Santorum: I’m running for a job we don’t need

Posted by: Phineas on January 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Perhaps the EEOC’s next crusade should be to protect the rights of those who don’t even know what job they’re applying for:

Rick Santorum took several shots at Mitt Romney during his first Monday campaign event here, seeking to neutralize the appeal of the former Massachusetts governor’s business background, and implying that he lacks principle.

Referring to Romney’s argument that his business career makes him well-suited to the presidency, Santorum said, “We’re not looking for a chief executive officer. We’re looking for a commander in chief.”

(Emphasis added)

Have another look at the job description, Rick. From Article II, section 1 of the Constitution:

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.

Well, well. Turns out we do want a chief executive, as well as a commander in chief. How odd.

Not surprising, I guess, coming from the guy whose bright idea to endorse Arlen Specter in 2004 gave us ObamaCare.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “Santorum: I’m running for a job we don’t need”

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  1. Marshall Art says:

    Don’t be too hard on Santorum. After all, Romney enacted Obamacare in his state (called, of course, Romneycare) and is touted by Obama as a model for his travesty.

    If we’re going to pick nits, we can easily do so for each candidate for the GOP nomination. Perfection is lacking in each of them, Romney as well as evidenced by his many stances on single issues.

    I would also submit that it is possible that the term “executive” as pertains the president is just a bit different from a corporate executive. That is, it is not exactly a one-to-one parallel.

  2. A Stephens says:

    I’m unwilling to write Santorum off because he endorsed Arlen “the Magic Bullet” Specter. On a certain level, it pisses me off, on another, I just think he made a monumental mistake of investing trust in Specter based on collegiality.

    I’ve made mistakes myself, and I’m comfortable that my character and morals remain intact. As a conservative 1st – Republican 2nd, my real choices are too limited to compromise my core beliefs.

  3. Dave B says:

    Let’s not forget “executive” also refers to governors who actually have to govern for everyone in the state and not just vote on things that are enacted by others.

    I can’t help but notice when you look at the Republican candidates or Presidential candidates in general that have gone on to win or have gone down in defeat there is something to choosing a non-congressman (or woman)if you hope to win the general election. Bob Dole, McCain, and John Kerry are prime examples. Reagan was a governor, HW Bush was Vice President, GW was a governor. Clinton was a governor and Jimmy f…ing Carter had been a governor. HW only lasted one term and VP Gore couldn’t even win an election.

    We can have our fun now shoving the candidates to the right and slapping them in the face for past conservative indiscretions. We can even fantasize for a while that all our candidates will beat Obama in the next Presidential election with his war chest of a billion dollars and the bully pulpit of the Oval Office, nevermind a supportive MSM that has completely sold out to the liberal agenda and don’t even pretend anymore.

    At some point we’re going to have to get serious, which means we have to get more pragmatic. All but two candidates qualify for the Virginia ballot and I hear comments that you’d swear are coming from the Occupy idiots. The law applied to all candidates… period. Yell at the candidates or go work for them so it doesn’t again but claiming “disenfranchisement” rings hollow to actual adults that live in the real world.

    Ann Coulter supports Mitt Romney and somehow she has morphed into a liberal. Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnel endorses Mitt for exactly the same reasons and now she IS a witch and a nut. Senator Thune and Nikki Haley, also Tea Party favorites have somehow lost their minds and their careers are over after endorsing Mitt Romney for the exact same reasons. Another popular governor with Tea Partiers that actually knows what Romney faced in another liberal state to achieve conservative things endorses Mitt and he’s dismissed as a “liberal”. What’s going to happen if Marco Rubio endorses Mitt? Are we going to demand to see if he’s an actual citizen born in the United States? If Sarah Palin endorses Mitt are we going to claim that she’s a sellout and that her youngest child isn’t hers?

    Time to get serious. A congressman or a senator isn’t going to beat Obama. We’ve had enough of inexperienced “executives” that have to learn on the job.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Marshall Art has it right about nit-picking. There is such a thing as paralysis by analysis. Just work our way through this elimination process and settle on who we can vote for other than a Commiecrat.

  5. Dave B says:

    Sorry for the grammatical errors in my first comments but Rick Santorum making these remarks borders on ridiculous. As Sister Toldjah pointed out the Constitution spells it out. But what about the unmitigated gall of a Senator making these remarks against an executive officer of a state, a successful business executive during the worst economy since the great depression, and a commander-in-chief of armed forces of a state that actually deployed soldiers? Where do we begin? A senator does none of that. A senator that was thrown out on his ass by his state that makes money as a conservative commentator because he was once a senator doesn’t actually qualify him as an expert on the private sector and the economy. This is the problem with career non-executive politicians running for President. They think they can sit back and criticize others that have actually been in the game and made decisions because they’ve never actually had to govern. Most of them are one trick ponies with a theme they think can get them to the White House. I love Santorum but before he starts lecturing everybody on what THEY are looking for he might want to run for governor of his own state and win, make a bunch of decisions in the best interests of the people he’s serving despite his own wishes. And by the way do it for no pay. Then go to the private sector and save thousands of jobs and businesses.

  6. Kate says:

    What really surprises me and really hurts the Republican cause is all this acrimony against any of the candidates….so Republicans, and I am one, if you want to lose this election, burn down your own house.

    Santorum is a fine example of a conservatism. When he was a senator he made a few mistakes in the name of getting things done in congress and working across the isle. In PA it’s the only way to get elected to any national office. He is PRO life and he is a fine spokesman for personal responsibility and family values. And if you have ever read any of his writings on foreign affairs and his attended any of his forums on the same subject you would understand that still waters run deep and he would really be the best representative of American exceptionalism in the world.

    Let’s stick to the task at hand….getting rid of Obama.

  7. A Stephens says:

    Interesting commentary above. I can’t imagine castigating Romney (or any other candidate for that matter), then claiming to “love” him, all in the same paragraph. Something doesn’t pass the smell test there. jus sayin

  8. This post reveals another reason why I’m not supporting Rick Santorum. That and he lost his last election in Pennsylvania by a whopping 18 points.

  9. Kate says:

    Redhunter fails to note his opponent was Bob Casey, Jr…a favorite son of a favorite son. In some regards Santorum’s campaign got stuck in neutral and he made some bad choices to counteract that. I think he learned a valuable lesson from that which will prove to be of service as he runs for president. He will pay more attention to the details and keep his focus on the task at hand…to get rid of Obama.

  10. Svensk says:

    Sorry, folks, but Romney is McCain warmed over. Have you noticed that Mitt has an eternal smile tatooed on his face. He has no passion, no cajones, just like McCain who refused to take on Obonzo because he might be labeled a racist. And look what McCain gave us; an incompetent reader of telepromptered speeches written by someone else….Obama can’t say “hello” without reading it off a cue card or his smokin’ Lieaprompter…Obama screwed the USA and continues to do so. As a result, he is financially secure for the rest of his life on our dime..Pray for the USA! The future ain’t pretty……