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Good news: Looks like Rick Santorum will run for president again

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Of all the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination last year — Romney, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, et al — the most sanctimonious was Rick Santorum.

As such, the former senator from Pennsylvania frequently was grist for this snarky blogger’s mill (see HERE).

And now Santorum, by way of offering HIS ANALYSIS of Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama, is sounding like a candidate for the GOP nomination in 2016:

Santorum did not mention Romney, whom he challenged in the primaries, by name during a 21-minute speech in a dim ballroom at the Marriott (a company on whose board Romney sits). But there was no doubt who he was talking about.

“When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are Type A’s who want to succeed economically, we’re talking to a very small group of people,” he said. “No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them. Folks, if we’re going to win, you just need to think about who you talk to in your life.”

Trying to carve out a role as a leading populist in the 2016 field, Santorum insisted that Republicans must “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck,” not the CEOs.

“Our leaders don’t accurately reflect who we are,” he said. “They reflect the interest groups around here who are lobbying for an advantage. Everyone who is up here is wanting an edge for their company or their industry. We’ve got to get away from that.”

(Snip)

Mike Huckabee, who during his own 2008 run for president said that Romney “looks like the guy who fired you,” said that Republicans need to reach out more to “the average person Rick Santorum is talking about.”

“He is so absolutely right,” the former Arkansas governor said. “The Republican message is often so horizontally presented that people often get lost in that spectrum.”

Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg said Romney did not run on ideas, but Hallmark slogans.

“He just seems fake, but that’s actually him,” said Goldberg. “Mitt Romney looks like the picture that came with the frame.”

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4 Comments

  1. Craig Knauss

    Pat,

    I know this is somewhat off-topic, but I saw yesterday where conservative intellectual Ron Paul was claiming that Obama was going to use a drone to assassinate that Edward Snowden guy in Hong Kong.

    Here’s just one of the links. The rightwing fog is full of them.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/ron-paul-us-may-target-edward-snowden-drone-1304011#

    And to think Ron Paul can’t win a major election. Wonder why.

  2. Craig: Not that it’s going to happen — and not that it should happen — but killing a fugitive from federal law would not exactly be classified as an assassination, except perhaps, by the likes of Ron Paul.

  3. Craig Knauss

    Pat,

    I know full well that it’s not going to happen. It’s just typical of some of the far-right “thought” processes.

    And I’ve been in Hong Kong. There’s not enough room there to fart, let alone detonate a drone missile.

  4. Steverino

    Considering the potential lineup from the GOP Rick might be the sane one. Wouldn’t that be a hoot.

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