Michael Gaynor
Santorum now belongs in a Sanitorium, not the White House
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By Michael Gaynor
March 24, 2012

Please pray for Rick, for he is sick.

The pressures of a presidential campaign can be too much for some.

They proved to be too much for Rick Santorium.

Santorum surprisingly achieved second best Republican presidential hopeful status with lots of hard work and relatively little money, but in his zeal to win, he just lost his mind.

On March 22, 2012, Santorum said that Republicans should give President Obama another term unless Santorum.

Slick Rule-or-Ruin Rick is either really sick or preparing to run again in the 2016 presidential election, and I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt.

In either case, he's not fit to be President.

Previously Santorum had argued that Republican presidential candidate to be Mitt Romney was not conservative enough and he (Santorum) would be the stronger challenger to Obama.

That's to be expected and argued vigorously.

Presidential hopefuls across the political spectrum run because they think they are the best hope for America and they want to win.

"You win by giving people a choice," Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. "You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there."

That's fine.

But Santorum added: "If they're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future."

Santorum was referring to Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's comment Wednesday that "everything changes" for the fall campaign. "It's almost like an Etch A Sketch," he said on CNN. "You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."

Fehrnstrom's comment was a poor analogy inadequately explained and fodder for Romney's political rivals, but Santorum's self-serving notion that America would be better off with another Obama term that a President Romney is crazed.

Romney issued a statement expressing disappointment "that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican."

Romney opined, "This election is more important than any one person. It is about the future of America. Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure."

Newt Gingrich tweeted: "Rick Santorum is dead wrong. Any GOP nominee will be better than Obama."

The truth is that Romney is immensely preferable to Obama now, just as he was in 2008, when Santorum acknowledged it.

On February 1, 2008, Santorum publicly declared:

"In a few short days, Republicans from across this country will decide more than their party's nominee. They will decide the very future of our party and the conservative coalition that Ronald Reagan built. Conservatives can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines in this election, and Governor Romney is the candidate who will stand up for the conservative principles that we hold dear.

"Governor Romney has a deep understanding of the important issues confronting our country today, and he is the clear conservative candidate that can go into the general election with a united Republican party."

In 2008 Romney withdrew from the presidential race, when he realized that he could not win the Republican presidential nomination and backed Senator John McCain, because Romney realized that McCain. although harddly perfect, was ever so much better than Obama.

That exemplified mature self-sacrifice.

Egotistical Santorum is no Mitt Romney.

The presidential campaign pressure proved to be much for Santorum.

Please pray for Rick, for he is sick.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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