Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Keith A. Fournier

2/10/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (

As I finish this piece, the results in Colorado look very promising for Rick Santorum

The real story was the magnitude of what happened in this extraordinary vote. Not only did Rick Santorum win the Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado showdowns, but he did so decisively. Tuesday night the inevitability balloon of a Romney candidacy exploded.  Rick Santorum has just pulled off an historic political upset and the Republican primary race has been completely reset.  

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum


By Keith A. Fournier

Catholic Online (

2/10/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, campaign 2012, Keith A Fournier

ST. LOUIS,MO (Catholic Online) - After thanking God for the grace to persevere and his wife Karen for being a source of strength, "a rock", the grandson of the Italian Immigrant Coalminer from Pennsylvania gave an unscripted speech filled with gratitude and gravel on Tuesday evening.

He expressed his gratitude to the people who stood with him in this amazing campaign; his family, friends and supporters. He thanked those who defend the vision of freedom proclaimed by the American founders. He called us all to insist on preserving and revitalizing its promise for the next generation.

He also revealed what I call his "gravel", his willingness to fight those who do not listen to the voice of the people; those who perceive that they know better, like President Obama. This was the populist blue collar Republican candidate speaking tonight; refreshing in a Party which is being set up to be  led by a candidate routinely called the monopoly man by his opponents in the Democratic establishment.  

I know Rick Santorum. He is an eloquent public speaker. He can bring a crowd soaring into inspiration when he wants to do so. Not tonight. Tonight, he reminded me more of Rocky Balboa, in Rocky II, after he won the rematch with Apollo Creed.

I know he has a cold. It was obvious in his carriage and his voice. He has also faced extraordinary difficulties these past weeks with the health concerns over his little daughter Bella. All of this comes on top of the rough and tumble of the campaign trail.

However, it seemed to me, after hearing the speech, it was exactly the kind of speech the American people needed to hear from this down to earth candidate for the Presidency of the United States. There is not an ounce of pomp or pretense in this man from Butler County, Pennsylvania. He really is one of us - and he really does hear our voice. 

He barely touched the basics of his compelling message of freedom. He did speak of the need to be free from an overly federalized administration which "thinks it knows better". He signaled he is in this to take on Barack Obama, saying, "I don't stand here and claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama".

He called out the Obama administration for its violation of the fundamental right to religious liberty in its treatment of the Catholic Church in its recent unconstitutional mandate. He made it clear -  this is only one example of its failure to respect the fundamental rights endowed upon us by our Creator - not given to us by Government. He made an important point, when the Government purports to give us "rights" it always takes away our freedom.  

However, the real story of the evening was the magnitude of what happened in this extraordinary vote. Not only did Rick Santorum win both the Missouri and the Minnesota showdowns, he did so with a huge lead over the establishment's handpicked favorite, Mitt Romney. Tuesday night the inevitability balloon of the Romney candidacy exploded. The victory in Colorado simply sweetened the entire experience and sent the strong signal that Rick Santorum is on the ascent.   

The political "left" knows that Rick Santorum is a formidable candidate from a working class family. Further, as his recent debate performances have demonstrated more than the speech this evening, they also know he is a formidable communicator and does not need a teleprompter.

They know he possesses the courage needed for the upcoming contest with President Barack Obama. That is why they deride him so viciously. He threatens them. They have thrown everything they can at him. For example, they attempted to make his defense of the Right to Life of all persons, including children in the womb, sound extreme. It is not. They have failed. He has also shown himself to be a full spectrum candidate, ready to debate every issue.  

Some within the Republican establishment like Rick Santorum's economic conservatism. However, they are uncomfortable with his moral coherence. His talk about protecting human life from conception through natural death and his defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon it... doesn't make for comfortable conversation at the country club. They have routinely discounted his chances and used condescending language concerning his candidacy. That ended this evening.  

I am one of a large group of Americans who are tired of the Republican establishment picking the nominee of the Party. I am a "Reluctant Republican". I have no other choice. I left the Democratic Party when the opponents of the fundamental human right to life took control of the leadership of that Party and turned it upside down.

I grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts in a working class home. Sadly, the bizarre alliance which took over the Democratic Party many years ago has held it captive for decades. People like me have been forcibly evicted, out of conscience. That was when the strange alliance of those who oppose the Right to Life - failing to hear the cry of those whom Mother Teresa rightly called the poorest of the poor, children in the womb - took over the Democratic Party.
Santorum connects with people like us. Many are still in the Democratic Party. Others are Independents. They live in the blue collar sections of this great Nation. With a Santorum candidacy they become one of the most potent segments of the electorate. The Democratic party knows this. They do not want to run against Rick Santorum because they cannot play a 'class warfare" card against him.   

The Romney rush to the Republican nomination in 2012 feels a lot like the Bob Dole campaign in 1996 to me. I distinctly remember when Bob Dole told a crowd, "If you want me to be Reagan, I'll be Reagan." I know where I was when I heard those words. I even remember what I was doing at the time. I knew it was the end of that Republican Presidential campaign.

Rick Santorum is a different kind of Republican. He can win those who, like me, were won to the party by Ronald Reagan. His concern for working class families, his populism, his courage in calling out those who threaten the foundations of our freedom, both at home and abroad, simply does not fit the effort by the Democratic machine's game plan.

They want to paint the Republican Party as the party of the "1%" which does not care about the rest of America. I know it's contrived. I know it is class warfare. I know it is wrong. However, it is working. A nominee like Rick Santorum blows the whole effort out of the water. The fall campaign would actually revolve around issues and not nonsense. On that playing field, there is no doubt who will win.

As I finish this piece, the results in Colorado are very promising for Rick Santorum. With this win, the implications of this evening on the upcoming campaign. However, one thing is very clear, Rick Santorum has just pulled of an historic political upset and the Republican primary race has been completely reset. 


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Politics & Policy

'We cannot succumb to fear': U.S. joins France in fight against ISIS Watch

Image of U.S. President Barack obama has decided to join forces with France in eliminating ISIS.


Following a meeting with French President François Hollande, United States President Barack Obama has proclaimed "total solidarity" with France. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - President Obama believes the declaration of solidarity, alongside his trip to Paris for ... continue reading

U.S. throws doors open to Syrian refugees - despite identity of Paris terrorist suspect as disguised refugee Watch

Image of It's not yet known how many more additional refugees the U.S. may take in beyond the originally state 10,000. Two senior administration officials say they are seeking ways to take in even more.


Even after it was learned that a key terrorist in the recent attacks in Paris, 25-year-old Ahmed Almuhamed, snuck into France after he was rescued from a sinking shop off the coast of Greece posing as a Syrian refugee, the Obama administration continues to ... continue reading

Supreme Court to hear arguments over Texas abortion clinic ruling Watch

Image of Lawmakers have put major restrictions of abortion since 2010, but none as far-reaching and strict as Texas' HB2.


A measure passed in the State of Texas, HB2 in 2013 has led to the closure of half of that state's abortion clinics. Now, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over the Texas law that has been among the most crucial in the ongoing national dialogue regarding ... continue reading

PUT TERRORISTS IN COLORADO? Law enforcement officials question Guantanamo Bay closure Watch

Image of Obama's Defense Secretary recently said that around half of the remaining 112 prisoners at Gitmo must be locked up


United States President Barack Obama has long promised to close Guantanamo Bay, a holding facility for suspected terrorists at a U.S. naval facility in Cuba. The question, as posed by dozens of law enforcement officials in a letter to the president . where do ... continue reading

What has the United States Government done with $5.9 billion? Watch

Image of American taxpayers gave the United States government $5.9 billion in foreign military financing last how was it distributed?


Each year Americans complain about paying taxes, much of which is distributed to foreign military aid. So where have all the funds gone? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the United States government's Foreign Assistance report, $5.9 billion was directed ... continue reading

You won't believe how Trump and Carson have become a disrupting force in the Republican Party! Watch

Image of Donald Trump and Ben Carson's popularity has other Republican presidential candidates sweating.


Republican presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Donald Trump have disrupted Republican politicians and have many questioning where the United States is headed should either become the next American President. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Members of the ... continue reading

Fourth Presidential debate asks the hard questions Watch

Image of The Fourth Republican Debate gave presidential candidates several opportunities to shine -but who took advantage of the spotlight?

By Kenya Sinclair (California Network)

The fourth Republican presidential debate took place at the Milwaukee Theater Tuesday night. Candidates were asked the big questions ranging from how they felt about protester demands for a $15 minimum wage to the deportation of 11 million illegal immigrants in the ... continue reading

Court halts Obama's executive orders with Obama's own words! What were they? Watch

Image of Obama's own words were used to stop him from changing the law as he pleased.

By David Drudge (California Network)

A federal appeals court has used Obama's own words to halt his growing use of executive orders that allow him to rule by edict. Their decision specifically halts his edict that shields 5 million illegal immigrants from imminent deportation and that he does not have the ... continue reading

Social Security administration hits unbelievably new record in spending - You won't believe the numbers! Watch

Image of This latest figure represents a substantial increase from the $910,394,720,000 the Social Security Administration spent in fiscal 2014.


Hitting a record $944,143,000,000 in fiscal 2015, the Social Security Administration reached an all-time in spending. The inclusive payments for this bureau include payments for Social Security and disability benefits in addition to Supplemental Security Income ... continue reading

Obama's executive order gets blocked and why that's a disaster for thousands of Catholic families Watch

Image of President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants falls flat.


On Monday night, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals found that a lower court did not "abuse its discretion" when it claimed President Barack Obama's controversial executive actions on immigration were unlawful. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Obama's executive ... continue reading

All Politics & Policy News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • St. John Berchmans: Saint of the Day for Thursday, November 26, 2015
  • UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the ...
  • New ISIS video taunts United States to 'bring it on'
  • The unexpected thing one Syrian refugee did for Germany that will ...
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, November 26, 2015

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for his noblemen, a thousand of ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 25th, 2015 Image

St. Catherine of Alexandria
November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr ... Read More