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Santorum drops out

Rick Santorum said Tuesday that he won’t continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Some say “Too bad,” while others claim “It’s about time.” I say it’s both.

His platform has been social issues; Santorum called for the return to true conservative values. Sometimes he called for this a bit too loudly, and while it definitely didn’t work in his favor, that isn’t to say that it would have been such a huge deal in any other election. The fact is, he picked the wrong time to run for president on the platform he’s been using (he also is dealing with his daughter’s grave illness, which he says forced him and his wife to reconsider their roles as parents—I’m not touching that; it’s got nothing to do with why he wasn’t right for the job this time).

Americans value some of the things Santorum hit on during his campaign, but the practical American does not base his/her vote on social issues alone when the country is faced with the worst economic climate in eighty years. Mitt Romney, for good or ill, has the right platform at the right time.

It’s do or die time for the Republicans, all the way down to the common voters. Romney’s impending nomination proves this. Conservatives, I think, realized this spring that they can exist as value-oriented citizens on their own without need for a moral figurehead like Santorum. As much as it might have hurt them to admit it, Republican voters probably felt that they could carry on the moral battle themselves for a change since the bigger issues facing the country demanded a candidate like Mitt Romney to win the nomination.

Congratulations are in order, then, for Governor Romney. If he’s got nothing else, he’s got great timing. 

Written by: Tobias Wall
Daily Vidette Blogger


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Can we have a post-partisan discussion now?
On its face, I’m beating the same drum as everyone else in America is right now: I’m frustrated with our government. But the beat I’m dancing to right now is one I’ve jived to for a long, long time; a beat that hasn’t made its way as far into the ranks of movers and shakers as it should by now. My mentor—if I can call her this, made a good point the other day. She said that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are the only true bipartisan candidates out there. WWHHAAAATTT? Bipartisan? Heathens! Evil! Leave us!Yes, biparitsan. Santorum (Pennsylvania) and Romney (Massachussets) come from “purple” states; that is, states that have records of both Democrat and Republican…hence, blue and red = purple. Welcome to first grade - you passed. What does this tell us? A few things.First, it tells us that the states they previously served have a diverse population. Second, it tells us that those populations might be pretty well-read in terms of politics. And third, it shows—get ready for this, friends—that being an elected official in these “purples” states where republican and democrat alike have a decent chance of getting elected, means Romney and Santorum DID THEIR GODDAMN JOB.This doesn’t mean I’m giving Romney any sort of blessing, but that’s for another time. Politics is defined as the way a groups of people come together (or apart, in our case) to make decisions. Compromise, anyone? I know the definition of both politics and compromise is lost on folks these days, but our Republican frontrunners have made due with a diverse population and have done pretty well. They know what it means to compromise. They know what the job of a governor/senator/public servant is: Serve the needs of the people that elected you.We NEED to stop distinguishing EVERYTHING in Washington based on party. Red, Blue, Purple…screw it. America deserves better. To the folks in Washington: Everybody’s shit stinks. Your job is to come together to find a way to make the toilet seat a bit more comfortable for us.
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(image via irregulartimes)

Can we have a post-partisan discussion now?

On its face, I’m beating the same drum as everyone else in America is right now: I’m frustrated with our government. But the beat I’m dancing to right now is one I’ve jived to for a long, long time; a beat that hasn’t made its way as far into the ranks of movers and shakers as it should by now.
 
My mentor—if I can call her this, made a good point the other day. She said that Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are the only true bipartisan candidates out there. WWHHAAAATTT? Bipartisan? Heathens! Evil! Leave us!

Yes, biparitsan. Santorum (Pennsylvania) and Romney (Massachussets) come from “purple” states; that is, states that have records of both Democrat and Republican…hence, blue and red = purple. Welcome to first grade - you passed.

What does this tell us? A few things.

First, it tells us that the states they previously served have a diverse population. Second, it tells us that those populations might be pretty well-read in terms of politics. And third, it shows—get ready for this, friends—that being an elected official in these “purples” states where republican and democrat alike have a decent chance of getting elected, means Romney and Santorum DID THEIR GODDAMN JOB.

This doesn’t mean I’m giving Romney any sort of blessing, but that’s for another time.

Politics is defined as the way a groups of people come together (or apart, in our case) to make decisions. Compromise, anyone? I know the definition of both politics and compromise is lost on folks these days, but our Republican frontrunners have made due with a diverse population and have done pretty well. They know what it means to compromise. They know what the job of a governor/senator/public servant is: Serve the needs of the people that elected you.

We NEED to stop distinguishing EVERYTHING in Washington based on party. Red, Blue, Purple…screw it. America deserves better. To the folks in Washington: Everybody’s shit stinks. Your job is to come together to find a way to make the toilet seat a bit more comfortable for us.

Written by: Toby Wall
Daily Vidette Blogger


Rarely have I seen a more unpatriotic public display.

Paul Begala at The Daily Beast responds to the moment in last night’s GOP debate when audience members booed an openly gay U.S. soldier serving in Iraq. Watch the video here. (via theweekmagazine)

So much for supporting the troops.

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