Rick Santorum Adopts the Newtonian Strategy of Whining — BIG TIME!

Mr. Santorum has decided to join Gingrich in the whining gallery. Those who have followed MRC’s coverage of Newt Gingrich know that one word we have used often to describe his rhetoric concerning Governor Romney is “whiner.” In fact, I believe that a Newtonian classic set-up to any of his arguments is almost always the big whine.

Mr. Santorum Donning his Battle Gear

Well, now Mr. Santorum has decided to try that same Newtonian line of reasoning. Isn’t it interesting though that when Santorum is ahead in some poll, he takes all the credit for the lead, but when he drops behind, he starts whining and blaming others for the erosion? Sound familiar? Gingrich is the expert at this. He and his team have probably strategized that the Gingrich whine is the best line of attack now.

Santorum is complaining that Ron Paul seems to be ganging up with Governor Romney to defeat Santorum in upcoming states such as Michigan. From the very beginning of the horse race, we know that Governor Romney has dropped from the lead in the polls a few times as he has been relentlessly attacked using false and completely misleading tidbits of information by all the candidates simultaneously. Has Governor Romney ever complained or whined about their “collusion”?

Never.

Click through here to read the big NYT article about Santorum’s whining and to see the video created by Ron Paul that Santorum does not like (35 seconds):


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In today’s New York Times, Katharine Seelye and Michael Barbaro wrote an article titled Santorum Says Romney and Paul Are Teaming Up on Him, in which they reveal Santorum’s whining.

Using language to imply corruption, Santorum was quoted in the article as follows:

Mr. Santorum, who is running close to even in the polls with Mr. Romney here on Mr. Romney’s home turf, repeated his accusation that Mr. Romney and Representative Ron Paul colluded against him.

He continues repeating the talking points of the Left regarding the Massachusetts health care plan, hoping voters won’t take the time to research the truth to discover it is worlds apart from Obamacare. As his base erodes, he prefers to whine. The Times article continues:

At the same event, Mr. Romney answered with sharp criticism of Mr. Santorum’s support for earmarks and for former Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, a defender of abortion rights, and his statement at Wednesday’s debate that at times he had to “take one for the team” by voting, out of party loyalty, for provisions he did not agree with.

“This taking one for the team, that’s business as usual in Washington,” Mr. Romney said. “We have to have principled, conservative leadership, and I have demonstrated that through my life.”

Earlier in the day, during a Tea Party rally in St. Clair Shores, a northern suburb of Detroit, Mr. Santorum said that Mr. Romney and Mr. Paul had tag-teamed him during Wednesday night’s debate in Arizona, and he derisively referred to Mr. Paul as Mr. Romney’s “wingman.”

“The coordination that I felt at that debate the other night was pretty clear,” Mr. Santorum said in response to a question from the audience. “I felt like the messages were being slipped behind my chair.”

He concluded: “We need to go out and say we don’t need the Ron Paul faction and the moderate establishment teaming up to attack the real conservative in this race.”

“Wingman?” — “Ron Paul faction?” — “tag-teamed?” — “slipped behind my chair?” — Powerful words that are big, empty words. What about manning up and simply refuting the charges?

As I have said in previous posts here at MRC, truth-letting is not negative advertising. We at MRC do not want to inflict pain, but we are all about truth-letting. Santorum has a national stage, right now, to refute all of the facts that are coming out. If he is not the most prolific ear-marking senator, then come out and prove it. If he did not support raising the debt ceiling all those times, then come out and refute that!

Mr. Santorum, if this long list of liberal actions is not your record, then take your national stage and refute them! And by so doing, you can easily prove you are the most conservative of the candidates. Instead you choose to whine along the path. The press has not even really begun with your extensive record.

Oh, and he uses the word “collusion” here again:

Immediately after the debate on Wednesday night, Mr. Santorum said he was suspicious that the two may have been colluding. That prompted Stuart Stevens, a senior Romney adviser, to accuse the Santorum campaign of “whiny silliness” and to say that it was flailing in desperation.

The idea that the famously independent Mr. Paul would collude with anyone was absurd, Mr. Stevens said.

“The notion that Ron Paul would do anything but speak his mind is not an argument you can push very far,” Mr. Stevens said. “If ever there was an iconoclast who got up there and said what he believes, it’s Ron Paul.”

If you have not seen it, be sure to watch the second video in this fine post by Jayde Wyatt. In it, Mr. Santorum’s protestations are one by one refuted as baseless. Each of the truth-letting facts that are being fleshed out by the press and the candidates regarding Mr. Santorum are now out there for the voters to review and he does not like it. So, what to do? Whine!

Santorum said this to some rumor that there was a pact between Ron Paul and Governor Romney:

“I didn’t know they would have picked a president and vice president” before people had voted, he said, referring to another aspect of the rumor — that Mr. Paul was taking up the cudgel in hopes that his son Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, would become Mr. Romney’s running mate. Rand Paul added fuel to the speculation when he told reporters in Kentucky last week that he would be “honored” to be considered.

What are the results of a vetting process?

Marilyn Miars, a retired teacher who listened to Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney speak on Saturday at the forum here, said that she had been drawn to Mr. Santorum’s reputation as an uncompromising conservative. But after listening to Mr. Romney, she said she had doubts about Mr. Santorum. “He seemed authentic until you heard Governor Romney talk about him,” she said. “It causes me to question Senator Santorum.”

At the end of the day, what is it exactly that Mr. Santorum has to stand on? He is not the conservative that he says he is based on his record. He wishes to hide behind his current rhetoric and hopes the voters don’t look below the surface?

What Mr. Santorum has are some voters that like his self-described religiosity. He has voters that like his narrow views related to religion, beliefs, and values.

Nevermind that most of what Santorum espouses related to family values, traditional marriage, and belief that America was founded under the guiding hand of a supreme Creator, are foundational to Governor Romney’s life and his Christian upbringing.

“The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.” –Lord Jeffrey

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5 Responses to Rick Santorum Adopts the Newtonian Strategy of Whining — BIG TIME!

  1. gfurniss says:

    Santorum was as bad as on debate night. He doesn’t know when to stop talking. At the rate he is going, he’s going to talk himself out of contention. I wholeheartedly support that.

  2. AfricansforRomney says:

    Waaaah, waaaah, Ron Paul is making fun of me, whaaaah, Romney is hitting me, waaah MRC is punching my fake sweater, waaaaaaaaah.aaa.. Shut UP!!! and GET OUT!

    Rumor has it. Demos are sending out “vote Santorum” e-mails so, would he be crying and confessing to his priest for getting the Demos unbelievers vote? hehehehehe

  3. Crystalf says:

    There IS a reason that Rick Sweatervest was the LAST choice of the ABR crowd .. but he’s all they have left. So sad .. but it’s hard even for them to continue to close their eyes, plug their ears and to drown out the truth of Santorum by “lalalala .. I’m not listening … lalala”

  4. Roumiana says:

    I FEEL, THAT SOMEONE HAS CAUSED SANTORUM TO RUN, HIS BEHAVIOR ISSUESIT.
    SANTORUM SHOW INSECURE,STUCK OUT,WANDERING UP AND DOWN…….
    HE IS CONFUSED AND WORRIED.
    ABOUT HIS VICTORY,I THINK IT WAS EITHER PURE COINCIDENCE OR UNFAIL.
    BETTER TO GIVE UP!

  5. Gary Alan Chidester says:

    Rick Santorum is running as an ‘Ultra’ Conservative and will NOT be able to get Congress to work with him, thus, four years of total stagnation will destroy America’s hope of recovery and sink the Republican Party. The Arizona Debate clearly showed Santorum’s weaker side… and his ultimate failure in the November Election, should he become the Republican nominee. Gov. Romney’s plans to restore America are realistic, whereas Rick Santorum’s policies are shortsighted and will ultimately fail. The fact that Rick Santorum is a nice guy, doesn’t make him presidential material. The fact that Rick cannot see the difference between the 8% required health care in Massachusetts vs. ObamaCare’s 100% takeover of the entire system, really worries me. Rick is a sprint runner… in a marathon. The Republican Party must have a man who can run the course, and that man is Gov. Mitt Romney.