Rick Santorum Senses GOP Dissatisfaction - Duh - Really?

Rick Santorum Senses GOP Dissatisfaction - Duh - Really?

Rick Santorum is a man who aspires to sit in the Oval Office one day, but can it be that he is a little slow in evaluating the pulse of things? I mean, come on, why did it take so long for a political contender to realize that there was dissatisfaction amongst his party faithful? But , just to set the record straight - yes Ricky - GOP Voters are dissatisfied as are the all important Independent Voters too. There is a higher level of political angst and much of it has to do with the Tea Party Candidates who are nothing more than a very extreme faction of the GOP.

So hey, I have to ask the question again - what took so long?

Did it really take a surprise straw poll victory by one Herman Cain to be the final slap in the face to gain some knowledge?

The reality, Mr. Santorum, is that Americans cannot discern an appreciable difference among mainstream Republicans and the Far Right Tea Party Caucus. They are, for all intents and purposes, one and the same animal. Albeit, the mainstream Republicans will appear to distance themselves whenever convenient, but, there is no doubt that the overwhelming belief among regular party members is to stiff the Middle Class into oblivion while leaving Big Business to dictate government policy.

Yes Sir - It Is Class Warfare!

But here is a wake-up call - most Americans, regardless of political affiliation, do not like the constant rancor and hypocrisy coming out of Washington. Unfortunately for the GOP, there is also a strong inclination and belief that they are the larger evil towards everyday people. And let's face it, the GOP didn't exactly endear themselves to anyone when they held the nation hostage and threatened to shut down government. In the end, the government stayed open for business, but Americans felt the pain almost immediately when the USA's credit rating was down-graded. Then to add insult to injury, the GOP have shown a particular unwillingness to make the Tax Code more equitable for the average person.

In short, people feel that its politicians, and GOP in particular, have cut against the very grain of decency that most live their lives by. Look, whether everyday Americans are Democrat, Republican or Independent - they DO believe in a sense of fair play and compromise. Sadly, the GOP has gone to extraneous lengths to deny us that.

Yes Sir, Mr. Santorum - there is much dissatisfaction, but most if it is self-induced. But don't kid yourself either, it isn't limited just to the GOP.

Politicians Have Shown Americans What It's All About!

 

 

 

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  • Santorum isn't going to be the Presidential candidate, anyway. Some press reports lauded Newt for saying that the target was how to defeat Obama and not each other, but he isn't going to be the candidate, either.

    I happened to catch Real Clear Politics on the radio yesterday, which pointed out that Perry laid an egg, but apparently because he took the Pat Quinn stance that it was o.k. to give free college educations to illegal immigrants. Apparently, whoever was on put Romney back into the front runner position, even though they didn't discuss Romneycare. They also said that Cain had a tax policy, even though it was regressive and unworkable.

    Maybe if some Republican candidate actually came out with a draft tax code that he could sell, he could get somewhere. However, as you note, the only position is the "Nordquist" one which won't get any middle class support, even if the Buffett Tax isn't making traction for the Dems.

    In the meantime, Obama went all TUCC before the Black Caucus (at least according to press reports). While the discussion was about otherwise Obama's base will sit out, it seems like Republicans not having a plan and fighting over who isn't conservative enough will have the rest sitting out, too.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack - you have summed it up nicely.
    As I have said before too - I am hoping that a true Moderate will appear yet for the GOP but that seems to be a pipe dream as time is running out. As an Independent myself, this may be the first time in my life that I will NOT cast a vote for President. None of the so-called front runners appeal to me at all - so it really doesn't matter who the experts declare the front-runner. They all suck! As for Obama, while I didn't vote for him I was willing to give him a chance, unlike many. However, he has been unable to forge much of a following outside of his core base. That is not to say that there have been many factors in subverting his presidency, but the very fact that he appears weak and willing to waffle (until now that is) in order to get anything (good or bad) passed isn't exactly what I call inviting. It goes beyond compromising - purely political posturing.

    Maybe a third party candidate yet? Not sure - but you are spot on as to the fact that people will be sitting this one out in bigger numbers than usual. It is a shame too because that just diminishes our voices further.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    So long as there is an Electoral College, Illinois is not going to matter.

    If one wants his or her vote to count in the general presidential election, one probably should move to Florida or Ohio, which seem to be big enough states on the margin. That's probably why the debate action is occurring in Florida.I found it curious that one was sponsored by CNN/Tea Party. Maybe CNN was hoping that the Republican candidates would knock each other out, but it apparently took the next debate (Fox/Google/YouTube) to have any such effect.

    The more interesting question is whether the Republican race will be defined well enough that it is worth it to vote in the Republican primary (despite all the inside baseball about which Publius writes), or to (as usual for me) vote for opponents to people like Blago, Quinn, and Stroger in the Dem. primary.

  • In reply to jack:

    How right you are Jack.

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