Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Rise of the Right

As the primary process has moved along, momentum has been building for the Rick Santorum campaign. Long time front runner Mitt Romney, who has not actively wooed the Republican base, has failed to excite broad support. Most proponents supporting his candidacy defend their support on the basis that they think he has the "best chance" to unseat President Obama, but such support has not proven adequate for Romney to move much past 30% amongst Republicans. In the latest CNSnews piece, a recent Gallup Poll was quoted suggesting a movement being generated behind conservative Rick Santorum:
Over the past five days, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has surged into a 35 percent to 29 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Gallup's nationwide tracking poll of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

Each day, Gallup publishes the average results from its past five days of polling in the Republican presidential primary race. In the five days that ended on Monday, Feb. 13, according to Gallup, Romney led Santorum, 32 percent to 30 percent, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in third place at 16 percent and Rep. Ron Paul in fourth place at 8 percent.

Between Monday and Friday this week, Santorum gained support each day. In Gallup's five-day tracking poll that ended on Tuesday, Santorum had 31 percent; on Wednesday, he had 32 percent; on Thursday, he had 34 percent; and on Friday, he had 35 percent.

Meanwhile, Romney peaked at 33 percent on Tuesday and dropped to 29 percent by Friday.
Now Romney has taken to claiming that Rick Santorum is not electable and not a conservative, based on Santorum's last Senate campaign, and some of the votes he made in support of his president, George W. Bush. Romney trying to make hay with this kind of charge underscores the most basic reason people have not followed him: we don't trust him nor his claims of conservative values, and we don't like the character of a man that runs a campaign in this manner. As far as advancing conservative principles, it's a day late and a dollar short for Mr. Romney. Time will tell if Romney will be able to fool enough people to gain the nomination.


  1. I thought I'd share this reply by Santorum in an
    interview by Greta Van Susteren on 2/21/2012.

    The hypocrisy in this case, I think, is pretty obvious and we’re going to stand up and articulate what the truth is, which is, in this case, as in many cases, my personal feelings and personal moral judgments are not those that are going to be reflected in public law, nor should they all the time. Not everything that is immoral in this country should be illegal or should be within the governance of the federal or state government, or any government. {about the 5:00 mark)

    This should be repeated as often as possible, especially on Blogs leaning Right. I am disturbed with what I have been reading recently. Not here, of course.

  2. Well, he is totally right. The greater issue is the over reach of the Federal government and the loss of liberty that we as citizens are experiencing. Not every thing immoral should be in the scope of the governance of the Federal government, of course. One might have a bad thought: "I could kill that guy". An immoral thought, whether fleeting or not, should not be in the pervue of the government. The flip side is also true, that it is not the right of the government to force some moral position upon me that I do not agree with. All women should have birth control pills readily available to block them from becoming pregnant or abortifactants for after the fact decisions? What right has the government to force me to participate in some ill conceived tryst?

    Great comment Darrell, and thanks for the link.