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Right, Left, Moderate — Mitt Romney vs. Rick Santorum.

February 27, 2012

So Mr. Santorum is nearly at the level of support as Mr. Romney for the next Republican nominee for President,  The Republican establishment is blanching.  At least that’s what I’ve heard.  It is clear to me that Mr. Romney is the better candidate to defeat President Obama.  Whatever he says, Mr. Romney has shown himself to be a secret moderate.  That and his war chest should assure a battle this November.

I’m of two minds.  As a voter, I’d prefer the choice between Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama.  As a progressive I’d prefer Rick Santorum to be the President’s rival.  I don’t believe that Mr. Santorum will even be able to seriously contest this election.  

And my third mind, that of a Bible-believing, church-going Christian, is also on the President’s side.  In my last post I said I thought Mr. Santorum was a Christian, serious and committed in his faith.  Pro-life myself, I have a lot of sympathy for his ardent pro-life views and his seeming determination to live that faith in public.  As we all should, you know.  

As well, Mr. Santorum is a rich man but not part of the the 1% like Mr. Romney.  I sense that Mr. Santorum knows what it is to struggle with bills, fix his own house, shop for his own groceries, to live the life I live.

Mr. Romney’s economic plans would continue to solidify and entrench he and his buddies’ place in the American class system.  More money would flow to the elites who in turn would continue to buy the politicians. Romney’s plans for president would surely serve self, whether that is conscious in his mind or not.  Even were I a Republican I cannot vote for a president who is for the elite and by the elite.

That leaves Mr. Santorum.  His social views are an anathema to most progressives and they sit ill with me at times.  But worse than that, his economic plans would favor money flowing upwards, away from the poor and needy.  Either Republican candidate could send us back into war.  Apparently, the Promised Land is any nation that opposes the United States and the way it does things.  No that’s not fair, I don’t believe any sitting president would send us heedless into battle.

I also believe most of our presidents moderate because ultimately we are a moderate nation, to lead me as well as the Tea Party the president has to land somewhere between us. Certainly our president has made several decisions I think are wimpy or kowtowing to the powerful.

That’s a good thing really.  And that brings me back to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.  If we’re to be stuck with a Republican for President, I’d not want it to be either of them.

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