Silence on Santorum is Deafening: Republican Establishment Sends Signals
America, ladies and gentlemen, is a moral enterprise at its core.
The Silence on Santorum is DEAFENING - in the media and among these establishment Republicans. Have you seen a photo of Rick Santorum in news reports when the remaining field of Republican candidates is discussed? Or, consider when the Pundit class assembles on the screen to banter about the emerging field of Republican challengers to the President - be it on MSNBC to mock them or on FOX to pontificate about them - have you even heard the name of Senator Rick Santorum mentioned?
Former Senator Rick Santorum
WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Over the weekend, two potential Republican candidates for the presidency dropped out of the 2012 race. Only one was a serious contender with a clear message and a large following, Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas. He ran during the 2008 Presidential campaign and earned the respect of many Americans, including me. Those who have read my political commentaries recall I wrote numerous articles about Governor Huckabee during the last Presidential campaign. One was a commentary entitled Huckabee and Catholics.
I had two interviews with the Governor for Catholic Online during the last Presidential campaign. The first concerned an effort to paint the candidate as Anti-Catholic (INTERVIEW: Governor Huckabee Addresses Anti-Catholicism and Abortion) and the second occurred later in the campaign. (SPECIAL REPORT: Governor Huckabee Tells Catholic Online Why He is Still Running ) I have met Governor Huckabee. I am deeply impressed with his warmth and sincerity of heart. I admire his consistent positions on the dignity of every human life, his support for marriage and the family and society founded upon them, and his genuine concern for the poor and needy.
So, when I read that Governor Huckabee had decided not to run for the presidency in 2012, I assumed the Press would come to the obvious conclusion of where the bulk of his large support base would go. They would look to a man who not only holds similar positions on the issues which matter most but possesses similar character traits. After all, from my perspective, the only person left in the Republican field to carry on Governor Huckabee's role as someone who cares deeply about moral issues and is unwilling to separate the moral from the economic, international and social issues, is former Senator Rick Santorum.
Yet, the exact opposite happened! As an old law partner of mine used to say "I may have been born at night, but not last night!" I immediately sensed that the Republican establishment had made their decision on a candidate, or candidates. They either wanted the Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, who called for a "truce" on what are disparagingly referred to as the "social issues", or they wanted the one they are now touting as the "million dollar man", the former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, who seems about as solid as Jello on those same issues.
The Silence on Santorum is DEAFENING - in the media and among these establishment Republicans. Think about it. Have you seen a photo of Rick Santorum in news reports when the remaining field of Republican candidates is discussed? Or, consider when the Pundit class assembles on the screen to banter about the emerging field of Republican challengers to the President - be it on MSNBC to mock them or on FOX to pontificate about them - have you even heard the name of Senator Rick Santorum mentioned?
I call myself a "reluctant" Republican. I am a former "Reagan Democrat" who felt morally compelled to leave the political party of my Bostonian blue collar childhood when the last truly pro-life, pro-poor and pro-family candidate, the late former Governor of Pennsylvania, Bob Casey was censored from speaking at the Democratic Convention because he defended the poorest of the poor, our first neighbors in the womb. From my perspective, the Party which calls itself Democratic gave up their claim to be the party who cares about the poor when they sold their soul to the strange alliance of those who oppose, at least at the National leadership level, the fundamental human right to life.
I have reached a conclusion as to what is behind the effort to pretend that Rick Santorum is no longer running for the Presidency of the United States. The chattering class on the "left" know he is a formidable candidate from a working class family, right on the issues most Americans care about, a formidable communicator - and that he possesses the courage to take on their bullies in a brutal campaign. Lacking the intellectual ability or integrity to take the Senator's positions on and debate them in the public square, they mock and belittle him or simply fail to mention his name.
However, what I find even more annoying is the reaction of the Republican establishment; those who call themselves "right". The ones who kept people like me away from the Republican Party for generations. They seemed to like his economic conservatism. However, they most certainly do not like his moral coherence. All his talk about protecting human life from conception through natural death; his defense of marriage and the ...
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