By The Right Scoop


I’ve been getting this video all morning that Townhall published yesterday and it’s time to set the record straight, as best as I can. I’ve been unable to find the source video, so I don’t currently have the full context. But even so, it should be fairly easy. People for some reason hear him saying that he has a problem with the Tea Party or something, and that he’ll stand against it. But that’s not what he said at all and Townhall has gotten it wrong as well.

Listen closely and you’ll hear him talking about a movement, perhaps the libertarian movement, within BOTH the Republican Party and the Tea Party Movement that is attempting to refashion conservatism. He’s not talking about the Tea Party Movement refashioning conservatism within the Republican Party.

I’ve got some real concerns about this movement within the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement to sort of refashion conservatism. I will vocally and publicly oppose it and do my best to correct the record.

Here’s the video:

Though he’s talking about the libertarian movement in the video, because it’s been cut I can’t be sure that’s the movement he was referring to and Townhall didn’t provide any commentary about it, just a misleading title.

Even so, I stand by what I’ve written above and if I can ever find the original video source I’ll post it here for all to see. I’ve contacted Greg Hengler but he hasn’t responded to my email yet.

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  • http://twitter.com/Winston80 Winston
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    this misleading video is crap

    • Anonymous

      It’s not misleading. Rick is an arrogant little….. (fill in the blank)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Poncy/1339730989 Jeremy Poncy

        Have you seen the original video source? because if you haven’t that is clearly a biased view made with partial facts.

  • Anonymous

    This is the game now folks. To create a false meme, it’ll be cut and past overtime for the dissemblers out there. Santorum is coming in as target number one over the others who came before before him. It’s going to get nasty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    McLame Endorsement: Rips corruption in earmarks then promptly says Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum doesn’t “share that view” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ovqv0SV2EY

    Idiot.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFUD5ZFQKBK4G74NZJ3N4Q3XKE Bzip

    Kind of like that “black” comment that he “didn’t” make. Good grief, how many times are you people goig to try and cover up for this big gov’t big spender.

    You might actually try doing some research on the guy, perhaps you might find his actual voting record confirms he is another big gov’t pseudo conservative;

    What A Big Government Conservative Looks Like (Santorum)
    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like/

    You might also find if you open your eyes long enough, that Santorum is no stranger to lobbying either;

    Rick Santorum, ‘Stealth Lobbyist’
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/rick-santorum-stealth-lobbyist/story?id=15298204#.TwYXU_ncBnQ
    “He has been, essentially, a stealth lobbyist,” said Bill Allison, editorial director for the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog group. “He has been hired to try to influence policy on behalf of his clients without crossing the thresholds that would require him to report what he’s doing.”

    • http://www.therightscoop.com/ The Right Scoop

      I’m not covering up for this guy. He didn’t say what people think they heard and I’m clearing the record.

      But thanks for impugning my motives.

    • Anonymous

      And how many times are you going to try and denigrate a good man? You pop out of nowhere with this one track agenda of trying to hurt Santorum? Why? Is it the Paulbot in ya’? According to the left Santorum’s so far right he’s already fallen off the edge of the planet.

      Please tell us which candidate is conservative enough for you. While you’re at it, try finding another nonslanderous horse to ride. I’m guessing you fancy yourself as some sort of Ron Paul-Paul Revere, whose head lives in his horses’ rear.

      Whoever or whatever your candidate is, how about trying to raise your candidate by raising your candidate rather than trashing another. You are accomplishing nothing with this tripe other than alienating the readers here.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ajtelles Art Telles

      “BIG GOV” vs. “Big Gov” vs. “small big gov”…

      Look at it this way, Bzip.

      Conservative Rick Santorum is for constitutional “limited Big Gov”… NOT for Obama style “unlimited BIG GOV” and NOT for Paul style “less… is best… small big gov”

      vs.

      Libertarian Ron Paul is for “less… is best… small big gov”… NOT for Santorum style constitutional “limited Big Gov” and NOT for Obama style unconstitutional “unlimited BIG GOV”

      vs.

      Obama is for unconstitutional and “unlimited BIG GOV”… NOT for “limited BIG Gov” and NOT for “less… is best… small big gov”

      What’s the difference?

      Libertarian Ron Paul is for the traditional libertarian “less… and less… and less… is best” and contradictory “small big gov”

      vs.

      Conservative Rick Santorum is for the constitutional and traditional conservative “limited Big Gov”.

      Now, what’s the difference between Paul and “less… and less… and less… is best… small big gov” and Santorum and constitutional “limited Big Gov” and Obama and unconstitutional “unlimited BIG Gov”?

      Santorum –
      Unlimited freedom with a restraining “Big Gov”

      vs.

      Paul –
      Unlimited freedom with NO restraining “small big gov”

      vs.

      Obama –
      Limited freedom with totally restraining “BIG GOV”

      The Santorum conservative protect private property “limited Big Gov” is constitutional.

      The Paul libertarian “less… and less… and less… is best… small big gov” is contradictory and will NOT protect constitutional private property possession.

      The Obama progressive redistribution of wealth “unlimited BIG GOV” is communistic… elimination of private property.

      Santorum and Paul are NOT for communistic “unlimited” BIG GOV

      Santorum and Paul do NOT differ on the meaning of communistic “unlimited BIG GOV” but on the meaning of of constitutional “limited Big Gov”

      Constitutional “Big Gov” protects the rights of private property possession

      vs.

      The contradictory libertarian “small big gov” that will weaken the right to possession of private property.

      Weaken rights? How?

      A Ron Paul libertarian “weak” small big gov will NOT withstand enemies, foreign OR domestic.

      Art

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=704130538 Mitchina Soli

      And I am wondering… who among them can cast stones? Who? You people are looking for perfection in the MOST UNLIKELY places… government. What the hell do you want, anyway? Oh, that’s right… the same “American Dream” Obama spoke of? Yep, we’re getting a crappy president then in 2012 and beyond since nonya goofballs have a better candidate to throw up there. Ron Paul, et al, are NOT by ANY MEANS even close to being acceptable either. So now what, smarty-pants people?

  • http://www.kennethballard.com Kenneth

    Libertarians don’t believe in no government either. Stop equating anarchism with libertarianism. They are not the same concept. Our view of government is similar to that of Thomas Paine, meaning it is a necessary evil in its best form, an intolerable evil in its worst.

    The premise that libertarians are trying to “refashion conservatism” is bunk unto itself. The Tea Party movement originated with libertarians and the Libertarian Party. Google it. Libertarians don’t want to refashion conservatism because we won’t be able to and we know we won’t be able to. Libertarianism was never conservatism to begin with, but originated from classic liberalism before liberalism was refashioned by progressives and socialists, so if we were going to try to refashion anything, it’d be liberalism back into classic liberalism.

    Any perception that libertarians are trying to “refashion conservatism” is simply because we have a two party system and libertarians either get elected under one of the two parties or, seemingly, not at all. Plus given the growing prevalence of libertarianism with each passing year, it’s either run within the two parties that are prevalent or split them, which is a growing concern with one particular candidate this blog and other conservatives prefer, to borrow my own words from another comment, crucifying as if he was Pontius Pilate in a past life.

    • StNikao

      Thomas Paine said, “In America, the Law is our King.”

      Not Obama’s agenda that he’s been ignoring the Constitution to follow or Romney using executive fiat to establish same-sex marriage in MA overriding the State Law.

      • http://www.kennethballard.com Kenneth

        That wasn’t executive fiat that established same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. That was the Massachusetts Supreme Court declaring that a prohibition on same-sex marriage violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

  • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

    To be totally fair to Santorum I have to point out that the executive editor of Town Hall and Town Hall Magazine is Hugh Hewitt. He is a passionate Romney Supporter. Hewitt wrote “Mormon in the White House” back in 2008 to help make the case for Romney.

    On the other hand…

    Santorum has not been embraced by the Tea Party. There is no sign in the polls that the Tea Party is shifting into his column.

    As I mentioned earlier, Santorum loves working with the “Democrat” wing of the GOP. He loves working with Dems as well. Santorum has always been a GOP Party Guy” who has never challenged the party establishment.

    Rick Santorum Loves Working With Democrats (ht:HotAir)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      there’s no real sign? the conservatives of tea party are split between Santorum and Gingrich, I think it’s obvious, I don’t think they are hiding behind Romney, as I heard one tea party leader say ‘I don’t know any tea party member that doesn’t despise Mitt Romney.’

      • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

        Do you have polls to back that up?

        • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

          BTW: Here’s what the Tea Party has to say about Rick Santorum

          She said that Santorum would appeal to some socially conservative voters but that he violated the core tenet of the Tea Party — fiscal responsibility — during his tenure in the Senate.

          Source: USAToday

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

            the tea party didn’t exist back then

            • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

              Back when? I guess the Tea Party doesn’t matter to you.

              • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

                When Santorum was Office. Where was the Tea Party back then?

                The Tea Party exists now, does matter and is important. It is pushing the Republican party where they need to be and I think Santorum’s campaign is more in line with the Tea Party than frontrunner Mitt Romney.

                • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

                  They are looking at his record. He has no record of being a small governemnt guy. He’s a typical establishment Republican.

                  It’s all academic.

                  New Hampshire: Romney 44, Paul 20, Gingrich 8, Santorum 8

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

          New Rasmussen National GOP Poll:
          Romney 29%, Santorum 21%, Gingrich 16%

          New Rasmussen Poll South Carolina Primary:
          Romney 27%, Santorum 24%, Gingrich 18%

          http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/election_2012_republican_presidential_primary

          • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

            Where’s the demo analysis?? Santorum is getting the evangelicals and Social Conservatives not the Tea Party.

            The Tea Party is not impressed with him.

            She said that Santorum would appeal to some socially conservative voters but that he violated the core tenet of the Tea Party — fiscal responsibility — during his tenure in the Senate.

            Source: USAToday

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

              So if this is true who do you think the tea party support is polling to?

              Not Romney, Not Rick Perry (He had it but Bombed it in the Debates), Not Huntsman, Ron Paul is getting the libertarian tea party support, So it’s down to Santorum and Gingrich right now getting the tea party support and there are also a lot of social conservatives and evangelicals in the tea party

              • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

                Funny you should ask. In NH you have this:

                Romney still underperforms among conservative voters, Tea Party supporters and evangelical Christians in the state — but not to the extent he did in Iowa.

                Indeed, he leads among very conservative voters (getting 30 percent to 27 percent for Santorum), Tea Party supporters (35 percent to Paul’s 25 percent) and evangelical Christians (31 percent to Santorum’s 30 percent).

                Source: HotAir.com

                • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

                  That’s New Hampshire, isn’t the one of the most, if not the most liberal states in the union? It would be a surprise if Liberal Mitt Romney wasn’t leading there.

                • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

                  Call it what you will. Nearly every candiate who wins NH goes on to win the nomination.

                • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

                  George W. Bush and Bob Dole lost NH and won the nomination. If Romney loses South Carolina and Florida he lost his cake walk to the nomination

                • http://www.planettron.com NickDeringer

                  You’re conveniently overlooking the other 16 candidates who did go on to win the nomination since 1948.

                • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

                  still it doesn’t guarantee the GOP nomination in this election cycle.

                • Anonymous

                  TRUE. NO REAL TEA PARTIER who knows why it was started in 2007 would support Rick.

                • Anonymous

                  I’m a real Tea Partier and I know why it was started, and I support Rick Perry and Rick Santorum. So, your post is toast.

            • Anonymous

              ….because the TEA Party is in line with everyone they choose…except for Nikki Haley and a boat load of others that I cannot remember. Why aren;t they prpotesting in the streets in front of the WH against thy god, Obama.

            • Anonymous

              This is a quote from The Tea Party??? How can that be? The Tea Party is not a monolithic group. I’m a member of the Tea Party in the county that I live. We didn’t say this. Each and every Tea Party group are individual consisting of individuals. No part of the tea party ever tells another part what to do, how to think or anything remotely similar. They do not have that ability or power.

              “She said…” ? And who is she? She can kiss other tea party groups collective ass…whoever she is. Good grief.

              If she can speak for the entire tea party, perhaps I could speak for all humans. Wait a second, that would be just as imaginary, just as dubious, and just as foolish as what you’ve quoted here…twice. If I could ball it up and toss it in the trash I would. This post will have to suffice.

              • http://twitter.com/apackof2 apackof2

                Appears that after you stated the obvious here that Mr. Nick existed stage right…

  • Anonymous

    I hope I am wrong, but it sounds to me like he is saying he has some concerns about the tea party movement, along with his concerns about Libertarianism.

    If that is what he said, then he really is the Establishment candidate. They are all wary of the Tea Party, but few are willing to say so publicly. Santorum has never been afraid to say what he believes.

    • Anonymous

      He is spouting off the same uninformed talking points about libertarians as the rest of the GOP. I guess that they are counting on the people to be as uninformed as they are, so that they will buy into it and stay away from Ron Paul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001626886085 Aaron Bennett

    The statement “I’ve got some real concerns about this movement within the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement to sort of refashion conservatism. I will vocally and publicly oppose it and do my best to correct the record.” does not seem edited to me and it pretty clear that he is an establishment guy. IMO

    • http://twitter.com/rmccorkle Harrison

      Exactly. It’s clear he IS talking about the Tea Party. Let’s be honest, the Tea Party ideology is not compatible with Rick Santorum. His voting record makes that abundantly clear.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

        He wants to Cut Taxes and Entitlement reform how is that not compatible with Tea Party?

        • http://twitter.com/rmccorkle Harrison

          No doubt, as every GOP candidate says they are. But he does have a long Senate voting record that can be scrutinized. He’s voted for much garbage and we’re all aware of the earmarks. He’s not Harry Reid and he’s not Jim Demint. He’s a bit to the right of the middle of those two. I think it can safely be said that average Tea Party supporters aren’t enthusiastic about Rick Santorum.

        • Anonymous

          This far the TEA party is emphasizing material economics only and that Santorum believes is short of what is needed. I agree with what he desires which is turning back to God for all things.

        • Anonymous

          He has no idea about the FED, one of the lynchpins of the tea party movement which started in 2007. He won’t get rid of Dept of Ed which is what is enforcing the UN agenda in our public schools, turning out all those little progressives brainwashed so nicely. Fake GOP anyone?

    • http://twitter.com/rmccorkle Harrison

      Exactly. It’s clear he IS talking about the Tea Party. Let’s be honest, the Tea Party ideology is not compatible with Rick Santorum. His voting record makes that abundantly clear.

    • Anonymous

      Santorum may be referring to the facet of the TEA Party that only desires economic issues. COnservatism generally embraces that and a belief that the country needs to get back to the worshiping God so that HE will bless us once again. The economics only argument is a hollow one that emphasizes material wealth before 18th century “persuit of Happiness”.

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    “I’ve got some real concerns about this movement within the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement to sort of refashion conservatism.”

    This is the kind of sentence I have my son read and comprehend when doing grammar. The above sentence could be taken as it was claimed, that Santorum has concerns with the Tea Party. But when you listen to the video, and read the transcript, it says, “the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement to”.

    If Rick was saying or including the Tea Party with the libertarians, he would have said, “I’ve got some real concerns about this movement within the Republican Party “COMMA” and the Tea Party movement… listening to the video, he would have had a slight hesitation between the words “Party” and “And”. Meaning that he was saying the Tea Party alone was trying to refashion Conservatism.

    Sorry- not really a great example of grammar, but I stand with Scoop on his take on this. :-D

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    “I’ve got some real concerns about this movement within the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement to sort of refashion conservatism.”

    This is the kind of sentence I have my son read and comprehend when doing grammar. The above sentence could be taken as it was claimed, that Santorum has concerns with the Tea Party. But when you listen to the video, and read the transcript, it says, “the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement to”.

    If Rick was saying or including the Tea Party with the libertarians, he would have said, “I’ve got some real concerns about this movement within the Republican Party “COMMA” and the Tea Party movement… listening to the video, he would have had a slight hesitation between the words “Party” and “And”. Meaning that he was saying the Tea Party alone was trying to refashion Conservatism.

    Sorry- not really a great example of grammar, but I stand with Scoop on his take on this. :-D

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

      I think it’s clear he was talking about the libertarian part of the tea party, even the question in the beginning was about a section in the 1964 civil rights bill be open for review, a libertarian position, and which Ron Paul believes restricts liberty, so if people want to discriminate for whatever even race, they have that right.

  • http://twitter.com/113KriEger 13Krieger

    Even though this is a hacked video…I saw and heard nothing but Conservative ideas and positions coming from Rick Santorum. Entitlements are not earmarks. It is the job of Congress as the nations purse keeper to distribute earmarks. That’s their job!

    As to the 1964 civil right bill it would have been nice to hear the rest of the answer other than cut it out at ”no”.

    As to Conservatives taking on Libertarians in the Republican party….RIGHT ON! No government is anarchy and that is flat wrong!

    Go Santorum Go!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/RADykal Robert D.

      True, but earmarks are still a big problem that leads to more runaway government spending and a process of corruption among our politicians. It needs to be addressed.

      • http://twitter.com/113KriEger 13Krieger

        I must agree with you. The process of political corruption is bad among politicians and money as they say is the root of all evil. However it is the job of Congress to plan and distribute the nations funds as the keeper of the national purse. I think Rick Santorum lays out a good position concerning earmarks and what should be done. Take a look.

  • Anonymous

    “Why is it you Americans love tearing DOWN your Conservative Politicians?Then when it comes time to tearing DOWN your Marxist Community Organizer POTUS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA it is shut the BARN DOOR and we do not hear one COW MOOOOOOOO anything like the Conservatives throw at their Candidates.My fellow Americans WAKE UP because your Nation and the free world is once again depending on y’all.”
    God Bless the U.S.A.

    • Anonymous

      We’re vetting them. I wish the left would do the same to their candidates instead of going off of slogans and rhetoric. Any one of these will be better than Obama, except for Ron Paul, and we just want to make sure we choose the best one. I will get behind whoever wins the nominaton.

  • Anonymous

    Other than being good on social issues…he sure seems kinda wormy to me. I do not trust him.

    • Anonymous

      YOu’re correct He’s like Huckabee.. you can fool the religious types that want a theocracy, but forget his ‘conservative’ voting record.

  • StNikao

    I’m glad Rick Santorum is now being heard. In the first debates, the media side-lined him and didn’t let him speak. Afterwards, when he went downstairs to the ‘spin rooms’ he was relaxed and articulate and his strained expression on stage disappeared.

    In 3-4 videos, Sarah Palin has consistently praised Rick Santorum. In fact, he’s the only one she has outright praised.

    The Arlen Specter endorsement was Santorum making a deal to get conservative Justices on the SCOTUS. Since Specter was one of the chief men who got SC justices approved, Santorum got Specter to pledge to approve Bush’s appointments if Santorum endorsed Specter. So we got two lifetime conservative Justices, Alito and Roberts out of the deal and Santorum sacrificed politically (possibly his own re-election) for the sake of possibly overturning Roe vs Wade.

    • StNikao

      In the video, Santorum is talking about libertarianism, not the TEA Party.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFUD5ZFQKBK4G74NZJ3N4Q3XKE Bzip

    For those Santorum fans I think you ought to figure out how he is going to get the nomination since he will be missing on a number of ballots, short a lot of delegates:

    After late surge, Rick Santorum could miss state ballot deadlines
    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-after-late-surge-rick-santorum-could-miss-a-number-of-state-ballots-20120106,0,2400100.story?track=rss

    “In all, Santorum could miss out on up to 200 delegates from four states (and D.C.) before the contests are held.”

    • Anonymous

      What it takes to get a few thousand signatures is to hire an agency to hit the streets. So Santorum supporters need to send money to Santorum campaign.

      He is no Palin, no Bachmann. He is the last one on my campaign donation list.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Allen/1694040137 Mike Allen

        Palin and Bachmann are both out…. for now. If either one gets back in… I’ll fight to the end for them. As of this moment in time, Rick Santorum is the man. I’ve already sent my donation. Just look at the remainder of the pack. Seems like a no-brainer to me. But what do I know?

    • Anonymous

      Fox News reported this evening that Santorum got on IL ballot.

    • http://twitter.com/113KriEger 13Krieger

      Santorum will be on the Ballot of every state except Virginia and DC.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ajtelles Art Telles

    “… this movement within…”

    The “context” is NOT the Republican Party OR the “Taxed Enough Already” TEA Party movement, but “this movement” that is working “within” both.

    It is a reference to the Libertarian effort to co-opt the grassroots TEA Party and “refashion conservatism” from a “limited” government to a libertarian “less… and less… and less…” government ideology.

    Art

    • Anonymous

      The TEA party was formed out of the Ron Paul 08 campaign. It was the libertarian style movement that started the whole thing. As time went by, it took on its own persona. Since then, Paul has commented on it and said that he was not a leader in it. I went to the rallies and participated, before I learned about Ron Paul. I backed out of it, because it was evident that it was a general movement of many people with many different ideas. It wasn’t coherent enough to change anything.

      What I witnessed is that conservative politicians latched onto it and used it for popularity to gain votes. Mostly, it was new candidates in the field. The establishment could not appeal to it. Some of these newly elected candidates have already compromised on their campaign rhetoric. Therefor, many have disengaged from the movement, such as myself. You won’t see me at another rally.

      The TEA party was co-opted by the republican party, who’s rhetoric is most like that of the TEA party interests.

      The Ron Paul revolution is based on some of the same principles, but has a cohesive and coherent message that the people in the movement understand and stick by. This is why it is still growing.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ajtelles Art Telles

        Whatever…

        So, whatever Santorum says, he’s wrong and Paul is right.

        Ok… whatever… but, how about some truth to correct your Paulinista revisionism.

        The TEA Party was NOT “formed out of the Ron Paul 08 campaign” as you assert.

        How do I know?

        Well, consider this.

        If it was, the Ron Paul “formed” TEA Party would NOT have welcomed Sarah Palin with open arms as the “we the people” TEA Party did.

        Art

        • Anonymous

          Palin was NOT welcomed and she refused to meet with the tea party in NH for four years running invited.. What was she afraid of? She knows she’s not tea party — she’s more GOP PAC… Hey buster watch this video and learn where, by whom and why the tea party was founded. http://www.nhteapartycoalition.org/tea/about-join/

    • Anonymous

      Art, sorry the libertarian movement is what STARTED the tea party in 2007. It’s the GOP who HIJACKED that in 2009… please get your facts straight.

      • K-Bob

        His facts are straight. Ron Paul found an ongoing parade, and attempted to jump in front of it. The resulting wreckage draws the gawkers. But the parade passed him by, and he’s well out of it.

        He left the Libertarians and is stuck in limbo between the libertine lefties and the anarchist rightwingers.

    • http://twitter.com/reeldealpro Justin Machacek

      Art… It is interesting that you’re supporting Santorum’s fight against libertarianism. Ronald Reagan said the very heart of conservatism was libertarianism. Traditional conservatives have always been closely associated with libertarians. You should really look into libertarianism to understand what that really means.

      It is Rick Santorum and the new right wing statists called “neoconservatives” that are refashioning conservatism. Paul is not in that camp and to say that the “tea party” is in that camp is disingenuous at best.

  • Anonymous

    Why would you defend this creep? He has no grasp of the Constitution, has no clue what conservatism is, and was the most corrupt Congressmen of his time.

    We also don’t believe in ‘no government’

    But Rick has no clue about the FED and things like DOE. Both are BIG problems.. he has no problem with them.

    HE IS NOT TEA PARTY.

  • Anonymous

    Santorum’s in the lead. It’s his turn to have his head on the chopping block. This is nothing, wait ’til Obama and his outfit have at the nominee.

  • https://id.mixi.jp/9700106 Danny

    I gotta say, I don’t agree with Santorum on much but do I really like what he’s saying about earmarks and how ridiculous it is that they’ve been so thoroughly vilified.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Toft/100000995197420 Angela Toft

    All I know is that Santorum’s RECORD certainly isn’t in line with Tea Party principles. This guy is a big-spender. Take a look at some of his less-than-conservative positions here: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/06/what-a-big-government-conservative-looks-like/

  • Anonymous

    Even so RS, the Tea Party movement was started by a Republican that is a Libertarian, Ron Paul, in his money bomb on Dec, 16th, 2007. This movement has, and always will be, a true conservative libertarian movement to get our government under control fiscally and Constitutionally. Ron Paul 2012.

  • http://twitter.com/reeldealpro Justin Machacek

    Santorum is following GW Bush’s lead in “refashioning conservatism”. The libertarian movement Santorum will fight against is the very “heart of conservatism” (Ronald Reagan). Santorum is a neoconservative and regardless of what he says now, his record is terrible.