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Thursday, September 29, 2016

WINDHAM, N.H. — It isn’t every day that political candidates are asked whether the 10th Amendment allows states to nullify federal laws, but that was precisely the question Rick Santorum faced at a forum here a few days ago organized by a libertarian-leaning group.

To his credit, Santorum did not pander to the nullifier. “We had a Civil War about nullification,” Santorum said with a smile. “I’m not sure I want to go there.”

  • AnnaSolomon

    I watched the debate the other night and Mitt takes every opportunity to send a cheap shot at Obama. Okay Mitt we get it, you don’t like Obama, enough already. Give us a reason to like you. I listened to you and the more you open your mouth the more I realize it is just pure ambition to satisfy a selfish ego for you to be president. After Sundays debate I am liking Huntsman more and more. This country needs to get rid of career politicans like Mitt and Newt. Both of them are a joke and a bad one at that cause I ain’t laughing no more.

  • Jamie

    I’ve been a lib Dem all my life and do not expect to vote for anyone in the R field, but I still like this quadrennial experiment in democracy. All these guys (Chris Matthews calls them a bunch of clowns but I have a higher opinion) have somthing to say that speaks to some slice, however small, of the electorate. Santonum is engaging and speaks from deep principle. I despise his principles, but there is an audience out there for them. Similar for Dr. Paul whose son actually makes articulate sense on several issues, particularly reducing military spending. Newt and Mitt seem more ambition-driven, but so was a fellow named Lincoln, if you read accounts of his two presidential campaigns. So let’s step back and celebrate the American way, then vote Dem in November!

  • CanAm Lady

    I thought Jon Huntsman was the most impressive of all the candidates presented.If I could stomach the Republican party,I would chose Jon.

  • Jamie

    Oops (as someone recently said) I forgot Gov H, the one obvious adult in the race.

  • jimmyags

    I am not sure there is one of these candidates that i want in the white house but at least there is some truth coming out. Personally i think Gingrich is a despicable human being, but he was right about Romney, can we please quit the “outsider” game when you are not? Huntsman said the truest thing though, we are divided as a country and that is the biggest problem we have.

  • awegweiser

    How can anybody who has held public office, elected or appointed, claim to not be a politician?
    And I am not sure why the term is so pejorative – politics is the name of the game and to be a player
    one needs to be a politician. Of course Newt is not and never has been. One gets to be Speaker by drawing lots
    or using a Ouija board.

  • GrowAPair

    I am a registered Democrat but I really like Governor Huntsman and think that he is the only candidate that could give President Obama a run for his money. Huntsman is a diplomat (something sorely needed in today’s heated political environment)and even if he is not the Republican candidate, I would like to see him play a stronger role in the Obama administration as one who is a reasonable voice in a troubled sea.

  • AnnaSolomon

    Huntsman said more specifically Romney’s attitude and positions were what was dividing the country, after Mitt accused him of being an Obama supporter because he once called Obama a great leader and went to work for him as Ambassador to China. I really liked Huntsman’s position about trade with China and the delicate issue that needs to be handled with someone intimately involved with first hand knowledge. IMHO, Obama reached across party lines to appoint him as ambassador because he felt Huntsman was the best candidate for the job. Regardless of the fact he was a Republican. If Huntsman gets his turn at soaring up the flag pole you can rest assured Mitt and Newt would be so petty as to try and use this against him to discredit him. I think if Huntsman used this experience and relationship with the Obama it is his strength and could get him some of the disgruntled Obama supporters on his side. It will also be hard for Obama to campaign against him. Huntsman is the only one in this pack that would stand a chance against Obama and the least offensive to our sensibilities if he got elected. He is the only moderate in the pack and I’m sure would not take us down the radical right-wing fascist path that the rest of the gang would do.

  • TWFlash

    I agree with most of the thoughtful commentary regarding Huntsman. Clearly, he’s the only candidate in this field with a modicum of “statesmanship”. All the others are a disgrace to the Republican Party, which has itself become a disgrace in the realm of public discourse. By the way, I’m a Republican (though ashamed to admit it) and I wouldn’t cast a vote for any of those clowns on stage last night, not even Huntsman. For those of us who aren’t wealthy, the best scenario for a return to prosperity is the one that gives control of the House of Representatives back to the Democrat Party. I think the Dems have learned their lessons these past three years, and that they’re ready now to lead us in the right direction. Let’s give them back the House and the Senate so that the components of the Legislative branch and the Executive can all row in the same direction for awhile. There’s no other way to avoid another four years of stagnation. Now, I know that you avaricious Country Club Conservatives and you holier-than-thou Sunday School Conservatives are going to vote Republican – your greed and your ignorance (respectively) are too firmly entrenched to allow you to do otherwise. But that’s okay; I’m not talking to you folks. I’m talking to all you thinking people out there and asking you to pay attention to the bottom line, which is this: if you vote Republican, you’re voting against your own self-interests. It’s that simple. Do yourselves a favor and vote Democrat from the top of your ticket to the bottom. Let’s send those Tea Party wingnuts back from whence they came and get this Congress back on the road to compromise – and the country back on the road that leads to the American Dream. Amen. PS What’s the deal with that Reince Priebus guy? Have you ever encountered such a smarmy, snarky, obsequious person in your life? He spins out of one side of his face while simultaneously lying out of the other. No wonder this party’s so screwed up. Hey, Steve Schmidt: if you’re listening, how about throwing your hat in the ring? You’re the only Republican in the world who makes any sense these days(besides yours truly, of course).

  • tiglath

    huntsman the best in the bunch. he doesn’t stand a chance getting the nomination. he’s intelligent, informed, and sane.

  • Common Sense Patriot

    I’d like to see Huntsman surge up in the Republican primary race, too. He’s the only candidate not playing to the radical Republican base, and I admire him for being willing to take an ambassadorship in the Obama administration. I voted for Obama, even though I’m an Independent conservative who usually votes Republican. I, in fact, voted for a number of Democrats this last election, and even some Libertarians. I, too, am tired of this political dog fighting and extremism. The reason there is such a dearth of good candidates in the Republican races this year is the same reason there has been such a poor crop of candidates in every election for the last 20 years – extremists have taken over the Democratic and Republican Parties – left wing ideologues and fanatics in the Democratic Party and right wing neo-Nazi, knee jerk ideologues and fanatics in the Republican Party.
    The reality of political elections is that you can’t get nominated if you don’t appeal to the extremists who control both party’s machinery. The Republican base doesn’t like Romney or any other moderate national, state or local candidate. They certainly don’t like Huntsman. The Republican base has been taken over by right wing extremists, composed of a loose network of tea party reactionaries, religious fundamentalists, one issue voters (abortion, immigration, etc.)and people so far to the right they make Nazi’s look like liberals.
    This is not just my opinion. Search the internet and you will find a clear plan by those right wing activists, especially when the Tea Party was organizing for the 2010 elections, that advises like minded nuts to become precinct chairs and delegates to the county, state, and national conventions. They quite correctly state that this is the way to power. And they succeeded, at least enough so that they have significant control of the party machinery which raises money, gets out the vote, distributes literature, and holds neighborhood meetings. Most importantly, they are the ones who select the candidates that will run in the primary.
    It works this way in both parties. I know. I was a political activist in the 70s who helped turn Texas into a solidly Republican state, wrenching control from the Democrats. I was a paid consultant and one thing I learned is that the average voter has no idea how politics really works. They complain about the candidates in the primaries and even more so when the general election comes about. They end up voting for the “lesser evil”. They feel they have done their duty by voting, but it is not enough. It’s like starting a race when the other runners have already completed the first lap.
    The same thing has happened in the Democratic Party, only it is controlled by left wing extremist radicals with virtually socialist agendas who despise capitalism and believe in big brother government handing out a never ending cornucopia of money to every hand that’s out to be filled with no thought about where the money comes from or that it will eventually, and nearly has, bankrupted the government (look at what’s happened to the socialist democratic governments of Europe and their financial crisis that is now forcing extreme austerity measures and causing riots).
    The right wing Republicans are just as bad, believing in no government regulation, unfettered capitalistic greed, extremist religious positions (a theocracy), destroying the environment in the name of profits and easy money, and most of all, the preservation and dominance of a politically corrupt uber rich upper class that controls the country. They are crafty idiots. All of them. On both sides.
    Things will not change with all the talk, opinions, protests, editorials, blogs, etc. They will only change when moderates get involved at the precinct level of politics and take back control of their respective parties.
    McCain was a moderate, frequently “crossing the aisle” to partner with Democrats on some legislation, including liberals like Ted Kennedy. That made him hated by the Republican base. He only won the Republican nomination because he started taking more right wing stances and slavishly courted the right wing Republican base. But even after the nomination, his support was lukewarm and he knew he couldn’t get out the party machinery in the general election, so he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, which at least gained him the support of the Republican base. But in the general election, independents and moderates blanched at the idea of Sarah Palin being one heartbeat away from the Presidency, so he lost the election.
    Romney is now in the same position, flip flopping previously moderate and even some liberal views to gain support from the right wing party base. No candidate can win the Republican nomination without it. But once he gets in the general election, he will face the same problems as McCain. The same is true of candidates for the Senate or House, and for state candidates for Governor of state senate or house, even local races that are partisan for mayor, county commissioners and city councils.
    Obama and many Democrats may be unpopular, even with many in their own party, but they will vote for them because they don’t like what the Tea Party conservatives have done in Congress.
    This election is certainly about more than the Presidency. No President can get anything done without strong support in Congress. Nor can any governor without strong support in his/her state legislature. Since radical extremists control both party’s machinery, they will seek to nominate candidates in line with their respective extremist philosophies. Moderates and independents will again have only a choice of the “lesser of two evils.” No matter who wins what race, they are almost sure to be an extremist right or left winger. Today, there is not a single moderate member of Congress, so we deadlock and get nothing done.
    Wake up, America! Wake up moderates! Wake up independents! For that matter wake up if you are not an extremist liberal or conservative. Take back the party machinery. Get off your duffs and save the country from the control of the extremist fanatics!

  • STEPHEN MELNICK

    IT IS A JOKE THE WAY THE REP RIP OBAMA APART I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE DONE IN HIS SHOES NOT ONE WOULD HAVE DONE ANY DIFFERENT HE WAS HANDED A HELL OF A MESS THAT STEMED BACK MANY YEARS AND THE ECONOMY IS DOING A TURN AROUND YOU HAVE TO CREDIT HIM FOR THAT IT IS A JOKE THE REP ALL HAVE THE ANSWERS AFTER THE FACT

  • rustacus21

    … is in town & clowns take the stage!!! But of all the commentary, CanAmLady’s was the most poignant, as she simply states, if she “…could stomach a Republican…” These stark words underscore the dire down-turn in America – the institution (i.e. – the economy, education, society, politics, etc.). Understanding that w/his public service record & short tour of duty in the Obama administration, he comes off as sharp, coherent, aware, but most of all – sane! Should we attribute this to to his ability to engage in diverse circles? Maybe & while I have a concern about his party affiliation, w/all the “pluses” in his favor, CanAmLady (among many others!) states correctly that he is – hands down, the best of the bunch… Shhh, lets not tell republicans tho! Knowing Liberals/Progressives like him, they may sell the farm to ensure he doesn’t get the nomination!