Rick Santorum: Is he the best hope for Republicans?

 

 

 

Jeune Afrique, Senegal

'Oddball Extremist' Santorum Could Make Obama's Day

 

"A fundamentalist Catholic, he is fiercely opposed to homosexual relationships, which he compares to relations between man and dog, and he supports a total ban on contraception. And of course, he hopes and prays for a return of women to the kitchen. As one of his critics commented, the former Pennsylvania senator would be one of the greatest minds Ö of the 18th century."

 

By Jean-Eric Boulin

 

Translated By Elizabeth Burfield

 

March 2, 2012

 

Senegal - Jeune Afrique - Original Article (French)

Former Senator Rick Santorum: Foreign observers are generally bemused by his candidacy.

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NEW YORK: This Catholic fundamentalist and bit of an oddball is the new darling of the Republican Partyís right wing. It remains to be seen whether Rick Santorum can truly pose a threat to Mitt Romney's claim on the partyís presidential nomination.

 

Donít be fooled by his youthful appearance or his easy-going manner. The latest Republican primary sensation after victories in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, Rick Santorum (53 years old) is an extremist. A fundamentalist Catholic, he is fiercely opposed to homosexual relationships, which he compares to relations between man and dog, and he supports a total ban on contraception. And of course, he hopes and prays for a return of women to the kitchen. As one of his critics commented, the former Pennsylvania senator would be one of the greatest minds Ö of the 18th century.

 

According to the latest polls, however, Santorum's extreme views havenít prevented him from leading the pack in Michigan (which voted on February 28) as well as Arizona, the location of the next primary [Romney won Arizona]. A defeat for Mitt Romney in Michigan - where he was born and where his father was governor - would be symbolically devastating. Doesnít Romney have a war chest over 25 times his rival ($57 million, as against $2 million)?

 

Santorumís secret? Heís succeeded in rallying the most radical fringe of the party behind him, in particular the Christian evangelicals (Protestants). This is no small feat for a Catholic. But faced with Romney, a Mormon who is seen as a flip-flopper and who was pro-abortion before changing his mind; and Newt Gingrich, considered by many to be lacking in morals as he is on his third marriage, the choice was an easy one.

 

Divine Law

 

It must be said that Santorum doesnít mince words, going so far as to assert that American law should conform to divine law. But watch out, heís not referring to just any deity! He believes that: "The notion of equality didnít come to us from Islam, but from the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."

 

Santorum, who needless to say is the darling of the Tea Party, is also obsessed with preventing state intervention in the natural order of society. Like Romney, he was opposed to the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, which were saved by Obama in 2010. He also believes that income inequality is entirely legitimate, even where the disparities are glaring. "Each individual," he says, "has something different to contribute to societyís development."

 

Anomaly

 

Should Santorum be elected, this mild-mannered crank promises to cut public spending by $1 trillion a year over five years. One would imagine that this would result in major cuts to assistance for the poor. Responsibility for the latter should instead pass to ... religious institutions. According to Santorum, public schools are "an anomaly." He and his wife educated five of their children themselves (the sixth, aged three, suffers from a serious genetic illness and has little chance of survival).†††

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But Santorum has other arguments he can use in the economically-stressed states of the Midwest, where primaries will be held in the coming weeks (after Michigan, Ohio will vote as part of Super-Tuesday on March 6, and then it will be Wisconsinís turn). In particular, he has a blue-collar background. He talks over and over again about his Italian grandfather having immigrated to America in order to work in the mines of Pennsylvania. It is as if heís trying to make people forget that during the 15 years he spent in Washington, he was very close to the business community. However, Romney doesnít miss a chance to attack Santorum's past as an "insider."

 

As (extremely) hypothetical as it may be, Santorumís nomination would be excellent news for Barack Obama, because as the pollsters are well aware, an extremist candidate stands no chance of winning in November.

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US March. 6, 6:49pm]

 







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