Santorum Exits, Stage Right. End Scene.

Well, it’s happened. All the pontificating and gesticulating and jockeying and vying is pretty much done. Game basically over. Mitt Romney will be your nominee for the Republican Party’s presidential race.

Did you hear that cheer?

Me, neither.

Rick Santorum’s decision to leave the race was rather sudden, but not necessarily unwarranted. His daughter, who suffers from a rare and very serious genetic disorder called Trisomy 18 which kills more than 90% of its victims by their first birthday if not in-utero, was hospitalized again over the weekend. Apparently, though the former senator did not say it directly, that was part of the influence on his decision.

I’m sure he wouldn’t have decided the same thing if he had more delegates or didn’t appear set to lose the primary in his home state of Pennsylvania on the 24th.

Say and think what you want about Rick Santorum. I’ve said before that the reason he did so surprisingly well at just the right time for a candidate was that he rarely changes his position on anything and he stands up for what he believes in, come hell or high political water. Not everybody likes what he believes in, but he didn’t need their support, anyway – there were enough people who were like-minded to bolster his race. But he never could raise enough money and he never could get as organized as the Romney people (because he never could raise enough money).

What was right about Rick Santorum was that he knew what he was talking about when it cames to matters of Congress, foreign affairs and budgeting. Sometimes his answers on those questions in debates earned him boos because the crazy audience members (I swear they’re a pack of rabid animals) wanted him to be less realistic and more wholly right-wing on those issues, but Santorum served as a representative and a senator. He knows the process and he sat on the committees. He knows what’s not going to fly on Capitol Hill, and more importantly, he’s going to tell you it won’t fly. Unlike Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, both veterans of the Hill as well, who have pie-in-the-sky ideas (moonpie-in-the-sky, in Gingrich’s case) and won’t face facts because they get in the way of a good (read: insane) soundbite from a debate. Oh, Gingrich rants against the media, but he knows they’re doing his bidding every time they run a bite.

When Santorum decided to suspend his campaign yesterday, Mitt Romney put out a statement saying he had been a worthy and able competitor who proved he had an important voice in the party and the nation.

Newt Gingrich called his campaign a remarkable testament to the power of conservative values and then “humbly” asked Senator Santorum’s supporters to check out newtgingrich360.com and throw their support to him as he continues his campaign all the way to the convention “so conservatives have a real choice.”

Newt Gingrich is not humble about anything and this was the first time in months that I’ve seen him address a competitor in the race with the respect of a title before his last name. He normally just tosses out last names. Romney this, Santorum that, Obama the other. The rest of the candidates are respectful enough to put the title before the name. Governor Romney, Senator Santorum, President Obama.

So, let me check… yep. I still hate Newt Gingrich.

Ron Paul is still in the race, too, by the way. You wouldn’t know it, because once Super Tuesday came and went, his ability to challenge a frontrunner did, too. He hasn’t won a single state so far and they’ve been through half the primaries. Supporters will tell you that everyone counts the delegates wrong and Paul actually has far more delegates than anyone thinks. I don’t know whose math they’re using. Maybe it’s that drug legalization that’s getting to them.

The good news, dear readers, is that if you’re not into Republicans, you can relax a little. You’re going to have far fewer of them coming at you now. The bad news is that if you live in a swing state, the commercials are going to start hot and heavy soon. Obama v. Romney. Title fight. Whether it will be a gentleman’s game or a Mixed Martial Arts match-up remains to be seen.

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21 thoughts on “Santorum Exits, Stage Right. End Scene.

    • Maggie, I’m interested to hear why you are left less than thrilled by what remains. I’ve made lots of assessments in my Political Snark posts, but if you’d care to share your thoughts, I’d welcome them!

  1. I suppose it’s years of presidential political sighing. I live in Portland, Oregon. In 2008, I think we had the biggest Obama rally of the campaign. I’m not for sure on that but I think I am. I just checked, 75,000 people showed up to see him speak on the Portland waterfront. My sigh is because I’d like to be that excited about a candidate. In my lifetime…Bob Dole, really? Mitt Romney? meh. There are so many Republicans that I am excited about but none are in the race…I’m talking to you Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal.

    So that’s all. I would just once like to be passionate about a candidate and Mitt ain’t that guy. I hope he wins but am I fired up? nah.

    Again, loved the grout cleaning post, very poignant.

    • I get that sense a lot from Republicans; that there hasn’t been a candidate that inspired them since Reagan. I guess that’s why they called him the Great Communicator. It’s clear the party knows there’s a problem; that’s why every candidate talks about Reagan. But they haven’t been able to push a candidate forward who people found inspiring. In fact, I think Santorum was the closest.

  2. I love your line – he stands up for what he believes in. That’s what I want from any candidate. I’m so, so sick of feeling that a politician will say anything, ANYTHING, just to get elected. Show us who you really are, and stand strong for that.

    • I think that’s why so many people gravitated toward him. And though I don’t agree with his positions on everything, I did respect that he stood for what he believed, unflinchingly. I also think there are some cases in which a leader HAS to compromise, has to put aside his or her own personal beliefs because he or she recognizes not everyone shares those beliefs. I’m not sure Santorum was committed to THAT principle.

      • Definitely. They have to compromise to get anything done, but they don’t have to become someone else:anyone else, if the wind blows that way.

  3. I have voted Republican in every Presidential election for which I’ve been eligible.

    I DEPLORE Romney. I despise him so much that I simply can’t vote for him. It would be hypocrisy. And, I am not a fan of Obama, so I don’t know what this girl will do come November.

  4. Sigh. Is everybody blogging these days a Republican? I’m a Dem and don’t understand how any woman, young or otherwise, could be a Republican! But perhaps you don’t remember what it was like before contraception and legalized abortion. The lot of women was not pretty!

    • No, I’ve found far more Democrats than Republicans in the year that I’ve been blogging. I am a registered Independent, and I love to play devil’s advocate in any case. I take your point about women and Republicans, but I know a lot of Republican women who stand for different things. My mother (much as she drives me crazy) is one of them. I’ve learned from both sides, and I think we do well as women to listen to each other when we don’t agree.

  5. I’m just going to throw this out there……… as a Mormon, he has a sworn vow to take avenge the death of their prophets. ( http://www.saintsalive.com/eds-blog/the-mormon-law-of-vengeance-against-the-usa)

    My issue is getting the White House away from the current administration. I like Ron Paul, but I’m not sure he could carry the vote. If I vote for him (or write him in), and I going to split the vote and give the win to the Dems? I don’t know.

    I’m not a fan of any of them at this point, but I think even though Newt is not a person I can respect, I think he’d play the political game on the Hill better than Mitt.

    Meh. Where have all the good people gone? Shoot. That’s an oxymoron, I’m sure……….

    I can’t wait until this whole thing is over.

    • A lot of religious texts say a lot of awful things. Not everyone believes every word of their religion’s texts. Even the bible avenges an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. There are horrors in Christian history that cannot be justified. Whatever else I may or may not hold against Mr. Romney, I refuse to hold his faith against him, lest he hold a mirror to mine.

      Your issue is basically what I think the Republicans are going to have to run on from here forward, and it’s the mantra many GOP talking heads have repeated: “Anybody but Obama.” Ron Paul is not a Republican, so if you are not a libertarian he does not represent your ideals. That’s not a slight against him; it’s simply a fact of his politics.

      • I should clarify that I do not mean to insinuate that Mr. Romney is not a Christian. I was speaking of more fundamental Christianity, and my own faith as a Catholic in particular. I’m sorry I was insufficiently clear on that above.

      • Yep, they do. In the overall, I think it’s important to know where people stand, though. Given that Mitt and his father and his father before him are high up in the church and because of the requirement of these positions to have sworn to these oaths (according to the information), it might be worth considering.

        As far as that goes, Mormons aren’t Christian- they have an entirely different Jesus (they believe that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers and sat before a council which determined who was going to the god of this world:http://www.saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/does-the-lds-church-have-a-different-jesus)

        “the story unfolds, when it was time for Elohim to prepare the earth for occupancy, the Head of the gods called a Council of the gods and there the gods concocted the plan for earth. Elohim asked his two eldest sons–brothers (probably from Elohim’s #1 wife), to prepare plans for the Council to review. These brothers were Jesus and Lucifer!

        Upon review of the plans, the Council chose the plan of Jesus and he was raised to the position of godhood. Apparently, the vote was a close one, for Lucifer became angry over the decision. He led one- third of the children of Elohim into an open rebellion over the decision. They battled against one-third of the children who were in agreement with the Council decision. The other third of Elohim’s children were obedient to the Council, but didn’t want to get involved in the battle. They were not valiant in defending the decision.” {http://saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/the-great-pre-earth-council-of-mormon-gods}

        and they believe they will become gods when they die, on their own planets; “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.” {Law of eternal progression} “Achieving Celestial Marriage Manual (abbreviated ACCM), p.129.

        God was once a mortal man. He lived on a planet like our own. He experienced conditions similar to our own and advanced step by step.”{http://saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/do-they-really-believe-that}

        “By maintaining a rigid code of financial and moral requirements, and through performing secret temple rituals for themselves and the dead, the Latter-day Saints hope to prove their worthiness and thus become gods. The Mormons teach that everyone must stand at the final judgment before Joseph Smith, the Mormon Jesus, and Elohim.

        Those Mormons who are sealed in the eternal marriage ceremony in LDS temples expect to become polygamous gods or their goddess wives in the Celestial Kingdom, rule over other planets and spawn new families throughout eternity. The Mormons thank God for Joseph Smith, who claimed that he had done more for us than any other man, including Jesus Christ. The Mormons claim that he died as a martyr, shed his blood for us, so that we, too, may become Gods. (end)”{http://saintsalive.com/resourcelibrary/mormonism/the-law-of-eternal-progression}

        Etc etc. As a side note, most of my neighbors are Mormon, including my younger 2s best friends. Hunny works with several men who are Mormon, and one in particular he spent a huge amount of time with clarifing (and verifying) these particular points. {at the end of the day, he and his wife cracked open a Bible and left the Mormon Church within a few months.; this after they stopped speaking to them because his wife wanted a career outside the home……..} That site is definitely worth spending some time on if a person is interested.

        Anyhow. Not that religion means a hill o beans as it pertains to politics unless that’s a platform, like Santorum used.

        As far as Ron Paul goes, he’s registered as a Republican, because well, we all know what happens to third parties. I think a lot of people are looking at the overall and trying to figure out who to vote for that will bring in a new administration. It’s like Gary Johnson leaving the repubs and going for the libertarian party because no one would give him the time of day early on. He, actually, did a very good job as two-term governor of my state, and it would have been nice for folks to show him consideration, just to see where he would land in the line-up.

        I mean, if we want to get picky, we can argue that Obamacare is a copy of the failed Romneycare and in that sense, there is not a huge difference bewteen those two on some key issues.

        I think I’m probably not alone in thinking “Crap, are we done yet?” when the ads come on. It’s going to be a long, ugly campaign season, for sure………….. It’s tiring having election after election of just trying to pick the lesser of the evils………. *sigh*

        PS- sorry for the bunny trail. 🙂

  6. Since you provided some information to my readers, I felt obligated to verify it. I looked at the website you’ve referenced. It is not a website that explains Mormon faith or values through the views of Mormons; rather, it explains a particular Christian evangelical perspective of Mormonism. Therefore, I find it biased and would rather refer readers to actual Mormon outlets for information like http://www.lds.org, mormonchurch.com and mormon.org. There you will find through a few searches that the reason Mormons say that Jesus and Lucifer were brothers is the same reason “other” Christians say we are ALL brothers and sisters: because God created all beings, and Lucifer was an angel of God who was cast out of Heaven for his offenses. A fallen angel. It’s not a foreign story to other denominations of Christianity. (Revelation 12: 7-12) Moreover, Mormons believe in the bible and read it themselves, considering it to be the true word of God; they use the Book of Mormon as a supplement, much like others might use the Apocrypha. And mormonnewsroom.org, an official resource outlet run by the Church of Latter-Day Saints, explains that, as all Christians believe, Mormons believe that God wants us to become like Him, “The Latter-day Saint belief is no different than the biblical teaching, which states, ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17). Through following Christ’s teachings, Latter-day Saints believe all people can become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).'” (That’s from mormonnewsroom.org)

    I’d like not to turn this post into a forum for debate over Mormonism, but I felt compelled to make the above clear. Thanks for that opportunity.

    You’re right that Ron Paul affiliated himself with the Republican party because he didn’t feel that a run as a Libertarian or an Independent would garner him a good shot at the office, and I completely agree that Gary Johnson deserved respect as well.

    • As far as that all goes, the best way to gauge, imo, what beliefs are is to talk with those that are members of whatever (in this case, the Mormon church). I know what the LDS website says (and while it also claims that no one is being baptized into it postmortem, there have been recent cases that have hit the news, fwiw) wrt to several issues, but what’s interesting is that it doesn’t seem to always translate to actual practice, according to those (that I personally know) in the church.

      My former Mormon friend told me they were *never* encouraged to read the Bible and were actively discouraged from doing so, because it “wasn’t relevant.” I wish they hadn’t moved, because I have more questions, lol.

      Interesting reading, at any rate. 😆

      I think another question regarding the election process is WHY don’t third parties stick? It just seems that the process is too rigid to actually encourage any other options that deviate from the beaten path, and it just seems like it’s a preventive from actual multiple choice being a contender.

      It creates the rut that we’re in where it’s choosing the lesser of the evils and whoever has the most money to campaign with, wins. I wish Herman Cain would have stuck around longer, too.

      Can’t wait until this is over.

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