Friday, March 23, 2012

Santorum’s “scorched earth” policy

Santorum had his two months in the sun.  And I supported his thesis that the degeneracy of our nation contributes greatly to its current fiscal and foreign policy problems.

But as  in Obama’s dying presidency, the desperation of Santorum’s dying candidacy can be treacherous indeed.  His desperation shows in his scorched earth words.

Santorum’s recent remarks about  Romney being no better than Obama is a classic “burn it all down” statement.  What exactly did Santorum say?

“You win by giving people a choice. You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there. If you’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future”, referring to Romney.

The first part of his statement is true.  The second part could have been true with any candidate in history except Obama.

That statement is widely interpreted as Santorum suggesting we would be better off voting for Obama than Romney because we would know what we are getting.


Santorum screwed up by saying anything that could remotely be interpreted that we may as well vote for Obama.  He is waaaaay off base on that comment.

For what ever it’s worth Gingrich and his dying campaign, he proclaimed Santorum dead wrong to infer that Obama would be better than republican candidate – that any candidate would be light years better than Obama. 

One has to wonder whether Santorum has a clue about how bad Obama is for this country when he makes a statement like that.  He has sacrificed credibility and potential voters, probably illretrieveably so.

Santorum’s statement was a last gasp effort to win votes.  His scorched earth policy is like lighting a back fire that backfires. 

Now he’s trying to recover from his ignorant statement with another :

"I always have said I would vote for the nominee of the Republican Party, no matter who it was."

That statement shows as much indiscretion as his first.

I expect he will remove himself from the race before the end of the month – or so I hope.

Dick Morris lists a bunch of examples of how Romney is different from Obama HERE.

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