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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Red State: Santorum 'sucks,' and the tea party failed


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 nationalconfidential.com

Over at Red State, either Erick Erickson didn’t get enough sleep or he decided to write his thoughts before going to bed at an ungodly hour.
At 4:50 a.m. the conservative commentator and frequent TV talking head posted an Iowa-inspired rant that bashed George Bush, belittled Rick Santorum’s strong showing, and asserted that the tea party movement is now a failure.
Oh, and he accuses the national political press of spewing “bull crap” analysis without bothering to venture outside of the mainstream.
Erickson’s beef with Bush is that he didn’t pick a second-term vice president who would have become W’s obvious successor. That has created a chaotic approach to Republican presidential nominations ever since, he wrote.
As for Santorum, the former senator is receiving press praise for his dogged retail politics campaign, visiting all 99 Iowa counties. Erickson counters that Santorum ran “one of the most God awful disastrous retail campaign operations” until he became the last candidate left to win the good graces of the anti-Romney crowd.
Here is a slice of Erickson’s comments:

“Had Santorum run a successful retail campaign and caught fire on his own accord, he’d have been vetted by now and probably also succumbed to the Romney machine. His campaign was not successful, it’s just all the others sucked so bad.

“And now that leads me to Bachmann and Perry. Bachmann, the Iowa native, won not a single county. Even Rick Perry won two counties. Bachmann must drop out. Frankly, it makes sense for Perry to do so as well except for one issue.

“If Rick Perry drops out of the race it will be the ultimate failure of the tea party movement to see the race come down to two or three big government conservatives. Romney and Santorum both hide behind compassionate conservatism to expand the (government) to suit their purposes. Only Rick Perry has run a campaign to make Washington ‘as inconsequential to our lives as possible.’

“… As you wake up this morning, the tea party has failed because it has surrendered itself into the hands of Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich -- all of whom would use government to suit allegedly conservative ends, which is not conservative in and of itself.”

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