#UnravelTheSweater: Fleshing Out the Truth About Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum - Unravel the Sweater

This following guest post was submitted by Colleen Loughmiller. An MRC regular.

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The Vest

Sweats and sweater vest or designer slacks and Polo’s? Who is the real Rick?

Watching and listening to Rick can be uncomfortable. At times he tilts his head, squints his eyes, and raises his voice a full octave. Next thing I know he’s bobbing his head left and right, making me dizzy watching him in a debate or interview. His clean cut boyish face is pleasant to look at, his loyal wife and children by his side — all looking freshly scrubbed and the all-American Family. Yet, something’s bothering me.

His strongly accented words ring with all the right syllables, “I am a consistent conservative and I have always been….,” words I want to hear. He goes on to say that he is pro-life and for a balanced budget.

But I get a nagging feeling in my head that something isn’t quite right. Lately, since his popularity has soared, all kinds of information is available about Rick as he goes through the normal vetting process, information not available to the average voter before.

For instance, I’ve been reading about his bitter defeat from Congress when his blue collar PA electorate sent him packing. I’ve lived in three different Pennsylvania communities for several years and know people there are down to earth and sensible.

They are not easily fooled. Why did voters there give Rick the heave ho? Did he rub them the wrong way with his lawsuit against the local school district for cyber education costs for his daughter when he and family were living out of state? Some say that was a factor.

Was it his alliance with Newt and other Republican buddies who were taken down for their influence peddling? Did he forget his roots?

For me it’s his Congressional record, his being on the wrong side the unbalanced US budget five times and his always helping himself to earmarks by the fist full that clash with his fresh faced, All American image. Voting for the Bridge to Nowhere as a state’s rights issue doesn’t cut it with me. Now his braying or bragging that he’s the most conservative candidate ready for a match up with President Obama makes a full disconnect in my mind. Rick didn’t shrink the US budget; he added to it.

Some of his comments about women I hope are taken out of context, but there are so many now that will irritate the female voter no matter her party that I wonder about a foot in mouth problem. Does he have personal boundary issues in what he says? We need a well spoken leader in the White House, not one who mixes his very personal faith beliefs with his political statements or his personal ideas about a woman’s place in the work force or her patriotic role in the military.

My gut says he’s only pretending to be the sweats and sweater vest candidate and that down deep he is really the guy preferring the designer slacks and the Polo shirts comfortable in the rarified world of Congressional people getting along and their world of endless fundraising activities. So disappointing to see Rick more like Newt in this regard than not. Why was Rick rated as being a corrupt politician? Doesn’t sound conservative to me.

Nope, Rick, I’ll pass on you as my conservative candidate and go with the other rich guy with the genuine conservative track record, Mit Romney, who looks pretty good in his blue jeans.

History says I can trust Mitt to stick to his fiscal conservative principles. I watched him turn the sordid, sinking Olympics into a powerhouse of success using with his sound fiscal judgment under the guns of debt, scandal, and the clock ticking. Failure loomed! I can believe his migration into a solid pro-life stance because of his vetoes as governor. I trust Mitt to uphold traditional American values. I recognize his decades of unpaid service as a pastor to his Christian faith. I believe he will fight to protect all of our freedoms, including freedom of religion for all.

Yes, I believe I can trust Mitt to spend our money wisely and to use his keen business sense and experience to keep the US from being downgraded.

From the comparison of campaign organization skills, I can trust Mitt to surround himself with competent people to hack away at the jungle in Washington, D.C. He has no allegiances there the way Rick does. He didn’t inhale, has a traditional view of the Constitution, and believes in the rule of law. He is trained as a lawyer and as a businessman. He put Bains on the map and created thousands of jobs with the residual effect continuing in the private sector. Rick, what is your job record creation? Zero.

No, wearing a sweater vest to convey your kindred spirits with the average American voter isn’t working. In fact, there is a long yarn string trailing behind you, Rick, called your actual record in Congress, that is rapidly unraveling.

Time for you to exit stage right before you are really embarrassed as the media pulls out your faux paux statements and those of your team which has missed deadlines and aren’t up to speed with team Romney.

I am glad your precious daughter is doing better, even prayed in her behalf, but I do not want you as president.

Now that we all are getting to know you, it is an unpleasant experience.

By the way, he, Ann, and gang look natural up on stage. Yup, I’m going to vote for Mitt as the true blue conservative and I don’t care if he changes to a nice blue suit for the White House.

No sweater vest candidate for me!

By Colleen Loughmiller – A vocal grandmother who supports Mitt Romney!

Colleen is married with four children and seven grandchildren, and is soon to live in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation (Sioux) South Dakota.


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8 Responses to #UnravelTheSweater: Fleshing Out the Truth About Rick Santorum

  1. David Parker says:

    Colleen – well put, thanks.

  2. cj says:

    did a great job colleen! great article and spot on!

  3. GitchiGummiPress says:

    Rick Santorum was named among most corrupt politiciams in 2005-2006 by a Washington watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Watch the video Gang of Four starring Rick Santorum https://www.youtube.com/user/GichiGumiPress?feature=mhee

  4. OUTSTANDING Colleen! Thank you.

    Gitchi: Do you have any additional supporting research on this great YouTube? That video is pretty damning!

  5. Diana_FL says:

    @Vic Lundquist
    Regarding what Gitchi posted, Here are a few links:

    Santorum : CREW | Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington has questions for you: http://bit.ly/zhgwm0

    Rick Santorum makes CREW’s list of Most Corrupt Members of Congress: http://bit.ly/wieKiV

    Santorum 2006 Top Lobbyist Recipient – OpenSecrets – http://bit.ly/wNCHp7

  6. GitchiGummiPress says:

    Vice here is another article talking about New’t relationship with street and Jack Ambramoff. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-215_162-1207517.html

  7. GitchiGummiPress says:

    Meant to say Vic.

  8. Janet Aikele says:

    Does anyone know if a letter or petition had been sent to Fox News expressing their apparent bias against Mitt? It is frustrating to hear them repeateldy mention the amount of money Mitt’s campaing has spent. There is never an admission of the “free” air time they have given to their preferred candidates – Newt and Rick. At one time, I listened to nothing else – I no longer feel that way. They are unfair and biased.