The Elephant in the Room

Erick Erickson

From, Posted by Erick Erickson, February 24, 2012 – He was the elephant in the room, so to speak, at the CNN Debate in Mesa, AZ. And this issue is why Campaign 2012 on the Republican side is so depressing.

The he is George W. Bush. And the issue is that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney spent most of the debate campaigning against George W. Bush without using his name.


They went after each other on earmarks, spending, No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, the debt ceiling, and on and on. Santorum apologized for some votes. He defended some votes. Mitt Romney had the temerity to suggest he would have opposed some or all of that legislation even though, at the time, he was quite supportive of it all — including raising the debt ceiling. All of these were George W. Bush approved, adding also TARP and the auto bailout. They are also issues about which many conservatives and conservative organizations sold their souls to the Republican Party in the name of team work, damn the principles at stake.

Relatedly, it was entirely laughable for Rick Santorum to claim courage as the word that describes him best when he then went on to say he cast his votes against his principles because he was a team player. Just listen to the audio right here. At least he did not do what Romney did and try to claim himself an advocate of school choice, which Mitt Romney did not support as Governor of Massachusetts. Santorum, at least, is willing to recount his political sins honestly.

And that is what is so awful about this election season for so many conservatives. Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich are campaigning against major accomplishments of the Bush Administration that they, at the time, supported, and now have the audacity to lie to us — yes they are lying — and have us believe they would never have supported such big government programs.

For his part, Gingrich at least offered up a balanced budget when he was Speaker and real entitlement reform. Mitt Romney is out championing the progress nature of the American tax code. For that alone he should be driven from the race defeated. Santorum hides behind Jim DeMint to defend his fiscal sins on earmarks and has driven a mass of people who once opposed earmarks to claim that maybe they are not so bad because St. Santorum likes them. Note to this particular cult of personality: No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, and Obamacare would not have passed if earmarks had been banned.

Here’s the long and the short of it — Super Tuesday approaches. I live in Georgia. And I am pretty sure I am voting for either Herman Cain or Rick Perry because I am just not sold on the final four.

4 responses

  1. Oh, wow! How does that help against Obama, wasting your vote does nothing but put Obama back in office. What a waste of time this article has been. Idiot!

    1. Senator-Blutarksy

      One candidate was not apologizing – because he never voted for the assorted bailouts, handouts, and blatant socialism that the RepuliCON Klown Kar all has to try to explain

      Guess who ?……try hard………guess ?

      Hmmm. Matthew 7:16 comes to mind-

      “Ye shall know them by their fruits” – Fruits, in the Scripture and Jewish phraseology, are taken for works of any kind. “A man’s works,” says one, “are the tongue of his heart, and tell honestly whether he is inwardly corrupt or pure.”

      The power elites’ Repube Klown Kar cannot cover up their public voting record, yet the minions swoon over their WORDS, not their deeds, like a bunch of emotional, impressionable 3rd-graders.

      In East Texas, where I grew up, we say ” Talk is cheap. What are their actions?”

    2. Jack,

      How can focusing sunshine on the shortcomings of the three major ‘actors’ be a ‘waste of time’?

      Should Republicans attempt to hide or ignore these flaws, or deal with them now while there is still time to recover?

      Is the author an ‘idiot’ because he has an opinion that is perhaps in opposition to your opinion, or because he expressed his opinion openly?

  2. Senator-Blutarksy

    The Bush-Cheney criminals set such a horrible standard, no wonder any “establishment” Republican wants/needs to distance himself from it………bubbles, bailouts, WIDE OPEN BORDERS, massive offshoring of our industrial base, ObamaCare1(Medicare Plan D), missing TRILLIONS in Pentagon (dismissed with the middle finger of Rumsfeld), Patriot Act, Warner Defense Act, Military Commissions act ( all plundered any semblance of the Bill of Rights ), massive theft by the bankster insiders and right in your face, crippling phoney wars based on deliberate lies( Pat Tillman-RIP-murdered)………This 8 years of Caligula Lite is hard to sweep under the rug.

    Thank goodness they nailed Martha Stewart – I sleep so much better…….

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