I usually leave the deep-thinking analysis of politics (and a lot of other things) to those Moose who are much better thinkers and writers. In this case, I'm leaving it to Ron Hill who wrote at Pam's House Blend the quote above and other great things:
My hope is that rational conservatives will then work to help bring the GOP back to the common-sense middle. The truth is that our party has gone off the deep end. It's as if we're watching the slow, painful death of a major political party.
It seems to me Mitt Romney could have done that. He could have owned Romneycare and pointed out why it was good policy. But then he'd have been too much like President Obama which many on the Right hold against him. After all one of the architects of both healthcare bills recently said "they are the same fucking bill." Instead Romney ran to the Right which many predicted he'd have to do to have a chance for the nomination. And now despite that conservatives are still looking for a "true conservative" as the non-Romney nominee.
... we had Michele Bachmann, whose only redeeming quality was making Sarah Palin look informed and thoughtful by way of comparison.
Most recently, we were treated to Newt Gingrich, the thrice-divorced serial adulterer who - ironically - was the darling of the "family values" crowd. Among other extreme views, Mr. Gingrich seemed to imply that America should bring back child labor.
And now we have Rick Santorum the same guy who lost his re-election bid by 18%, the second largest loss by an incumbent Republican ever. Most folks wrote Santorum off early because he was in the Tim Pawlenty area of polling and the guy holds policy positions largely outside of the mainstream (he's freakin' nuts). But nooooo, Santorum won the Missouri, Minnesota AND Colorado primaries/caucuses. This changed the narrative despite netting Santorum zero delegates. Now recent polling has Santorum up in Michigan and Ohio, and behind by single-digits in Arizona. Mike DeWine the current AG in Ohio switched his endorsement from Romney to Santorum late last week. Will that alone win Santorum the nonination? Likely not but I do wonder if that gives other Romney endorsers pause or might hold off future endorsements.
So is Rick Santorum likely to be the Republican nominee for president? My gut says "probably not" but then again I would never have thought that Rick Santorum would win any primaries or caucuses or would lead in states like Michigan or Ohio (Oklahoma or Kansas, maybe). But will Santorum shoot himself in the metaphorical foot with some of his crazier notions?
Voluntary euthanasia in The Netherlands:
Jihadist training camps in Latin America:
Ending pre-natal testing because it leads to more abortions:
He lambasted the president's health care law requiring insurance policies to include free prenatal testing, "because free prenatal testing ends up in more abortions and therefore less care that has to be done because we cull the ranks of the disabled in our society."
Santorum can't seem to help himself. And while part of me hopes he can keep the lid on the worst of the crazy long enough to win the nomination part of me fears him ::cough::George W. Bush::cough:: while still another part is sorry to see what may be the death of the Republican Party.
Back to our rational Republican:
If I sound harsh on a Republican - it's only because I expect better from the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Goldwater. The nation, as well as the GOP, deserve better; the consequences of an intellectually stagnant and moribund Republican party are simply too awful.
The GOP can do better, and America requires better. I've been a conservative all my life, but would have no choice but to vote for President Obama if Rick Santorum is the GOP nominee. Privately, many Republicans tell me the same thing.