The Horse Sense Blog compares the nonsense in today's news with good ol' fashioned horse sense


“…I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.… It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775


"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell

(c) copyright 2011-2016 Doug Johnson All Rights Reserved. All site content is copyright protected and subject to penalties for infringement of copyright laws.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Santorum Exits Race

Here's the Nonsense:  Rick Santorum has finally gotten out of the race for the GOP nomination.  His positions didn't matter anyway.  It's about time he got out of the way and let voters get behind the poll leader Mitt Romney.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Rick Santorum not only brought a lot to the debate, his positions hit home with many voters.  With his success in the race he will have influence on the GOP platform in the general election.  And it's possible this gives another voice some clout in the GOP race.

Rick Santorum, as most everyone knows by now, has suspended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.  Some are saying it was the fulfillment of the inevitable.  Others are speculating it was because of his daughter’s health.  And still others are being far less kind and taking a last shot at him as having been unqualified and unworthy (in their eyes) to run in the first place.  Regardless of the reason Santorum exited the race, the fact is that he accomplished an amazing feat with his run.  With virtually no money compared to other candidates, especially Mitt Romney, he became a serious contender who ended his run in second place.  And while there are people who would say that second place is the first loser, the reality of the situation is that Rick Santorum cannot be called a loser by any honest analysis.

Rick Santorum accomplished more than just rise to second place in the contest.  He brought to the table issues that needed to be discussed.  He reminded us that principles are important.  By putting his family as such a high priority he showed us by his life that there are some things more important than power and position.  His stand on issues, whether you agree with them or not, were important and healthy for the debate.  He brought issues to the table that will not die here.  Many of those very issues will continue on to the GOP convention in Tampa and be seriously discussed, probably with some being adopted, as important parts of the GOP platform.

And just because Rick is out of the race does not mean it’s over.  It certainly appears that Mitt Romney will be the inevitable winner.  But Newt “Phoenix” Gingrich is still holding on and may rise again from the ashes to have a significant impact on this contest.  With Newt you have to wait and see because even when he’s down, you can never be sure he is out.  And with such a strong distaste for Romney on the part of many conservatives it is very possible that many of Santorum’s supporters may move their support to Newt Gingrich.  It may be enough to make Newt a serious player at the GOP convention in August.