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US: Romney falters « Previous | |Next »
March 14, 2012

The conservative Republican base (evangelical Christians, blue collar and middle-class voters, and rural dwellers) sure doesn't want Mitt Romney to be their Presidential candidateto take on Barak Obama They much prefer Rick Santorum, even though Romney's grip on the GOP nomination is much more firm and more electable than Santorum.


On the other hand Santorum knocked off Newt Gingrich who had pitched himself as the South’s candidate. The big question is: will the anti-Romney conservative base ever united behind a single candidate? This is now Santorum.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 10:18 PM | | Comments (4)


A lot of conservatives seem to have decided this is their last chance to get birth control and abortion made illegal again, which along with hysterical ranting about Islamic threats to Israel is their main obsession. For me the interesting question is when Abbott will follow suit. The Libs have a track record of picking up American conservative initiatives even when they are not especially topical here, and Abbott's views on the rights of women to control their own bodies are well-known. Santorum's success must be making it very tempting for Tony to start muttering again about removing Medicare benefits for birth control and criminalising abortion. I'm sure Cardinal Pell will be urging him to do so.

In a recent blog post, Prof. Krugman says "...there are currently two great democratic powers in the world: the US and the EU".

I'm not sure he's right about either of them.

Thieves fall out.
Santorum is the very picture of a preacher-man, the Elmer Gantry who soothes the fearful denialist and resentment-ridden reactionary society.
And what's Romney?
If Obama is an unenthusiastic stooge of Wall St and Santorum a crazed evengelical, there is still a faint sense of humanity and reaffirmation of values invoked that the crackers also have memory of, and seek to have (re)affirmed. They know full-well that Wall St did not have "moral hazard" applied to it as they had this applied to themselves, by it. So for Americans , the only the only thing that can be worse than the other two can be Gordon Gecko himself; provocative personification of the New and Greater, Expanded Reich directed out of Wall St by anonymous aliens and pitiless sharks.

The greatest gift Romey has given the voter is his utter transparency. He is both amoral and indifferent. He will make any fact-free statement he can dream upt to gain traction amont the gullible, and he is utterly indifferent to anyone other than his confreres at the country club. For their own sake and survival, the voters need to realize this.