Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint Endorse Todd Akin

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Rick Santorum (Photo: Getty)

Many in the Republican Party encouraged Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to drop his bid for the state’s Senate seat following a firestorm over comments he made about “legitimate rape,” pregnancy and abortion in August, but at least two major GOP figures are still standing by Mr. Akin. This morning, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint issued a joint statement announcing their support for Mr. Akin’s bid to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

“We support Todd Akin and hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri and around the country will join us so we can save our country from fiscal collapse,” the statement said. Continue reading “Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint Endorse Todd Akin”

Watch the Throne: While Eastwood Talks to an Empty Chair, the Lords of the GOP Angle for a Seat at the Table

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Mitt Romney on stage at the RNC. (Photo: Getty)

TAMPA, FL — It’s fitting that one of the most enduring images of the 2012 Republican National Convention was Clint Eastwood’s empty chair, since the main purpose of the confab was crowning Mitt Romney as the titular leader of the party, finally filling the seat of GOP power that has remained more or less vacant since John McCain was vanquished by President Barack Obama four years ago.

As the saying goes, when you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. After his defeat in 2008, Mr. McCain didn’t even bother joining the primary combatants vying to lead the elephant herd into battle against President Obama in this year’s race. His second, Sarah Palin, didn’t have a place in the primaries or at the convention in Tampa. Instead, she was banished to her Facebook page, where she railed against her overlords at Fox News for canceling all of her scheduled appearances, in which she’d hoped to take to the airwaves in praise of Mr. McCain on the night of his RNC cameo.

Like any coronation, last week’s convention was supposed to be a time for Mr. Romney’s fellow Republicans to rally around him and march into combat by his side. However, the ascent of the House of Romney was accomplished without the blessing of the conservative and libertarian factions of the party. As a result, Tampa became a theater for the sorts of behind-the-scenes drama, intrigue and power plays that so often accompany these matters of dynastic succession. Though ostensibly acting as standard bearers for Mr. Romney, the other lords of the GOP seemed to be more interested in plotting their own ascendancies four years from now than in following Mitt into battle against President Obama. Continue reading “Watch the Throne: While Eastwood Talks to an Empty Chair, the Lords of the GOP Angle for a Seat at the Table”

Rick Santorum Finds Obama in ‘Contempt for the Rule of Law’

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Rick Santorum (Photo: Getty)

Former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum held a press conference call today in which he described President Barack Obama’s policies on welfare as part of a “pattern” of the president’s “contempt for the Constitution” and “contempt for the rule of law.” He also said the president’s decision to offer states waivers lessening the requirements for people to apply for welfare funds as proof “the president doesn’t believe in the American people.”

“The president’s acted with contempt for the law … absolute contempt for the law and for the Constitution,” Mr. Santorum said. “For the president to act in this fashion, to act with contempt for the people’s laws and the people’s Constitution as he has done here, and by the way, he has done on repeated occasions over the past several months in office on immigration, on his healthcare law and some other things.” Continue reading “Rick Santorum Finds Obama in ‘Contempt for the Rule of Law’”

Santorum Decries Obama ‘Capitulation’ On Gay Marriage

 

rick santorum Santorum Decries Obama Capitulation On Gay MarriageOne-time Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum released a statement this afternoon in which he accuse President Barack Obama of making a “capitulation” after his announced support of marriage equality this afternoon. 

“President Obama has consistently fought against protecting the institution of marriage from radical social engineering at both the state and federal level,” Mr. Santorum said. “The President recently opposed the North Carolina constitutional amendment and, of course, he refused to defend President Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme court. The charade is now over, no doubt an attempt to galvanize his core hard left supporters in advance of the November election.” Continue reading “Santorum Decries Obama ‘Capitulation’ On Gay Marriage”

New DNC Video: Romney Is Right–To The Right Of Santorum, In Fact

romney2 New DNC Video: Romney Is Right  To The Right Of Santorum, In FactWhen Newt Gingrich formally endorsed Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign quickly launched a web video of the former speaker’s harsh words against the presumptive GOP nominee. 

And now that Rick Santorum has followed suit, endorsing Mr. Romney (albeit somewhat tepidly) this morning, the Democratic National Committee has taken a similar tact, this time splicing together footage of Mr. Romney explaining ow he is so conservative that he is even more conservative than Mr. Santorum, who was the darling of the far-right Tea Party set during the campaign.

“Who is more conservative than Rick Santorum?” the ad asks. “The guy receiving his endorsement.” Continue reading “New DNC Video: Romney Is Right–To The Right Of Santorum, In Fact”

Mitt Romney Thanks Rick Santorum For His Endorsement

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Rick Santorum

Mitt Romney issued a statement today thanking Rick Santorum for endorsing him via an 1,107 word late night email yesterday.

“Senator Santorum ran a spirited race and his commitment to conservatism energized millions of Republicans around the country,” Mr. Romney said. “Ann and I extend our sincere gratitude to Karen and Rick for his endorsement.” Continue reading “Mitt Romney Thanks Rick Santorum For His Endorsement”