Santorum on GOP “Cannibalism”: “Let’s Focus on the Issues”

I have always been a Sarah Palin supporter, but in her recent attack against those who question Newt Gingrich’s qualifications, she is simply wrong. Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have substantial baggage that is hurting them not only with conservatives, but that will hurt them in the general election. Romney’s flip-flops are legendary. And, while Gingrich did much to help the conservative cause during the 1990s, he did even more to hurt it. Those who worked with him while he was Speaker and who paid close attention to the news during his tenure know this only too well–though it seems that some people were sleeping during that decade and are now only paying attention to press clippings provided by his campaign.

Many of Gingrich’s misdeeds could be forgiven if it were not for how he continually threw the pro-life cause under the bus when he was Speaker, and how he has continually done so in the years since. It is one thing to support a pro-death politician and pro-death policies when there is no other choice. However, in his zeal to accommodate liberals when he was Speaker, Gingrich put the pro-life cause on the back burner throughout his term. Since leaving Congress he has gone out of his way to support pro-death politicians such as Dede Scozzafava when there were other viable pro-life candidates on the ticket, and he counseled that the GOP should shun pro-life issues during the 2010 midterms. For someone who is committed to the pro-life cause, these are all legitimate complaints and a legitimate reason to call foul on so many of Gingrich’s claims.

Sarah Palin should know this. She should also know that this is a deal breaker to many in the pro-life community, and so we have ample cause to be wary of Gingrich as well as Romney.

If Gingrich were the only conservative choice, then perhaps his actions could be overlooked. But Gingrich isn’t the only conservative choice.

There is a better candidate: Rick Santorum. He has never stabbed the pro-life community in the back. He has never flip-flopped on social issues. He has never put abortion on the back burner.

While Santorum has not been a hardline fiscal conservative as some have liked, he is just as fiscally conservative if not more so than Mitt “Big Government” Romney and Newt “I-Balanced-The-Budget-But-Increased-The-National-Debt” Gingrich.

On foreign policy, Santorum has been consistently in support of US troops and a vigorous stance against tyranny in all its forms.

On health care, unlike both Romney and Gingrich, Santorum has never been in favor of the individual mandate which forces people to buy insurance they do not want or need.

Finally, while Romney and Gingrich have been so busy destroying each other–and the GOP along with it–Santorum has kept his eye on the prize.

Santorum’s response to Palin’s misguided post is simple. On TV and on his Facebook page he is directing people to what he said in the last debate: Let’s focus on the issues.

This is something Palin, Gingrich, Romney, and many in the GOP need to hear.

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1 Response to Santorum on GOP “Cannibalism”: “Let’s Focus on the Issues”

  1. Freedom, by the way says:

    I, too, was disappointed in Palin’s all-but-an-endorsement of Gingrich. But then again, she also campaigned for Rino McCain’s re-election in AZ. Palin is a true conservative, but she’s proven that she’s also a politician.

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