Real conservatives don’t beg. You are strong in the ways of conservativism, young Scott Walker. But you are not a Jedi yet.You get the job done. You get it done quietly and efficiently. And under no circumstances to you let the sort of hullabaloo we’re seeing in Wisconsin develop. The sharks are circling—and it turns out we’ve already got somebody who fell in the lake.
Or, to put it slightly differently: You have failed me for the last time.
At some point, it’s important to take a firm stand on things. Mock Bush’s “evil-doers” all you want—but at least admit he had the courage to know what he stood for.
On the one hand, I don’t think Santorum is a great candidate. He’s not particularly charismatic, is prone to take extreme positions, and doesn’t have a chance in the general.
That said, it’s good to see a conservative who isn’t trying to be some sort of mainstream Ron Paul. Or maybe Ron Paul plus tough foreign policy. The Republican Party actually believes in stuff other than tax cuts. Santorum’s policy solutions aren’t much to write home about. But he’s at least willing to consider that maybe government has a purpose.
savageramblings asked: Dan, regarding Ron Paul. I think the "old guard" of the Republicans is probably not too concerned regarding RP. They recognize his non-electability and probably worry more about his going rogue as a third party candidate. I can support Paul's assertions with regard to the Fed, spending, reestablishing a closer adherence to our Constitution; but, on foreign policy the man is a loon. I also believe much of his support comes from those who would be isolationists; a dangerous position.
I wonder whether some of the reluctance to really hammer Paul comes from a desire not to be seen as the bad guy by Paul’s younger supporters. While some of Paul’s positions are appealing, he’s way more radical than the others. If those newsletters are anything to be believed, he has a real penchant for conspiracy theories too.
But a guy like Romney could benefit by positioning himself as the alternative to Paul. And it wouldn’t be too difficult to let Paul pick up a bit of a lead then blast him out of the water just before Super Tuesday. Let Paul be the not-Romney, then wait to ask Paul his feelings on Israel until it would hurt most.
I’ve long been a skeptic of Ron Paul’s electoral chances. After all, he’s just not that conservative. He’s more a libertarian, which is a different thing.
And yet … his supporters are energetic and extremely passionate. No other candidate has that going. And the Caucuses favor that sort of thing.
Still, I think the old guard will rally to stop him if he wins in Iowa.