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Santorum May Run Again in 2016

Rick Santorum is continuing to hoist the battle flag for “traditional values” and says that he is open to making another run for president in 2016. Unsurprisingly, he’s also offering incoherent and contradictory positions on smaller government while advocating an authoritarian platform.

“I’m open to it, yeah,” Santorum replied. “I think there’s a fight right now as to what the soul of the Republican party’s going to be and the conservative movement, and we have something to say about that. I think from our battle, we’re not going to leave the field.”

In 2012, Santorum won nearly 4 million votes and 11 GOP primary contests—the same number of states, he pointed out, Ronald Reagan won in his failed 1976 presidential bid. The nomination eventually went to Mitt Romney, whom Santorum argued did not focus on what he considered the “main issue” of the race: The role of government in the lives of Americans.

“We didn’t make that argument in this race. Our candidate didn’t make that argument, as some of us said during the campaign, because he was not capable of making that argument,” Santorum said. “In my opinion, what could have been and what should have been a referendum election on what it means to be an American, what it means for us as a country to head down the road toward European socialism, we just simply didn’t make the argument at a time when I think America was ripe to hear the argument.”

You see, conservatives are very upset about the government taking too big a role in the lives of Americans — if that role includes anything that actually helps the poor, for example. That’s just European-style socialism. But they’re all for government intrusion into the lives of Americans when that intrusion is in the form of discriminating against them on the basis of sexual orientation, or preventing them from using contraception or controlling their own reproduction. It’s been said many times, but it’s still a good line: conservatives want a government small enough to fit inside a woman’s uterus.

Comments

  1. dingojack says

    Santorum May Run Again in 2016

    Perhaps America should invest in a butt-plug! Just to be safe.

    :) Dingo

  2. says

    “Santorum May Run Again in 2016″

    I think this is his “exploratory” run. That Santorum is a lying fuckbag who will do anything to get a seat on the 535 strong Board of Directors, USA, is not surprising. What bothers me is that so many people still think the guy is some sort of moral leader and genius. He’s a blackhearted little prick and just one of he hundreds of conmen on the ReiKKKwing of the GOP.

  3. dingojack says

    The Republican Presidential routine:

    10 Clear memory
    20 Have a bunch of nutjobs nominate themselves
    30 Hold a long negative nomination campaign
    40 Nominate the least-worst nutjob
    50 Run a lacklustre and self-harming Presidential campaign
    60 Have the right-wing echo-chamber lie about your candidate’s chances
    70 Get slammed in the Presidential Election
    80 Goto 10

    Dingo

  4. anteprepro says

    In 2012, Santorum won nearly 4 million votes and 11 GOP primary contests—the same number of states, he pointed out, Ronald Reagan won in his failed 1976 presidential bid.

    And, and, the name Rick Santorum has a total of 12 letters in it, and 4 syllables, just like Ronald Reagan. And Rick Santorum is a white Republican male, just like Ronald Reagan. I think that settles it: Rick Santorum is predestined to be re-elected as Ronald Reagan II, Electric Boogaloo.

  5. says

    Santorum undoubtedly has a high opinion of himself, but he is even more valuable than he realizes. By keeping himself before the public, speaking his God-sodden mind, he reminds everyone of the extremes harbored within the Republican Party. Santorum and Michele Bachmann (what a ticket!) exemplify extremism with a human face, which people need to be on guard against.

  6. Rodney Nelson says

    Our candidate didn’t make that argument, as some of us said during the campaign, because he was not capable of making that argument,” Santorum said. “In my opinion, what could have been and what should have been a referendum election on what it means to be an American, what it means for us as a country to head down the road toward European socialism, we just simply didn’t make the argument at a time when I think America was ripe to hear the argument.”

    Santorum is trying the old but not true “our guy lost because he wasn’t conservative enough” argument. The implication is that Santorum is conservative enough to win a presidential election even though he couldn’t win his party’s nomination.

  7. rmsc says

    Id give him the nomination right now if it were up to me. But hey, I love watching moderate religious people squirm when he speaks.

  8. D. C. Sessions says

    Yes, dingojack, that’s the BASIC idea.

    As for Santorum, he remains the perfect candidate for the Republican Base. And after Romney discredited the Establishment “move to the center” wing, he may well become the Republican Presidential nominee four years from now [1].

    Then again, I’m biased — I voted for him in the Arizona primary.

    [1] At least, assuming that they don’t nominate a token like Rubio, Allen West, or (a twofer) Condoleeza Rice.

  9. says

    I see a screenplay for “The Constant Candidate” with, say, Gary Busey and Vicky Jackson (or, if she’s currently loose, Janine Turner*) in the roles that were played by Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz in “The Constant Gardener”. I know, I know, the plot will have to be changed to take place in the Heartland of MurKKKa and the bad guys will have to be the eeeeeeevil MSM or something–we’ll work all of that out at the writer’s table.

    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janine_Turner
    That photo cannot have been her choice, it defines, “Stepford wife”–fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!

  10. iknklast says

    It’s not just the role in our reproductive and sex lives that he’s interested in; he also wants to control to whom we pray. He wants to force non-Christian kids in the schools to pray to a Christian god. He wants to force us all to live by a slate of values he deems “Christian”. The values that are good in that slate (not killing each other, not bearing false witness, etc) are not exclusively Christian. The values that are exclusively Christian are not good.

  11. raven says

    “In my opinion, what could have been and what should have been a referendum election on what it means to be an American,

    Santorum is just wildly wrong here.

    It’s the economy, stupid!!!

    The Great Recession and its after effects has been the main issue and will be until it is over.

    Unemployment is high, we are getting poorer, and the end isn’t really in clear sight yet.

    What most of us don’t want is Rick Satanorum, a Dark Ages Pope wannabe.

  12. raven says

    He’ll either run, or make so much money on the lecture circuit that he’ll just tease at a run until the last minute.

    It might be the money but not necessarily.

    Despite Santorum’s expressed hatred towards elites, he is a member of the elites.

    Guy has three degrees including a law degree, and was making millions of dollars a year as a lobbyist in Washington DC.

  13. frankniddy says

    I hope he does run again in 2016. And I hope he wins the nomination, because I want Joe Biden to win.

  14. raven says

    Santorum:

    “We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country,” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel. “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

    I’m sure this was repeated on that liberal media outlet Fox News a few dozen times.

    Among the ever expanding list of fundie xian hatreds are smart people, college students, and the educated.

    Of course, Santorum has three degrees from good public schools, one in law, and makes millions of dollars a year. Romney went to Harvard and Stanford and is worth $200 million or so. But they aren’t members of the elites somehow.

  15. thalwen says

    Santorum/Bachman 2016! It would be epic. Given the GOP’s evaluation of why it lost everything it didn’t heavily gerrymander as not being batshit crazy conservative enough, it just might happen.

  16. Michael Heath says

    Zeno writes:

    . . . [Rick Santorum] reminds everyone of the extremes harbored within the Republican Party. Santorum and Michele Bachmann (what a ticket!) exemplify extremism with a human face, which people need to be on guard against.

    He does, but the party as a whole is now extremist. I don’t think this counters what zeno brings up, I’m merely riffing off his post.

    Republicans as a party are now wholly dependent on the very type of denialist delusional thinking we see from Santorum and Bachmann. So while some Republicans come across as less crazy and sane, their premises vary little from their extremists. E.g., they deny AGW, they deny tax revenue shortfalls come from tax cuts which didn’t lead to economic growth, they deny American history and its lessons, they even deny the nature and policies of their current opponents. All of these insane conclusions are near-monolithically held within today’s Republican party.

    So nearly all of Republicans have become, by definition, incapable of governing. Assuming you concur being predominately dependent on false premises will lead to horrible results. As validated in the 2000s.

  17. Sastra says

    Santorum and other Religiou Right politicians and advocates don’t want to “force” non- christians in public school to say Christian prayers: they want to force the non-christian children to LISTEN to the Christian prayers and bow their heads in embarrasment and shame over their differences from their better classmates. I mean, there’s no overt coersion by State. It’s all peer-pressure and the desire to be good and do the right thing.

    The RRRepublicans want a government too small to concern itself with mob rule.

  18. abb3w says

    As the last candidate to be knocked out of the running (aside from RON PAUL!!!), Santorum is arguably for in the analogous position after 2012 for 2016 to Mitt Romney was after 2008 for 2012. Hopefully, this won’t mean that every candidate running will be positioning themselves to the right of Santorum.

    Santorum and Ryan seem likely to make at least token efforts in 2016, but a lot of the “big guns” that stayed out in 2016 like Christie, Jindal, Haley, Jeb Bush, and a couple others. Marco Rubio might also have grown in stature by then.

    Still, four years is long enough for non-negligible chances of at least one “dead girl or live boy” scandal in the pack. Time will tell.

  19. says

    His comparison of himself to Reagan is amusing. He doesn’t have Reagan’s charisma/kindly grandpa power, nor will he be facing an incumbent like Carter who had the bad luck to face a major crisis he had no good way of resolving.

  20. Ichthyic says

    Perhaps America should invest in a butt-plug! Just to be safe.

    butt… that’s only a temporary solution…

  21. Ichthyic says

    “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

    now where have I heard that before…

    “We’ve been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture!”

    -Pastor R. Mummert, Dover, Pennsylvania

  22. Nibi says

    Santorum May Run Again in 2016

    The jokes just write themselves. Santorum will go down in history as the best liberal smear ever.

  23. jayarrrr says

    Well, why not? After all, how many times did comedian Pat Paulsen run for president in the 60’s?

    He just wants to be the first Pope to rule Murrika.

  24. spamamander, internet amphibian says

    @ 26

    Oh man, please don’t use “santorum” and “smear” in the same sentence!

  25. StevoR says

    Yep (p)Rick Santorum may run indeed – and if we’re very lucky Santorum may even become the actual 2016 republican nominee!

    I bet the thought of that has serious halfway sane Republicans shitting themselves.

  26. Ichthyic says

    I bet the thought of that has serious halfway sane Republicans shitting themselves.

    who cares? I hear they’re almost extinct anyway.

  27. eric says

    Our candidate didn’t make that argument, as some of us said during the campaign, because he was not capable of making that argument,”

    “…without looking like a fool.”

    GOP candidates don’t make the ‘small government’ argument during the general election because they can’t make it while demanding tighter government controls on reproduction, without looking like a fool. The candidate can’t make it while demanding expanded spending on the military, without looking like a fool.

    “…without people asking uncomfortable questions.”

    The second reason GOP candidates don’t make ths argument in the general is because voters will quite reasonably ask if your smaller government will reduce benefits and spending on medicare, social security, education, and the like. You can’t answer “yes” and keep the moderates, but you can’t answer “no” across the board and be taken seriously. So you leave all discussion of ‘small goverment’ when you leave the primary stage.

    Of course, I think Rick knows both of these things. Proto-candidate Santorum is acting just like normal GOP candidates act – burning offerings to the GOP’s small government god now, before the general election season. If he were to make it into the general election three years from now, he’s almost certain to ignore it then too

  28. lpetrich says

    So far, it’s

    Marco Rubio
    Rick Santorum

    who have expressed interest in running in 2016. They are both Republicans, and no Democrat has declared interest — yet.

    As we wait, I note that Rick Santorum now has a new home: World Net Daily: http://www.wnd.com/author/rsantorum/

  29. this says

    timgueguen says:
    His comparison of himself to Reagan is amusing. He doesn’t have Reagan’s charisma/kindly grandpa power,
    Different charismas for different folks?
    Santorum is good at sounding real when he speaks. Reagan was a stumbling and mildly creepy style speaker, as I recall.

    nor will he be facing an incumbent like Carter who had the bad luck to face a major crisis he had no good way of resolving.
    True. There would have been no “reagan economic miracle” if OPEC cartel price-fixing hadn’t disintegrated. 2012 price-fixing is more distributed, more robust.

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