Vintage Rick Santorum: “I’m a Progressive Republican” Also Wobbly on Abortion

By Gary P Jackson

By now we should be used to politicians who are never what they seem. Rick Santorum is being hailed as the newest Conservative savior. I’m thinking folks need to re-think that whole mind set.

I know this will anger our readers who support Rick, but it would not be in keeping with our blog’s mission to just ignore all of this. We hammer Mitt Romney for being a squish, and a flip-flopper, but always ignore the election year conversions of the rest of the field. Newt Gingrich was also hailed as our “last best hope” until people remembered that he’s really a Big Government progressive.

I’ve been going through Santorum’s voting record and will be publishing a report that readers can then search it all for themselves. So far, I’m not convinced Santorum is the Conservative he says he is, but well look at his record as a whole in a future post.

For now, this little gem has come up from Santorum’s first run for the Senate. Frankly, it sounds EXACTLY like the way Mitt Romney sounded during his failed attempt to unseat Teddy Kennedy:

Santorum, who describes himself in his campaign manual as a “progressive conservative,” and who did not have a firm position on abortion.

Santorum said he had always opposed government funding of abortions, but “beyond that I tried as much as I could to dance around the issue, not really take a position on it.”

Far cry from the “crusader” we see on the stump today. Read more here.

Now it’s OK for candidates to evolve. Especially when they evolve in the right direction, but we still have to look at people’s motivations. Character still matters.

We’ll be doing more vetting on Santorum as the days go by.

H/T: Race 4 2012

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6 responses to “Vintage Rick Santorum: “I’m a Progressive Republican” Also Wobbly on Abortion

  1. TheLight

    Tell me something Gary~ Why is someone so special as Christ as Lord and Savior able to be passed around so candidly amongst the candidates tieing his name Savior or Messiah to them in mentioning of their names~ I mean dont they know he never held and office~ Dont they know a career liar is the opposite of him~ And if people were to say to me you need to lighten up~ I would say to them you need to hold more value to who Christ was~ None of them are the Savior and none will be because anybody that gets close to being one will have to be chosen by God and that has already been done~ Chad AKA TheLight

    • Gary P

      I don’t have a problem with people who talk about their relationship with God. More people should do it. I know where you are coming from with candidates though, and God will be the ultimate judge on that deal. I’m fine with that!

  2. Patrick Skacel

    Gary,
    I think your headline is a little misleading. You put a statement in quotes (“I’m a progressive Republican”) that is not really alleged in the article to have been a quote.

    What the article actually asserts is that in some piece of campaign literature in 1990 (his first House, not Senate bid) he identified himself as a “progressive conservative” (not “progressive Republican”). Now I have no clue what that is supposed to mean, and the Huffington Post, from where this story seems to have been promoted, says neither the literature, nor any other similar reference, has been found so far.

    It seems like an odd term, but nobody used the term “progressive” in 1990 the way it is used now, and I doubt he was doing so either, or he would have essentially been calling himself a “liberal conservative” – a nonsensical phrase.

    On abortion, he has said a bunch of times he didn’t really think much about it earlier on, but it is clear that he has been far from “wobbly” ever since he educated himself on it. That’s very different from Romney’s history.

    I would have preferred Palin to any of these current candidates (as can be gleaned by this old piece I wrote): http://www.c4parchive.com/2010/03/coming-of-age-politically.html, but we have to play the cards we’re dealt.

    Santorum’s record isn’t perfect by any means, but I think it’s somewhat better than Newt’s and infinitely better than Romney’s, who seems to have made a much greater effort than either of the others to have distanced himself from all things Reagan and/or conservative.

    I do enjoy your blog, so keep up the good work, but wanted to add my two cents here.

    • Gary P

      “Progressive conservative” is an oxymoron. Progressive was what liberals [socialists] called themselves in the late 1800s early 1900s. Teddy Roosevelt, one of the nastiest Big Government Statists called himself a progressive.

      Progressives ruined that word, so they started calling themselves liberals. Oh, except Hillary Clinton, she calls herself a progressive.

      At any rate, I’m trying to vet this guy. People have jumped on his bandwagon without a single thought to who he actually is. What his actual record is.

      As I have said before, I’m looking at his voting record and will publish something after I look at it. This will give our readers an objective look at it all.

      I’ve not endorsed anyone for a reason. All of these cats are bad choices. I’ve liked Santorum, as a person, more than any of them, but as I look at his record, not so much as a politician.

      You look at the stuff Rick was saying running for the Senate, and he sounds exactly like Mitt Romney when he was running for the Senate. Not a confidence builder.

      I’ve vetted Romney for years. I took on my governor, Rick Perry, and pointed out why he was unacceptable, and of course pointed out why Newt is a no sale as well. It wouldn’t be right to just give Santorum a pass because he’s [arguably] the most likable “Not-Mitt”

      Stay tuned, we”ll have a lot more.

  3. patricia cala

    I have a simple question. Why do people think that abortion is OK?
    In one reply, I said to Obama, “Your mother and father were in college when you were born, what if she had chosen to abort you because you were inconvenient?

    • Gary P

      Honestly, I have no idea. I think it’s years of conditioning. People have been taught it was OK. Remember, one of the real icons of the democrat party and well, all progressives, was Margaret Sanger, a truly evil woman. She was a eugenicist, and was one of the inspirational figures that shaped Adolf Hitler’s thoughts.

      Sanger advocated abortion as a way to eliminate the Negro race. She called blacks “human weeds.” She frequented KKK meetings to make her case. She and her cohorts also recruited black ministers, telling them a completely different story, and getting them on board with the idea of killing babies.

      Of course, Sanger and others also believed the disabled and mentally deficient were “human weeds” as well. This is why we see s many women abort babies when the know he or she will be disabled. It’s evil, but the eugenicists preached “purity.” Long before Hitler, this bunch dreamed of a perfect “master race.”

      Evil never sleeps and is almost impossible to kill.

      I can see an abortion in the case of saving the mother’s life, especially if the chances are good that the baby won’t survive either. Past that, I have a hard time with it all. Some make the case for rape and incest. That’s a tough one.

      Abortion as birth control though just doesn’t set well with me.

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