Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2049, May 9th, 2012

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 Today’s “Write On Wednesday” is an e mail missive penned from former Senator Rick Santorum about Mitt Romney. The subject line in the e mail said so. In the rambling essay, Santorum waits until the 13th paragraph to tell the reader that Mitt Romney is better than Barack Obama. This is an endorsement, Rick Santorum style. If I were Rick Santorum or one of his handlers, after dropping out of the race, before the Pennsylvania primary, this is how I would’ve handled it. I would have toured the Keystone State with Romney and walked hand in hand with him to the flea markets, the urban sprawls, all of the old stomping grounds for Rick Santorum. This would have given Santorum a graceful way out, might have helped him heal the wounds with the front runner and in a Clintonesque way, give Santorum the opportunity to say that “he helped Romney win Pennsylvania”. But this was not the path. Instead, Santorum did it his way. An while Paul Anka and Frank Sinatra might be impressed with that somewhere today, the Romney people are trying to figure out how to deal with this half assed compliment. My guess is you won’t see Rck Santorum giving a speech in prime time at the convention this summer. But then again, prime time isn’t what it used to be for political conventions. So maybe Santorum is smarter than the rest of us. Anyway, here’s Santorum’s e mail: 
Thank you again for all you did as one of my strongest and committed supporters. Your belief in our campaign helped us start a movement of Americans who believe deeply that our best days are ahead as long as we fight to strengthen our families, unshackle our economy and promote freedom here and around the world. Karen and I will be forever grateful for the support, kindness and commitment you showed us, as well as our children, over these last months. On Friday, Governor Romney came to Pittsburgh for an over-hour long one-on-one meeting. The conversation was candid, collegial and focused on the issues that you helped me give voice to during our campaign; because I believe they are essential ingredients to not only winning this fall, but turning our country around. While the issue of my endorsement did not come up, I certainly have heard from many of you who have weighed in on whether or not I should issue a formal endorsement. Thank you for your counsel, it has been most helpful. However, I felt that it was completely impossible for me to even consider an endorsement until after a meeting to discuss issues critical to those of us who often feel our voices are not heard by the establishment: social conservatives, tea-party supporters, lower and middle income working families. Clearly without the overwhelming support from you all, I never would have won 11 states and over 3 million votes, and we would not have won more counties than all the other candidates combined. I can assure you that even though I am no longer a candidate for president, I will still continue to fight every day for our shared values - the values that made America the greatest country in the history of the world. During our meeting I felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney's commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives, as well his commitment to ensuring our appropriate representation in a Romney administration. The family and its foundational role in America's economic success, a central point of our campaign, was discussed at length. I was impressed with the Governor's deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families. He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved. I also shared with Governor Romney my belief that we cannot restore America as the greatest economic engine the world has ever seen until we return America to being a manufacturing superpower. He listened very carefully to my advice on this matter, and while our policy prescriptions differed, he clearly expressed his desire to create more opportunities for those that are feeling left behind in this economy. As it is often said, "personnel is policy." I strongly encouraged Governor Romney as he builds out his campaign staff and advisors that he add more conservative leaders as an integral part of his team. And you can be sure that I will work with the Governor to help him in this task to ensure he has a strong team that will support him in his conservative policy initiatives. Of course we talked about what it would take to win this election. As you know I started almost every speech with the phrase that this was the most important election since the election of 1860 and four more years of President Obama is simply not an option. As I contemplated what further steps I will take, that reality weighed heavy on me. The America we know is being fundamentally changed to look more like a European socialist state than the land of opportunity our founding fathers established. Freedom and personal responsibility are being replaced with big government dependency. The greatest and most productive workers in the world are being hamstrung by excessive regulations making it impossible to compete. Our healthcare system had been socialized, and the worth of each life dictated by some government bureaucrat. Our allies are insulted while our enemies are appeased. And our religious beliefs and freedom have come under attack. What is even more troubling is what a second term of an Obama administration could bring. President Obama's admission to the Russians that he will have more flexibility in a second term can only be translated to "if you thought I was liberal in the first four years you haven't seen anything yet!" The primary campaign certainly made it clear that Governor Romney and I have some differences. But there are many significant areas in which we agree: the need for lower taxes, smaller government, and a reduction in out-of-control spending. We certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman. I am also comfortable with Governor Romney on foreign policy matters, and we share the belief that we can never allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons. And while I had concerns about Governor Romney making a case as a candidate about fighting against Obamacare, I have no doubt if elected he will work with a Republican Congress to repeal it and replace it with a bottom up, patient, not government, driven system. Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime. My conversation with Governor Romney was very productive, but I intend to keep lines of communication open with him and his campaign. I hope to ensure that the values that made America that shining city on the hill are illuminated brightly by our party and our candidates thus ensuring not just a victory, but a mandate for conservative governance. Karen and I know firsthand how difficult the campaign trail can be particularly as governor Romney faces relentless attacks from the democrats. We have been praying for him and his family and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you again for all you have done for us, and I look forward to working together to defeat President Obama this fall and to protect faith, family, freedom and opportunity in America. 
With Gratitude, 
Rick Santorum 
P.S. As promised, very soon we will be making another big announcement, and I will be asking you to once again join forces with me to keep up the fight, together. Stay tuned


At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Yonki on one point made in his paper.
Now, there is no question that Mr. Santorum's endorsement of Mr. Romney is half hearted at best, and for that I give Mr. Yonki his due. But there is one point in which I strongly disagree.
Rick Santorum will give a prime time speech at the RNC. Of this there is no doubt. The true far right conservatives are in control of the GOP and there is no way the former Senator, who gave Mr. Romney a run for his money in the primaries, will be denied a spot on the podium. There is very little difference in the positions of the two men. I believe Santorum's problem is the all too human one of sour grapes but he is not alone in history.
I recall vividly the bloody 1980 Democrat primary between Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy. Ultimately Carter bested Kennedy after a long spring battle. Kennedy himself was granted a prime time speech and he did his ideology proud as it was well delivered and a great swan song to his career as a national candidate.
What i recall most however, is the awkward moment following Carters acceptance speech--a speech by the way in which the inept President referred to an icon of his party, Former Veep Hubert H. Humphrey as "Hubert Horatio Hornblower". Carter followed the Mass. Senator around like a lost puppy and Kennedy showed total disgust. If you want to talk about sore losers then Ted Kennedy NOT Rick Santorum comes to mind.
It was on that evening that I told Mrs. Cleaver that the election was already over. We went on to elect the greatest President of the 20th century the following November.
IN short, sore losers can hurt thew winner. A saavy winner shows respect for the loser and Governor Romney will not make the mistake of disrespecting Santorum. After all, he has an important job to undertake starting January 20th of next year.
Something to think about this morning....
Class DIsmissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two people I dont want to hear from or about. Rick Santorum and the Faux Professer. Wasted Lulac, but then Write On Wednesday is not the strongest day for Lulac! Tomorrow is another day.

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The possibility that John Edwards might have been VP, he was never going to be president, is frightening! In a slimy profession which attracts the worst Edwards stands tall as possibly the slimiest character of all. Things like Edwards live under rocks. A disgrace to his state, his country and most of all his family, Edwards is the lowest of the low!

At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares what Rick Santorum has to say about anything? I'm sorry Yonk but you went to a lot of trouble to include Santorum's ramblings and I just could not push myself to read what the bigot had to say. I promise to read Friday's post. (edited)


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