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Habemus Santorum!

Jim Burroway

January 14th, 2012

A group of 150 cardinal (meaning primary or major) leaders of the Evangelical movement met in conclave in Texas to choose their standard bearer for the Republican presidential nomination. The white smoke has cleared and Rick Santorum emerged as their Vicar:

Tony Perkins wraps Texas meeting of social conservatives for media, says CBN confirms the report. Slate has this quote from Tony Perkins:

“What I did not think was possible appears to be possible,” said Perkins. After three rounds of balloting, “there emerged a strong consensus around Rick Santorum as the preferred candidate of this room.” It was a “clear, clear majority,” 115 out of 150, by the time other candidates were dropped off the ballot.

Sounds like it was straight out of the Sistine Chapel, doesn’t it? Team Santorum is ecstatic:

Answered Prayer! He brings 3 major voting blocks together! Evangelicals 2. Catholics 3. Jews (strong support of Israel) #GameOn



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Hilarious. If only it would have an actual effect on the Republican primaries. They are certainly right that a Santorum candidacy would be a God-send. Hah.

Ben In Oakland
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And Tim Lahaye thinks Newt is gingrilicious. too bad neither of them iwll be the nominee.

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Did the box of rocks have a comment?

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No surprise. Tony Perkins, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, runs a hate group. Makes sense to endorse the most hate-filled candidate. Oh, how I would love to see him get the nomination.

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Not that shocking. Who else were they going to pick, Ron Paul?

Richard Rush
January 14th, 2012 | LINK

I’d bet that more than one member of that conclave has had some up-close and personal experience with santorum.

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If only the Religious Right had the power that they think they do. Obama would crush Santorum in a general election. But alas, it will be down to the wire, Romney vs Obama.

Frank Provasek
January 14th, 2012 | LINK

The Republicans have crossed over into oblivion…soon to be curiosities of the past like the Whigs and Know-Nothings. They exist now as an old angry white people’s party, strongest in the South and mountain West and rural areas among aging whites, but without much reach beyond that. They vote against their own interests, name call their opponents “Nazi, socialist, communist, fascist” without even understanding what those words mean, they fear the changing demographics of America, they talk about “freedom” but if you are a person of color, gay or lesbian, non Christian, liberal, progressive, immigrant, speak a foreign language, working class, pro-choice, poor, young, Democrat, elderly, Union member, college-educated, or a woman, they will suggest that you need to be censored, jailed, restricted, deported, or executed. Yet THEY are in the minority. Most live in an alternate reality of Fox News, talk radio, right-wing blogs and evangelical churches. They really believe that most Americans agree with them, that the Tea Party will make HUGE advances in the 2012 elections, and that ANY of the GOP candidates can defeat Obama (or often OBongo, OMammy, Buckwheat and other racist names.) What about the pinpoint focus on jobs-jobs-jobs? Their track record in the Congress has been the same old agenda of 1980s “moral majority” issues — Abortion, gays, God and guns.

January 15th, 2012 | LINK

Headline Made of WIN! (And also….Ewwwww)

Lynn David
January 15th, 2012 | LINK

It’s all about genitalia! And Santorum is the one expected to control the genitals of the country. He’ll gut every other government department except his new sex police.

Timothy Kincais
January 15th, 2012 | LINK

Wow, Frank. You’ve really got them figured out, don’t you? But… just guessing here… I suspect that you don’t actually know any of these people you describe so eloquently.

January 15th, 2012 | LINK

@Frank Provasek:

The tail wags the dog. You can describe them all you wish, but if you don’t account for the power they truly hold, you stop too soon.

I too believe they are, in number, a (large) minority in most of the country. Yet they are the ones who get out to vote, and that’s the source of their power. A complete description needs to include that fact. They participate on election day; too many who oppose them do not.

Craig Howell
January 16th, 2012 | LINK


Right you are. As Santayana said: All that is needed for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.

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