Saturday, February 11, 2012

Newt Gingrich attacks Mitt Romney...Mitt Romney attacks Newt Gingrich

This Kids in the Hall clip sums up the Newt and Mitt back and forth well.  Newt tries to reinvent himself (again) at CPAC, but it is probably too late...  Mitt has engaged in this too.

There is an alternative.   Rick Santorum has not fallen into the trap Newt and Mitt did in attacking from the left... however all is not clear for a Santorum path to the White House.
Jonah Goldberg is starting to lose faith and thinks Rick Santorum really is just a big government guy who want to promote social conservatism that way:    
Likewise, on substance, if you were going to design a GOP candidate to fit the moment, it wouldn’t be Santorum. The difference between him and George W. Bush: Santorum’s deadly serious about compassionate conservatism. He is honestly and forthrightly committed to using government to realize his moral vision for America. That’s his prerogative, and he has many good (and some very bad) arguments on his side.
But, suffice it to say, he is not the one the tea partiers have been waiting for.
Message to Rick Santorum:  Embrace the tea party.  The Tea Party = Limited Government, Unapologetic U.S. sovereignty, and Constitutional Originalism.  Social and Fiscal conservatism and libertarianism are not mutually exclusive but complementary.  You do not have to compromise on your moral principles to be a small government guy.   And we do not need (or want) any more big government fixes. We do not need (or want) government interfering in our lives.  The priority right now is reducing government, reducing spending and keeping America safe.  And it neutralizes arguments directed from the left (in an attempt to scare independents and moderates) when you clearly state that.  Republicans and GOP conservatives need to adopt some of these libertarian principles.

Prior EBL Posts (and other links):
Jim DeMint on what the GOP needs to do...
Michael Barone on the GOP reaching out...

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