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President Barack Obama has faced the nation the past three years declaring his debt-exploding policies to be Biblically-based, in the national interest and necessary to remedy the economic crisis he inherited from his GOP predecessor. When addressing the persistence of continuing economic ills in the fourth year of his presidency he asserts that Republicans impede solutions to the nations ills because they put party politics above what’s best for the country or that  he didn’t realize just how bad the crisis was. Finally, when addressing follow up questions from the media reminding him of his original contradictory claims and suggesting that he is attributing nefarious non-Christian motives to Republicans in Congress, he…oh, wait a minute, we don’t actually remember hearing such follow ups when Obama meets the press.

By contrast, the man currently leading polls to be Obama’s Republican opponent on Election Day faced the nation yesterday for a CBS cross-examination that consisted of Bob Schieffer’s serial cognitive dissonance in mis-characterizations of past statements of Senator Santorum on education, birth control and Obama’s professions of faith:

  • Santorum has long stood for getting the federal government out education, citing the nation’s abysmal dropout record over the past 30 years. Sheiffer accuses him of wanting to eliminate public education.
  • Santorum, a Roman Catholic, is personally against the use of medicinal birth control, thinks Supreme Court precedents removing its regulation from state control was wrongly decided but explicitly believes it should be legal. Yet, Schieffer accuses him of being for denying women access to birth control.
  • Santorum disagrees with President Obama’s recent claim that his health care, economic, financial regulation and foreign policies are consistent with the teachings of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible in general and, specifically those of Jesus Christ. Yet, despite the fact that Santorum explicietly stated that he believes Obama is a Christian, Scheiffer accuses Santorum of questioning Obama’s faith.

Finally, the “revered” CBS anchor of the network’s longest running show descended in to the depths of depravity with a fast one about  the death of one of Santorum’s children designed to perpetuate the liberal line that he is a weird and extremist Christian because he followed the advice of counselors with a family wake. Schieffer refers to the deceased child as having been stillborn in passing. The former Pennsylvania senator wouldn’t let the remark pass despite the “reporter’s” best attempts to move on, and corrected him, as the child actually lived tow hours after birth. Schieffer ended up having to deliver a red-faced apology. (see link above for the entire sad exchange)

Santorum can effectively defend Judeo-Christian values, conservatism and himself

Many in the republican party are concerned that Santorum can be discredited by the media and the Obama campaign machine by resort to such tactics as those used yesterday on the Face the Nation. Of course, the drive-by media and every Democratic Party campaign tries to do the same with every GOP candidate. I remember the amiable dunce that won 49 states.

Yesterday’s performance by Rick Santorum should calm their fears.

Santorum has religious beliefs, but he favors tolerance and economic liberty. Obama has religious beliefs, but he favors having the Secretary of Health and Human Services deciding what insurance policies must be offered for sale.

Santorum has a sterling conservative voting record that implemented the successful economic policies that extended the Reagan Recovery into the mid-2000s, reformed welfare and defeated al Qaeda after 911; during which time Obama opposed legislation that would have required that babies who survive abortions receive life-saving treatment, voted against funding for the War on Terror, voted for the Democrats last two budgets and TARP before he was inaugurated and whose policies as President have failed to produce an economic recovery in the United States  worthy of the characterization.

Yes, after winning four elections to Congress from a Democratic state, he lost to a pro-life son of a Keystone State legend in the 2006 semi-Democrat landslide, thanks mainly to the failure of President George W. Bush to publicly defend the Iraq War. Yes, he voted with most of his GOP colleagues for their party’s pre-tea partier/post-911 president’s NCLB education accountability and Medicare Rx Drug policies. He now regrets those two votes. I’m not going to dignify complaints about puny McCain-losing earmark issues.

Santorum has a sterling conservative voting record and has been a prominent advocate of conservative values and policies in the media. He doesn’t carry the baggage of having been for Romney/ObamaCare-style mandates like his main opponents for the GOP nomination and his character is unblemished.

Yes, he will be attacked as an extremist by the Left. Reagan and Dubya were as well, and both were elected and re-elected. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich would also be attacked. In fact, despite Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast speech, if either Jesus Christ or Moses were the GOP nominee they, would also be targeted for libel and slander of the Democrats and the media.

Santorum has sung conservatism his way, much as did The Gipper and he can defend that record with flip-side encores.

By contrast, Obama’s Hope and Change tune has been no FDR end-of-Prohibition-inspired “Happy Days are Here Again” that became the anthem of the New Deal coalition Democratic Party.

We think Santorum’s cover of Sinatra and Elvis trumps  Obama’s envious crooning come November.

Mike DeVine

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

Editor – Hillbilly Politics

Co-Founder and Editor – Political Daily

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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2 Responses to Santorum’s ‘My Way’ encores best Obama’s original ‘Happy Days are Here Again’

  • Bruce says:

    Mike,

    Here is the problem I see with Santorum. I am not going to question his religious beliefs or values. It is very evident he is very devout in his beliefs. But he lets it get in the way of him being able to address the issues. That is why the media goes after him in the way they do. No matter what media you are speaking of whether it be the MSM as you call them or the conservative media (Fox & Friends/Rush) they find the weakness in the armor and go after it.

    Santorum can’t seem to articulate issues in a manner that separate his religion from the issues. While his religious beliefs will definitely influence who he is and how he handles issues it should not “rule” how he handles issues. You know I am a simple man so I might not be articulating this in the best way myself. But look at it this way. I don’t think the Pope could ever be president. Not because of all of the obvious reasons but the fact there would be no separation of church and state with him. All issues would be handled through the view of the church. I just don’t think that would work nor would the American people want that. And I am not just talking about the catholic church but any religion.

    I watched Newt on Peirce Morgan last night and the man still scares me. I listened to his answer on the auto bail out. And even though the auto industry has come back and is paying back their loans he was able to articulate his views in a manner that made me sit back and think was the bailout really the right thing to do. And also Peirce was not finding any chinks to go after. That is something Santorum can’t seem to do. Articulate just the issues.

    So here is my view on the race. Santorum is gaining momentum and if he wins Michigan then he may own the south. His adversary will be Newt and it all depends on how they are able to divide up the “angry white vote” and the religious vote with Santorum winning the latter. Romney will not do well in the south. And Newt is still the most dangerous head to head with Obama.

    Black in America Baby…..The revolution has been televised

  • Mike DeVine says:

    Agree with you mostly on Santorum’s problems even if he does, eventually, make clear that he doesn’t wish to impose his views as contrasted with Dems that do. Agreed on Newt’s strength as you say. On the rest, not so sure…smile.

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