From the South Carolina primary front: One vote for…
I’ve wanted to like Romney because the conventional wisdom says he is the only Republican candidate who can beat Obama. And then I’ve pictured legions of Mormon missionaries all over the world pointing to the President of the United States for validation of their appeals to believe the Book of Mormon and join the church of Latter Day Saints.
I’ve wanted to like Newt Gingrich because he has a beautiful mind and gravitas and carefully thought out policies and commentary on world events. And besides, I have a really good snapshot of the two of us in the Columbia Marriott lobby.
And then I've thought of his history of affairs and divorces;I remember Republican leaders who shrugged and admitted, “Yes, he is a megalomaniac. But he’s OUR megalomaniac.” I believe in repentance and restoration…I want to give him the benefit of the doubt…hope that since his conversion or recommitment to Christ he is a kinder, gentler, humbler Newt…then in Iowa he declares he WILL BE the nominee…and I’ve been dithering…
Last Friday I followed a Facebook link on Kelly Kullberg's page to Rick Santorum’s Iowa Acceptance Speech:
"Game on. (wild applause) As all of you know, I do not speak from notes, but there’s a couple things I want to say that are a little — little more emotional, so I’m going to read them as I wrote them.
"C.S. Lewis said a friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you’ve forgotten the words. My best friend, my life mate, who sings that song when I forget the words, is my wife, Karen."
He had me at ”…C S Lewis…”
I love that Rick Santorum shows a commitment to the high value and dignity of every human life by sacrificially and joyfully embracing his miracle child, Isabella. With a genetic disorder that claims 99% of its victims before their first birthday, she should not have survived. In her diminished capacity she lights up the TV ads, obviously delighted by her Daddy’s love and attention.
Rick believes that the moral capital that our nation needs to flourish is first created in our families. He believes that without strong families we cannot have a strong and vibrant nation. He is passionate about giving families the liberties and protections they need to be self determining and effective.
I appreciate Rick's leadership of real change of our entrenched, disincentivizing welfare system. In 1996 he co-authored the Welfare Reform Act and was floor manager for its passage
I’m thankful for someone with real senatorial experience and oversight of our armed forces.
Not only do I like what Santorum stands for, but I really like the man. When I think of which candidate I'd enjoy hanging out and watching Downton Abby with, Santorum clearly appeals. As Charles Krauthammer has said, he is “knowledgeable, articulate, experienced, and of stable character” AND "the first challenger (to Governor Romney) to be plausibly presidential.” Anyone who can sell sweater vests as a signature item on his website shows he knows how to lighten up and not take himself too seriously.
I do not want to bring a theocracy to Washington. I do not want to legislate my faith. I want to be a good steward of my one vote and cast it for someone I really connect with. Someone whose priorities reflect my own.
I'm not so sure Rick Santorum cannot beat Obama. Who would have thought a conservative B rated actor could have been one of the strongest presidents of our time. What if the greater number of regular folks rose up and rejected the cw of the brand makers and breakers in our country and simply voted for a man they really liked....someone with values like theirs and the experience, intelligence and communication skills to be more winsome than Obama.
Besides, even if he does not prevail I would like to give him a platform to be a voice on issues for the next four years and the greater potential to succede next time.
So I vote for Senator Rick Santorum.
But if the nominee winds up being Romney then that's ok. Because, as Huckabee has said, a vote for Romney is like a vote for Denny's. Nobody gets excited about going to Denny's for dinner. Nobody takes their wife out for their anniversary to Denny's. But if you go to Denny's you get a realiably good meal.
And when it's late and everything else is closed, well ok then, let's all go to Denny's.