Time to Go: Rick Santorum Missed His Cue to Exit Stage Right

Rick Santorum
Whatever happened to Rick Santorum, the once great white hope of the Religious Right? We hear a lot about other Religious Right favorites, like Ben Carson and Ted Cruz, but Santorum? Zip. Even Donald Trump gets more front-page time with Evangelicals than Rick “Don’t Hate on the Crusades” Santorum.

Charisma News took a look at Santorum the other day – and you have to shine a light pretty brightly to find him back there at the tail end of 15 remaining candidates – pointing out that “In the last presidential primary, he won 11 primaries. Now, he’s in 12th place.”

Though this little soldier for Christ appeared on Fox News the other day “to face the ‘all star’ panel of Bret Baier, Steve Hayes, Juan Williams, and Charles Krauthammer,” Charisma News says “This time, Santorum is essentially a forgotten candidate.”

Charisma News looked for something good to say about Santorum, but all they can find to say is that Santorum has stayed out of “recent personal attacks” between Republican candidates, which is pretty much what Santorum told the Fox News gang.

You can watch the interview, but it is as painful to watch as it was obviously painful for Baier & company to film.

As recommendations for the White House go, that’s not much. No explosions here. No fire. Not even a whimper of a misfire’s sizzle. Staying out of trouble does not present a substantive contribution to the ongoing dialogue about how to improve things for Americans. He may not be sleeping with his fellow Republicans outside of wedlock, something that seems to be all the rage among family values types, but that isn’t an electable quality.

Sure, he told folks in West Tennessee yesterday that,

“I know there are a lot of people right now looking, who are looking for someone new, a fresh face, in Washington and someone who can shake things up. Here’s what I’m going to say to that: Commander in chief is not an entry-level position.

“America has seen the consequences, and they’re only going to get worse unless we have strong leadership that reasserts America as a country that can make sure that our people are safe and that we have a peaceful world.”

He said, just to demonstrate how completely pedestrian his thinking is,

“I think what Kim Davis did in standing up for her constitutional rights is what more Americans need to do. We have to stop being told that just because five [justices] say this is the law, when they do so unconstitutionally, then we have to stand up for our rights.”

Which makes no sense, because it IS constitutional, and it is constitutional because the people the Constitution decided would make that ruling, made that ruling: the Supreme Court. If we want gross ignorance, we can get it from Mike Huckabee, who at least invents his own legal system to surround his ignorance.

Of course, Santorum was in a general store, because unlike Trump or Sanders, he can’t fill up an arena. And the trouble is, there was no sign of strong leadership with Santorum in that room, just the voice of a guy whimpering his last breath as he goes down in defeat – again.

And to be honest, it is easy to forget he was ever in the race. Santorum calls what has gone on between his fellow candidates a “food fight” but that “food fight” is keeping people like Donald Trump in the news. Perhaps rather than pointing fingers at the other kids in the lunch room, Santorum could interject something useful – and adult – into the conversation.

So far, he has failed to do that. He saw Greta Van Susteren on Fox News to whine about Religious Freedom. Fine. All 15 remaining Republican candidates do that. He hates the Iran deal. Fine, all Republican candidates hate the Iran deal. And he’s a NASCAR fan. Wow. Super.

He should be glad Romney isn’t running. He doesn’t have to worry about his rain gear being made fun of.

Yay?

The biggest news Santorum has had all week has been this:

And frankly, what does that do for me in my state, or you, or for my friends and family elsewhere?

It could be that Santorum has been forgotten for a reason, and it’s the same reason he will join Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham in the second-tier debate Wednesday: he has nothing useful to contribute to the discussion. It is just a shame it has taken Republicans this long to figure that out.

Rick Perry is gone. Perry had a higher average ranking than Santorum according to CNN. The debate, for Rick Sanatorum, is a meaningless anti-climax. All that is left to say is that Rick Santorum missed his cue to exit stage right, and it’s time to go.

17 Replies to “Time to Go: Rick Santorum Missed His Cue to Exit Stage Right”

  1. Another GOP locust who emerges every four years. Reminding you all that this reality show is brought to you only by republicans. Who can they find that will be more conservative yet to run in 2024?

  2. Yawn. Another has-been running on the same tired old platform. America has moved on and left you in the dust, Rick. Even your own constituents wouldn’t re-elect you.

  3. I think what keeps a lot of these GOP/TP tools in the clown car is that someone, somewhere is still telling them that they’re wonderful and will win in the end, even though all signs point to the opposite. After all, we’re talking about individuals who can convince themselves they’re winning even when they’re losing. Remember how they believed that Romney would win in 2012, right up until he had to call PBO and concede his loss? This is the type of people we’re dealing with. They create and inhabit their own reality, and this is their major problem.

  4. Time this candidate got the hook.

    Vaudeville Hook
    Real Vaudeville shows would Drop the Cow on bad or overly long acts with “the hook”, a shepherd’s crook extended from offstage to pull away the performer. But in cartoons, you don’t even need to be on a stage to get the hook. Any bad performance can get the hook, even if you’re performing on top of a fence – it just reaches out from Behind the Black and drags you offscreen. Wearing a red-and-white vertically striped shirt and a straw boater makes you especially susceptible to this, as does dancing while holding a cane. Spending a while dodging the hook, continuing to perform all the while, before eventually getting snared is a common feature.
    Though he didn’t originate it, the hook is forever associated with Howard “Sandman” Sims, a tap dancer who would use the hook on bad acts at the Apollo Theatre.

  5. You’d think his little girl Belle could have her daddy stay at home once in a while, instead of him gallivanting all over Iowa using her as a political pawn.

    (she’s got some kind of life-threatening chronic congenital disease)

    He must have been doing fund raisers for his leadership PAC, which, as anyone who has read about Sarah Palin knows, a non-office-holding politician can use for any purpose whatsoever.

  6. “The Job-Killing Touch”: How Carly Fiorina Wrecked Hewlett-Packard and the Bell Labs, and Set American Science Back By Decades”

    That Carly Fiorina was a one-woman wrecking crew during her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard is a scandal that the Republican Senate standard bearer is spending millions to try and blunt. Running on her executive experience, it is hard to see how Fiorina can square her professed executive aptitude with the fact that as H-P CEO between 1999 and 2005, she single-handedly came near to sinking what was widely considered the world’s best technology company.

    Continued:

    http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/186-186/3463-the-job-killing-touch-how-carly-fiorina-wrecked-hewlett-packard-and-the-bell-labs-and-set-american-science-decades-back-by-decades

    (Carly will be picked as VP…Mark My Word!)

  7. Santorum is a whiner. The type that gets ignored, time and time again, but wants sympathy and attention so they resort to Whining, and saying outrageous things to get looked at. With Santorum, who’s looking? NOBODY.

  8. As a person who had a lot of family and friends who were Hewlett-Packard employees for their lifetimes and were there when Fiorina drove the wagon off the cliff I wholeheartly agree with those who are disgusted with her BS!

    She reminds me of Trump in how she looks at things. She’s all about herself.

  9. “he has nothing useful to contribute to the discussion”

    I haven’t heard anything useful come out of a rethugs mouth in 50 years!

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