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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Santorum, Huntsman And The Future Of Conservatism

MERRIMACK, N.H. — I love watching Republicans engage in class warfare. They condemn it as a sin when Democrats come within 100 miles of even mentioning the sharp and growing class inequalities in the United States. But when conservatives play the class card, they see doing so as a high ethical calling involving the defense of good and moral folk against the depredations of a liberal elite.

Blatant hypocrisy is instructive.

  • kurt.lorentzen

    This is an excellently written piece and puts Santorum (and Huntsman) into the best fitting nutshells I’ve seen. Only the hard-right could ever support the policies of Santorum. Liberals and moderates (independents like me) could never support going back to a day of sanctioned discriminaton or policy based on a particular religious view of the world (not saying that many religious tenets are not good, just those that favor one person over another). When it comes to who is electable, I’d bet on Ron Paul over Rick Santorum if both were on the ballot in a general election.

  • Jerryz

    Altho I voted for Obama in the previous election and expect to vote for him again. Other than Huntsman, I cannot see a Republican candidate that is worth electing. Altho Huntsman is probably the most physically conservative, he is a moderate social conservative that can serve all the people in this country. The right wing candidates think they make up the majority of voters in this country. However, I feel they do not make up more than 30% of the voters. If we have a hard right president, the country will continue to be divided and absolutely nothing will get done. If Obama is reelected, he needs a congress that he can work with.

  • CurtisSmay

    No republican is in a mind to help the 99%. No election in the USA has ever been fair and honest .
    So the best defense against crooked politicians is to refuse to sign their petition to get on the ballot.Are things getting better ? NO they are not , so why keep electing the same people that are part of the problem or helping them get on the ballot to be elected.
    Vote democratic and take the house , senate and White house, it is harder for the GOP to steal the elections if there are more votes.
    Support OWS with all you can in actions and money , they are your best hope to get to these corporations and influence peddlers we are being attacked by.

  • Common Sense Patriot

    I plan to vote in the Republican primary even though I’m an Independent (with Republican/Conservative leanings) bcause there is no party that represents my moderate views. I despise extremism, and that’s what you have in the Republican primary race – religious extremists like Santorum, neo-Nazi’s like Michelle Bachman (now thankfully withdrawn), right-wing isolationist ideologues like Paul (who isn’t a real Republican either; he’s been running for President on the Libertarian Party for years but got nowhere), idiots like Rick Perry, and crooked, greedy, extreme right wing, old style politicians like Gingrich. I’c vote for Obama before any of these pathetic extremists. Not that I’m all that excited about Romney, but his political history/actions while Governor of Massachusetts, make it pretty clear he is, at heart, a moderate. He sound just like the rest of the pack of hyenas, though, because he realizes after his previous runs for the nomination that no one can win the Republican Primary unless they play to the Republican base — which is made up of extremist, right wing ideologues and Christian evangelical radicals that want to impose the Christian version of an Islamic state on us. So, Romney is playing to the right wing conservative base. I don’t like it and it makes me question his character. On the other hand, nobody can get elected unless they win their party’s nomination, and a moderate is not going to get the nomination. Huntsman is a moderate, too, but he doesn’t have the organization and money that Romney has. On the other side is Obama – somewhere between a moderate and left-wing liberal. In many ways, a traditional liberal. I voted for him in 2008 because I was so disgusted with McCain’s selection of an idiot like Sarah Palin in a blatant attempt to attract support from the Republican base that clearly didn’t like him for his occasional moderate stances and crossing the aisle to vote with (OMG! Ted Kennedy). Frankly, that appealed to me. Crossing the aisle to vote for what’s right is the kind of politician we needed, but given his health and age, putting Palin in as VP was just too scary. Even Obama has alienated many in his own party because he has tried to compromise with Republicans. Not that it did any good, because the Tea Party/right wing extremist Republicans in Congress have forced even the Republican leadership (like Boehner) into doing their bidding. Ordinarily, you’d expect that almost any Republican could beat Obama, whose handling of the economy has been abysmal (not that he caused the problem in the first place – that honor goes to Bush/Cheney and a Republican Congress under Clinton). They whole field is pathetic, on both sides, including all those running for Congress and state offices, because the extremists have taken over both parties. Until moderates get involved in the parties at the grassroots level, and take back control from the extremist radicals, we’re just going to get more stalemating, posturing, finger pointing, name calling and inaction while the country goes down the drain. Even if Obama is elected again, he isn’t going to have any better luck coming to agreement with the extremist Republicans and radical Democrats in Congress than he already has. These extremists, with their far right and left wing views are paralyzing America and leading ud down the path of ruin. No matter what happens, I can’t see a good scenario. Regardless of who is elected President, Congress will be a problem, even if it is controlled by Democrats in both houses, or Republicans in both houses. That will just lead us down the road of extreme left wing or right wing approaches that will only make things worse.

  • Happy Aussie

    So ‘he sounds like the rest of the pack’ but he has to lie, that is ‘play to the Republican base’ but at heart he’s just a nice guy you can trust. Sounds a bit hopeful to me. Good luck!

  • petterrjx

    Just have an e-mail away from my Mummy. Her together with my dad require a new kitchen area and are following a loan. We’re 26 and simply started a good IVA as well as live at home with them. My own parents come in there Fifties and have white in color than whitened credit reports. They have under no circumstances missed bills, havent have any existing debt (help you save for home loan), few cards with 0 balances that are used but cleared in pay day. They’ve never also been refused consumer credit until now! These people applied with Santander who rejected. Then applied with Sainsburys whom accepted though a higher rate. This mum thought to see if the lady could increase the loan but said that they couldnt and the there was a note with a ‘bankruptcy warning’ linked to their computer file.

    I have not doubt that this is just as a direct outcomes of me getting into an IVA. When I applied for the IVA I had no idea it could actually affect individuals my family having the capability to obtain bad credit payday loan? Could it be because We live conversant in them?