The case for Rick Santorum

What follows is my monologue from today’s show:

Well, well, well, a lot has happened in the last few weeks. I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I was accepted as a contributor to the Conservatives4Palin website. I’ve followed C4P since it first came on the radar screen. An awful lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. I wasn’t always on the Sarah Palin bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong. I supported her message, but I was still standing on the sidelines back then. That changed after her speech at the Madison Tea Party last Spring.

That speech inspired me beyond my ability to explain. What followed after that was the premiere of “The Undefeated”. My first impression after watching that movie was one of utter shame for not stepping up to voice my opinions and for being fearful in doing so.

I decided to be more forthright in my opinions about the Governor and used my blog and radio show to say so. I also decided that I wanted to highlight those in the Palin blogosphere to help amplify their voices, so I began inviting those I was familiar with. I reached out to Nicole Coulter to get her impressions after having attended Sarah Palin’s Tea Party speech in Indianola, IA, back on Labor Day weekend.

Just over a month later, the Governor decided not to run for the GOP nomination. We were all shocked and disillusioned, having readied ourselves to defend her in battle. The title of my show that week was “The Aftermath of Sarah saying NO”. From that show was born the idea of an online get-together for all the Palinistas out there. Our basic theme was to provide a place for all the disappointment to channel and refocus towards the future.

Three weeks later, Nicole and I had collaborated on the first Grizzly Fest. Although we would consider that event a success, it did not come close to the type of event that we envision for the future. Along with many others, we continue to pull together all the pieces for the next event. We now have the luxury of more time to plan, whereas the first event came together in about two weeks.

Sarah Palin has knowingly (or unknowingly) built an army of supporters. We now have the challenge of maintaining that army for future purposes yet unknown. We must practice our skills and learn new ones, if we are to become the wily veterans of future campaigns. We must begin vetting the remaining candidates to find one worthy of our passionate embrace. Yes, we are now mercenaries for the constitutional, conservative cause. We are armed with the principles that Governor Sarah Palin professed and followed. We must remain willing to die for them.

I was remiss in providing attribution for my audio clips today. I originally heard them on The Other McCain, who provided further acknowledgement:

Richard McEnroe, the esteemed vast right wing conspirator who blogs at Three Beers Later has honored this blog with the opportunity to preview the video of Rick Santorum’s speech, to maximize the audience reach.

My thanks to both Stacy McCain and Richard McEnroe.

Why not Rick Santorum?

The 2011 GOP debates have concluded. We’ve seen candidates rise and candidates fall. We’ve seen the Washington media and GOP establishment gnashing their teeth trying to define “the” conservative candidate for the Tea Party.

Sarah Palin supporters have seemingly fallen into two camps: those who have let go and are examining or supporting other candidates and those who refuse to let go and instead hang onto the notion that the Governor can be convinced to rejoin the field.

The one common denominator amongst all is the palpable fear of an Obama re-election and what that re-election would mean. Republican elites fear an erosion of their power in the halls of government from a partisan point of view. Tea Party and Sarah Palin supporters fear the erosion of individual liberties through the continued growth of government. For me, I stand firm with the later.

Something happened in the very recent past that gave me a bit more clarity. It happened on December 1st while I was watching Governor Sarah Palin’s appearance on the Hannity Show (skip ahead to the 9:00 mark). Governor Palin drew my attention back to Senator Rick Santorum when she talked about “ideological consistency”.

That got me thinking: Why NOT Rick Santorum? I have to admit that I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to him in recent months due to all the media attention on the “flavor of the week”. To reacquaint myself with Senator Santorum, I went back to a conversation he had with the San Fernando Valley Republican Club prior to the GOP debate at the Reagan Library back in May.

I’m going to be playing clips of that conversation tomorrow on the Roderic Deane Show. I encourage you to listen in at Noon ET. With that conversation in mind, take another look at his performance during the last few GOP debates.