Primary has pulled Republican candidates far right
On April 3, the chaos that has been the Republican primary season comes to Wisconsin. As voters go to the polls to determine the number of delegates awarded to each candidate, they really only have two candidates to choose from – Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Santorum is the major threat to Romney. Newt Gingrich will not get the amount of delegates needed to get the nomination. Ron Paul has a dedicated following but not enough numbers to win a single state. If no candidate gets the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination, we could see what is called a brokered convention in Tampa. This means that Gingrich could give Santorum his delegates to get the required amount.
This possibility scares me because Obama is beatable. Even though unemployment has dropped, voters are still worried and dissatisfied with Obama. There is still a lot of dissatisfaction with Obama among the moderates, which could swing a close election. They might not vote for Santorum, but they may stay home and that could swing the election in Santorum’s favor.
Romney was considered the frontrunner, but that is not a sure thing now. He appears very out of touch with the average American, as shown by his embarrassing and painful quotes. He told a Florida audience, “I’m also unemployed,” and to a New Hampshire audience he said, “I like firing people.” In Michigan, he tried pandering to the home of the auto industry by saying, “I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs…”
If you asked me six months ago about Gov. Romney I would say that he was a Republican that I could live with; but just like McCain in 2008, Romney is running away from his moderate roots as fast as a sprinter gunning for the gold.
Republicans just don’t like Romney, and his moderate past hurts him among many conservatives. Many fundamentalist Christians view him as suspect because he is a Mormon. In many of the primaries, if you totaled the votes of Santorum, Gingrich and Paul’s tallies, Romney wouldn’t have won most of the states that he won.
But if Romney’s quotes show that he is oblivious, Santorum’s are downright scary.
He compared homosexuality marriage to bestiality and made a weird reference to this mother-in-law and brothers “I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?”
He has disdain for public schools and college, and has recently been slandered for his reaction to the President’s college philosophy: “President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob … Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”
He also said,” I pray that there will always be income inequality.” He also said that the famous JFK campaign speech about the separation of church and state made him want to throw up.
What really scares me is that Santorum has associated himself with people who have said really dangerous things without countering them. He shared a stage with Jerry Boykin, a former green beret, who in almost one breath called Obama a Marxist and a Nazi because of his health care reform.
Just this past week, Greenwell Springs Baptist Church pastor Rev. Dennis Terry said this while introducing Rick Santorum at a religious/campaign event in Louisiana:
“I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation. … There is only one God and His name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words. … Listen to me, if you don’t love America, if you don’t like the way we do things I have one thing to say – GET OUT. We don’t worship Buddha, we don’t worship Mohammad, we don’t worship Allah, we worship God, we worship God’s son Jesus Christ.”
Did Rick Santorum speak out against this? No.
The worst thing to do is underestimate him. People underestimated Bush and he was elected, and we all know the damage he did.
Wisconsin has an open primary, which means you don’t have to be a registered Republican to vote in it. It is also a winner-take-all primary. I personally am a registered independent, but I am going to vote for Romney, not because I like him, but just to help prevent Santorum from receiving our state’s 40 delegates.
I consider myself a Christian, but Santorum’s dangerous views on the environment, foreign policy, the economy, public education and his wanton display of religious extremism scares the living daylights out of me.
If Rick Santorum becomes the nominee and then the president, we will need all the prayers we can get.