Santorum Makes a Complete Insider Out of Himself at the Debate

Rick Santorum

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I had yet to see a candidate this entire campaign season, admit to millions of people that he basically has no principles. Santorum admitted on Wednesday that he voted to fund Planned Parenthood because it was part of a “larger” bill that contained things he both liked and disliked. His solution? He added more government intervention to the bill to balance it out. Wow.

He also admitted he voted for No Child Left Behind because his leader, George Bush, wanted it. He said politics is a team sport and he “took one for the team.”

I’ve already heard some pundits say that although Santorum was attacked hard on Wednesday night, he “survived.” What are these people talking about? Yes, Rick Santorum was still physically alive after the debate, I’ll give him that. But as a candidate, how can any sane Republican consider voting for a candidate that admits to putting politics ahead of his beliefs? The last thing Republicans want right now is someone like that.

What exactly did Santorum have to do at the debate Wednesday night, for the media to admit he should be toast right now? Did he actually have to collapse and die on the stage? At least Gingrich, when he was attacked about working for Freddie Mac, made up some story about being a “historian” and not a lobbyist. That could be considered “surviving” since if people believe that, then Newt doesn’t look so bad. But to tell millions of people that you have voted again and again, against conservative principles because you were playing politics?

Do you know what people in the media mean when they say someone “survived” a debate? That the candidate stayed calm and was able to still appear confident while giving his response. No wonder this country is in trouble. You can be called out for committing murder, and as a long as you appear confident and are able to keep a smug look on your face, you would be perceived as having done all right.

This “Rick Santorum survived” narrative is just an attempt to convince those who are easily swayed by post debate coverage, that what they heard from Rick Santorum, were actually acceptable answers; that at a time when the people are sick and tired of politicians, it’s OK to vote for the ultimate one.

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