I've tried to like Santorum. He's the classic, hardworking, unassuming, American family man. He's got none of the baggage of Newt or Romney, but he does have a strong sense of ethics and faith. However, Santorum is the wrong candidate for our time. When the very future of our nation is in question, when lawlessness within the White House has reached new heights, and individual freedom for the first time in my memory is under threat by our own government, with all of the real problems we face, the very last thing any GOP candidate should have done was get into socially conservative issues.
Santorum's willingness in the debates to engage on the issue of his past comments regarding states' rights and contraception created an opening. It's no coincidence that Obama, an excellent politician if nothing else, has since successfully co-opted so-called "Women's Health Issues" to absolutely demolish the Republican opposition. At a time when so much is at stake, we should have been smarter.
Santorum, in trying to be the values candidate, only succeeded in taking the spotlight off of Obama and his terrible mismanagement of our economy, our energy, and our foreign policy, and a rapid growth of government combined with a reduction in individual rights and responsibilities. And in exchange, we've been distracted over what truly is a non-issue. As much as conservatives may like Santorum, he's ensured that he cannot win the general election, and his actions have cast a pall over the entire GOP brand.
The result is that Obama and the left have been handed an opportunity to paint this election as a simple question that boils down to, "Are contraceptives good or not?" And let me tell you, to most of the idiot voters out there who have no real idea about anything that's going on other than what the six o'clock news and their local paper or the New York Times tell them (most polls refer to these good folk as "moderates"), that's exactly what they think. We need off the Santorum train now.
Now let's talk a little bit about Romney: He's an extremely successful businessman at a time when our economy is in the gutter. He's an experienced politician and leader who has gotten elected as a Republican in one of the bluest states in the nation, and he's governed successfully by working with both sides. He's pretty good at debates, he's good-looking, and there is nothing particularly wrong with him. Those who try to use his wealth against him will find themselves having to explain why, amidst 8.3% unemployment and a stuttering economy, it's a bad thing to hire for president a man who earned his pay by creating over 100,000 jobs and many of the services we enjoy today. While he's changed his positions on abortion and helped to pass Romneycare, he is now pro-life and has quite clearly stated that he wants to repeal Obamacare. Here's an excerpt from his speech last night in Boston, which he gave after winning Massachusetts, Virginia, and Vermont: