Rick Santorum: Conservatives Absolutely Hope Obama Fails

ImageIn an interview with ThinkProgress today at CPAC former US Sen. Rick Santorum fully embraced Rush Limbaugh’s idea that conservatives are hoping that Obama fails. Except Santorum went even further, he said absolutely that conservatives should hope that Obama fails.

Here is the video:

Does this mean that Conservatives are rooting against the success of America? Does this make them unpatriotic? If these were normal times, under any other political circumstances, this would just be politics, but there is something cruel and cold about rooting for policies to fail while people are losing their jobs and homes. No one expects, nor should, conservatives be gung-ho for Obama, but to hope for failure, when it would impact millions of people in such a terrible way is disgraceful.

ThinkProgress also has a transcript of the exchange, so it impossible for Santorum or others to claim that he was misquoted. Too many Republicans still have a zero sum game mindset about politics. Their idea is to be the party of no, and hope that they can shut down Obama’s agenda before it ever gets started. I also find it funny that the CPAC speakers are going out of their way to link George W. Bush and Barack Obama. They talk about the Bush-Obama spending bill. It is as if they are disavowing any responsibility for the past 8 years.

It was a great day for the state of Pennsylvania when Bob Casey defeated Rick Santorum, whose was an embarrassment to the state he represented. I think the key word in that video is hope. Republicans don’t have a plan, so they are forced to only sit around and hope that people keep losing their jobs. They have to hope that more families, which they seem to care so much about in election years, are destroyed by economic distress. They have to hope for homelessness. Santorum can hope for these things while the rest of us will hope that the Republicans never return to power.

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9 Replies to “Rick Santorum: Conservatives Absolutely Hope Obama Fails”

  1. Right before a log splits in half, there is this sound of cracking, as if the log itself is complaining. That is exactly what I hear from the GOP, it is the same cracking sound. The first thing they did at evil-con was to blame and disavowal the very man they put up to run against Obama. Next, they shield themselves from Bush and said they were glad they no longer had to defend him. Now they are trying to link Obama and Bush, do they realize that only their small and steadily shrink base are the only ones who care about this noise? How long until the real conservatives split from the loonies that are at evil-con?

  2. I am trying to remind myself that CPAC is the gathering of the far right, but I agree with the above comment. I wonder when the fiscal conservatives are going say enough of this lunacy and go off on their own?

  3. How on earth can anyone support this traitor? The president of the country is supposed to be THE president of the country – Which means we the people should follow what he has in store for us, He is trying to plow through all the bad deals that our president before him had made. Don’t the Republicans realize this yet? This stimulus plan is one of the only answers our country has left, or else we’ll fall in a backwards-reeling economy which we’ll never get out of.

  4. Santorum was once the rising young member of the far-right Republican party. He spent his career in the senate as their unoffical spokesman, anxious to go on camera and say whatever he was told. He thought of himself as being groomed to run for president and he was happy to show that he, like GWB, was ready and willing to follow orders.
    Then we, the people of Pennsylvania, finally came to our senses and sent him off to his lucrative reward supplied by the wealthy contributors he was so happy to represent. Rick Santorum is SO over. He has no position, no support, no voice, no power and no importance.

  5. The comments about conservatives wanting Obama to fail are way off base. We firmly believe that Obama’s agenda runs counter to the ideals and traditions of America and that it will undermine our values. Past vast expansions of the federal government have endured from the New Deal through the Great Society, and massive entitlement programs have been essentially impossible to remove. Obama’s plan calls for a massive increase in the size of government, one that will be impossible to reverse, so yes, we hope he fails in implementing his agenda, because we feel it is the wrong course for the good of our country.

    Conservatives believe in freedom, limited government, personal responsibility and opportunity, not bailouts, handouta and entitlements. We believe in the principle of rugged individualism rather than group association. We believe in responsible spending, rather than redistributing wealth, creating ‘make work’ jobs and nearly tripling what is already a record deficit. Simply put, we believe in the power of the American people to emerge from this economic downturn stronger than ever while opposing Obama’s policies that theoretically could provide some relief on a very short term basis, at the expense of bankrupting the country and mortgaging our values.

    The conservative plan is simple, reduce regulation to allow our companies to compete, reduce identify and eliminate wasteful spending and hold people to account when they violate the law or harm others. Additionally, conservatives aim to preserve the values, ideals and tenets of our culture against the erosion caused by increasing ‘political correctness.” Bottom line, government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.

  6. As a Barry Goldwater supporter in 1964 and a Reagan voter in 1980, these comments by the luncatic right are most troublesome. Desiring tthat the President’s policies fail, in this time of crisis is most disconcerning. Absurd is the prior comment that the conservatives plan is simple, just reduce government regulations, among other things . I am sure that will cpen the capital markets in an instant.. These people probably would have voted for Herbert Hoover in 1932 and called FDR a Communist. Please go away, the lunatic right.

  7. The republicons are the ones that got us into this mess in the first place and they still feel that they have the better ideas on how the country should be run? obviously they dont considering where theyre policies have led us. so basically they have no credibility and are pretty much a joke at this point. i think the republican party is dying very quickly and id say in 20 years or so theyre wont be a repubican party anymore. theyre finished. and i couldnt be happier. and im not even a liberal. just a man with a brain.

  8. 1. Before you americans blast Rush Limbaugh…tune in and listen – TO THE TRUTH BEHIND THE DEMS SOCIALISTIC AGENDAS….Rush LImbaugh doesn’t flinch, he doesn’t have to, because telling the truth is easy. You know why the dems want to revive the “Fairness Doctirne”, because they tried to counter the talk show host with their own liberal talk shows, and they failed -WHY ? – because they can’t tell the truth…they have to tell half-truths or OUTRIGHT LIES…and that, my fellow americans, is why the LEFT wants Limbaugh out of commission. Tune-in and listen..and get EDUCATED !!
    2. I’m blaming President Bush for the economic mess we’re in right now, for not being headstrong in trying to correct, what his administration then thought that “Fannie” and “Freddie” need to be looked-into. However, the dems in congress didn’t give him the time and day for this . President Bush should have insisted !! However, when the dems Barney Franks and Chris Dodd, ‘honchos’and the so-called “over-sights”of the banking – financial industries, declared that these institutions were in good standing…nobody in Congress disputed or questioned them further. They knew then that both these institutions are in a mess, and they hid these from the public, so come election time, they’ll just blame Bush! AND SO IT HAPPENED – Bush Got the blame, by most americans….52% of the americans blamed Bush. They elected a ‘neophyte’, with a ‘gift of the gab’! Most americans didn’t bother to think how we got into this mess. We’ll go back in 1995, when then President Clinton signed the “Community Reinvestment Act” which mandates, under threat and lawsuits, that banks should extend loans to poor communities…despite the good intention, it is however, a BAD POLICY INITIATED BY THE DEMS THAT HAS NOW COME DOWN TO ROOST…YOU STILL THINK PRESIDENT BUSH IS TO BLAME?! Note – not until the mid-late 2008, the economy was in full bloom, until this banking and financial fiasco blew wide open….I’m NOT BLAMING BUSH FOR THIS !!

  9. Everything you mention should be posted by everyone with as much as half a brain. The only thing I feel wary on is that the republican party will probably linger on. There’s alot of old money loyalists that won’t vote for anyone else. I’m 40 and I am still independent voter, but only common sense shows me the Democratic party is the answer for quite a while.

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