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Mar. 14, 2012

The Foundation

“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” –Thomas Jefferson

Upright

Editor’s Note: The Patriot Post has not endorsed any GOP candidate in the primary.

“If this was match play golf, Rick Santorum would be seven shots down with six holes to play. He has indeed played the last three holes wonderfully well, winning in Kansas, Mississippi, and Alabama, but Romney’s sweeps in the far flung islands of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, his wins in Hawaii and American Samoa, plus the former Massachusetts governor’s relatively strong showing in the southern brace of states means that over the past week the delegate math didn’t change and neither did the inevitable result of the GOP nominating contest. Indeed, when all the sums are added, Romney won more delegates in the days since Super Tuesday than did Santorum. … President Obama can be beaten. The next few weeks can be part of a very deliberate and useful turning of attention to his woeful tenure and the awful prospect of another four years under his ruinous fecklessness. No towels have to be thrown in, but each candidate has to consider the party as a whole and not just his own standing within it.” –columnist Hugh Hewitt

“To be clear, Romney is still the overwhelming favorite to win the Republican nomination given his lead in delegates, but [Tuesday] he lost another chance to put the final nail in the coffin of his opponents by proving he could win on unfriendly turf. Santorum’s twin victories in the deep south, which was supposed to be Newt Gingrich’s territory, strengthens his argument that it’s a two man race between himself and Romney, with him playing the role of the first choice of conservatives. … The bottom line is that [Tuesday’s] results reinforce the fact that it’s going to be a long slog toward the nomination for Romney and this race isn’t going to be over anytime soon.” –columnist Philip Klein

Were you surprised by last night’s outcome, and how does it change the race?

“When it was being debated, Democrats told you [Obamacare] would cost $940 billion over ten years, because they think you’re stupid. But now, with more years of fully-bloomed Obamacare inside the ten-year budget window, the CBO is out with new cost estimates. They ain’t pretty: … ‘[T]he ten-year cost of the law’s core provisions to expand health insurance coverage has now ballooned to $1.76 trillion. That’s because we now have estimates for Obamacare’s first nine years of full implementation, rather than the mere six when it was signed into law.’ … [T]he true ten-year cost is going to be still higher. To me, the question has never been whether Obamacare will fail (by failing to bend the cost curve, by incurring massive per-person costs for its coverage expansion, and by foisting things like IPAB on the public). Rather, the question has been whether it will fail quickly and spectacularly enough that the political will is toward repeal, and not expansion. If it fails slowly, we’re likely to see more of it, not less.” –columnist Daniel Foster

“The latest mass killing by an American soldier follows a three-year downward spiral…. After ten years, we have forgotten why we went into Afghanistan in the first place…. Now, even before the latest disaster, there is no public support for staying in Afghanistan. And yet to leave is to envision choppers on the embassy roof, Vietnam-style, as the Taliban lets loose on women, liberals, and the American supporters in the larger cities. … The president should either put Afghanistan on the front burner, quit apologizing, seek diplomatic and military continuity, spell out to the people exactly what our aims and methods are, assume the role of commander-in-chief, cease all talk of withdrawal, and define, as it could be defined, ‘victory’ – or simply get out, declare a teleprompted hope-and-change-style victory, and not put Americans in harm’s way in a war that was more a 2008 campaign trope than a serious conflict to be won.” –historian Victor Davis Hanson

Editorial Exegesis

“Feminists are declaring a sex strike for Obamacare-subsidized birth control. The group Liberal Ladies Who Lunch is organizing ‘Access Denied,’ a week-long exercise in self-denial starting April 28. The strike is supposed to motivate men to stand up for government-funded birth control ‘because when we lose our reproductive choices, so do they.’ This is akin to protesting welfare cuts by getting a job. … In this case, activists are abandoning the activity that causes their supposed need for the birth-control handout. … Conservatives should applaud the strike. Abstention is well-regarded on the right, and not simply because it is 100 percent effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Taking a week off from promiscuity may give young women an opportunity to think about their life choices. Perhaps there is more to being a woman than ensuring the government supplies the means to engage in limitless hookups. Nursing chastity for a week puts necessary perspective on the type of subsidized sexuality that’s at the center of the debate.” –The Washington Times

Insight

“The preservation of freedom is the protective reason for limiting and decentralizing governmental power. But there is also a constructive reason. The great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science or in literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.” –economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

“I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and noblest driving force behind scientific research. … God Almighty does not throw dice. … Before God we are all equally wise – equally foolish. … My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.” –Albert Einstein, who was born on this day in 1879

The Demo-gogues

Left-theology: “When we start using religion as a bludgeon in politics, when we start questioning other people’s faith, we start using religion to divide, instead of bring the country together, then I think we’ve got a problem.” –Barack Obama

Failed record: “I’m going to keep doing everything I can to help you save money on gas, both right now and in the future. I hope politicians from both sides of the aisle join me.” –Barack Obama

Promises are always just around the corner: “If you are willing to work as hard in this election as you did in the last one, change will come!” –Barack Obama

Diversions: “[The Keystone XL pipeline] won’t lower the price of oil. Construction won’t be complete for a long, long time,. And under the way it’s constructed now, all the oil would be sold elsewhere. We can’t have that. When I say elsewhere, I mean to some other country.” –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Out of touch: “These [Republicans] don’t have a sense of the average folks out there. They don’t know what it means to be middle class.” –Joe Biden addressing 87 wealthy Democrats at a $10,000-per-plate fundraiser

Dezinformatsia

When it’s okay to use racist language: “So what happens in Crackerland [read: the South] this week, as we like to say? We have, what, Alabama and Mississippi coming up [Tuesday].” –progressive radio talk-show host Stephanie Miller

Civil discourse: “You know, these [conservative] women, somebody really needs to go repossess their ovaries. Really, truly, they have no right to them. They are fabulous, little organs and they have absolutely no right to be estrogen-bearing beings. Okay? Just cut ‘em off, let 'em go through the hot flashes, let 'em just sit there and complain about hormone therapy, okay? Just take the ovaries and get it over with. Because they don’t deserve to have estrogen. They really don’t. It’s a privilege.” –radio talk-show host Randi Rhodes

If anyone is waging war on women, it’s the Left: “Republican politicians have pursued their assault on Mr. Obama, the left and any American who disagrees with them for years now. There are finally signs that they may pay a price for the casual cruelty with which they attack whole segments of society. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican of Alaska, said on Tuesday that the Republicans have left people thinking they are at war with women. Women are right to think that.” –New York Times editorial

What free speech? “The Rush Limbaugh Show is being broadcast to troops on bases all over the world. However, America has too much at stake, to allow this seedy, ugly-spirited man to roll around in the minds of vulnerable young men. These soldiers are thousands of miles from home, getting shot at by an enemy indistinguishable from our Afghan allies, for a war whose rationale nobody even remembers any more. They need something better than an education in anti-Muslim hatred.” –professor Constance Hilliard of the University of North Texas in an article titled, “Did Soldier Who Killed 16 in Afghanistan Receive His Diploma from the Rush Limbaugh Show?”

Newspulper Headlines:

Out on a Limb: “Study Shows Health Care Bill May Have Cost Democrats the House” –Washington Post website

Breaking News From 2010: “White House Works to Shape Debate Over Health Law” –The New York Times

They Can’t Afford a Pool: “London 2012: China’s Olympic Swimmers to Train in Bath” –BBC website

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control: “Bowling Alleys in Churches Are Disappearing Fast” –USA Today website

So Much for the War on Drugs: “A Great Relief for High Tax-Payers” –Daily Telegraph (London)

Questions Nobody Is Asking: “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: What Does It Mean?” –BBC website

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

Village Idiots

Blame and misdirection: “[W]e certainly … hope that the Congress will act in an appropriate fashion and not waste its time with ineffectual, sham legislation [on Keystone XL] that has no impact on the price of gas and is irresponsible because it, as we’ve said before, tries to legislate the approval of a pipeline for which there is not even a route.” –White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

The BIG Lie: “Since I walked in the door as secretary of energy, I’ve been doing everything in our powers to do what we can to reduce these gas prices. … So, of course we don’t want the price of gasoline to go up; we want it to go down.” –Energy Secretary Steven Chu

With a straight face: “'Let’s Move!’ is not about having government tell people what to do, because government doesn’t have all the answers.” –Michelle Obama

Chutzpah: “Andrew Breitbart, self-described media mogul, had several screws loose or missing and was the grinning bomb-thrower of the radical right. He was the attack dog kept on a tight leash and brought out on special occasions to hiss and to menace.” –Bill Ayers, radical leftist Obama mentor and a literal bomb-thrower, not just a metaphorical one

In the tank for Obama: “The negative for me was there were too many accomplishments. I had 17 minutes to put them all in there. … I don’t [find fault in him], frankly. I’m really quite in awe of him as a leader and the choices he’s made.” –Davis Guggenheim, director of the new documentary on Barack Obama

Short Cuts

“If the left really cared about women, they have lots of misogyny on their own side to police without ever having to worry about conservatives. Plus, their own side might actually listen to them. But they tolerated a Senator who left a woman to drown in a car. And enthusiastically supported a president who sexually harassed women and dismissed accusations of rape against him. And just look at how they treat Sarah Palin. So if a liberal says he cares about women, tell him, ‘You care about women the same way I care about your face.’ Then punch him really hard in the face.” –humorist Frank J. Fleming

“President Obama compared himself to Gandhi and Nelson Mandela in the struggle to bring about change. The comparison is flawed. They spent years in jail before taking political power, while politicians from Chicago do it the other way around.” –comedian Argus Hamilton

“One of Warren Buffet’s companies owes the government $300 million in unpaid taxes. So that’s why Buffet doesn’t mind higher taxes on the rich: He’s not gonna pay ‘em anyway.” –NewsBusted’s Jodi Miller

“The Air Force is pulling nine cargo aircraft from military operations to support President Obama’s stepped-up visits to campaign events. Good. Now he can carry his entire ego with him on the trail.” –Fred Thompson

“They say gasoline could be $6 a gallon. But the good news is the White House says President Obama is aware of the problem, and will continue to talk about it between fundraisers.” –comedian Jay Leno

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

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109 Comments

wjm in Colorado said:

The insanity and delusion of the left just grows by the day. They have facts prove the opposite happens of every policy they support. Fairness results in slavery and poverty. Their efforts on gas prices results in the price skyrocketing. Thier foreign policy supports terror and is in total disreguard for our allies. They claim to support the military but cut the defense budget and benefits at every opportunity and force rules of engagement that tie our troops hands, then wonder why a combat verteran goes on a shooting spree. I am not a Mitt-Wit, but will support him should he get the eventual nomination, I will support the eventual Republican whomever. The idiots who vote for Obama and the marxist statist indoctrinated traitors who support him all are enemies of the state. It is now evident that to vote Democrat is a treasonous act.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

steve carter said:

check this out:http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/stunner-balanced-tv-report-on-arpaio-probe/

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

GMButler said:

What's this I hear about the Nazi Sympathizer and convicted felon Soros bankrolling a fourth-party candidate to muck up the works in November?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

TDB said:

It continues to amaze me that with the top three contenders battling for who has the most conservative policy, who has been the least flip-flopper, and who is the "most moral", the media continues to ignore Ron Paul, who is by far and clearly the most consistent, moral and conservative of all.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

RonC32 said:

If nothing else, I am hoping Newt's losing to Rick, will put Newt out of the race. He and Paul will bear full responsibility for our losing the November race if they continue to dilute the voting.I think Paul is sincere but I think Newt is an opportunist.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

MJC said:

"If you are willing to work as hard in this election as you did in the last one, change will come!" --Barack Obama ... Conservatives! He's talking to you! Let's work for this "change" of occupancy to come to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Barry Payne in Merritt Island, Fl said:

The only way to stop the insane spending in DC is to elect a president to the left of Obama, like Bill Clinton, big spending cronies in Congress like Newt and Dole, and a third choice like Perot.Does anyone believe Romney will balance the budget or even suggest balancing the budget during his term? So far all I have heard is he is willing to keep going further in debt as long as we are on a path toward eventually balancing the budget. Another 10 year plan? Maybe a 20 year plan?Vote for policy, not Party. Voting for policy will change the policy of both Parties.Barry Payne, Titular Despot Emeritus

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Midwest Mom said:

I think Newt Gingrich is the better conservative choice and you should do a good deal of research on his voting record. People are only voting for him because they have NOT done their research and don't know Newt, or have given him a chance. 100% voting record when he was in Congress, the expereince and fortitude Socially and foriegn policy wise to be strong commander n cheif.. we need someone with his calabor. The people are voitng for an ideal in Rick Santorum that does not exist. He has had NO expereince in governoring and he is Big labor, go-along to get along "conservative". The voting process is also being highjacked by caucuses that allow people to vote outside the caucus-allowed for those who can't make it somehow-theydon't listen to the speakers, just get a card in the mail from Rick and go vote for him, like a primary. One of my friends said she likes him because he has a handicaped daughter. And this will beat Obama? Newt is not done and it isn't even half time yet. so don't count him out.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Bob Crye said:

I think that Santorum is our only hope to beat Obama. The main issue, in my opinion, is Obamacare. How can Romney fight that issue effectively when it was patterned after Romney care. All the talking heads who claim Obama is afraid of Romney must be financed by Obama backers. If I were Obama (and thank God I'm not) I would love to be up against Romney. The GOP gunfight must stop, we're killing ourselves.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Henry Homrighaus said:

I have decided to support Rick Santorum for president as I think his positions on family, abortion, religion, government, energy and education more closely approximate my own than any other candidate. He has erred in some of his previous political positions and votes but unlike his competitors he freely acknowledges his mistakes and takes the blame for his own actions instead of waffling, denying and disguising it. How refreshing in this political climate of gamesmanship. I think that his latest victories demonstrate that the majority of republican and independents are not going to back Mitt Romney as the RNC establishment of moderates would have us do and Newt is the biggest stumbling block in Santorum’s path by splitting the true conservative vote, Newt is single handedly keeping Romney alive in the process or the Santorum victories would have been so enormous that they would have forced this to a head long ago. Remember Obama care is simply Romney care repackaged with the help of Romney’s own team as admitted on multiple occasions, he will be hard pressed to debate Obama on this key issue.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Linda Gommel said:

Since I don't watch television at all and don't hear their propaganda, I guess I was not surprised. Too many of us just DON'T WANT Romney as our candidate. Santorum is the one that's left by default, and he seems to be growing in articulation and confidence as time passes. Fortunately a result like this weakens the inevitability freight train that has been the Romney campaign.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Terry Lee Mose said:

Not supprised at all. Romney can't close the deal. It's probably time for the GOP to call a "for the sake of the party" meeting with the other candidates in order to get behind a single candidate against Obama. The longer this slogfest carries on, the better it looks for the Democrats.As and Independant, I cannot bring myself to "hold my nose and vote."BTW--a must read is Carles Murray's "Coming Apart"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Bubba said:

Time for Paul and Gingrich to drop out. They are each, in their own ways, meaningfully incomplete Conservatives. Gingrich with his ego and judgment lapses, and Paul with his utopian foreign and social policy and inability to speak outside of one liners. Like their ideas on many levels, but the whole package is just not ready for POTUS. Sec State and a significant economic post for Paul would be about right.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Bubba said:

*Sec State for Gingrich and a significant economic post for Paul would be about right.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Telezer said:

Santorum, runing with Rand Paul might be an interesting choice to face Obama.Not sure how the deligate math works out if Ron Paul pledges support to Santorum if Santorum selects Rand Paul, the son, as his running-mate.Interesting to think about.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM