The Republican primaries have been like watching a car wreck unfold. At this point I’m almost completely convinced that the entire line-up of candidates are political trolls, just saying craziness and playing with our emotions to see how far they can get in the process. And they are getting too far for my taste.

This week, Rick Santorum, of “I said ‘blah’ people not ‘black’ people” fame, won primaries in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado all at pretty healthy margins. In doing so, Santorum reinvigorated the GOP race for the White House by casting doubt on Mitt Romney’s ability to appeal to more conservative Republicans. In recent weeks his opponents have likened his state’s “Romneycare” to Obama’s health plan, focused on his support of abortion, and accused him of being wealthily out of touch. Now, I’m a little bit nervous.

Mitt Romney has never impressed me, but Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrinch scare me. It’s enough that they’ve had any success at all while spouting racist and homophobic viewpoints on the campaign trail, but the idea that the far right is leading the GOP race over a more moderate frame of mind makes me worry for our future. There’s nothing wrong with conservative views in a vacuum but when they involve limiting rights and targeting black America for this country’s woes there is a problem, especially when voters find that attractive. While Obama’s track record will keep him a strong candidate in months to come and should win him a second term, I have a feeling that we’re in for a lot more ugliness from a segment of the GOP that is learning how well that kind of campaigning works.

What do you think Rick Santorum’s victories mean for the 2012 election?

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  • There cannot be a Republican in office. There just can’t be. We won’t make it. I will throw myself over somebody’s border if one makes it in there.

  • Rick Santorum is playing the strategic game of win certain states. It allows him enough momentum to remain relevant while still being an underdog. It’s the position Obama played masterfully in 2008 and we see where he ended up.

  • Bee

    The man is a tyrant of the ultimate variety. If he becomes President, I can safely say that all of us who are not white-male-heterosexual (and fairly well off) are f*cked. And I have no doubt that he can win.

  • LN

    Ugh… I keep seeing websites describing Santorum’s serge as “terrifying” but any Obama supporter should be ROOTING for Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum! They will be MUCH EASIER for Obama to beat in the general election than Mitt Romney! Mitt Romney is moderate enough to appeal to undecideds and moderates, whereas Gingrich & Santorum would receive the support of the much smaller far right/conservative base.

    So, instead of feeling afraid or terrified that Santorum is surging, we should be joyous and praying that the streak won’t end!

    Because trust, with the money, organization and moderate appeal Mitt Romney has, he will be much harder to beat!

    • Bee

      Um, we live in the United States of America where WHITE IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN BLACK in the eyes of mainstream America. The only reason Obama won last time is because he promised the sort of change that people were desperately yearning for after 8 miserable years of Bush. Last time the conditions were just right for mainstream America to think, “Hmm, well, we’ve had all these white guys, let’s see what this black dude is about” and they checked out his platforms and the stuff looked good to a lot of folks, so they were willing to hope that he could do better. I’m not being cynical: it’s just the reality.

      But now, so many people have lost faith in Obama, and I don’t think he can present such an appeal again. My guess is that many such disenchanted voters just won’t vote because on some levels (i.e. our military future, bailing out huge corps., not prosecuting Bush’s administration for war crimes even though he had plenty of evidence, being generally indecisive, etc.) Obama looks almost (emphasis on the almost) as bad of a choice as a Newt or Santorum (only Obama lacks the “overtly evil” factor that Newt/Santorum have).

      Finally, you forget the cheating ways of the Republicans. There is no doubt in my mind that if the Republicans want Obama out of the way this time, they will cheat their way into office. (Re: Bush-Gore 2000). So, yes, I think we should all be very afraid, and I think we should be very cautious about wanting to gamble the future of this nation on the mere assumption that Santorum/Newt are so obviously horrible that they could never beat Obama. I’m not willing to accept such an assumption in a country where white is always better than black. People have demonstrated their ability to be blinded by color prejudice and to vote against their interests over and over in this country.

    • LN

      @Bee Is anything you’re saying based on polls or stats? It sounds like it’s all based on paranoia and fear.

      Obama’s approval ratings are on the rise and the economy is improving. Plus, it’s notoriously hard to unseat sitting presidents.

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/general_election_romney_vs_obama-1171.html

  • Are You Serious Bro

    Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich they are one in the same. The only difference is Romney has more money. No matter who they nominate, I can’t see any of them winning a general election.

    If I had to pick, Ron Paul is actually the best candidate the Republicans have(which is quite sad), and even he has made some scary comments about race. In the past he called MLK Day “Hate Whitey Day” along with some other head scratching and cringe worthy comments about women, homosexuals, and other minorities. He has tried to keep things “clean” lately, but he definitely has some racist skeletons in the closest.

    Obama is the only choice we have for 2012 and we need to get the Kristen Gillibrand bandwagon going for 2016.