Santorum in 2016


It looks like the Republican clown car is already filling up for 2016. Robert Costa reports at National Review Online that Rick Santorum is planning to run for president again next time, presumably after quitting his new job as the head of a Christian movie studio.

Behind the scenes, the former Pennsylvania senator is quietly preparing for another presidential run. Trips to Iowa are in the works, he’s meeting daily with his advisers, and he’s already fine-tuning his message for the early primaries.

Hints of that pitch came last Thursday during a fiery speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s summer conference. Santorum cast himself as a populist conservative. “When all you do is talk to people who are owners,” he warned, the GOP becomes nothing more than a social club for entrepreneurs.

For Santorum, it marked the start of his unofficial campaign. He tells me he plans to build upon his speech’s theme in the coming months, positioning himself as a conservative outsider.

“Some of the Wall Street folks have hijacked the party,” he says. “But we can’t just be a party that’s aligned with where the money comes from.”

Santorum, Ted Nugent, Rick Perry, maybe Donald Trump. Looks like another election where the Republican candidates will try to out-crazy one another. I’m having fun already, aren’t you?

Comments

  1. petemoulton says

    Michele Bachmann quit her job too. You think she might try again? Wouldn’t that be a treat?

  2. tbp1 says

    As amusing as this, I keep remembering that when W was nominated I thought it was in the bag for the Democrats.

  3. Chiroptera says

    I was thinking that it was a positive sign that at least he’s speaking out against the plutocrats. Then I remembered that the plutocrats are probably the ones who realize they need to court the Latino vote.

  4. Rey Fox says

    “Some of the Wall Street folks have hijacked the party,” he says. “But we can’t just be a party that’s aligned with where the money comes from.”

    Oh good, he can start supporting labor unions and bank regulation and campaign finance reform.

    Pardon me, I just made myself snort tea all over the keyboard.

  5. raven says

    Satanorum doesn’t want to be president.

    He wants to be a New Dark Age Pope.

    If the US is so far gone that they elect someone like that, it’s over with.

    Bachmann is just a victim of fundie xian induced cognitive impairment, crazy and walking around in a deep mental fog. Satanorum is warped and actively evil.

  6. Stacy says

    I’m having fun already, aren’t you?

    Oh, yes. Admittedly, I’m a little scared, because Cthulhu knows there are idjuts who would vote for the wingnuttyiest wingnuts–but I don’t really think they can achieve a plurality. At least, the conservatives I know are not that foolish, bless ‘em.

    Wouldn’t it be loverly if sane Republicans could take back their party?

  7. raven says

    Satanorum:

    “We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country,” Santorum said, according to video posted by Right Wing Watch. “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do.”

    “So our colleges and universities, they’re not going to be on our side,” he added. “The basic premise of America and American values will always be sustained through two institutions — the church and the family.”

    Satanorum’s list of hates includes most of humanity.

    1. elite, smart people

    2. Education, especially colleges and universities.

    3. The media.

    4. His hypocrisy is pervasive. This guy has three degrees from good universities, one in law. He uses his education to make over a million dollars a year as an lobbyist in Washington DC. He is an elite, smart, rich…demagogue.

    5. Satanorum has left quite a trail of well documented slime behind him. He is likely to be a sociopath.

  8. John Pieret says

    Santorum, Ted Nugent, Rick Perry, maybe Donald Trump

    Don’t forget Herman Cane and, if we are really lucky, Allen West. Michele would then just be icing on the cake.

  9. oranje says

    I’d be having more fun if these fascist ideologues didn’t convince people to follow them. It’s their supporters I actually fear.

  10. iangould says

    I’ve heard it said that the Republican nominee is usually te guy who came second last time.

    So who would that be this time: Gingrich?, Santorum? Cain? Paul?

  11. raven says

    “Some of the Wall Street folks have hijacked the party,” he says. “But we can’t just be a party that’s aligned with where the money comes from.”

    Satanorum is just lying here and doesn’t mean this. His hypocrisy is legendary.

    1. As a senator, he was notorious for pandering to Big Business and any lobbying group that ever existed.

    2. After he was defeated for reelection he continued doing what he did as a senator, lobbying in Washington DC for wealthy interests.

    3. And making more money in a year than a lot of people will make in their lifetimes. The one year I’m aware of, it was over a million USD.

    You can be sure this is just talk. There is nothing he wouldn’t do to align himself with “where the money comes from”.

  12. D. C. Sessions says

    Chiroptera@4:

    What I remember is that the plutocrats, when all is said and done, are the only remotely sane part of the Party. They may be evil but at least it’s possible to negotiate with them. The culture warriors are perfectly willing to destroy the entire country (if not world) if they don’t get their way.

    They’re suicide bombers on a national scale.

  13. John Pieret says

    sqlrob @ 15:

    Sarah may flirt with running, just for the attention, but I don’t think she’d really do it. She learned in ’08 that campaigning is hard work, which she as an aversion to.

  14. raven says

    I’d be having more fun if these fascist ideologues didn’t convince people to follow them. It’s their supporters I actually fear.

    It’s all fun and games until someone loses a country.

    The last time this happened, the Bush Catastrophe, cost me a lot. Two friends dead in Iraq, a dead 401(K) plan, millions of other’s dead 401(K) plans, a failing economy during the Great Recession.

    It would just happen again.

    Theocrats are incompetent and can’t govern.

    What doomed Morsi in Egypt was monumental incompetence. Egypt is an 85 million people disaster waiting to happen. They import 40% of their food and much of their fuel. Morsi couldn’t keep the food and diesel coming in, shortages occurred, prices rose. His approval rating went from 70% to 24% in a few months.

  15. Chiroptera says

    D. C. Session, #17: That was part of my point. That may not have been clear, though.

  16. says

    iangold@14:

    That person would be Rick Santorum.

    Let’s also not forgot the other likely passengers in the clown car: Paul Ryan, Randy Paul, and Jeb Bush, because the last two Bushes worked out so well.

  17. says

    But we can’t just be a party that’s aligned with where the money comes from.

    Yeah, you can be the party that bites the hand that feeds you. Let us know how that works out.

  18. Larry says

    She learned in ’08 that campaigning is hard work, which she has an aversion to.

    And even if elected, having to actually work for 4 years would be unfathomable to Caribou Barbie. That’s why she’s known as the half-term Governor. In addition, the salary just doesn’t compare to her grifting income.

  19. says

    I’d be having more fun if these fascist ideologues didn’t convince people to follow them. It’s their supporters I actually fear.

    The followers are just like ventriloquists’ dummies: without someone pulling the strings they are not a threat.

  20. slc1 says

    Re Larry @ #23

    Caribou Barbie is threatening to run for the Senate against Democrat Mark Begich in 2014. A consummation devoutly to be wished.

  21. says

    Santorum, Ted Nugent, Rick Perry, maybe Donald Trump

    This is why the republican primary should man up and become a death match. Everyone in a room with one broken pool stick.

  22. dingojack says

    ‘”Some of the Wall Street folks have hijacked the party,’ [santorum] says*. ‘But we can’t just be a party that’s aligned with where the money comes from.”’
    Lil’ Ricky went to say ‘That’s why I’m cozing up to the theocratic crazy class. I wanna git a shit load of cashola without actually having to work as President so I’m planning to come fourth or fifth in the Primaries. Ya think I’m as nutty as those GOP Reconstructionalist Gunloon assholes – ?!?’
    The Press conference ended abruptly as santorum aides bundled the former senator back into his kennel.
    Dingo
    ——–
    * It’s like ‘Simon says’, but shittier

  23. dingojack says

    holytape – fuck the broken pool stick*!
    Picture this: a giant chrome-steel geodesic hemisphere with one door at it’s apex. In the centre of the circular fighting area is –

    [Dramatic Music Stab] A packet of Lucky Charms!!!

    Oooh the rainbow marshmallowy gayness, oh the inhumanity!**

    :) Dingo
    ———-
    * Technically it’s called a Pool cue, not a ‘stick’
    ** or, in the case of the worst of the PoG candiates ‘O the subhumanity’

  24. Johnny Vector says

    Dammit Ed, why do you keep posting articles like this? Do you think I need Yakety Sax playing in my head all the time?

  25. Doug Little says

    This is why the republican primary should man up and become a death match. Everyone in a room with one broken pool stick.

    I’d pay good money to watch that!

    I’d love to see The Donald and The Nuge square off against one another, I wonder what Vegas would say?

  26. D. C. Sessions says

    Theocrats are incompetent and can’t govern.

    Assertion not supported by evidence — they’ve never tried.

  27. raven says

    Assertion not supported by evidence — they’ve never tried.

    Read it again.

    I mentioned Morsi who in a few short months ran Egypt into the ground and is now under military arrest. He is a Moslem theocrat true, not a xian. And so what. What is the difference?

  28. sezme says

    Meh. My ballot already has Alan Keyes written in. Rev. Jones is the Veep. Get on the bandwagon early!

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