The Grilling of Rick Santorum

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


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And then there’s Santorum’s record on the unions, which is squishy at best. He voted for a 1993 bill protecting union members from being fired over strikes. He also backed the Davis-Bacon Act, requiring government contracts “to pay workers the local prevailing wage.” He opposed the National Right to Work law in 1996.

So is all of this criticism fair? It’s certainly as fair as any of the material the media dug up about Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and the rest of the non-Romneys. Gingrich, you’ll remember, was raked over the coals for supposedly bashing Reagan back in the 1980s. Rick Perry was hit by the other candidates on the immigration issue, although they basically agree with his entire immigration agenda (with the exception of the DREAM Act).

Strangely enough, the race has come down to the two candidates (three, if you count Ron Paul) who seem to attract a holier-than-thou segment. Mitt Romney supporters have long looked down their noses as the benighted conservative base that doesn’t trust their man. Ron Paul supporters have always intimated that only Ron Paul is a truly conservative candidate. And now, Rick Santorum’s supporters suggest that attacks on Santorum are attacks on conservatism.

This is sheer and absolute nonsense. Conservatives had better vet these candidates before the liberals have a chance to do so.  If the liberals find damaging material you can bet they will hold it until right before the election and then spring it as an October Surprise that suddenly changes everything.

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  • Amused

    That's because Santorum IS a religious extremist . And yes , now he's gonna eat his own words , and look like a fool explaining or denying them .
    While Santorum may be a hit in republican primaries , he is infact un-electable .

    • 58TROJAN23

      You wish!

      • Amused

        watch and see trojan

    • reader

      So why you – an Obama voter – are so up in arms about him? May be, it's because they used to say the same thing about Reagan back in a day?

    • Jim_C

      It would be so awesome if Santorum got the nod, but it ain't gonna happen. In the meantime, we must enjoy his zanyness while we still got him!

  • Amused

    …and Ben , your last sentence is an UNDERSTATEMENT . October surprises are typical to BOTH political parties , have been iused by BOTH and will most assuredly be used again this year . The time for "vetting " a candidate has passed . Santorum seems to want to continue to paint himself into a radical social corner .

    • http://visionsandprinciples.blogspot.com/ InRussetShadows

      Again, it's only radical to you, a Marxist. What does that mean for anyone else? Nothing. So out come the smear words, the hilarious alarmism, and the sky-is-falling whimpering.

      • Amused

        Smear words ? LOLOLOL>….no dimbulb – SANTORUMS WORDS . To the dummies like yourself , one can only guess what they mean .
        As far as the "sky -falling " ha-ha-ha-ha-yea , for any republican chances in Nov. with a moron like Santorum as your candidate ….oh and trust me ….I'm not in any way alarmed .

    • Rifleman

      Lol, a more radical social corner than bill ayers and a "GD America!" 'church'? Good luck with that.

      • Amused

        You're boxing with your shadow Rifleman , inventing bogeymen then "courageously " drawing your sword against your illusion . Pathetic man ! Ayers is irrelevant , except of course to your crowd . Unless of course you'd like to put up FACTS on when, where, and how Ayers is relevant to anything other than the job that employs him .

        • Rifleman

          That's a pretty vivid fantasy of what you imagine I'm thinking, are you sure you're not projecting there? You were the one talking about people in radical social corners, it's not my fault hussein's been there all his life.

      • Jim_C

        I would argue yes, easily a far more radical social corner than the non-issue of Wright's sermon and the bizarre fixation on the fact that Ayers and Obama were in the same room a couple times, which certainly didn't seem to hurt Obama the first time it came around. The proof will be in the pudding, one way or the other. If the party were to actually allow Santorum to even run for president (they'll actually spend big money to make sure he won't for exactly the reason of his creepy religiosity) you'd see how marginal his own views make him. Even among your average Catholics.

        You're a reasonable guy; surely you see that?

        • Rifleman

          I'd argue we've had three years of policy and appointments to see you're wrong, and those of us that said his associations mattered were right. The proof will indeed be in the pudding. Though the only poll that really matters is the one in November, it's interesting that According to the WaPo (I know, not the most credible source), their poll with abc shows Santorum's "creepy religiosity” has raised his popularity with not only GOP women, but democrat and independent women as well.

          I don't think the scary religion thing is going to work, and it may backfire. A lot of people are creeped out at Santorum's treatment over his unobjectionable and unremarkable beliefs on culture and religion.

          • Jim_C

            I don't know that I'd call Santorum's beliefs "unremarkable." Didn't he just this weekend say Kennedy's famous speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston, where he said he'd follow the Constitution of the United States and not the Pope, "made him sick?"

            You know, Kennedy made that speech to assuage those who would now be known as conservatives. Now this conservative–or whatever Santorum is–is made sick by someone who, as an elected public official, placed the constitution above his religious beliefs?

            This is what I'm talking about–conservatives have gone to crazy town. Nothing and no one can ever satisfy them. Reagan himself would barely make the cut, these days.

  • scotsirish

    We are having the Ben Shaparo nightmare, again.
    Everytime I turn my computer on there is Ben Shaparo, screaming, convulsing, ranting about Rick Santorum.
    It is a badly cast, reoccuring nightmare, staring BEN AGAIN.

    No amount of negative comments, no insults, no inuendos about his love for Mitt have slowed this youngster down. He is a four-year old on candybars and kook-aid.
    God help US all.

    Santorum is solid on Israel and we are solidly and sorely worn out with the Marx/Chicago nightclub
    folly in the White House. Take a vacation Ben. You have worn yourself and the rest of US out with your ranting.

    • Amused

      And your post went right over their heads …lolololol

  • 58TROJAN23

    Anybody who understands Biblical Theology knows that Santorum speaks the truth on the design of Satanic Forces in the world.

    • Jim_C

      Problem is, people want a president who understands the founding values of this country–not a creepy theocrat, the type of which has always stood in the way of human liberty throughout history.

  • Amused

    It seems the repo/con/teabaggers who rant about "gov'mint intrusion into their lives " have no problem dictating their ideas on vaginal insertions and contraception . Santorum will shoot himself in the other foot , just give him a little more time . [LOL...if he gets it outta his mouth long enough ]
    And yea , I get the "Satan thing " it's directed at Obama , everyone knows it , maybe Rick oughta go join the mullahs in Iran , they got a satan thing too .
    Hey man , if Santorum's all you got in Nov. Better get ready for another FOUR YEARS of whining and handwringing over Obama .

    • http://www.19.org Edip Yuksel

      Excellent points. I enjoyed your sense of humor and style :)) Amusing, indeed.

      • L8gr8usa

        Of course.

        Posters with Middle Eastern names would like Amused’s editorials. You are comrades.

        • Amused

          Hey peanut -brain , the name Edip usually indicates a Turkish origin , but very well may be a Turkish American who is much better suited than you to recognize religious fanatic idiots like Santorum . I say you go-girl ! and vote for the dirtbag in November . And just remember the next time you wanna get laid ….according to Santorum , non-procreational sex is from S-A-T-A-N . But more importantly , and what eludes moron's like yourself , is that mostly EVERYTHING Santorum says he is against today , he voted for yesterday .

          • reader

            The irony here is that the so-called "amused" is obviously plagued with serious frustration, anger and illogic. I wonder if it's the perceived lack of contraception. Dude, you can buy cheap condoms on just about every corner!

          • Amused

            Reader , dont confuse the ability to read , absorb facts and cvome to intelligent conclusions , with anger and frustration . Besides there is no greater example of anger and frustration than that which has been openly displayed by repocons in the past 3 1/2 years . In fact so much so , that they're willing to do harm to their own country and countrymen for the sake of their hysterical partisan politics . Santorum appeals to the dumbed down segments of Am,erica , of which you are a part . However feel free to wallow along with Santorum in ignorance .

          • reader

            You've shown no ability to absorb facts. If siding with Jew-hating islamonazists at the voting booth is your idea of intelligent conclusion, the inevitable conclusion is that you need professional help. That's on the illogic. On being angry and frustrated, your posts contain little more than insults that are so lame that middle schoolers would be embarrassed to write them down.

          • Amused

            You're a pretty f—-g stupid guy /girl reader ." Siding with Jew-Hating islamonazists" [new word ? ] is YOUR conclusion about me , based on my criticism of a double talking dirtbag , Santorum ? And you call me what ? Angry and frustrated ? You are really the dumbed down part of America , I'm talking about , otherwise known as a SCHMUCK . You wouldn't know a fact if it fell out of a tree and struck you on the head , you brainwashed imbecile . All you do is parrot the diatribe of ideologues you grovel before . Smarten up chump , it's later than you think .

    • http://visionsandprinciples.blogspot.com/ InRussetShadows

      So while this candidate is out here running for the presidency, you are here…throwing paperclips at him. Feel better now? I love watching the mental circuitry on leftists fry. It's even funnier whenever someone brings up spirituality, because that causes them no end of sputtering and nonsense dribbles out of their keyboards. (Yes, everyone, Christianity is JUST LIKE ISLAM because, because, because they both talk about an evil force. Ooohhh. You should be scared!) Seriously, this kind of material is the uber-intelligent fare that the left prides itself on consuming (because dumb people just don't 'get it'), but in reality, it's less intellectual than a porn plot.

      • Amused

        Far Left ? LOL…how out of touch are you ? 80% of Republican women oppose this Santorum B.S. And BTW dimbulb , I didn' bring up "spirituality " [which should remain iin the domain of the individual ] I merely take exception to Santorums own words . Which he will no doubt be eating in the months to come . In addition you should make yourself aware of precisely what percentage of the American electorate Santorum actually appeals to . Dont count the republican primaries because all that includeds is the loons who come to listen to him , and those who fear a Mormon and Flip-flopper , more than they do Santorum .

    • Rifleman

      "…dictating their ideas on vaginal insertions and contraception…" – How does making people pay for their own fun constitute dictating their ideas? That's a three year old's argument.

      • Amused

        No , yours is a 3yr olds reply .I guess in your cave , you haven't been aware of what the Virginia and Indianna legislatures have been trying to pull off . In THAT respect fanatical christians are no different from their islamic counterparts . And if you dont think forcing an un-neccessarry medical proceedure to preceede another , soley for ideological reasons is not religion insertying itself into the Legislative Branch of government , then you better burn your flag and the Constitution , because YOU are the anti-Ameerican .

        • Rifleman

          I know a few women that changed their mind after seeing their baby on sonogram, I can understand why you're upset, but I thought we were talking about Santorum's (a Senator from Pennsylvania) positions on contraception and abortion. It seems like only a few posts ago you…oh, never mind.

  • mrbean

    Santorum, a catholic, and all the GOP candidates, Ron Paul being by far the most naive, have never learned that the media is in bed with the clandestine Muslim Obama and they do not have to always say publically what their religious beliefs are. If any of them merely attended church on Sunday, they would be accused of being religious fanatics. If they refused to sanction partial birth abortion they would be accused of being religious fanatics and against women. If they refused to sanction affirmative action for minorities they will be called racists. Obama could get his prayer rug out in the middle of the Oval Office every morning and face Mecca and pray to Allah and for guidance from the prophet Mohammed and the media would defend him. Obama will bever be vetted by the mainstream media even if he chanted the Islamic morning prayer on loudpseakers from the Whitehouse balcony. If Romney gets the nomination, the media will viciously and unfairly attack his Mormon religion on the hour every hour 24/7. Just watch and see.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      The media would support Obama if he showed up on TV in his horns, red cloak and tail……….William

    • Jim_C

      I will be very interested to see if your prediction plays out. So far, the people with the biggest problem with Romney's religion are–surprise! Conservative Christians.

      Can you blame them? Mormonism is pretty wacky stuff. But it seems to foster good people and good citizens.

  • teq

    The problem with all these four candidates is that each of them has said or done things that are distinctly unconservative. I have a growing sinking feeling that Obambi is going to win in November. However, if the Republicans get the House and Senate they can immobilize him for four years. And when Bibil attacks Iran, Bambi will be forced to follow him to war because Christians wouldn't tolerate him abandoning Israel.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      teq, Think on it, who or what could be worse than Obama, my hamster Napoleon is more electible
      than Obama, no one would want this Marxist as President now that he has outed himself as a
      Communist/Islamist anti-American rat…………………………………William

      • Jim_C

        I'll try this, but I'm sure empirical reality is not your strong suit: Do you know what "electable" means (see, I've spelled it right)? Do you realize the fact that Obama, having already won one presidential election, and probably the next, means he is "electable" BY DEFINITION?

        And do you realize that by holding your own candidates to an impossible standard you've crippled their electability?

        And just for sport:

        What sort of "communist" redistributes wealth–to BANKERS?

        What sort of "Islamist" has killed more top Islamist leaders than any in history?

        Given what you think is "anti-American," I shudder to think what your idea of a "pro-American" president might be.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          It is so nice to have a reply from a wizzard of smart. Bankers if in the elite top five to ten percent of
          the in crowd who rule are always going to receive the wealth bythe person in power, communist,
          socialist, whatever. the Islamist killed, done by the military, Obama has done nothing but go along
          with the Pentagon Generals that lined up Bin Laden and had a wanted poster on him dead or alive.
          Alive would have been to big a political problem for Obama, I would have preferred taking him alive
          and getting what ever information the military wanted out of him. You may note he was not
          of the Muslim Brotherhood that Obama fawns over, nor any other target such as Gaddafi.
          You can shudder to think all you want if that is what you call it, I will have reservations, your
          shallow approach to what and who is electable covers fraud, and obama is a fraud if anyone
          ever was, all talk and no substance outside of conducting the largest rip off of taxpayers in
          the history of the world, I doubt Americans want to continue being taken for what is left.
          William

    • Imntreble

      Amused

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Now that is amusing…………………..William

  • Amused

    LOL….their commonality is that they all LIE .

  • randy

    When the christians stole north america from the natives, god jumped ship and satan climbed aboard.

  • http://www.hwt123.com hwt123

    Ron Paul is our last hope…We must end the Fed and no other candidate will get rid of this mafia cartel of bankers who bribed the politicians the day before Christmas 1913 and the income tax to make slaves of the working class.Watch this video ..it will open the eyes of you fools who would choose another candidate…
    http://youtu.be/Cd-SLRyuRq0

  • Amused

    Trouble is , He was never on board to begin with . That was their rationale and their delusion .They also burned witches , and they never threw away their matches .

  • Rifleman

    Sure it's fair, just because the msm lobs softballs ad dp candidates and lets unqualified and untested democrats into office doesn't mean the GOP shouldn't try make sure their candidate is up to the job. That said, many of the objections in the msm to him, and the other GOP candidates, are absurd.

  • Amused

    Oh really ? " Make sure their candidate is up o the job " ? Your statement on it's face is ABSURD . The Republican party has pandered to its lunatic fringe for the past three years for the sakeof garnering votes to defeat "The Great Satan " in the White House , and now the chickens have come home to roost . You cant win an election based on how much anti- the other guy rhetoric a candidate can expitae on any given day ,for a viable opponent , one who can actually defeat Obama , you need substance and intelligence . Both Romney and Santorum lack both . Trouble is you folks are more obsessed with the opponent , than you are with actual solutions .

    • Jim_C

      Same mistake as last time–only bigger: the more they try to make centrist Obama into an "extremist," the more reasonable and accomplished his actual policy record looks. It's like they want to make it easy for Obama.

      Reality bites!

      • reader

        Right. How clever. Only a "centrist" would appoint self-proclaimed commies and Mao admirers to the high profile cabinet posts. I suppose, you hope that everybody in this country gets news from MSNBC? Go check their ratings, genius.

        • Jim_C

          So what Maoist policies have these radical boogeymen implemented? Anything really juicy and bolshevik-y, beyond rumors of having maybe been to a party in college where someone had a poster of Che Guevara?

  • Amused

    And BTW InRussetShadows , it's about time someone corrected you in your ignorance of the man your screen name is supposed to reflect . IF it's the TV Journalist Tim R-U-S-S-E-R-T , you got the spelling of his name wrong . So if you're going to incorporate the name of a Good man in your screen name , the least you could do is GET HIS NAME RIGHT .

  • Jim_C

    There is nothing as tired and pointless as a conservative whine about the so-called "media." Guess what, it's called a presidential election, it's bloodsport for anyone–yes, including democrats. In the end, face it: people just care less about (e.g.) Clinton's affairs or who Obama was in a room with once than they do about a guy who seems creepily obsessed with sexual issues and talks about Satan like it's 1612, not 2012.

    Santorum's opponents attack him for his voting compromises. That's for the low-info idiots who "haven't made up their minds yet" don't understand the nature of being a legislator. Meanwhile, Romney's opponents attack him for the best thing he'd ever accomplished–Romneycare. With everyone trying to live up to an impossible and phony "conservative ideal," there's no breathing room for reality. Everyone is literally trying to win the very stupidest people in the country. The chickens are coming home to roost.

  • Amused

    Repo cons / make up -contrive or imagine all these deep dark deadly secrets and alleged agendas ,attach them to Obama , then put on a show weilding their swords against these "shadows ". Eventually FACTS control the discourse amongst intelligent men , and all the "nazi" "marxist " "socialist " "satan ", blather , most of which reflects their own paranoia and hatred will be relegated to the dumpster , where it belongs . There will be A LARGE DOSE OF REALITY meted out on Election Day .

  • Asher

    You know I have had it with the Lame Stream Media. This election should be about getting America back on track and led by a true American, who loves America and will work for the people, not against them. Furthermore, I wouldn't elect a RINO, or a Moderate if hell freezes over. I am sick of lying, deceiving politicians who will do or say anything to get elected and then betray the people…Santorum is a Conservative, and Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-freedom of religion for everyone, and will repeal the Romney-Obama Care…They are the same kind of Socialized Medicine!

  • Amused

    Take an aspirin Nathan . "Social house in order " ? Say what ? Morality ? Indeed , if not for the crooks on Capitol Hill in conjunction with the crooks on Wall Street , we would not be in this situation . If you're naive and ignorant enough to think this situation is the doings of one man , and it will be rectified by the ranting rhetoric of another ….then you're lost kiddo . Sorry , but the social issues you think are the blame for the economy , is simplistic and wrong .But that's what Santorum is all about .

  • Amused

    And now this lieing POS is ascribing quotes to JFK , that JFK NEVER SAID , and qoutes that were actually made by Ronald Reagan to JFK . So now that makes THREE republican candidates that are unmitigated LIARS .