond all this–he is not all that popular with the general public, and has never been popular among the general public. In the latest polls I have seen, he has by far the most hated candidate running in either party. Republicans like him at the moment because he lays into Obama and the press with such flair and panache. However, it is difficult to see him making much headway in the general election, and if he is elected and he follows the same path that he followed as Speaker, there will be an attempt to impeach him by the Republican Congress–led by conservatives–before his term is over. He is a destroyer, not a builder, and he can only ever hurt the GOP.
      Then we have Santorum. His attitude puts people off, and his actually believes and is willing to stand by what he says. These two things seem to be offensive to some people–they prefer demagogues, hypocrites, and people they are willing to have a beer with. However, in a grown-up world, he should be a contender, as in the end, there is not a damn thing wrong with him.
      Unless, of course, you think that being a real Christian disqualifies someone from the presidency.

      • I think Santorum is the best of the three, but can’t seem to get any traction. That leaves me with Romney. I’m glad Christy didn’t run, but I wish we had who Christy will be in four years running.

        Gads.

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