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Conservative Conclave Declares For Santorum

Picture 33Today, more than 150 American Evangelical leaders gathered at a ranch in Texas to solve, once and for all, The Romney Problem.

After watching in disgust and horror as moderate Republicans united behind Mitt Romney, and conservatives and Evangelicals split their votes between three and occasionally four candidates (Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and very occasionally Rick Perry), conservative worthies gathered this morning at the ranch of Paul and Nancy Pressler for a gathering organized by Republican bigwigs and professional homophobes James Dobson, Donald E. Wildmon, and Tony Perkins, among others, to decide who shall be the official anti-Romney unity candidate.

Their choice: Rick Santorum.

Ron Paul never had a chance, because he doesn't want to regulate the nation's genitals. Picking Newt Gingrich would have been safer politics, but Newt's not not righteous and they know it. Rick Perry's got the grit, the record, and the look, but he couldn't get elected dog catcher outside Texas. So it's Santorum. From The New York Times:

The field was narrowed to Mr. Santorum and Mr. Gingrich after the first vote. By the third ballot, Mr. Perkins said, 114 people voted, with Mr. Santorum receiving 85 votes to 29 for Mr. Gingrich.

Mr. Perkins declined to explain why participants moved toward Mr. Santorum, other than to praise his consistent record on social and economic issues. In the discussions, Mr. Perkins said, participants were as concerned about repealing Mr. Obama’s health care law and fighting the national debt as they were about abortion and same-sex marriage.

And many evangelicals have said they are bothered not only by Mr. Gingrich’s three marriages, but by his attacks on Mr. Romney’s work in private equity, which they believe amounts to attacks on free enterprise.

But there was no consensus. Several of the worthies still support Gingrich, and there's no telling whether the newsly minted Santora (Santorumites?) will have a tangible influence on voters. As the Times notes:

Evangelicals tend to be better informed and more independent that they were a generation ago, when the endorsement from a leader like Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson held huge sway, said Rev. Paul Jimenez, pastor of Taylors First Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C.

“People will take note of what the leaders say, but the days are gone when you could stand up and say this is our guy,” said Mr. Jimenez, who previously worked in Washington for the late Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina. “Evangelicals have so many voices now.”

The Evangelicals have just one Sunday church service in which to get out the Santorum vote ahead of the South Carolina primary next Saturday.

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  1. Don't these people pay any attention to the fact that Santorum is a CATHOLIC, the servant and minion of the Pope of Rome!! Whatever he says that may seem to be agreeable, he remains the agent of a foreign power entirely inimical to the ultimate values of the Protestant martyrs who died to free the world of the domination of the FALSE claims of the successor of NIMROD and SATAN!!!

    Posted by: gregory brown | Jan 14, 2012 10:47:12 PM


  2. Why are these obviously political organizations not taxed?

    Posted by: kit | Jan 14, 2012 10:52:00 PM


  3. This endorsement of Santorum is very strategic. The Senator is reliably conservative on all major issues unlike Romney, can get through a debate without humiliating himself unlike Perry, and isn't abrasive and scandal-prone like Gingrich. Also, evangelical leaders by endorsing a Roman Catholic "ethnic" from the Northeast are taking the Christian Right and social conservatism in general away from its constant identification with the South and with Protestant Evangelicals. This is a wise political move. Catholic ethnics were part of the "silent majority" coalition that the Republicans relied upon for years, but in terms of leadership they rarely produced leaders with the power of the Southern and Evangelical wing of the coaliton. With Santorum they are finally in the driver's seat. And Southern evangelicals get a chance to show their respect for diversity (even if it occurs only within Repulican/conservative ranks.)

    I have no idea if Santorum can get the nomination or win the presidency, but if he does it won't be as bad for the LGBT community as they fear. Gays have a thriving subculture and there is little a president can do to change this as most of this acceptance came through the free market. He's likely to cool his rhetoric somehwat as president.

    One question: Can I be elected Towleroad liaison to the Santorum administration?

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 14, 2012 11:06:29 PM


  4. Know who has no chance? Any Republican this year. But Santorum is their choice? Come on.

    I'd also politely like to request that evangelicals not be capitalized.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 14, 2012 11:08:33 PM


  5. This is funny given Santorum was roundly defeated in his home state of Pennsylvania (he is not even popular there) and will most likely lose the Catholic vote to Obama. If conservatives think the majority of Catholics will go for the likes of Santorum, they're in for a rude awakening. Probably in the primary but certainly not in a general election.

    While a lot of Catholics may be socially conservative, they are overwhelmingly economically liberal and are in favor of equal distribution of wealth and affordable healthcare for all to which Santorum and the GOP are antagonistic towards.
    But then again I don't think Santorum will get anywhere near the nomination, so this whole endorsement is pointless.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 14, 2012 11:33:54 PM


  6. I'm with Paul R on this one. Republicans are DOA. We will see Obama re-elected. We will see DOMA repealed.

    BTW - GREAT 49er and FABULOUS Patriot football wins today! We had a houseful of guests and our teams were amazing! Par-tay!!! :-)

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 14, 2012 11:34:53 PM


  7. Where IS that largish meteor hitting a Texas ranch when you need it?

    Posted by: Sean | Jan 14, 2012 11:42:44 PM


  8. Yes, great game today with snow falling outside and not much to do but post stuff during commercials.

    Mary, yes you can be liason to Santorum, but only if you put the bomb very close under the table.

    Posted by: uffda | Jan 15, 2012 12:36:38 AM


  9. Oh how i hope Santorum wins the republican party's nomination for president.He is a pre-Vatican II ultra conservative catholic who thinks government should have the power to outlaw the sale of contraceptives.At least 90% of Catholics use or have used contraceptives.Many people don't realize that a strong majority of Catholics (not the hierarchy)are liberal on social and economic issues. The two most catholic states in the union ( Mass and R.I.)are also the most liberal. This guy is so far out of the mainstream that the 1964 LBJ defeat of Goldwater will look like a close election compared to the beat down Obama will give Santorum.

    Posted by: jack | Jan 15, 2012 12:49:16 AM


  10. any person who votes for Rick Santorum proves themselves to be the lowest scum of America.

    YAY!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 15, 2012 12:52:52 AM


  11. Santorumites. They must be called Santorumites, absolutely. Let's make that happen, shall we?

    Posted by: Soo | Jan 15, 2012 12:53:39 AM


  12. They all belong in the loony bin.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 15, 2012 3:08:02 AM


  13. @KIT An interesting question that has begged for the answer for a couple of decades at least.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 15, 2012 4:13:45 AM


  14. Rooting for the Santorum surge! As God has proven tonight with Tim Tebow, he doesnt give a rat's ass about the over self-righteous and judgemental. He's the perfect candidate to latch these Evangelical freaks to as they sink into powerlessness.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jan 15, 2012 4:45:18 AM


  15. Why do we post? What need does it fulfill? Is anybody listening? Does it make a difference?

    I guess it makes us feel better. It does me. Actually I would put it more emphatically: it makes me FEEL better. And, near as I can tell, RELIEF is the feeling, which is a sure sign that something has happened, at least something within. Relief is satisfying and of course part of the relief comes from having communicated, or attempted to. We want to believe in this attempt and we recognize the satisfaction, the relief, it supplies.

    Every hear of letters to the dead? People used to write letters to their past loved ones and post them in the newspapers, maybe they still do, the habit goes back to ancient Egypt at least when people etched such letters in stone and clay.

    Personally, I think speaking out comes with the territory, the condition of being sensate, alive, present and conscious in the cosmos. We feel that resisting Santorum for instance makes a difference, or could, or that loving or having loved someone counts, and it is a relief to state it aloud. Stating it aloud is action and I would suggest that the relief provided by action is akin to the relief one can sense behind the idea of an intentional universe. Say you had an idea about how to do something, that something you had in mind might actually work, and you could never stop thinking about it, you thought about it for decades, for time out of mind...until finally you had to try.

    I recently learned that the physicist/cosmologist Freeman Dyson said that after much reflection he came to believe, or suspect, that The Universe ultimately "intended" to create life, and if this is so it seems to me it must also have intended to create conscious life which is us insofar as I can tell. Can we say then that it is simply natural to sense or believe that our expressions, our actions, make a difference, that they are heard and that they count? Is that the source of our relief? Could be, yes, I think it is. We are, in short, doing the very same thing The Universe is still doing which is finding itself, inventing, creating, discovering and participating with itself, with what it has become, with what we are becoming. And of course it makes a difference - the relief alone tells us that - The Universe, like our shared sojourners on this planet, "hears" when we try to be heard and, I believe, shares in our attempts to improve and in the improving extend ourselves, which is Itself. Expansion is the law, belief and expression are the way and who can doubt that love, freedom, tolerance and inclusion are among the larger objectives. So of course we should express ourselves, even when we are not sure that anyone is listening. Because it actually does make a difference by, at the least, setting the stage and preparing the way for what is yet, and is going, to become. Plus it feels good.

    Posted by: uffda | Jan 15, 2012 7:03:19 AM


  16. According to a 2012 Pew Forum poll of members of the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) 98 percent said they believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and 97 percent say their church is a Christian religion. Mormons have a better understanding of Christianity than any other denomination, according to a 2010 Pew Forum poll.

    11 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (including several presidents) were non-Trinitarian Christians. If some South Carolina voters now insist on their narrow Trinitarian and salvation-only-by-grace definition of Christianity for candidates for public office, they are doing our Republic an injustice.

    Posted by: Mormons Are Christian | Jan 15, 2012 7:45:48 AM


  17. M a C

    Uhm, Heavenly Father via his spirit wives birthed Lucifer and jesus

    Lucifer and Jesus are brothers in mormonism = NOT xtian to evangelicals and catholics

    The Nicene creed 4th century BCE which even evangelicals accept as canon

    "..........the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father. ..........."

    renders mormonism NOT xtian

    a& LOL Im an atheist with Jews in the family tree :-P standing up for f@CKING xtian trinitarian dogma LOL

    Oh the irony

    Posted by: say what | Jan 15, 2012 8:27:04 AM


  18. oh and PS

    MaC

    per that PEW poll JEWS in fact know more about xtianity than xtians

    :-P

    Posted by: say what | Jan 15, 2012 8:30:33 AM


  19. Like flies on sh*t.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jan 15, 2012 8:55:33 AM


  20. The real "Romney problem" they don't want to talk about is that a certain percentage of their base--right-wing evangelical Christians--won't vote for a Mormon because they don't think Mormons are "true Christians". Even if their consensus on Santorum isn't a direct expression of this bias, it's a tacit acknowledgment of it. Either way, if even a small percentage of their base decides to vote for somebody else (or not at all), then Romney is almost certain to be defeated by Obama in the general election.

    Posted by: John B. | Jan 15, 2012 9:45:14 AM


  21. As someone originally from Greenville, South Carolina, I'm a little skeptical of this announcement. Romney has Bob Jones III's endorsement and the Catholic thing still resonates negatively with a lot of people.

    Posted by: Jaime | Jan 15, 2012 9:56:20 AM


  22. God him or herself could endorse Santorum (though even to suggest that is an insult to God) and it wouldn't matter, because he will not be the nominee. His campaign is dead. Over. Kaput. The only interesting thing about all this is watching how desperately evangelical and tea party Republicans are trying to hang on to the fantasy that they have any say in this now. And Romney will never touch this frothy loser as a running mate. Poor, Ricky, all excited after his little surge, but he's all frothed up with nowhere to go.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 15, 2012 10:46:07 AM


  23. John B

    the stats I've seen for best case scenario for romney is "only" 20% of evangelicals will not vote for romney by either staying home, leaving prez spot blank, or writing in someone

    That is a pretty huge chunk of their base, 7 that was best case scenario. It could break larger than 20% but 20% of evangelical repub voters is the floor

    I'm going to predict if romney is the nominee then Obama wins by at least the same margin he beat mccain. Taking bets now

    Posted by: say what | Jan 15, 2012 10:50:07 AM


  24. ps

    noticed a mistake in an earlier post

    4th century BCE = 4th century CE

    Posted by: say what | Jan 15, 2012 10:51:16 AM


  25. Santorum thinks birth control should be illegal. He couldn't even win Mississippi.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jan 15, 2012 10:53:34 AM


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