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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. I am amazed that these RWNJ's still have no clue. They continue to live in their bubble of ignorance and stupidity while the rest of the world goes forward.

    They don't seem to get that RW-religious nonsense does NOT play well with the rest of the educated voting class and will not be electable.

    Of course, if these RWNJ's continue to nominate these extremists with their narrow-minded views of the 18th Century, it's almost a guarantee that President Obama will be re-elected.

    So thanks Wing-Nuts! You make it easy for the rest of us!

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Jan 15, 2012 1:36:40 PM


  2. Santorum couldn't get re-elected in his home state. Whoever supports Rick Santorum because he says he's a conservatives needs to do their homework. They are making a mistake Santorum's record shows he'a a big government candidate. http://bit.ly/zWSIhg. Why choose a candidate that has been in DC forever and voted to create the things they are now running against. Perry is the only candidate that has current experience in creating an environment for job growth in a bad economy and plans to do so. * Cut, Balance, and Grow • Energizing American Jobs & Security.Supports a flat tax, a balanced budget, job creation, domestic energy, a secure border and get America working again, He is a conservative of conviction, not of convenience. Has signed 6 balanced budget during his term as governor and the only one to do so since WW11.

    Posted by: Barbara Espinosa | Jan 15, 2012 2:51:15 PM


  3. Oh, Barbara, please. Your Rick's (Perry) candidacy is even more dead than Frothy Rick's. What are right-wingers smoking that they think their bigot boys are going to come out on top? It's over! They've lost, honey, to perhaps the most boring (even his magical underpants can't bring him to life) Republican nominee in history.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 15, 2012 4:35:40 PM


  4. I'm really hoping Ron Paul surprises with a first or strong second in South Carolina. Santorum is the worst candidate (along with Perry) and Paul is the only one I can get behind. Freedom & liberty are important to me.

    http://www.whatthehellbook.com/2012/01/05/fired-for-not-believing-in-hell/

    Posted by: Jackson Baer | Jan 15, 2012 7:07:40 PM


  5. It's gonna be Romney and the others will be signing on in his support although some will not be as strong in their support as others. The big Republican problem is going to be seeing that contenders such as Paul and Gingrich don't bolt after losing the nomination and mount a third party candidacy. While Paul has said that is no his intention he hasn't ruled it out nor has Newt who has simply avoided answering the question all together.

    Posted by: ThomT | Jan 15, 2012 7:56:09 PM


  6. Paul would be terrible on gay rights if elected but he won't be elected or the nominee so it's irrelevant unless he sticks his fellow Repub's in the eye and goes rogue as 3rd party candidate. If it gets to that point, which it probably won't, expect all of Paul's racist homophobic nutty baggage to rise to the surface. It might be entertaining but it won't be pretty. Better for Paul to score some convention time and ride off into the sunset.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 15, 2012 9:31:05 PM


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