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Santorum is the Real 99%

A Redlands Tea Party Patriot rejoices in the numbers from the Iowa Caucuses showing that Rick Santorum, the conservative movement and Americans in general were the big winners on Tuesday night.

Conservative Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucuses despite finishing just eight votes behind Mitt Romney, the only RINO in the race.

Coming from nowhere to everywhere, Santorum overcame massive advantages in money, volunteers and organization from rivals Ron Paul and Mitt Romney to place in Iowa. Santorum should get the gold medal because of his political David-and-Goliath story.

“Game on!” was Santorum's appropriate first words of his victory speech.

But conservatives and Americans in general were also just as big of winners on Tuesday night as Santorum was in Iowa.

Looking at the late-night numbers from my native Iowa, Romney scored 25 percent and Paul won 21 percent, meaning Republican In Name Only Romney and isolationist nut Paul won 46 percent of the vote. That means the conservatives – Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich – won 54 percent of the vote. When those later three retire from the political battlefield, Santorum will gain the majority of conservatives. I would assume that, as the novelty of a Paul protest vote and the Romney establishment vote fade, Santorum’s numbers would grow even more.

Among Republican voters, Iowa is more socially conservative than GOP voters nationwide. Still, Iowa’s numbers reflect national GOP numbers that the majority of Republicans don’t want the RINO or the nutcase.

I would predict a Santorum GOP nomination victory this morning but for Romney’s massive advantages in organization, money and “Super PACs.” Political campaigns can be just as long and bloody as military campaigns, so Santorum’s momentum may not be enough overcome Romney’s advantages in a protracted battle.

Speaking of predictions: I was dang close! I had predicted an outright Santorum upset, but I will happily settle for a second place that came up just eight votes short (that's just .0056 percent). After all, we’re talking about the Iowa Caucuses and not Nov. 6. I also switched spots five and six (I had predicted Bachmann, then Perry, rounding out the GOP field).

(And, for the record, my liberal wife got it exactly right by predicting, in order, Romney, Santorum, Paul, Gingrich, Perry and Bachmann.)

I did see the victory and concession speeches – and, as a political junkie, I’m salivating at the idea of Newt becoming a political suicide bomber targeting Romney. This is as good as political theater gets.

And I love me my Michele Bachmann, but there isn’t really a cornstalk of difference between Bachmann and Santorum. I would have even more respect for Michele if she endorsed Santorum while dropping out of the race.

After all, the Republican GOP nomination is not about any particular candidate; it’s about finding the right person who can administer the medicine needed save this country from the economic and moral carnage stemming from Obama’s incompetent brand of the socialism and Marxism. (Besides, as a veteran, I can say he sucks as a commander-in-chief.)

Game on liberals! I think we conservatives may have finally coalesced around our candidate.

And thanks Iowa! The real 99 percent of the people in this great country of ours -- meaning the ones who take showers, go to work, obey laws, pay taxes as well as raising kids and and ignoring miscreant protesters -- owe you a massive hug for wounding a RINO and giving us a real conservative.

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Clavell Jackson January 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Actually this not true because conservative leaders are holding a secret meeting to see if they can draft another name to get into the race. This indicates they are not happy with the current choice of candidates. And by the way, Rick Santorum, is unelectable. The only thing he would guarantee is a landslide for Obama. Go Santorum 2012! :)
Judi January 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Game on indeed. I would love to have Santorum be the GOPTP nominee, it would insure not only Obamas second term, but a switch of power in congress. Santorum would love to return to the 50's where men are men and women are chattel.The instability in the GOPTP isn't only disturbing but thought provoking. So get 'em Santorum let Gingrich and Perry help you out.
Annie G. January 05, 2012 at 05:45 PM
This whole GOP process leaves me less than impressed by ultra-conservative thinking. Mr. Santorum is exactly the same man with the same platform of beliefs now as when he entered the race, yet conservatives are only looking at him now? All this tells me is they are going through a list, Bachman, Perry, Cain, and Santorum couldn't help but finally get checked once they got down to the bottom. Its like they are wanting us to believe he just now popped out of a bag, "where did this perfect conservative candidate come from"? This poor display of choice making is only damaging the party's chances more and more, and every new choice makes it more likely that President Obama will be re-elected. Not to mention that I am positive that this scramble to find the "anyone but Romney" has nothing to do with this ridiculous Rino label, it is the conservatives excuse for not voting for someone who is Morman. It is admitted on all the Fox News networks as much, and when one compares most of the voting and choices shown by the others, and its become too hard to say who hasn't flip-flopped or made non conservative decisions. In the end if Romney stays at first, when conservatives do have to fall in behind him, I will be very disgusted by that display of hypocrisy.
Casey January 05, 2012 at 07:50 PM
FACT CHECK: Santorum's net worth is at about 1.9 million dollars. He is assuredly not part of the 99%, instead he falls into the 1% category.
David Rempel January 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@ Gene: Speaking for myself but identifying as a conservative, libertarian, tea partier registered Republican, I am against ALL govt interference in the markets, including those you mentioned. I believe Dianne Feinstein has moved to end the ethanol subsidies, and any success by anyone in that regard is welcomed by me. I think yyou just notice when your Messiah is catching flack, because ethanol subsidies have been opposed by many on the "right" for a good decade now. That is because we actually do believe in science, teh second law of thermodynamics particularly in this case. Corn based ethanol for use as a fuel does not produce a net gain in energy due to the energy needed to grow the corn and process the fuel
David Rempel January 06, 2012 at 10:28 PM
@ Gene: The objections I have to such cases as Solyndra are: 1) govt interference in the market, 2) crony capitalism--a business with owners who donate to the current Adminsitraion get the money from ALL of us taxpayers, 3) Its money laundering--a politician sends public money to a private firm which then donates to that politician, 4) it was done against the advice of the govt's own advisors.
David Rempel January 06, 2012 at 10:43 PM
As for Santorum--he is a Big Govt Social Conservative. That means he has conservative values and is OK with using the force of govt to impose those values on everyone. I generally agree with conservative values but NOT with imposing them! That is too much like Sharia Law, etc. If our values are right, that will be obvious by the results and then sensible peole can choose to imitate those right actions. If not, we shouldn't impose a mistake. If correct, we shoudn't need to impose correct behavior and decisions. Similarly, those who oppose things like abortion should be forced to pay for them.
Clavell Jackson January 06, 2012 at 10:59 PM
@David. I am a liberal and I agree with your point. Santorum is a big govt. Conservative. He believes the govt. should have the power to decide what you do to your own body and what your watch. That sounds Orwellian. And how exactly would you enforce that, with a religious police like Saudi Arabia? I can't believe he has the gall to say he is for small government.
David Rempel January 06, 2012 at 11:37 PM
@ Gene: Great! Now what can we do to stop our supposed representatives from spending us into oblivion? The best answer is to shrink govt back to it's intended size. Big govt means big money which will always attract crooks and corruption. Vote against anyone who supports raising the debt ceiling! SOS means Stop Over Spending
David Rempel January 06, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Huge Typo! Those who oppose abortion should NOT be forced to pay for them! Sorry
John St Croix January 09, 2012 at 06:50 AM
When was he 99%? When he opposed RTW twice, said he would not get rid of the Dept of Ed, voted for 5 debt ceilings, had no clue what the Fed is or does or why it should be eradicated, or took lobbing money? Santorum = Bush 3.0

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