Building The Perfect Candidate

Michelle Malkin has officially endorsed Rick Santorum for President. I, however, cannot. He’s just too out there on the social conservative side for my taste. He also has some iffy stands economically as sadly all the candidates do except for Ron Paul. Then you have Ron Paul’s foreign policy. Yeesh!

As Michelle points out:

I have no illusions about Rick Santorum. I wish he were as rock-solid on core economic issues as Ron Paul.

And I wish Ron Paul was not the far-out, Alex Jones-panderer on foreign policy, defense, and national security that he is.

If Ron Paul talked more like his son, Rand Paul, about the need for common-sense profiling of jihadists at our State Department consular offices overseas and if he talked more about the need for strengthened visa screening and airport security scrutiny of international flight manifests, I might have more than a kernel of confidence that he would take post-9/11 precautions to guard against jihadi threats and protect us from our enemies foreign and domestic. But he doesn’t, so I can’t support Ron Paul.

Agreed. Ron Paul makes my heart ache. If he just understood that Islamic jihadists are a threat he’d be my perfect candidate. And while I don’t expect a perfect candidate, Paul’s imperfections are too large to ignore. If he actually became president and stuck to his foreign policy positions, the Joint Chiefs might be forced to carry out a military coup. I’m not joking.

We’ve reached the point where we have to forget about perfection or the Republican version of a “Messiah” like the Dems have with Obama. Mitt or Newt will do in a pinch. Flip the Senate and then regroup. It’s out best option right now. The time for crying about it is over.


3 thoughts on “Building The Perfect Candidate

  1. I am not a big fan of Santorum's social conservative policies (and tendency to embrace compassionate conservatism which is a huge mistake) but I think Santorum is able to move more libertarian and far less likely to betray conservatism than Romney or Gingrich. Whether he is electable is another issue, but he definitely deserves a closer look from the conservative base.

  2. I've said it before, and I'll say it again – Big Government in the Name of Jesus is still Big Government. We complain (rightly) about how Republicans lost their way, particularly on spending, when they were in the majority. Rick Santorum wasn't just part of that wayward majority, he was in leadership in the Senate and actively bragged about the pork he was bringing home. I've never understood why anyone who thinks Mitt Or Newt aren't conservative enough would even consider Santorum.

  3. Santorum is atleast as Big Government as Romney, Gingrich or Obama. Just a different flavor. Trust me he was my Senator. I do not understand you rant on Paul regarding Foreign policy. This Paul is an isolationist stuff is idiocy. Have you actually listened to what he says ?His foreign policy is essentially the same libertarian principles applied on a national scale. We can not beat other countries for what they say – only what they actually do. Go read "The Ugly American" for a 40 year old view of the crappy foreign policy that got us into Vietnam. Sounds exactly like the neo-con crap today. If you really believe in freedom, you sell it by example not at the barrel of a gun. The world has changed alot – not perfectly, but almost the entire world has taken a giant step in the direction of freedom. The islamic world can either join the march or drop into its own version of the soviet hell hole. Their choice.When Terrorists bombed the Marine Baracks in Beruit – Reagan left. The big Reagan war was Grenada. Paul looks like a war monger compared to Reagan.

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