He’s tailor-made for the right-wing fanatics, Bible-thumpers and racists that dominate the party of the elephant.
“As long as the GOP chooses to let the extreme right dominate its base it is doomed to find political failures like Rick Santorum,” longtime political activist Samuel Glasden told Capitol Hill Blue after Santorum cruised to an easy victory in Louisiana.
Yet two other darlings of the GOP’s extreme fringe — former Speaker of the House and serial adulterer Newt Gingrich and former racist newsletter publisher Ron Paul — finished third and last in the Bayou State primary, well behind second-place finisher Mitt Romney.
Does this mean there’s some hope for Republicans? Or does it mean that tail-chasing ex-Congressmen from Georgia and conspiracy-spouting Libertarians from Texas are too extreme even for the fanatics who dominate the GOP?
Hard to tell. Exit polls in Louisiana show many of those who voted for Santorum put economy above social issues yet they still voted for a political troglodyte who thinks women belong in the kitchen, abortions should return to back-alley butchers and gays should be given therapy and electrical-shock treatments. The sad fact that a screwup like Santorum is still in the GOP primary race is a testament to the poor quality of the remaining four contenders to the Presidency — a flawed field that most consider the worst slate in the history of GOP politics.
Santorum appeals to the vapid base of the GOP: A cadre of ignorant, fear-driven voters with a collective IQ around that of an average plant. They buy into the messages of fear that Santorum issues with fake religious zeal and accept his predictions of apocalyptic doom that spill out of his mouth like verbal diarrhea.
Santorum, like so many who rise to prominence in politics, is a false-prophet preaching to an ignorant populace seeking messiahs that don’t exist to fight problems manufactured out of thin air by those who substitute hyperbole for fact and fear for reason.
That he is able to rise out of the swamp of bottom feeders that remain so dominant among the GOP ranks is a testament not to his qualifications for President but to Republican base belief that anyone — and they do mean anyone — is preferable to that black bogeyman in the White House.
Santorum appeals to a GOP base where racism lurks, homophobia thrives and bigotry triumphs. His messages resonate with those who think women should be subservient to men, blacks should be hung from the nearest tree and everyone should bow to a government-mandated, white Christian God.
So it makes sense that Santorum wins in Southern states. It helps when an idiot Romney goes down into the Bible belt and tries to act Southern, saying “y’all” and talking about loving grits. It helps even more when the only other choices are Gingrich and Paul.
Romney can win the GOP nomination without the South but Santorum and his fellow conspirators say Romney can’t beat Obama without the South. That may be true but maybe the real question should be: Do the Republicans deserve to win?
As long as the GOP presents a slate of Presidential candidates like Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, the answer is easy:
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