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Is Rick Santorum suddenly doing himself in?
March 20th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Is Rick Santorum suddenly doing himself in?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some people just can't stand prosperity. Exhibit A: Rick Santorum.

You'd think after last week's wins in Alabama and Mississippi, he'd be on his "A" game in Illinois. Not so much.

On Monday, he said, "I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me."

Issue No. 1 for voters, the economy, doesn't matter? That statement goes beyond stupid.

A spokesman later tried to do damage control by arguing that the campaign isn't solely about the economy but also about returning freedom and restoring the country's greatness. And just how do we do that, Ricky, with a $15 trillion national debt, millions of Americans out of work and an unemployment rate north of 8%?

Call it whatever you want, but Mitt Romney - who's already selling the line that his chief rival is an "economic lightweight" - pounced.

Santorum insists that the country doesn't want another "Wall Street financier" like Romney as president, but there are reports that a message focused more on government outreach and wars against pornography than on whether Americans have a job is inspiring fear among some supporters.

And this isn't the first time Santorum has gotten himself into some trouble. Last month, he said he "almost threw up" after reading John F. Kennedy's famous 1960 speech declaring that a president's religious views were private and should not be "imposed by him upon the nation."

Again, he tried to walk it back, but once the words come out of your mouth, it's tough to put them back in.

To quote that great philosopher James Carville, "It's the economy, stupid!"

Here’s my question to you: Is Rick Santorum suddenly doing himself in?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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  1. David from Cape Cod

    I don't believe he is. he is the only republican candidate that has kept the same message. Newt keeps changing – now $2.50 gas, Romney nobody knows what he believes – including Romney himself. If Newt dropped out a month ago the race would be split 50/50.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  2. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,he is so off the chart with his hard line that it is almost bizarre.There is no way our people will vote for
    anyone so far right that they are off the planet. ""He's Toast""
    David

    March 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  3. Brad, Portland, OR

    Rick Santorum is just letting us see who he really is: an American Taliban.

    That may appeal to some people who want to establish a Christian theocracy in America.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  4. jk in MN

    All I can say for him is that you know where he stands on issues and doesn't do a lot of pandering. Unfortunately for Santorum is his views are so very far to the right that he scared most of us living in the middle. He's just confirming previous impressions of him is all.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  5. Aiyana in Austin

    yes, he can not win a general. his obvious biased options of non Christians alone will cost him. we may tend to be forgotten but there are enough non jeudo Christians out there to cost him the election. let alone dems and even some Republicans that think religion and politics should not mix.

    he is just to extreme for your average American and the more likely it comes that he will win the nomination the more people like you will point it out. lets hope enough are listening.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  6. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I don't understand why a Draconian outlook/belief has any appeal. The nation is built upon freedom, choice, and ability to decide ones own fate yet Santorum speaks as if he's the only one to know what's best for each person. Perhaps in his home but not in mine.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  7. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack I am surprised Santorum has any toes left because he was always shooting himself in the foot here Pennsylvania. That is why he was voted out of office by 18 percentage points. I truly believe Santorum thinks he is doing God's work and God is speaking through him directly. He seems to be stuck on telling us how we are supposed to live according to his beliefs. There are many wars started by people who thought God was speaking to them. I just don't want my president waking up sometime in the middle of the night and saying," I understand God," and then go out and do something stupid that will affect the lives of my two grandsons who are in the military.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  8. Bill of New Mexico

    The flood of emotions to Santorum are unfathomable. Santorum came so very close to snatching the golden ring!

    It is somewhat like the drowning man grasping at a small stick. 99.8% of what Santorum says is great pie in the sky–which voters go for. But, 0.2% goes over like the babe ruth bar in the punch bowl.

    Santorum missed the ring, and he might could have snatched it.

    However, if Romney does not evade a second convention vote who knows. The convention delagates are less reliable than the electoral college. I have always been disgusted at the way the second vote at the convention goes.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  9. Terry in Virginia

    Once upon a time, Rick Santorum seemed to be The Guy with the right answers, but then he opened his mouth and spoke the truth about his beliefs. He believes women should be barefoot and pregnant and thankful for being raped. he believes everyone should be Catholic. He believes that The Founding Fathers were wrong about the separation of church and state. He believes that the economy isn't really a campaign issue, probably because he made millions last year while the average worker was lucky to keep his or her minimum wage job. He believes that God has anointed him the Savior of the Nation. He believes that He alone is God's messenger. He believes in Rick Santorum. I believe there must be a better candidate that one with delusions of godhood willing to force his personal beliefs on every man, woman, and child in this country.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  10. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Rick Santorum has been doing himself in both subtly and continuously (not so suddently) since he initially launch his bid for the GOP nomination for 2012 presidential race.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  11. Richard Texas

    Not hardly Jack. Santorum would first have to be something in order to do himself out of it. Santorum is nothing but a sound bite in between Romney giving speeches. The man is mildly amusing but incredibly ignorant. If your running for president you don't go out and make half the women in America hate you because your trying to tell them what they should do with their own bodies. The guy can believe what he wants to but when you try and push those beliefs on everyone else they are going to push back. Politics and religion do not go good together.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  12. Doug Ericson

    Nope. Just more Rope a Dope from the King of Hope. Rick took a haymaker on the chin in Puerto Rico, and will probably, ( if the polls are accurate), get clonked in the second most corrupt State in America, ( Illinoise). But so whatsly. Rick will bounce back up off of these hits like nothing happened. Yesterdays news baby. Bring on Louisianna. And besides, as Rick is saying now, American doesn't want a Feenanseeyear for President. Are you kidding me? A Feenanseeyear? Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  13. Mack from Michigan

    Santorum Knows he isn't gonna win the presidency! He also knows however, as a loser he can join Sarah Palin making huge money on the hate, paranoia, and holier than thou speaking circuit. Wrapping one's "behind" in the flag, waving a bible and pooh poohing the majority is big money business in this country, and that crowd especially loves their losers!

    March 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  14. Jenna Roseville CA

    Is Rick Santorum suddenly doing himself in?

    Suddenly? That Bible-Thumper should be in a church, NOT in government. You know separation of Church and State.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  15. Gary in San Jose, California

    Jack, I think Fareed hit the nail on the head. The farther right Santorum goes the more he narrows his demographic to angry undereducated male whites. This ultra conservative strategy, taken by Santorum and Gingrich, was doomed from the start.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Susan-NJ

    Santorum like Gingrich with his comments on the Palestinian people may be trying to appeal to an untried minority or perhaps even the silent minority. In US elections there is no predicting the outcome.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  17. John from Alabama

    Jack: Mr. Santorum needs to stay on message, and get away from the League of Decency, and stick to the economy. He needs to get his views out of our bedrooms, and explain how he will get our troops home from Afghanistan, sooner. The conservatives are already for Santorum, but he needs to win the independent voters, but the very, very high moral ground turns people off. No one is perfect, except Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  18. Dave - Phx

    Rick did himself in a long time ago. Clinging to his guns and religion he panders to the uneducated and ignorant, yet will only favor the rich like the rest of his hypocritical party. The uneducated and igorant will continue to vote against their own best interests based on a few slogans and a deep hatred for the black man who is president.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  19. riley oday

    He"s been done in from all the things he said 2-4-6 years ago. If he did ever go against the President he will have to explain all the things he has said. There are no logical explainations for most of them.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  20. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    With no jobs plan, the nations number one concern, the GOP candidates and the Republicans saying no in Congress are doing themselves in. This stupid war on women is the Coup de gras

    March 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  21. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Santorum did himself in when he got into the race and thought his imbecile ideas would actually fly. But my guess is that he will be deemed unfit for office after he is diagnosed with foot-in-mouth disease. In his case it’s terminal.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  22. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    With no jobs plan, the nations number one concern, the GOP candidates and the Republicans saying no to jobs in Congress are doing themselves in. This stupid war on women is the Coup de gras. GOP men won't be able tell their wives how to vote on this one.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  23. Jim

    Jack,

    Santorum has decided that the only way he can compete with Romney is to capture the Bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging portion of the GOP base. It won't get him the nomination, of course, but it may give him enough clout to dictate a hefty portion of the Republican platform. Maybe he'll even get a VP nod.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  24. bonnie from NJ

    He was done in before he started, he would be squashed in a general election. His narrow minded views and his desire to be the POTUS (Pope of the United States) would make him a joke. Although, as an Independent who is voting for Obama, I say bring him on!! I would love to see him be the Republican candidate, it would guarantee Obama's reelection and hopefully show the right wing nuts that they are not what this country is about.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  25. Wilhelm von Nord Bach - Las Vegas

    there is NO "suddenly" about it, Jack. NO one but religious fanatics will pay attention to what "The Church Lady" has to say. hafl the stuff that comes out of his mouth sounds conpletely iNSAIN esp to women voters.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  26. Paul From Austin Texas

    Not yet in this race all but Ron Paul has put their foot in their mouth only to be right back strong. Ron Paul really has no chance for the top spot on the ticket or even the VP spot. Santorum sometimes just says something off the cuff yet does not mean word for word what he did say. He will keep going unless he runs out of all funds or starts coming in third or a distint second. I can not see Santorum in a VP spot with Romeny or Romeny his VP. An open convention now looks more of a chance then ever.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  27. Jim/Calabash

    Santroum can't beat Obama. He needs to go.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  28. Loren

    Suddenly? Santorum only appeals to a small group of the electorate, and his campaign only exists because the Media has chosen him as the next "anyone but Romney" candidate. He did himself in the minute he entered the campaign, the Media just failed to notice.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  29. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He is shooting himself in the foot again and again and then putting his foot in his mouth wanting to have do-overs. He isn't ready for the job but then again neither is Romney. One doesn't care about the poor and the other doesn't care about unemployment; the only thing they care about is votes and money, theirs.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  30. David of Alexandria VA

    Rick Santorum is Jumping the Shark. He has run through his entire bag of tricks and is now reaching into the lint at the bottom of the bag. Lately, when I hear him speak l see Arthur Fonzarelli on water skis or Howard Dean screaming his presidential-quality "yee-haaa!" Say goodnight, Ricky.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  31. Annie, Atlanta

    Yes, as it should be. Anyone with such inflexible uncompromising views has no business serving the public in any capacity.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  32. Jeff In Minnesota

    Where have you been Jack? He's been doing himself in all along. He thinks he has all this support because at every rally he is at everyone agrees with him and applauds. Then he lashes out at everyone else because we don't agree with him or his supporters. If Santorum ends up as the GOP nominee it will be 1964 all over again.

    March 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  33. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    Suddenly isn't fast enough, Jack. Is there anything we can do to speed up the process?

    March 20, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  34. Janet R.

    Even his wife can not help him. When someone who is so clouded in judgment – how can other female's even think her words hold water? The thoughts, words and action are of his (& his supporters.) That is scary enough for this female! ECK!

    March 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  35. Peg in NY

    It certainly sounds and look that way!

    March 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  36. Ed from California

    Pope Rick, already has.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  37. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, remember that this mans own constituents threw him out of office in a resounding fashion a few years ago. Every time he opens his mouth, the nation sees why.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  38. Toni

    As an unemployed person who is looking for a job daily, I will say he is not doing himself in.....HE HAS DONE HIMSELF IN!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  39. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Rick Santorum does himself in every time he opens his mouth. I'm going to register as a Republican in my state so I can vote for him in May's primaries. I'd love to see him get the nomination. I don't want to see him go away. Not only is he doing himself in, he's doing the Republican party in too.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  40. Mitoosense

    The truth will always rear it's ugly head

    March 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  41. TomInRochNY

    It does seem that way. I think his political IQ is south of 8%.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  42. Ed from MD

    Yes, waving that book around is doing him in. Christianity is not about punishing people for wrongdoing, it's about recognizing your own wrongdoing. Government is about punishing people for wrongdoing. So I think he does the most harm to the image of Christian faith, thereby becoming repulsive.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  43. curtis in philadelphia

    No one here in Pennsylvania is surprised, after all, he did lose his re-election bid for the Senate in 2006 by 18 points, eighteen Jack.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  44. diridi

    Tell you the truth, this guy is a "3rd century" idiot. His thoughts are terrible. Obama2012.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  45. r.landschoot

    yes, and you think his wife could shut him iup.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  46. mb2010a

    In a word...YES.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  47. Ms

    You should always keep your words soft and sweet, because you may have to eat them later.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  48. Craig from Georgia

    Jack,
    He's not suddenly doing himslef in, People are starting to hear exactly what his message is and thats the kiss if death for him. He is by definition a Theocrat. Santorum is not what our founding fathers envisioned for an elected official. He is an affront to reason, and a grand embarassment/indictment of our educational system.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  49. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    His big mouth is the least of his problems. He never built the kind of organization that it takes to actually win the nomination. If by some fluke he does win, he has not left an organization behind for the general election. He needed to buy some real talent to run his campaign. Problem is, the best talent is already on the Romney payroll. The next surprise to him, and no one else, is that because he has no organization, he really did not win Iowa, Minnesota, et al and won't get any of those delegates. He has about half the delegates most people are giving him credit for. Romney will get those, as the party establishment pretty much controls how they will be distributed.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  50. Ed in Sacramento, Ca

    Dear Jack,

    If this doesn't make it on your show, possibly you will give the message some ear time around the Sit Room.

    I was hoping that the Republicans would offer an alternative to the current President as Obama is far to left for me. Romney seemed like he had a chance at beating Obama being that he is centrist by nature and appealing to voters. Alas, that might not happen due to the venom people like Santorum have been spitting Mitts way. I get the feeling that Santorum is not running for President as much as he is running to keep the "MORMON GUY" from attaining office.

    Apparently, there is no room for moderation or compromise in politics today. Candidates either have to be so far left they make Mao look like a conservative, or so far to the religious right that they make the Pope look like an Agnostic!!!

    It's a fine mess we've gotten ourselves into Ollie!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  51. iceload9

    I agree with both of them, I don't want a financier and Rick is a lightweight on every subject.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  52. Al De Veyra

    Verbal gaffes reveal a person's true value hierarchy. It tells everyone that Santorum values "social" issues above "economic" ones. Just another nail in the coffin of his presidential aspirations coffin as no outside of the evangelical crowd holds the same mindset.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  53. susan

    Birth control is evil. And if pregnancy threatens your life, tough noogies, you're going to die. You think he has to do anything else to do himself in as a serious candidate beyond this?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  54. Graham W.

    I don't think he is suddenly self-destructing. He has been doing so for a long time...in the eyes of the mainstream voter, that is. These candidates who claim they want the government out of our lives, yet spew out one piece of dogma after another really do have a stealth agenda. They want to make America in their own religious image. Sound familiar? Anyone but a Republican in 2012!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  55. asdf

    Not sure how you lose by double digits as an incumbent in Congress in a swing state and yet are supposed to be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate in the first place.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  56. SGT RAYRAY

    He knows he can’t win so now he might as well show his real face, extreme right wing nut job. If he wants to push his religious beliefs so much on other people, maybe he should go move to the Middle East, I am sure they will take him.

    SGT RAYRAY

    March 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  57. tom

    Suddenly? He's been shooting off everyone of his extremities for months and I suspect that he must have done the same thing to get himself thrown out of the senate so forcefully.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  58. Former Republican

    Let's face it...the entire Republican Entourage is self-destructing every day they open their mouths. It's sometimes difficult to understand what they're saying with their feet in them, though.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  59. SGT RAYRAY

    He knows he can’t win so now he might as well show his real face, extreme right wing nut job. If he wants to push his religious beliefs so much on other people, maybe he should go move to the Middle East, I am sure they will take him.

    SGT RAYRAY
    Denver

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  60. Dennis

    I'm still trying to figure out why anyone ever liked this guy to begin with. He seems like a self-centered religious zealot. Now I'm seeing lots of evidence that he has no filter between his brain and his mouth. At least he's not smart enough to shut up. It might save us from having him run the country for 4 years.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  61. The all potent one

    He is Jack but the GOP issue is they can't seem to find a decent candidate to rally around. We have a 1%'s mormom, a religious nut, a lifer DC with to much baggage, and Ron Paul who has some great ideas but others that are to far out there. What we need is a conservative with a good record and not so much focus on religion. Are there any out there?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  62. Preston

    Santorum fails to realize that outside the South voters are not as likely to be swayed by his extremist views. Our Constitution protects separation of church and state, and I'd not like to be forced to kowtow to Santorum's views of Catholicism. His willingness to impose his views on others is prima facie evidence that he is not the person to lead the USA for four years. In my view, he is out of touch with mainstream America.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  63. woodrow

    I don't know if he's doing himself in. But, maybe he'll realize that he entered this race with only a fraction of the intelligence needed to be President. It's a big job. Way too big for Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  64. QS in Seattle

    Suddenly? That might be a bit of a stretch Jack. This guy was done for before he even dropped his name in the hat to run for president.

    The only people I can see still supporting Santorum in the end are the people who liked Michele Bachmann....but wanted a male version of her.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  65. Will S

    Of course he is...but that's not a surprise; he is in love with his ideas, the rest of the country be damned. He's a dangerous man.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  66. Kevin

    This is a rhetorical question right?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  67. Belial

    I certainly hope so. Santorum is so unfit to run the country it isn't even funny.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  68. PA Girl

    Santorum can't help but do himself in, he is a bona fide crazy. Just ask anyone from Pennsylvania.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  69. Fisted.

    I really hope Santorum wins the nomination, just so we can see him get crucified by Obama in debates, and deliver yet another resounding loss to the GOP. America does not want a platform centered around abortion and birth control, and its frankly insulting that a candidate like Rick Santorum can even make it into the primary. How can we call ourselves the greatest nation on earth when we have backwards, extremist right-wing neaderthals like Rick Santorum being seriously considered for the highest office in the land?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  70. Paul from Virginia

    Jack,

    Don't be silly. This isn't the general election yet – this is the Republican Primary. Santorum knows the fatal truth about Mitt Romney – the Republican Base (the people who vote heavily in primaries) can't be bothered to vote for him, and he's playing that for all it's worth. He is hoping to use the record low turnouts to his advantage, getting the people who are willing to go to the polls all fired up about the things that fire them up. His message is simple: Romney = Obama, and I'm so conservative it makes the Liberal Media's head spin.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  71. Rodger Crowe

    Santorum is not suddenly doing himself in...it has been a gradual thing...his positions on moral issues appeal only to a narrow segment of the voting population. It is indeed all about the economy as well as electability. Santorum fails both tests.
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    March 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  72. Duke

    This go-round, we need a chief executive more than we need a minister.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  73. Patiat

    He already started doing himself in by gassing on and on about positions that won't help get him elected, like contraception and porn. Romney's given no evidence that he'd be any more worthwhile on matters of the economy (other than his own), but Santorum has gone off the rails on idiotic issues that aren't on most voters' minds, and now his apparent dismissal of the importance of the economy.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  74. David (from Warrenton, Virginia)

    Jack,

    It's not only Santorum's mouth that does him in, it's his record for mistreating women–case in point-a decorated WWII nurse who was denied hospice care by Santorum at the same VA hospital where his parents–and he–grazed comfortably on the VA complex–while she cared for Vets tirelessly for 30 years at the same facility. Shame on Rick Santorum. He has no moral compass–whatsoever.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  75. Daniel Louiisville, Ky

    Rick is like a box of choclates and a Hallmark Card all in one. You don't know what your going to get.....until he opens his mouth, and he is the gift that keeps on giving.... to the Democratic Party! LOL

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  76. Saboth

    "returning freedom and restoring the country's greatness." Every time I hear Republicans spout such BS, I wonder if they can top it. First it was "real Americans" then it was "salt of the earth" and "morals and values", now they want to return "freedom and greatness." What does that MEAN? It's a bunch of nonsense that panders to older nostalgic voters. You want freedom returned? Dismantle all of your illegal domestic spying, destroy the part of the defense bill that allows unlimited detention of citizens, cut out the nonsense about being able to assassinate citizens overseas, get rid of the TSA and Homeland Security. Then we can talk about "freedom". But that's not what you are talking about is it? It's more "freedom of religion" nonsense where fundamentalist Christians love to play the persecuted martyrs despite being the vast majority of people comprising the USA. Or how the NRA claims Obama is coming for your guns any day now, please send $.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  77. Pat

    With luck, Santorum is doing himself in. This country does not need a preacher in the White House, and it does not need anyone who will set women back 200 years.

    Bye bye, Rick....

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  78. KC Yankee

    He's toast already. He's just going through the red meat throwing exercises. This is all great fun for Democrats like me, but once it's down to inevitable Mittens and President Obama, the lunatic right fringe will hold their noses and vote for Romney and it will be a lot closer than many people think, because much of the public is stupid enough to think the president controls gas prices and whatever else is making them mad.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  79. Bart

    He also wants to outlaw teleprompters from the presidential campaigns – I guess he wants to even the field. Mitt, still, is having a hard time finishing this race. All of his competitors are light-weight, has-beens that he cannot soundly beat. Despite all of his money, Mitt has run a terrible campaign. Is that a window into how effective he would be as president?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  80. Sirned

    I was over him after he said aspiring to get a college degree makes you a snob....But he continued his crazy talk with his stand on contraceptives.....Shoot his stand on everything makes me nervous...

    March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  81. Rob

    Is Santorum doing himself in – you bet. He will always get the 25% religious right vote/tea party vote no matter what he says. However he just doesn't get it – the US has problems, – unemployment around 8%, huge debt – almost all caused by the Bush era. Remember when Clinton actually had a balanced budget. Then came the Bush years but lets vote on the religious right beliefs which has nothing to do with unemployment, the national debt, the poor or medicare. Lets just focus on women losing their rights, pornography etc etc.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  82. Maggy Magnus

    The sooner Santorum wipes himself out, the better. The world cannot afford to have another loony theocracy. One Iran is enough. (From Toronto, Canada)

    March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  83. Republicans Are Nuts

    Ricky, ricky, ricky.... Wave that little bible around and foam at the mouth and remind everyone why you were tossed from the Senate by an overwhelming, epic vote.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  84. BADGUY

    Check out the teachings of Opus Dei, the Catholic Church within the Catholic Church. Rick is like a programmed robot who's just spitting out what they've brain washed him to think. Could it be: He's a "manchurian Candidate" for Rome?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  85. Dave in Columbia

    No. Not suddenly, rather very methodicaly.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  86. Alice

    I think he did himself in the minute he brought his dead baby home so his other children could see it. If that doesn't cry out certifiable, I don't know what does. I don't trust this man as far as I could throw him! I think we're better off not experimenting with this man!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  87. Doug

    This is a man who is not prepared to be President. He speaks impulsively, and dangerously. I'm no JFK fan, but how exactly did Kennedy's words cause Santorum to heave? I think he wanted to position himself as very different from another Catholic by stating something dramatic, which just came across foolish. However, RS continues to say foolish, blowhard things, which betray prejudice and an exalted sense of self, like insisting PR won't have statehood unless everyone there is speaking English. Time to drop out, Ricky. Show your loyalty to your party's goals, and drop out- today- so Romney can powerfully prepare to beat BO in November. MR did that the last time around... Are you really committed to beating Obama, or just to making a name for yourself?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  88. Jim

    Suddenly? He is so out of touch with most Americans he never had a chance. To say he is suddenly doing himself in is to ignore the beating he got the last time he ran for office. He hasn't changed at all since then.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  89. Everybody in the United States

    We as a nation are shocked that a politician is full of crap and doesn't care about the people they claim to represent.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  90. David Wilder

    As a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, I breathed a deep sigh of relief when the voters sent Santorum packing when he lost his Senate seat. Now like a case of bad diarrhea, he's back!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  91. Kyle

    Jack, Santorum is running for the republican nomination. The base he's courting like shiny things and typically vote for the guy with the loudest voice. So It doesn't really matter what he says, It's how he says it that counts.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  92. Nickuru

    This Santorum character is not someone who I would trust with the greatest nuclear arsenal on the planet. This guy seems only capable of dictating, not reasoning about the reality he confronts. Granted politicians are politicians; not everyone can be a Dwight Eisenhower, but puting Santorum in charge will send us back to the Stone Age.

    Raleigh, NC

    March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  93. bryan baskin

    From Lavergne TN: Alone among the candidates, Santorum has consistently showed the corrolary between the so-called "values issues" and the economic price we pay for ignoring them. The only thing that will do Santorum in is unthinking acceptance on the part of voters of lazy reporting that says Santorum "just cares" about social issues.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  94. Doug

    Doug is a US citizen living and working in Mexico City.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  95. Michael

    fear amongst his supporters? Just think what the rest of us think haha

    March 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  96. Jo

    Yep.....now we know why Santorum cannot even win an election in Pa.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  97. Connie Lattina

    Absolutely! But he is still a scare for Romney and they can just continue to fight it out while Obama holds the high ground.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  98. Anthone, Virginia

    Jack, the question should be is "Santorum still self-destructing?" This guy has become a card carrying member of the foot-in-mouth disease club. He calls his stances principled, the rest of America calls them foolish. St Rick is a President for a different time, not a time such as this!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  99. ploomb

    Santorum is just saying exactly what he thinks, and that's scary. The guy is way out in right field. Isn't that where they always put the kid that was picked last?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  100. mark 99er

    Suddenly? This guy is absolutely of his rocker. Lost the womens vote, the latino vote, never had the black vote and finally the independent vote. He could possibly be the president of the confederacy! (WARETOWN, NEW JERSEY)

    March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  101. Jason

    I hope so...

    March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  102. LarryB

    Can't squeeze that toothpaste back into the tube, Rick. Don't even try.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  103. Dave

    One of the principles our country was built upon was the separation of church and state. Someone who advocates for the rebinding of church and state into a single office, basically the belief that the President "should" be able to impose his personal ideology upon the people of this country, advocates for the elimination of our constitution and a move toward dictatorship. Personal beliefs may guide what you say or think, but it can have no place when it comes to governing from an office which serves all Americans of various races, creeds, sexual preferences, or religions.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  104. Peter

    Of course he's done himself in months ago. He is prejudiced against women, homosexuals, wants to go to war. He's a wannabe theocrat. I wouldn't be surprised if his next demand is sharia law from coast to coast.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  105. Ron

    The man has a right to his views and the right to run for office. Personally, I am a believer in the separation of church and state and I have no desire for a 'minister in chief' as president. I wonder if the supporters of any particular religious views becoming the law of the land ever consider what happens if they become the minority.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  106. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, for someone running to be the president, it's problematic that he makes such statements that jeopardize his credibility to hold such office. But, let's not forget the other candidates are prone at one time or another to the same gaffes. What Rick Santorum and the presidential hopefuls have done is to divert the debates away from the issues as much as possible that deal with the economy and job creation to those much lower in priority. Why the American people allow this to happen is a mystery. Just when they need to know some sort of plan to deal with the major concerns, the politicians try to get elected on banal platitudes such as Santorum saying he wants to restore the country's freedom and greatness. This is a perfect example of what he thinks is uppermost in Americans' minds. Who knew? It certainly couldn't be the economy.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  107. TedG

    Ofcourse not Jack, this is Rick being Rick until Rick relizes that Rick said some stupid thing that only Rick thinks again. Sorry Ricky words matter when you want to be President and Commander in Chief.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  108. luke

    Why is someone who lost his senate race in the Republican presidential race?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  109. Patiat

    He already started doing himself in by gassing on and on about positions that won't help get him elected, like contraception and porn. Romney's given no evidence that he'd be any more worthwhile on matters of the economy (other than his own), but Santorum has gone off the rails on idiotic issues that aren't on most voters' minds, and now his apparent dismissal of the importance of the economy.

    Clovis, CA (I forgot this the first time I posted)

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  110. LeeAT

    I amazed that Santorum has gotten as far as he has. I for one think that Rommney would make a great POTUS. All politicians flip flop on issues, so that doesn't bother me about him. I look at the fact that he is a successful business man and that has to be better than another politician. His Mormonism doesnt bother me because we are not electing a pastor or priest. His Mormonism didn't stop him from becoming rich and I am sure that he had to work with people who were not Mormon, and some probably not the least bit religious. This shows me that he can work with other people who are not like him. If I were to vote GOP, I would definately vote for Romney. I am not however; voting GOP, things are turning around in this country and I gave "W" 8 years to screw things up, so I am going to vote for Obama, because I believe that he will excel in another 4 years. Don't give me that gas price crap either, they were higher under Bush, and the prices then was not Bush's fault. Bush and Obama get too much blame for everything wrong and not enough credit for things going right.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  111. BJ

    He has is his own worst enemy and seems heck bent on alienating everybody except the most extreme supporters of him. He so far has alienated blacks, hispanics, gays, women, non-Catholics and now the unemployed. Even if he gets the nomination, which is extemely doubtful, he will have lost a large percentage of the rest of the country that is not his base. You can't win elections just by getting the angry, white male Catholic vote.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  112. Shannon Underwood

    As someone who lets a German Pope of a Roman church dictate to him I find it amazing that even one true american would vote for him. Add on that he has his own children in a personal madrasa, and they looked spooked to be in public, what parent would vote for him. As a Canadian I find him scary and Romney unbelieveable hopefully people will continue with Obama.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  113. Kurnalsam

    Santorum has been done in from the start, so it's nothing sudden. If it weren't for 2 right wing billionaires, both Santorum and Gingrich would have folded their tents weeks ago. The right got their Citizens United wish, so let them bleed funds from Romney as he ekes his way to being an also-ran in November.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  114. Jack M

    Santorum wants to Preacher of the United States!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  115. Mr D

    Out of the mouth of babes. This isn't a bible study class he is running for, it's presumably to take a shot at the presidency of the United States. Rick, end the pontificating and come into the 21st century.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  116. Alex

    Can you say "Martyr Complex" Jack?

    March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  117. Carol

    Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, – these people need keepers. At this point all Obama will have to do is show-up!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  118. Vick, Orange Park , FL

    He is getting desperate and saying things to far right and it is not ringing true to the middle!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  119. Dorik

    "Suddenly"?

    Any average American could be excused for being surprised about Santorum's words (why would anyone pay attention to him?), but, Jack, you are working for a news organization!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  120. Tim

    He just wants to be President come 2016. Best way is to undermine Mitt and make himself a conservative superstar.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  121. JJ

    There's was nothing there in the first place, so what is there to destroy? Nothing. Same with all the other GOP candidates.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  122. Alan Ferguson

    He's not suddenly doing himself in, because he's always been unelectable. This preachy reactionary, running around the country telling us all how bad we are, and how bad we have it is just not going to be elected head of state. If it happens, it will be the first time.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  123. Jerod

    Suddenly? He's been on course for self destruction from day one. Turns out it's just a really long fuse.

    Elsie, MI

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  124. Bruna Amherst, MA

    Maybe Santorum can be appointed to a new post after he loses the nomination and the general election – How about "Morals Czar?"

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  125. Chris Lee

    Not just Santorum, but all the candidates. We've seen what making the rich richer does. We're seeing the economy improve under Obama. Attacking women, blacks, latinos and the poor is disenfranchising the majority of voters. Even their attempts to stop all those people from being able to vote is not going to help them. Only fanatical Christians and the "soon-to-be-wealthy" (sic) remain.
    Olympia, WA

    March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  126. Donna Kile

    Although at this time I plan to vote for Obama, when I read his comment about the unemployment, I thought he was nuts.
    I reread it several times to be sure I had read it correctly and wasn't missing something. My next thought was, oh boy, the folks here in Illinois aren't going to like that. So yes, I think he is imploding...........Donna, Arcola, IL

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  127. RickFromDetroit

    About 2500 years ago the Greeks built the Vatican which began as an Orthodox Church. About 1500 years ago the Vatican adopted Christianity. The idea behind Christianity was to bring the simple minded semi human peasants that wandered the country sides of Europe into the Churches and attempt to turn them into intelligent humans. The way to do this was to replace the primitive instincts born into all animals with a non-violent civilized intelligent lifestyle. This worked for many, but there were large numbers of these people that could not be "converted" into humans. This led to many wars and many holocausts.

    Today, we still have the same problems that are plaguing the planet and Rick Santorum appears to be one of the "non-convertables" like most of the backwoods, gun toten, good old boys from the GOP. It doesn't make any difference what you do, they will always resort back to their ancient ideas when they shouldn't, and they can not adapt to a modern day society. They are all brothers and sisters until they go to the elections poles.

    The Catholic Church was one of the leaders in "Liberal" social programs and still operates Catholic Charities and many other charities, but their members are all "Conservatives." In reality, their members are a bunch of "dummies" who don't know the difference between "Conservative Religious Values" and the "Conservative Political Party." Conservative Religious Values are the basics that are taught to everyone to guide them in the right direction. The Conservative Political Party is a "Butcher Shop" that would force Jesus Christ into stealing for something to eat.

    Say goodbye Rick, you are a lousy example of what the Catholic Church really represents and you should retire in Israel.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  128. Joe H

    Everyone discusses how Mitt Romney can't seem to expand his message to the right, but what about Santorum, who can't expand his message BEYOND the right? Last time I checked, you can't win a general election with fifteen percent of the voters. He imploded a long time ago.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  129. Michael Lee

    Rick Santorum wouldnt "do himself" in ....i think hes morally against the doing of anyone

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  130. GM

    Jack, Yes, and he's not self-destructing suddenly. Park City, UT

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  131. KB from Columbus, Ohio

    Jack,

    It isn't that Santorum is doing himself in, it's that he keeps opening his mouth. He's so radically conservative that even moderates or independents are starting to dislike him. And that is what's going to cost him the election, if he by some miracle ends up the GOP nominee. Although, since I'm a Democrat I don't really care about any of that. Whenever he decides to give a speech, he just ends up making my guy look that much better.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  132. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    Suddenly??? Everytime he has opened his mouth for the last year he has put his foot into it. He is an idiot.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  133. Greg

    Rick is soo far in to the cheap seats in right field there is no way he can win over moderates like myself and others.He is all about playing to the far right fringe of the party that he has no chance of winning the nomination,much less an election for president..

    March 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  134. Steven Antonelli

    Even if you give him credit for being honest, at root he is an intolerant religious extremist. He should be running on the US Taliban Party ticket.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  135. BenG

    I hope so. The guy would be a horrible president, even worse than being a presidential candidate.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  136. Dan in Seattle

    He is pandering to the fanatical, fervant religous "conservatives" who have carried him thus far. Without that demographic he would be dead in the water. The more educated, higher income, urban voters are not flocking to him and he knows it. As soon as the voting leaves the bible belt he is done for.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  137. john

    He did himself in years ago in PA, when we voted him out. This guy is wacked!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  138. Charles Roesch, Ph.D., M.D.

    Santorum's sanctimonious, self-righteous, religious fanaticism just doesn't reflect mainstream America. Thank God.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  139. Dale,, Ia.

    There's a new preacher in town his name is Rev. Rick please all sheep follow,,

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  140. Independent Thinker...

    Jack, Rick 'Ricky' Santorum did himself in the momement he spoke. The guy is absolutley clueless and bases everything about himself on religion. It is absolutley amazing that anybody is considering these people serious candidates for the GOP nomination. Unless somebody comes to the rescue of the GOP, it will be another four years of Obama/Biden and frankly I am thankful for that. Though I don't agree with everything Obama/Biden have done or accomplished, they both come across as caring and compassionate. The GOP candidates; they are simply a bunch of hateful men who wouldn't know what's good for this country even if it came up and bit them in the rear.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  141. Justice

    Rick's been doing himself in from the beginning, it's only recently his wife decided to assist.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  142. NJJack

    I don't need a religious message from an elected official, that is why my family and I go to church. Telling the women in my family that they should only have sex for the sole purpose to have children is so insane it defies logic. Now this gaff, he could care less about jobs or the economy? Is this the false prophet we were fore told of his coming? The GOP candidates have told the American people that the other guy is bad for American and can't beat the current sitting President. Two wars, Wall Street screwing us, big banks and an idiot President saying to spend and we'll worry about it later......later is now!

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  143. Norton, Bellevue, WA

    He's been self-destructing from the moment he started. There's nothing "sudden" about it. Santorum's everything backwards and unattractive about the country in one smiling, fundamentalist package.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  144. DiatribesAndOvations.com

    I certainly hope so.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  145. Samuel Burnside

    SUDDENLY ! He is not presidental material. It is frighten to think American are voting and supporting him.
    He has stated he dont want women in combat....he thinks statehood requires all citizen to speak English.
    How dont think we should try and get educated. Suddenly ?? I think I will run for President in 2016.....
    What cave has he been living....and this is why he lost his re-election !

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  146. Mark Baird

    Santorum's pronouncements get nuttier every day. Within the next few days look for further pronouncements from him that refrigeration was a bad idea and should be outlawed, so we can all eat fresh food again, and that electric light should be banned, as it threw countless thousands of candle-makers out of work.

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  147. Mary J s

    ric santorum lives in a parallel universe. That's a new testament he's holding in his hand, isn't it. Where does he think he lives, in a theocracy? Sorry, Ric. it is not gonna happen. You have one constituency; the very ignorant and very religious evangelicals. I live in Sarasota FL

    March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  148. Cathy in Vermont

    Santorum self destructs every time he opens his mouth...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  149. bmanning

    Don't forget him taking a controversial view on an issue no one cares about. Many Puerto Ricans don't even care about becoming a state. Santorum is not "suddenly" saying stupid things. This is just the first time anyone has really listened to him. He doesn't appear to be used to being a politician. What I mean by this, is that he has probably just been speaking his mind and that plays well to a statewide campaign. However, he is not adept at softening his message or providing caveats so he doesn't offend people who have different viewpoints.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  150. stevie68a

    He belongs back to the 1950's. He's been brainwashed by the catholic church. Tell him, like it or not, we're in a New Age,
    and the church represents the old.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  151. LARRY MAPLE ST. PETERS, MO

    It's just Santorum being Santorum. Had to happen. He couldn't avoid it.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  152. John Patterson

    Santorum isn't suddenly doing himself in, he's done that all along. As a moderate Catholic, I am appalled at his extremist and views on religion and women. His self-righteous proclamations are nothing more than the utterances of a latter day snake oil salesman. He expects us to give him a mulligan each time he makes a gaffe in public. Well, Rick, many of us are on to you. What he says is indeed scary – but what is absolutely frightening is that so many Americans support him. He is the embodiment of the lunacy that has consumed the Republican Party. Where have all the reasonable Republicans gone? Why do they so timidly accept this as their party standard?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  153. James

    No Jack, Rick has been saying dumb stuff throughout the campaign, it's just he is giving Romney all he can handle that it gets more attention. Media exposure has certainly heighten my concern for the type and intellect of people we elect to represent us.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  154. john

    yes. He is gone crazy. does not think and blabber's his mouth off; guess what, I am a conservative, but I can't vote for him.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  155. Mike C.

    Jack, this is why long campaigns are good for the country. We get to see who these guys really are and what they really believe. It's too easy to pretend to be someone else, if you're a politician on a short campaign. We don't need a president who doesn't care about the economy. That should be the priority. Go Obama 2012!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  156. Rob

    God I hope so.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  157. chill

    Yeas, it was inevitable. My hope was that it would have happened in, say, October maybe as the nominee. Rick has always been the kind of guy that seems appealing until you get to know him. We were a little slow on the uptake in PA, but eventually got it right.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  158. JT from SC

    It's hard to do yourself in when you never stood a chance to begin with.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  159. Figgy from Sullivna County, NY

    This guy is imploding like a sunken U-boat of WWII. This is after he first said that in order for Puerto Rico to become statehood that English has to be the primary language. We never had this problem before but now he want to make it a problem. So I guess the people from Hawaii had to give up their culture and language so they can become part of the US. This guy needs a lesson or two in US history. Our greatest strengh is our individuality and when the going gets tough we stand together for the better of all and not for the better of the choosen few. That's what makes this and always be a great nation.He's nuts!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  160. Kent Elwood

    After Reagan was shot, he dedicated the rest of his term to doing God's will. Everyone counts him as a great president. Go Santorm!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  161. closetiguana

    I think reality is starting to sink in. That must before hard for a creationist to deal with.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  162. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    I think he needs to quit "living off his savings" while he campaigns and go find a job because he will soon find himself broke and in the unemployment line.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  163. Geraard Spergen

    If Kennedy's speech made him almost throw up, he ought to read the Constitution – he'll have a seizure.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  164. Gigi Oregon

    Rick Santorum is not the type of person "We the people" want. If "We the people" are like me and mine the words we hate to hear more than any other words are, "The People want". Not one of the candidates have got it right yet. What we want, in my opinion, are Jobs, a good economy, decent affordable health care, decent public school education, and no more wars. Where insurance companies are not getting rich and paying large salaries at the top and buying advertising to lure you in and lousy coverage for the patient. And minimum wage for those who clean the hospital and high salaries to the Ceo's is not acceptable. It's time for tax reform and decent wages. Let rebuild our roads ,towns and cities they look like the Seventies. He's not getting my vote nor...is any other Republican. No matter how many millionaires back them to be elected.

    Most of the Republican candidates are using rhetoric that is childish and unbecoming to adults It is more like play ground bulling. Just keeping smiling President Obama, your getting my conservative vote.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  165. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Ever since he started getting the spotlight shined on him, he started doing himself in. He was always crazy-it's just recently that most people started seeing it.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  166. Gates M.

    Santorum isn't "suddenly" doing himself in. He's always had these stances, but they're only gaining attention now that he's a frontrunner. Under the public microscope, he falls apart. Furthermore, you mentioned the ailing economy and how santorum isn't doing anything about it. Maybe Obama should instead.

    Gates M.
    New Canaan, CT.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  167. Ruth Olsen

    He IS doing himself in – he's turned into such a whiner. He doesn't miss an opportunity to allude to Romney's money and how he (Romney) can afford to spend more on his campaign. I can just hear the excuses if he were to become president. "Why is the Taliban winning it's war on America, Mr. President?" "Why because they can spend more money on planning and execution than we can. They don't have a whole nation to run!"

    March 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  168. Mike C.

    Jack, maybe Santorum thinks he is Jesus himself. His name already means 'Saint' in Latin. Looks like his own spin machine is collapsing in on itself. It might be wise to keep him away from any life size crosses.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  169. steve Ocal, FL

    Virtually all his comments are doing him in. He can't resist taking a moral stand on every issue even if it is contrary to his religion as most people practice it. He should be running for Grand Inquisitor, not President.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  170. charles

    The good voters of Pennsylvania have already kicked Rick Sanctimonious out for his preachy mouth. Now we have to listen to him.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  171. Joe

    One can only hope he's doing himself in Jack... one can only hope.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  172. Jack D

    Don't forget, Rick informed Puerto Rico that if they ever want to be a state they had better forget about Spanish. I know he did not say it quite that harshly, but I would be wiling to bet that a lot of Puerto Ricans heard it that way.

    Sometimes it seems as though the arch conservative Republicans, who try to jam their beliefs down everyone's throat, have a little bit of the same compassion and tolerance for others as the people we seem to be fighting in the Middle East.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  173. emperorzero

    I'm always amused by candidates like Santorum who preach "smaller government," but then want the government to tell you what do in the privacy of yuor home. Carville is right – it is about the economy. For Santorum to say he doesn't care what the unemployment rate is makes him sound like a 1% kind of guy.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  174. thom richer

    Absolutely. Each opening of his mouth allows the voters to see deeper inside of him and his true self. As with Romney, he will expose his inner and true feelings toward socioeconomic, political and religious issues as their desperation grows for the nomination. Neither are running on what they can actually accomplish or have plans in place for in the event one does win the presidency. Rather, they make promises without substance or realistic understanding of consequences or possibility of ever being realized. Neither has a true or realistic understanding of working class familial, social, economic or personal educational needs and do not have any desire or see no reason to. All, with the exception of Paul, have no concern or interest in the ten years of war, sacrifice, cost or loss of lives in their bid for the office. It is not mentioned, discussed only when pushed to, and has been accepted as an every day occurrence in American politics. Instead they choose to campaign not for themselves but against one another. This because none truly has anything of positive or factual political value to run on and have to run on negatives. Santorum has no clue and Romney is no better.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, M

    March 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  175. Matt Ford

    This guy makes Sarah Palin look smart....

    March 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  176. Joop Kaashoek

    It is quite clear that Rick Santorum is living in the wrong century. He should upgrade his reading list.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  177. Stan

    The Ayatollah Santorum has revealed his true nature; he doesn't care about the economy, he cares about his brand of theology and creating a theocratic society to promote his religious beliefs. For evidence we only have to remember that Mr. Santorum condemned President Obama's phony theology simply because the President's views differ from Mr. Santorum's. Mr. Santorum has turned the Illinois primary into a referendum on his theological beliefs, which won't play in Peoria.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  178. Benjamin

    Santorum is simply at his limit. He can't go toe-to-toe with any of the other candidates, particularly Romney, on any issue and come out ahead except perhaps "I'm the most conservative... (and not Mormon)". That plays out well in the South (particularly the "not Mormon" part), but it's gone stale everywhere else where the important things are actually on the minds of voters.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  179. Shirikodama

    This makes the dubious assumption that Santorum was ever "structed" in the first place.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  180. Darrell

    Is Rick Santorum doing himself in? God I hope so. We need a government that keeps its hand out of our pants.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  181. Joe Toppe

    It's interesting when these GOPer's win a few states, they all seem to get this false sense of bravado that makes them say these outrages things. Let 'em keep winning and putting their feet in their mouths, I say!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  182. Don Stucky

    One of the benefits of a long primary campaign is that sooner or later, each candidate eveals his/her true self. Santorum's hubris has given us true insight into his true character.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  183. John from Santa Maria, CA

    Okay, he goes to Puerto Rico and tells them that they all have to speak English. OUCH!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  184. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    As all of the other GOP candidates for president, Rick just can't really find a true chink in Obama's armour. Sure, there are the usual talking points, but the economy is slowly, but steadily moving ahead and nobody that I know of wants to restore power to the "Big Bankers and Hedge Fund Managers" who got us into this mess in the first place. So.. that leaves us with this advice to Rick. "It's better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  185. Bernie

    Jack, for a while there, I thought Rick would have a good chance on edging out Mitt and beating Obama, but, and unfortunately, with reckless comments about the economy and unemployment rates, I am not so sure. I do appreciate his conservative views, but we need to take care of one another first – don’t you think!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  186. James

    We need Jed Bartlett. But he 1. isn't available and 2. wasn't real...so we have to settle for someone else. Barack Obama, in the face of intense scrutiny, severe opposition, and conditions that were arguably the worst any first term President ever had laid at his feet, has done a sound job. Santorum is a man whose values do not reflect those of most Americans, and, more tellingly, a man who believes his values are the only basis he needs to run for what most regard as the most powerful governmental position in the entire world - one that exerts enormous influence over economic policy. I believe it was a President who had little or no regard or head for economics and business who got us into this mess in the first place (ask Paul O'neil about that); to elect another at this critical time would be lethally shortsighted of the American people. The bailout worked (or worked more than it didn't), the markets are clawing back despite intense unrest in the Mideast and some wacky decisions by the Europeans, the healthcare thing is still being worked out, and the wars are ending or have ended. Barack Obama has done all this during his time; he deserves more time.
    Switching to an extreme and dismissive person like Santorum right now would be disastrous.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  187. james - St. Paul, MN

    There is nothing sudden about this behavior. Santorum has been consistently un-electable since his home state
    rejected him some years ago. The only person who ever believed that Santorum was qualified for higher office is
    Santorum-–and he is clearly delusional.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  188. E Emerson

    No Jack, nothing has changed. You and the rest of the country are just now starting to pay attention.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  189. Paul, Berkeley

    Suddenly? this guy wants to put a war against adult material on the Internet. That's smart ... I bet he believes masturbation causes blindness

    March 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  190. Bernie

    Jack, for a while there, I thought Rick would have a good chance on edging out Mitt and beating Obama, but, and unfortunately, with reckless comments about the economy and unemployment rates, I am not so sure. I do appreciate his conservative views, but we need to take care of one another first – don’t you think!
    Cleveland, Ohio

    March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  191. Mario Ohio

    Jack, Santorum is running out of mouths to put his feet in. I thought Gingrich was severely out of touch with the situation of the average American, but Santorum takes the cake in more ways than I can count. Santorum is a mixture of MacCarthysm, obsolete patriarchal thinking, racism (telling Puerto Ricans that they must embrace English as main language if they want statehood) and an appalling ignorance (he doesn't know there is no federal mandate or law to make English an official language). I feel sorry for Santorum supporters.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  192. bob

    What?! The Ayatollah Santorum? The Supreme Leader? More Catholic than the Pope? Self destruct?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  193. AgrippaMT

    Rick Santorum is perfectly welcome to commit political suicide. He'll never set foot in the White House anyway.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  194. carey georgas

    Mr. Santorum self destructed in 2008 when he lost his Senate seat behind the same "values" campaign theme. What's past is prologue, eh?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  195. Erik N.

    "Suddenly" doing himself in?! Santorum has spent his entire career taking positions that focus attention on exactly what kind of intolerant, inflexible, unelectably medieval candidate he really is.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  196. Mike S., New Orleans

    Rick Santorum appeals to a large sect of the current Republican base: bigots, zealots, and hypocrites who don't care as much about the issues as they do about making hateful statements about anyone who doesn't look and live exactly like them. Santorum isn't doing himself in. He was never in, and never will be. He's just fading away.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  197. Sharon

    Yes. Santorum was never prepared to be a contestant for a front runner, he was just the only candidate remaining and this gave the news something to run with on election night. Oh, and by the way :is base" just realized that he is Catholic!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  198. Dave

    I have no problem voting for a Catholic who respects the separation of church and state and keeps his religious beliefs out of the public sphere, and in fact I have voted for Catholics many times. But I would never vote for an unreconstructed Papist like Santorum. That would mean Roman slavery for America.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  199. B. Alan

    As a Republican-leaning Independent, I am equally wary of the extreme left OR right superimposing their values and beliefs on all Americans – so much for less intrusive government.

    America is not a "winner-take-all" political contest; but one of hammering out tough compromises that will withstand the test of time. Our best policies have been forged through compromise among democrats and republicans – Reagan to Clinton for lasting welfare reform, Truman to Nixon for cold war strategy; and the like.

    Divided government does not scare me; uncompromising politicians and parties do. I want to elect a President to lead all of America, not just those who belong the the winning party. If Santorum gets the nod, I will be voting for Obama's re-election.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  200. John

    Now you know why he didn't get re-elected in PA

    Hanover, PA

    March 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  201. Anansidspider

    The last respectable republican president was Ford. The last respectable republican candidate was Romney Senior. When the republicans start remember the moderate candidates again, they might start winning elections again. Otherwise, they are doomed to be the Dixiecrats they've become.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  202. Logic N LA

    Self-destructing is to imply that he has changed. Reality is, he has always been the narrow-minded, judgemental man he is showing himself to be. Pennsylvania saw it in 2008. The difference is because of the press, the world is now getting to see him for who he is.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  203. Papa Joe

    I was really offended he went after a president who was assassinated while in office. But the real question is just how old was Ricky when JFK gave that speech? Can anyone even imagine Ricky as president? If he could care less about people who r unemployed just what does he stand for? I now know why he lost the last elected office he ran for,. The man is a joke! At least Palin was "HOT"
    Papa Joe Alaska

    March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  204. Steve

    He's been "doing himself in" since he represented Pennsylvania. Now he's doing it on a national stage.

    I'm really glad we found a candidate who will unwaveringly stick to his core values; it's just really unfortunate that that candidate is Rick Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  205. LMD

    Rick Santorum self destructed a while ago. With his rants on abortion,sonograms,etc. It is a wonder the GOP has not cats a net for him. And if this man still thinks he is winning,maybe someone could put him in touch with Charlie Sheen!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  206. Terry

    Yeah, he probably is. The unemployment statement was not smart. But who do we have? Romney? Obama? It's quite apparent Obama can't do anything about unemployment and the terrible economy. How much time does he need? To my knowledge he's thrown in the towel and no one seems to care. He is flying under the radar while the Republicans are being scrutinized every time they sneeze. It's Obama's baby! He wanted it! He said he could fix it! What's he waiting on? Right now anyone would be a pleasant relief. Even Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  207. Rick from Ohio

    Just as I would not want an Islamic ayatollah running the US, I would not want a Christian ayatollah either. Economics trumps social issues this time around. It is always the economy.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  208. svlemur

    Hint to Rick: Teleprompters are a GOOD thing.
    More so for someone who needs to avoid being extemporaneous to conceal his true agenda.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  209. Fred Solomon

    Santorum has never been relevant because he would be eaten alive by Obama in the general election. Independents determine who gets elected President these days and they will landslide to Obama if Santorum heads the GOP ticket. The only Republican with a sniff of getting my independent vote is Romney.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  210. Mike in Pekin

    Jack, we can only hope. The fact is, this guy is a loon, who is more concerned with imposing his social and religious views on others, than with creating the conditions that will allow America to get back to work. I live in Illinois, and I am on my way to cast my vote for Mitt Romney, and I hope I will be able to cast that vote again in November. I refuese to even consider a candidate who is not even organized enough to get on the primary ballot in every state. (That includes Newt as well).

    March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  211. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    As completely derranged as Santorum is, just remember, there are actually people out there who would follow this guy anywhere. Doesn't say much for human beings, does it?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  212. BADGUY

    His religious teachings are starting to "take over" his speech. His FAR right wing, Opus Dei, Catholic views are NOT shared by a vast majority of Catholics, let alone the general voting Public. Evidently, he has NOT been able to contain those ideas and he will pay for it by not winning this nomination.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  213. ART

    Santorum is such a tool really he is.Look out America Santorum thinks he could be President,but he doesn't realize is we the people are not ready for his brand of Government. No therocracy here thank you. I'll be waiting till the next time he inserts his foot into his religious mouth

    March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  214. James Friel

    Rick Santorum is killing himself right in front of our eyes. All the Republican candidates must think everyone is stupid.
    Romney tells he will create jobs but no specifics, just put me in office and he will waive a magic wand $2.50 gas etc,.more jobs for all, balance the budget. Lets get real. We need more than fancy slogans. Bottom line–Obama has done a good job with no help from the Republicans to help get Americans back to work. Rick Santorum is another right wing extremist and we sure do not need anyone like this running the country. Romney is a rich fool totally out of touch with reality. By the way I am sure the Republicans feel good about protecting the tax break big oil gets, think about this when you fill up your car. Rich people are job creators and need their tax breaks. Tell me one thing what do our Republicans stand for? They just want to protect the rich. They do not care about this country.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  215. BADGUY

    The issues are the economy and jobs. He's NOT talking about these things.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  216. Jim Charlotte NC

    Santorum has les chance of winning the Presidency as he does regaining his Senate seat in Pa. The people of that state caught on to him years ago and dumped him.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  217. Jack - Phoenix,AZ

    Listen closely to what he says and you will NEVER vote for Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  218. MajorMajor

    He's been doing himself in from the beginning. He must know that a social conservative can never win in November. So what is he after? Fame? Fortune? Power?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  219. Barry

    Santorum is running for president, but not for this century. He's firmly rooted in the mid-19th.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  220. Kevin

    I hope he stays in the race simply for comedic effect. Women – stop working and get back in the kitchen! No sex before (or during) marriage! JFK makes me puke! Puerto Rico should be English speaking! and finally – I don't care about the unemployment rate!! I mean, you can't make this stuff up!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  221. Titicaca71

    When you're under the microscope 24×7, I imagine it's impossible NOT to screw up. That said, I'm glad to hear it. As an independent and moderate, I feel this guy embodies everything that is wrong with the way this country has leaned politically of late. Highly partisan, polarizing, intolerant and a slave to ideology. Those are qualities of a leader all right, but of a king or dictator, not of a free people.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  222. toni rose

    quote from stephen hawking on existence of extraterrestrial life, also applies to our political arena: ..."primitive life is very common, but intelligent life is fairly rare".

    March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  223. SIR John

    Even as recent as Sunday, Rickie had an interview Candy Crowley where he blasted Obama for not dealing with the radical theocracy in Iran .. this coming from a radical theocrat himself!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  224. John C from Long Island

    Anyone who campaigns in Puerto Rico, fresh off two major wins, with the Big Mo and all eyes upon him and decides to make the cornerstone of his campaign there "English Must be the Official Language" is pretty dopey. Anyone who goes to Illinois, where unemployment, foreclosures and dispair are rampant and states "I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me" is simply downright dangerous, to his own campaign AND our Country.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  225. jean2009

    The whole GOP seems bent on self-destructing. They have one lame chant: "More for the rich at the cost of the poor."
    How can you win when that is your mantra?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  226. Titicaca71

    meant to say "Those are qualities of a leader all right, but of a king or dictator, not of a leader of a free people."

    March 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  227. Thomas

    Now that Peyton Manning has chosen to go to the Broncos, maybe fellow evangelical Tim Tebow could try to engineer a fourth-quarter game winning drive for Mr. Santorum's team...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  228. belindar

    Santorum is not doing it to himself. He is doing it to the country. Here is a man who is so far out there; he does not know he is alone. The more he opens his mouth, the more Romney looks good. Romney wants him to keep talking so Romney can get about doing the country’s business. I must say he is unique. There has not been anybody like him in real life or on a comedy show in about a century. Can you imagine living with this person for four years? We have had enough of him in one.
    Belindar from Nashville, TN

    March 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  229. vernon dula

    maybe he thought he was talking to that part of his audience that never went to college.

    pathetic!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  230. musician

    Rick Santorum is being Rick Santorum and, yes, that is doing him in. Only a small percentage of the population want their President to be a Crusader-in-Chief. And saying the economy doesn`t matter is truly "beyond stupid". Another nail in Rick`s campaign coffin.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  231. LouAz

    If he would not say a single word going forward . . . he would still fail.
    Lou in Shopsdale, Aridzona.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  232. Al in Pittsburgh, PA

    One ayatollah in Iran is enough for the universe. To have Ayatollah Santorum, a morality dictator in the US; God please give us respite!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  233. marybeth, massachusetts

    Suddenly, Jack? If this is the first time you've noticed Santorum's bigoted, misogynistic, zenophoic, hateful statements directed to everyone who isn't a mirror image of Santorum (i.e., those who aren't wealthy, white male Roman Catholics) then you've been asleep on the job for the past year or however long it has been since Santorum got into the race.

    Keep talking Rick, and keep alienating women, blacks, Hispanics, gays, immigrants, the poor, the middle class, anyone who isn't Roman Catholic and evangelical Christian. Rick is being himself, and the more he displays his lack of knowledge, his complete lack of compassion for those not exactly like him, he appears to be exactly what he is–an ignorant, bigoted, intolerant, bully. He's telling us exactly what kind of President he would be, how he would govern, or rather, who and what would govern him (the Pope and Roman Catholic ecclesiastical canon) and therefore the country. He'd trash the Constitution, impose one religion (his) on everyone, ban birth control, ban abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and where the life and health of the mother is in peril, eliminate public education, give more tax breaks to the wealthy and to corporations, ban the poor, minorities from voting, ban women from the military and all public life. Nice guy, if you like the Christian version of the Taliban or wish to live under Savanarola. He's a Dominionist, so he would make religion a qualification of public office and would get rid of anyone who doesn't meet this test. For someone who professes to be so deeply religious, so deeply Catholic and so pro-life, he's certainly happy to kill people by advocating for war. I guess as long as it is people in another country, preferably a non-Catholic country and somebody else's sons who go to war and get killed, he doesn't care. He's a hypocrite.

    I for one don't want to live in a theocracy, and for all of Rick's howling with indignation about religion being under attack, he's lying and breaking one of the 10 commandments.

    Rick isn't alone–all of the republican candidates are moving further and further to the right and if this were the 1930's, they'd be moving towards fascism.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  234. Bob Harrison

    I hope not. I really want him to be the Republican nominee. When he gets destroyed in the general election, it will show how far out of touch with reality the Republican party really is. Every Democrat and sane individual should be rooting for him!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  235. D Richards

    If I have got his man's idea straight, he contrary to the use of condoms; promotes that the illigimate products of incest and rape are gifts from God – yet the woman will not receive any support from the assailant in raising the child; which in turn aggrevates poor education for the child, inadequate career training and future unemployment which are the current blights of the USA and yet Santorum esteems himself as a champion of freedom. NOT ! I'm Canadian, yet I feel compeled to exclaim, "God Bless America!"

    March 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  236. JDinHouston

    Santorum has shown he will say anything to destroy his candidacy, and Romney is showing he will say anything to win the nomination. Neither one is believable any more.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  237. kevin

    HIS version of christianity is FILLED with HATE. It seems he is always talking about issues the social conservatives love, but ignores the fiscal conservatives, and downright demonizes everybody 'against' him, especially gays and women. The last thing we need is an ayatollah, czar, or theocratic dictator.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  238. Charlie

    Frankly, while I disagree with pretty much everything Santorum says, I admire the fact that he's consistent (mostly) and sticks to his guns. He's so far out of the mainstream that he'd be useless in a national election, but give him props for saying things that are unpopular. He doesn't pander and therefore look like an idiot like Romney does.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  239. John

    The Gop don't stand a chance unless they find another person to run!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  240. carrie , Bham ,Alabama

    Santorum , miscalulated awhile back with making it about social issues , this is his real love , making sure that all people ha

    March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  241. David

    Yeah...Rick Santorum blew it. For me it was his JFK insult. Looking at his entire platform we can do a checklist of voters he has lost.... 1) Obviously the gay vote, even the most conservative log cabins. 2) All citizens of this country who are not Christian. 3) After his whole anti-porn statements I think he lost the vote of most straight men. His demographic now consists of stay at home christian mothers who are into homeschooling.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  242. Tim Fotinos

    Guess the GOP contest has become an acrobatic act, how much foot can they fit in their mouths?

    And I thought Rick was the one GOP candidate who was at least remotely supportive of the middle class.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  243. ChuckB

    He listens intently to what he says, and finds that he agrees with himslef; what else is needed?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  244. anon

    @Chris Lee – While I don't support any GOP candidate, your statement about Obama improving the economy is patently false and at best wildly incorrect. Obama has been nothing more than 4 more years of Bush. Obama has either expanded or continued every single policy Bush started, Patriot Act, TSA, NDAA, Enemy Expatriation Act, HR347, his latest revamp of the declaration of marshal law executive order on Friday. GITMO still open, we're still in Iraq (contrary to what you're told we're still going to have tens of thousands of soldiers / private security firms there), still in Afghanistan, he's droning everything in sight from Pakistan to US Citizens. He's authorized more than 300 Predator Drone surveillance flights over US soil, he's spent more than Bush, raised unemployment and not done a single thing that has aided in resurrecting our economy, let alone keeping it from slipping. He's made as many deals with corporations as any other POTUS, he's used tax dollars to bail out a car company and the used tax dollars to buy cars from that company to make it look as though his plan worked.

    The problem is the GOP offers nothing that would change any of this. And in fact, they all know a little secret that economists don't talk about, the economic collapse of 2013. Ever since the incorporation of the Federal Reserve our economy has experienced an extremely predictable cycle. Any anyone that pays attention or studies these cycles knows that there's a very good chance that the whole bottom drops out next year. This is why the GOP isn't offering anything as a good alternative to Obama, they DONT WANT TO WIN. Whoever is in power if the bottom falls out, they'll be sidelined for 10-20 years, like after Carter. Think of our times like this, the economic conditions are in line with Carter's problems but because of all the new tricks from the banking industry the result will be more like the great depression or, at best, the panic of 1893. Now tie that with a global political environment much like the years leading up to WWII, well we've got a serious chance of getting into a huge global conflict. Now the wild card here is that we're just now beginning to move into the technological age. We can envision a day without paper books, without paper media, without physical media like CDs DVDs VHS 8Track, whatever. During global "age" paradigm shifts there are generally massive population uprisings and we're already seeing it in the Middle East. Anyway, this whole world could very well be a mess in a year or so. So what would you do if you were Obama. I can tell you I'd pass as many laws as I could that would make it so people couldn't speak out against me or the government. I'd make it so that in the event of ANY situation I deemed important enough where I could requisition all livestock, all crops, all housing, all monetary funds, all resources for the "benefit of all Americans." Oh wait, Obama has declared such things already, and made it illegal to protest wherever the President will be. It's such a shame that we're all going to wake up one day and realize it's much too late. Maybe having TSA full body scanners at schools, work, and malls will wake us up. And for all those people that say "crackpot alert" "conspiracy alert" you should be very aware that North Koreans believe they are the most free people on Earth... because they are taught that they are. Don't think you cannot be taught either.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  245. Larry in Houston

    Is Rick Santorum suddenly doing himself in?
    Answer : "doing himself IN " ?? In my opinion, I think he's already Done His Self IN – With that remark, he Just became beyond stupid. I honestly can't think of what the word would be. He just went from his "A" game, to his "F" game. ( "F" as in "Flunk" )

    March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  246. Pam from Texas

    He's been digging his grave for some weeks now. But I must say they all have. When Romney didn't know what to say about the Afghan war – I thought to myself – what in the world is he going to do if he has to debate President Obama? Now they're trying to blame gas prices on him. It's sad, sad, sad. Santorum and Gingrich are just hanging on hoping they'll get included in whatever at the convention. Ron Paul – who knows – I still believe he has some kind of "game" going on. Santorum is clueless – alot of them would already be out if it weren't for the Super Pac money. Scary bunch of candidates from such a wonderful country – the world must think we're a bunch of loonies.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  247. Shiloh

    Santorum's rhetorical strategy has been to pander to the small clique of irrational right-wing zealots in the GOP. Let's face it, that's not going to win him an election.

    The problem with Romney, besides him being compulsively inconsistent, is that Romneycare and Obamacare are almost identical (including the penalty structure for non-participation, as Santorum very aptly pointed out).

    Bottom line: the GOP specifically, and the media in general, should stop ignoring the one candidate who actually has a record of being both correct on his policy positions and in line with the general population...

    His only shining light was when he made the comparison between the penalty structure for non-participation of both Romneycare and Obamacare.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  248. Bob Griswold

    What do you expect from a religious kook like Santorum? Romney is a lousy campaigner, but a good manager; Obama is a great campaigner, but a lousy manager. Santorum is good at neither, and I expect he will be toast soon!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  249. John Brown

    Rick Santorum always has and always will be a political lightweight with a walnut-sized brain. How can he NOT do himself in? He's just not smart enough to be anything but what I already said he is.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  250. Pat in IL

    He has been doing himself in for quite a while now. Trouble is that he seems to be the only one who doesn't know it.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  251. Sam

    Santorum is only focused on religious topics, because they are the only topics he is comfortable talking about. Rick isn't qualified to talk about the economy, world matters, the military or any other important pressing topic. That's the way his mind works, so why are we surprised by his ignorant comments? Rick Santorum isn't qualified to run for dog catcher, let alone President of the US, and it's time that the conservatives accepted that and move on to support some one who could represent this nation if elected.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  252. Bruce in northeast Nevada

    Santorum's intellect, though slightly north of Sarah Palin's, is definitely doing him in.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  253. joey

    He was always a lightweight. No chance in a general election, so he really doesn't have that much to lose.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  254. Alex Thompson

    Ricky is done-no fork needed. Anyone interested in seeing SNL do a Santorum-Palin running partners skit?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  255. Vince from Mountain Lakes

    After his most recent comments I am now absolutely convinced that he is on David Axelrod's payroll.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  256. Iowa Blows

    This is why Santorum lost his PA senate seat by 18 percentage points back in 2006. I am surprised he even got this far.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  257. Paul

    Any successes he has to date have more to do with the conservative disdain for Romney, rather than his dream of "lets go back to the 1950's" with Ozzie & Harriet Santorum."

    March 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  258. tony

    I understand Sanford FL is going to re-named Santorum FL shortly.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  259. Jaap from Houston

    I am just a visa holder from the Netherlands observing this election process. Santorum has said that senior people leave my base country just to make sure they are not euthanized when getting sick. In fact the amount of elderly people as a percentage of the population is growing and the population is growing overall due to immigration from Eastern Europe. If his perception is reality he does not deserve to be commander in chief. Good luck.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  260. ja

    the gop is self-destructing according to my interpretation, messing with a hundred year old matter birth control, just one non issuse

    March 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  261. carrie , Bham ,Alabama

    Santorum , miscalulated awhile back with making it about social issues , this is his real love not the economy . Making sure that all people have the same freedoms he thinks they should have ....his ideas of freedom , no birth control , no women's rights, No blacks , oops I nmean blaaaa, no immiragtion , no one unless they speak english. His idea of freedom is just plan NO , unless you think like him. So he is telling the truth he does not care about the unemployed.
    His love is changing social issues to make them like what he believes!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  262. Ron

    Santorum does have a habit of opening mouth and inserting foot. I'm not sure it'll matter in the end, though, because Romney tends to do the same thing.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  263. Ted

    Santorum is as smart as Obama...What I mean is he will say or do whatever will get him votes....REMEMBER...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  264. Tom

    Santorum is my candidate. He tells us exactly what he thinks and although I do not agree with all of his policies, I am tired of being lied to. Mitt, well he says one thing in one state and another in some other state. I do not believe or trust him!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  265. cigarman

    Jack, I do not intend to say anything mean about Santorum, but honestly, He really does need a Medical Evaluation. He obviously does have Mental Problems, all you have to do is listen to what he is saying and anyone can figure that out.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  266. Joe Blow

    Ricky is too much of a religious nutcake to have any chance at all of winning.

    No chance.

    None.

    Not a sausage.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  267. Ryan

    Jack, this is just lazy. I'm not a Santorum supporter but it's obvious that quote was taken out of context. Don't feed at the hand of the Romney machine.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  268. Jon McAuliffe

    Santorum has been making a fool of himself since Iowa but voters have surprisingly not picked up on this. He doesn't seem to grasp the 'engage brain before opening mouth' thing. Personally, I think he's an idiot and that smirk isn't helping change such an impression. What pol says the kinds of things this guy says? I 'almost threw up' when I saw him rising in the polls. Jon in Ashland, MA

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  269. yes he did

    I supported him for a short time. He blew it.
    I want Obama to be defeated and this guy shoots his own foot off? I don't think so.
    He is toast.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  270. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    Rick Santorum is full of angry. You can see it on his face and in his posture. He can't accept the fact that he, a good Catholic and a Christian who talks to God, is losing to a Mormon. Especially in the party of christian conservatives.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  271. Mike in Minneapolis

    Santorum has been doing himself in for a long time. He's too focused on the hard right social issues to really connect with independents. Romney isn't doing much better, with his "let me make the rich richer" strategies and messages, but it's like Santorum is jumping off the cliff. Having his wife speak up on contraception – really stupid.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  272. The_Mick

    "Is Rick Santorum suddenly doing himself in?" +++++ "Suddenly?" If it wasn't for the backward, boss-hogg-mentality rednecks in certain states, he'd be as extinct as the dodo.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  273. Allen Monday

    My grandparents told me no Republican politician has ever cared about anybody but the rich. Parents said the same. Now I have grandkids and I'm speding the word. With the advent of realtime political speech, that job is a very simple task. Sanotrum, Romney, Newt, and, Paul. The Four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  274. Nan, Nevada

    Oh, Little Ricky! Goes to Puerto Rico and tells the people that in order to be considered for statehood, they all need to speak English! Such a good move. Does not win ONE delegate. Alienates 50% of the US population based on his 12th century ideas about birth control and abortion. Oh, Little Ricky! You cannot be our President. You can continue to be Little Ricky, never to grow up.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  275. Dave Scoven

    I fear you are drastically underestimating what Evangelical America will accept in trade for having one of their own in the White House.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  276. Cee.Louisiana

    Rick Santorum is cooked as far as i am concerned when he opened his mouth......He has the wrong calling, he needs to be a priest.....oh thats right the celibacy part would mess him up.....I am sick of his moralizing.........the issues of which he speaks are not in a presidents job discription.....

    March 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  277. John

    Santorum looks like a big fool. I think Santorum is the worst candidate that ever made it this far for the GOP. The president encourages young people to get educated so we can stay competitive and Santorum calls Obama a "snob." Santorum has his own kids in college. Santorum says he is “not concerned about the unemployment rate” because his campaign is about something bigger. What ? Contraception. Santorum travels to Puerto Rico and tells the people there they will have to speak English to become a state! Santorum should ask for his money back from his political advisors.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  278. Mary

    So many people here have already said it much better than I could. There is not a single post so far that is supportive of Rick Santorum. Enough said.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  279. mfx3

    Santorum isn't self-destructing, it only appears that way because people are starting to listen to his message and his poll numbers are reflecting it. Before, nobody was paying the guy any attention...which really is how it should be.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  280. canadiancamembert

    He bungled has chances so badly that within a couple of weeks he will have talked himself out of contention. Sorry Rick, your fifteen minutes are almost up!
    Res, Vancouver BC

    March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  281. John

    Santorum is THE Republican EXTREMIST that, if nominated, will GUARANTEE a 50 state victory for Obama!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  282. Jim W., Statesville, NC

    I can't really believe that this dummy said something so stupid. Given this economy and all the people still out of work and hurting. What is he thinking? What is he thinking with? Personally I hope he can pull off an upset and dump Romney. That would clear the way for Obama to pull off the biggest election landslide since LBJ slaughtered Goldwater in '64. This guy is an idiot and there's a village in Pennslyvania looking for him trying to get him to come back home where he'll be safe and not hurt anyone...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  283. Bob of Morristown, NJ

    With all the lies, hypocrocy and demonstrations of being irrelevant, out of touch, pandering weasels , it's hard to tell whether Gingrich, Romney or Santorum is the worst of the lot at any given time. They have only one idea between them, they're against whatever Obama is for.

    As for Paul, he seems honorable and consistent, too bad some of his ideas are downright dangerous.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  284. Renee, Illinois

    Suddenly?! This is the guy who started off with social issues, presumably because he can't handle the economic stuff. Then moved on to things like birth control (used by about 98% of the population) being damaging to a society. Apparently this guy never saw the old Charlton Heston movie, Soylent Green.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  285. Me 3

    Another moron GOP candidate bites the dust. The pizza guy, the Texan, Newt, now Santorum. Only one more to go. Romeny may have it over these guys, but he is no match for any one with a brain (Obama). Sooner or later, the public will figure out that Mitt is the lightweight, who stands for nothing, and offers nothing. After Bush, we cannot afford another moron runing the country.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  286. Henry Taylor

    "Is Rick Santorum suddenly doing himself in?"

    What's so sudden about it?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  287. Pete in Georgia

    Excuse this play on words Jack, but he may be "Doing himself OUT".............................not in.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  288. George in NYC

    Rick Santorum absolutely terrifies me, because he reminds me of another famous right wing leader. This man was a charismatic speaker, who rose to power during the middle of a terrible economic depression by blaming all of his country's problems, justified or not, on one social group. And America fought World War II to stop him.

    The difference is that while Hitler was willing to say point blank that the economic problems were the fault of Germany's Jews, Americans aren't stupid enough to believe that gay people, women, and non-christians are the root of all evil in this country, and Santorum isn't stupid enough to say exactly that.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  289. Duke from the Crowbar Saloon

    Jacko– dis guy Santorum's got no cred, does he take zee bible to bed way much? NO bible in my bed. All kinda modern GOPers ready to vote against too-right tea partiers, thinking an Obama win will push GOP to center-right, put Santorum & friends back to 20% of influence in GOP, modern conservatives back on top, so to speak.. Have a mediocre day!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  290. Charles - San Antonio

    It's really alarming that any individual that takes the positions the Rick Santorum has taken could seriously be considered as a viable canidate for president. While he may be appealing to the right-wing bible-thumping extremist of the republican pary, he would never to a majority of American voters.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  291. Rick

    I sure hope not, there really isn't much good comedy on TV these days other than the GOP primaries and he's the star!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  292. Calcommuter

    There is nothing sudden about Santorum's demise. Every time he opens his unscripted mouth something comes out that will alienate a lot of people outside the bible belt. He is running for President not Pope. It's the economy. jobs and price of oil. Not that ultrasounds are evil!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  293. Berylene from Santa Fe NM

    Oh, I hope so!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  294. Dave Scoven

    I fear you are underestimating what Evangelical America will accept in trade for the prospect of having one of their own win the White House.

    Dave Scoven
    Richmond, VA

    March 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  295. Randy, San Francisco

    We can only hope that Santorum goes down kicking and screaming to the detriment of the eventual nominee.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  296. Ted in palm springs, ca

    This interminable campaign exists for one reason only: superpacs. Why? No money – no campaign. It shows just how distorted our electoral process can become due to a few extraordinarily wealthy individuals. It is a travesty of an informed election process.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  297. The Real Tom Paine

    Of course he is, because he can't help himself. What he is talking about, namely the social issues, is what really gets the rightie blood boiling, and that's what he thrives on. No dispassionate analysis for him: he will tell you what he wants to do, even if it sinks him. The conservatives still would rather be right than win, which is fine by me.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  298. Karl

    Are we still having an election in November? I mean this thing is over before it even begins. The GOP should just save themselves some shreds of dignity, throw in the towel now, and tell everyone they will see them in 2016. I never thought I would say this, but I actually feel sorry for them.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  299. Matt

    I don't think he's self-destructing. I think the country is just beginning to see how painfully unintelligent he is.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  300. Dan Middleman

    Is it self destruction when you're just being yourself? This is who Rick Santorum is, and has always been. Give him credit for sticking to his guns, even if they're really, really old broken down guns that no one wants.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  301. Mike

    Smaller govt, more freedom....except he wants a war on pornography, to regulate freedom of women, and to let "religious" institutions gut insurance care for its females...yet he wants to pump up 70 yr olds with viagra...have to love it. Keep his wife stuck at home, brainwashing his kids, only having sex for reproductive goals...Stepford Family anyone? Or is it more like "Children of the Corn"?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  302. Tim, Lakeland

    Santorum's views on contraception, women's rights, higher education, gays, and more are truly frightening and are typical of extremist views held by someone who will do everything they can to ensure the general populace falls in line with his way of thinking without any chance of alternative viewpoints and opinions. He is the LAST thing the country needs, we need to move away from the polarization and narrow-minded views held by many, and all work towards our common goals as a nation. You think Washington is unbending and uncompromising now? Imagine Santorum and his ultra-backwards views. God gave us a brain and expects us to use it, now let's do so!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  303. Joshua D. Scott

    The Onion nailed this perfectly when it had a satirical headline saying "Nation Beginning to Realize Santorum Actually Believes Every Deranged Word That Comes from His Mouth".

    March 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  304. Johnnie

    Santorum invoked satanic versus and provocative haunt too early and that is the havoc caused him.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  305. JC in SC

    Americans forget very quickly. Santorum needs to stay in the race so the memory of his misguided, misdirected, careless commentary is still fresh in the minds of the voters in November.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  306. Alex

    As soon as Santorum started talking about porn, he's made it clear he doesn't have the right focus to be president. On the list of problems facing the USA, that can't even make the top 250.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  307. Jeremy in Mesa

    Face it Santorum has a God complex. If he gets to the White House (I hope he doesn't) he will probably begin to think he's God. Next there will be no women's rights, no middle class and we will turn into a dictatorship when he proposes to remove term limits from the Presidency. And if Romney can ever decide which message he wants to put out, he changes it depending on who he's talking to, we would likely see much of the same. It's not Santorum who's imploding it's the entire republican party. PS I'm a republican and I am disgusted, but hey here's to a brokered convention.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  308. Mohammad, Los Angeles, CA

    He isn't self-destructing, Jack. Rather, he's focusing on the people who actually vote for him. Those people actually love this kind of rhetoric.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  309. Paul

    Not "suddenly" - it's more that our political system is working effectively. The primary season is long enough that we get to know the candidates. If their views are not in step with most Americans, that becomes evident. I am glad Romney is in the lead, he seems more in step with what is on the minds of most Americans. He has a lot of economic common sense and is not obsessed on sexual/reproductive morality issues. I lean more Democrat but Romney is the one of the GOP candidates who could turn me into an undecided voter. The rest of them, yikes, I would definitely rather stick with Obama.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  310. NoNewt=SantorumWin

    Here's the deal; if Newt takes his head out of his rear and leaves the contest then Santorum will win the rest of the races – I highly doubt that anyone ignorant enough to vote for Newt is smart enough to vote for Romney in what could prove to be the dumbest Primary election season for President ever. Honestly, those voting for Santorum are the uneducated, bible hugging ill-informed that drag this country through the mud – most smart Republicans (if that's not an oxymoron) know that Romney will most likely pull back to the middle after the primaries are over. The problem is that only the super right wing Republicans vote in the primaries – thus Bush; and we know how well he did for our country. Romney needs Newt right now; without him… let’s just say I would LOVE to see Santorum debate Obama… lol

    March 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  311. Maurice Stewart

    Santorum just gave Mitt Romney the ammunition he needed – great soundbite and proof that he Santorum is really
    an economic lightweight and tone deaf to the voice of the electorate that clearly shows that the economy and jobs, jobs, jobs is the #1 issue on their mind!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  312. jt_flyer

    This man would have been our founding father's worst nightmare.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  313. Cleta Long

    It is unbelievable that a person could make the statements that he has made and still have the following that he does. One just has to ask "what are they thinking?"

    March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  314. Ryan

    Only in that he has been on the airwaves long enough for people to finally get a real sense of who is is. What the rise and fall of Santorum (and Newt before him, and Cain before him, etc) reveals is the deep divide in the Republican Party between pragmatic moderates and far-right ideologues. Does anyone really think that the same group of people who believe our president to be a secret Muslim will vote for a Mormon if their is any viable Christian alternative? Will they vote for Romney in the general election is the real question.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  315. David Inwood

    Oh thank goodness. Just when I was beginning to think Mitt was never going to win good old boy Santorum finally starts to show his true stripes and sinks his own campaign.
    The thought of a Rick Santorum as President gives me nightmares.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  316. Chris (Kandahar, Afghanistan)

    I hardly think that Santorum is doing himself in; rather he is appealing to a sizeable portion of the conservative movement. In his efforts to redefine this election cycle as a culture-war, he has made sizeable blunders in the courts of public opinion, but not yet of sufficient magnitude to render him unelectable. In the end it will be a hybrid platform encompassing the positions of Romney and Santorum, but most likely the party will go all the way to convention before they have a candidate that proves viable in the general election.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  317. Business Woman in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pennsylvanians have known about Rick Santorium for a very long time, which is why he will not garner our support! He's completely unreasonable, offensive, obnoxious, and his complete disregard for anyone with a blue collar job or a vagina, is completely ridiculous! Stating you don't care about the unemployment rate when gas prices are near $4.00/gallon and people can't feed their families? Everytime this man speaks I think, "How can ANYONE agree with him? EVER???"

    March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  318. Husk

    All I can say is that old saying is true.... You catch a fish by its mouth. Rick is getting himself caught when he says ridiculous things like this.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  319. notogop

    There is no suddenly to his self-destruction. Every time this man opens his mouth, it's like putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger. Anti-gay, anti-women, anti-abortion, anti-higher education (only for elite snobs), anti-contraception, anti-economy, screw the unemployed, how many others can he try to disenfranchise? No, this is a way of life for this man, not a sudden metamorphosis.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  320. Virginia Mom

    Ayatollah Rick is crazy and people are finally realizing it. He wants nothing more than to lead the New American Taliban Party, halting science, pushing religious education, and putting women in their place – pregnant and serving their man. He lost me long ago when he said this country needed "morality laws" and my first thought was, "is that our version of shariah?" Sad part is that most of the GOP thinks the same way, which is why this republican woman won't be voting republican any time soon!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  321. Metalworker

    Ome can only hope! If he doses, well there is a God and He will havw smiled on all of us. METALWORKER in IL

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  322. Robert Gavila

    All of the Republican candidates have 'fear of success'. When the golden ring is within reach, they pull back and say something to derail the train. None of them are comfortable enough to believe, or understand, their episodes of success.

    Obama will just walk over, scoop up the prize dropped by the others, and walk into the White House for another four years.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  323. JA, Frisco, TX

    The evangelical right of the Republican party has had it's moment on stage with Santorum. His support is coming from the poor and less-educated demographic in rural areas of the South. Where do these people get their opinions? Evangelical preachers who hate Mormons, Yankees and anyone else who is successful in America. These people aren't mainstream in our society and it's time for the noise they're creating in this election to go away. We need a President that does something about unemployment, the national debt, and entitlement programs vs one with a social agenda.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  324. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    Santorum figures he'll go out with a bang, getting his say on the social issues, because he knows full well he's in over his head and doesn't have the horses to run against Obama. He got blown out in PA last time he ran for Congress. Even his own wife was laughing at the 'protection' joke the other day (i cut her some slack: we can probably all agree she's put up with a lot in that marriage).

    March 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  325. Mike M. Scappoose, OR

    Don't care, it's like watching dumb & dumber beat each other up!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  326. Patti

    Rick Santorum was done it before he got started.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  327. communicator1453

    Suddenly?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  328. Fishflakes

    I don't think it is all that "suddenly". He has been saying stuff like this all along. The only difference is that more people are paying attention now that he has had some substantial wins in recent primaries.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  329. Dann DFW

    He's not doing himself in. It's just that he's gotten enough votes that people are starting to listen to him. He's always been on message that he wants government to be small enough to fit nicely into every person's personal life and to have that government impose christian morality as he interprets it.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  330. Tex71

    Santorum believes the role of government is making sure everyone practices sex exactly the way he wants them to, or not at all. Romney believes the role of government is making sure the 1% never, ever have to worry about anything again. Gingrich believes the role of government is to glorify Gingrich. Paul believes the role of government is to sign its own death warrant, then die. America's founders stated the role of government as "to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[note 1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity" (Preamble to the United States Constitution, 1787). Where did those values go?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  331. Mark from New Jersey

    Incredible amount of comments, and all seemingly agree...we don't a Taliban Christian as a presidential candidate, a president, or truly anywhere else in American life. It is a sad commentary that he has gotten this far.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  332. Bill

    Santorum appeals to the ultra conservative and ultra religious. He is more extreme than George Bush was but just as myopic in his vision of America. He should be at the head of the next crusade when Christians once again march through the middle east trying to convert the world to Christianity.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  333. John B. in Kansas

    I really like Mr. Santorum. It is refreshing to see someone who really has firm convictions and is willing to back them up with actions even when they don't necessarily match my own. I don't think he's self destructing as much as being himself. I really wish I could find someone with convictions that were closer to my own that had the guts to tell it like Rick. Although, I suppose that these days that would mean that neither would be elected.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  334. Bill in NJ

    Santorum has never been a serious contender; his main selling point is that he isn't Romney, and in the end, that doesn't mean much.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  335. AmesIA

    You have to decide whether to look at the looking glass or jump on through to understand your own question. Things are getting curiouser and curiouser! Santorum is way on the fringe but this year I don't think Goldwater is conservative to survive this primary. Romney is only still ahead because he has gone so far into character pantomiming the role of a perfect conservative to fool the fools.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  336. Jack in Florida

    He is a whack job, Jack. There was a reason our Founding Fathers had the wisdom and insight to separate, Church and State, and Rick is one of the reasons for that principle. America is made up of all ethnic groups, religions, etc and we embrace our our diversity. Rick is trying to create a religious state. How different is this than what the Taliban tried to do in Afghanistan? He will eventually implode, with his zany comments.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  337. Adam

    Santorum is an idiot. A social radical who wants to instill his homophobic values upon all of us. He hates minorities and gays, and wants to go to war with Iran and stay in Afghanistan. I can't believe he's received this much support. He is absolutely nuts. I can't stand him.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  338. J marm

    The pulpit perhaps... not the podium ... for Santorium. I am a senior citizen living in a GOP county as a former independent voter. No so now; this Republican P.T. Barnum show and the above mentioned man scare me with their platform of "take us back to the unelightened era!"

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  339. Kevin

    Forget Santorum, the republican party is doing itself in every time one of them opens their mouth. I'm registered republican and I'm scared. I don't know if any of them can beat Obama and I don't know if I want them to.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  340. Ronald Fisher

    Rick is doing himself in and I hate to see it. Because I'd much rather have him run against Obama than Romney. Obama could beat Rick handley. Obama will still win against Romney but it will be a little tougher.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  341. Chris Bastrop, TX

    Ron Paul is the only one in the race who doesn't waffle. He is a straight shooter who cares nothing about abortion or religion. His sole focus is regaining financial sanity and ending the wars. Yet, the press and everyone else ignores him. Isn't he the only doctor in the race? Hence, he might understand healthcare and have insight on running a business.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  342. LA Lawrence

    In the master chess game of politics, I have to agree that it appears that he his. Preplanned by the RNC? I think this entire nomination cycle has been in an effort to keep Republicans in the news, particularly since the seeds planted by Obama are beginning to grow shoots; they really don't have a bone to pick, ergo news cycles about birth control instead of the economy.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  343. Benjamin Avant

    It's not sudden, Jack. He's been saying these things for years, in the U.S. Senate and probably before. It's just that now the microscope of public attention is suddenly focused on him.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  344. Benjamin Avant - Dallas, Texas

    It's not sudden, Jack. He's been saying these things for years, in the U.S. Senate and probably before. It's just that now the microscope of public attention is suddenly focused on him.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  345. Mark in Pflugerville, TX

    He is proud of the fact that he doesn't use a teleprompter. Perhaps if he did, he wouldn't continually open his mouth and insert his foot.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  346. Boogercat

    Is Santorum self-destructing? We should be so lucky!!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  347. Robb

    Santorum has one problem. He says what's on his mind. Unfortunately, his positions are so far out of step with the average American that he stands no chance of getting elected. And the more he talks, the more he demonstrates this simple fact. He wants to legislate morality and push his view of religion. That's why he doesn't care about the economy, the war in Afghanistan or the housing meltdown. That's for his God to worry about once we start down his moral path to purity and righteousness. That's why he is imploding. No one is buying.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  348. scottyhomer

    Santorum is not only doing himself in, he's also dragging the GOP down with him. After all, he is one of the voices leading the Republican Party, and many Republicans are voting for him to officially be the spokesperson for the GOP. Santorum represents what many Republicans think, and his mistake is putting those thoughts into words for everyone to hear before he's in office and it's too late to do anything about him. Santorum, Gingrich and Romney are all dead weights pulling the GOP into the muck that the Republicans made for themselves.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  349. Mike

    Separation of church and state – some candidates can't seem to grasp this vital concept at the core of our country's values, and our Constitution. One appealing aspect of the McCain campaign back in 2008 was his relatively liberal stance on social issues – which were all but overshadowed by the socially conservative and similarly misspoken Sarah Palin who lost him the election. Although Santorum may be admired by Evangelical Christians and the like, he's clearly alienated the silent majority of social libertarians of this country. That said, there is no way that he will get the nomination, much less beat Barack Obama, with such egregious statements and religious preaching.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  350. Trevor Doyle

    Jack.
    Santorum has wasted the rare opportunity afforded to so few- Candidacy seven months before an election. He's a fool with Gingrich in a close second place right behind him.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  351. Michael

    My problem with mostly the media, but also those who can't think for themselves and rely on the media's stories and takes opinions presented as fact, is that everyone wants to take a phrase or a statement to build rhetoric and not really try to understand the context of what is being said to get the real heart and meaning behind such said phrase or sentence!

    I agree that this was not the best word choice for Rick Santorum, which as he has stated in the past, he doesn't use a script or teleprompter like most do. However, I think the media has a responsibility to report fact and truth and not distort statements to try to make them say something they were not or try to build up rhetoric on behalf of their favorite candidate or person.

    Nobody can seem to read inbetween the lines anymore. The only thing most seem to be able to do is to ridicule and scrutinize every single word or misword used, with no regard to the intent of the word. However, when roles are reversed and it is you that has misspoken you want everyone to judge you on your intent. This is a great quote I heard one time, that I think we all should try to remember that you can't judge everyone else by their actions (words) and then judge yourself on your intent.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  352. John Brown

    I hope Santorum somehow wins the nomination.Obama will annihilate him in the general election with him making stupid comments like this.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  353. Scot

    If Romney wants too he could pick Rick and a VP and get all the "good" christians to vote for theri ticket ! Thing that is so far fetched ? Ike had to do it with Nixon and you saw how that went ! JFK did it with Johnson and their was no love lost ther either !

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  354. PumpNDump

    Does anybody really care? He's a wingnut. He has as much chance to be President as Jesse Jackson. Lol

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  355. Marie MD

    Jack, you are so funny. He has been self destructing since the day he was born. As he gets older he gets more crazy.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  356. Michael H. Smith

    Santorum never had a chance at winning the presidency. He's not offering anything besides criticisms of the current administration. All the other current GOP presidential candidates did too, and continue to do so, which is why Mitt Romney can't win the presidency either. They keep saying they want to "get Obama out of office." My question for them is "yeah, and THEN what?"

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  357. Ed Burke

    ".. suddenly.." Jack???? No, not suddenly.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  358. George Marshall

    Santorum may not be a demagogue but he's close. Vote for him if you want a theocracy, approve of religion being infused into science classes thereby making a mockery of both science and religion, are anti science, anti women, anti environmental preservationand want your life to be controlled according to his convictions

    March 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  359. George in PA

    Rick should have his own reality show because he is "Real" absurd!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  360. Tammy

    Yes, everytime he opens that hole in his face he calls a mouth he sticks his foot further and further down is throat. His thoughts are so antiquated he appears to have been transported to the future via a DeLorean. He is the leader of the Christian Taliban and proof that a presedential candidate should have to undergo a psychiatric exam before being allowed to run for office.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  361. Joe

    I hope so. My wife is convicned that if he is elected the only things allowed in her wardrobe will be the "Burka".

    March 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  362. Ivan from DC

    I don't think he is "suddenly" doing himself in. If the Republican Party is the party of liberty and 'small government,' it's entirely unclear to me how someone who is inserting himself into Americans' medicine cabinets, private reading and viewing habits, family travel plans, and private bedrooms can possibly be the Republican Presidential nominee. His campaign was doomed from the start.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  363. Danny C

    Ricky has ALREADY done himself in. It's sad how long it's taken people to realize it. Last night his wife said on Piers Morgan Tonight that Ricky doesn't plan to put his religious views into practice if he's elected... I can't even pretend to laugh.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  364. Patty - Illinois

    Samtorum thinks he is the "Pope". If he should ever actually capture the Republican nomination, how will he explain his wife's racy past when he depicts himself to be a cut above the nation on morality? Keep talking Rickey .... keep talking. LOL

    March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  365. Ed from Colorado

    As I saw in a previous comment – His holier than thou thumping just continues to appeal to the right wing American Taliban. Witness the introduction by Reverend Dufas yesterday. We are "Christchins" All others need to go away!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  366. Pavani

    He is not doing himself in suddenly . He has been putting his foot in it from day one!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  367. Alex

    Santorum lost any respect he might have had from me when he started treating the position of president as that of a religious leader. We spent the 2000s under a president who said he took his instructions from God and look where that led us. You know you're in trouble when a candidate fixates on a topic no one cares about – porn – instead of the topics people actually want resolved, such as unemployment and gas prices. The fact these GOP guys seem unable to come to terms with those important issues is nothing short of a gift to the Democrats.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  368. WR Jones, New Port Richey, FL

    Suddenly? Santorum has been self destructing for months, his appealing to democrats for primary
    votes was the last straw for me. The real problem for him is electability, if tomorrow the world discovered
    President Obama was the Manchurian Candidate Santorum would still lose in a landslide.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  369. Debi

    He makes a good case for teleprompters. A well thought out speech would help keep his foot out of his mouth

    March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  370. Jacob

    Of course he is doing himself in, but with Independents. If by some miracle he is able to win the nomination, there is no chance of him being able to appeal to the necessary independents to defeat President Obama in November.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  371. Linda from NC

    Every time Santorum opens his mouth it is outrageous. He's on a national and world stage. It's embarrassing and enraging for me as a citizen of the USA, as a woman, and as a Catholic. He represents his own demi-god ideals and no one else.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  372. Robert W. North Carolina

    If he is doing himself in by telling the American people what he truly believes then that is a good thing for the American people. I would rather have someone be honest then tell me pretty lies to get my vote. I like him but I wonder if he will get the fickle swing voters to like him by being honest. Sadly, it’s politics.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  373. Tim in Evans, GA

    The sad thing is that he himself does not think he is doing himself in. That's the GOP standard that is so frightening – they don't think they have to keep their distorted opinions in check. And, someone in their supporting base seems to like to hear that garbage – and that is even more scary. I moved to GA from DC, and there are lots of Santorum signs here. There is also too much religious fanaticism and hidden racism – the GOP. They are misrepresenting Pres. Obama's position on just about every item, and the media gives them the airwaves. Where is the true Democratic counter?

    March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  374. Alejandro

    Suddenly doing himself in? He has been doing himself in throughout this race, Jack. No one in a general election would vote for a candidate who tries to enforce his social beliefs on the nation.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  375. Bobby

    The only reason Santorum has done as well as he has is because no good Christian is going to vote for a Mormon. Romney is the classic example of the 80's Republican, he made money by screwing everyone else, but the current GOP is nothing more than a right wing Fanatical Christian party. The supporters of Santorum would love to turn this country into a Christian Talibanisque government.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  376. Don, Toledo, Ohio

    Yes, and that is too bad I liked him better than any of the other “candidates”. If he doesn’t make it I will vote democrat.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  377. Linda

    There is nothing sudden about this. Santorum so enraged the gay community that they created a definition of his last name for all the world to google. He lost me and others who believe that religion has no place in government when he made it clear that he would govern as a Catholic instead of as an American. He lost women, many men, and many of his fellow Catholics when he called birth control a sin. He lost the Hispanic vote when he singled out Puerto Rico as the only state in the country that would have a language requirement. He doesn't believe in science, he doesn't believe in math. He invents "facts," such as statistics on euthanasia in the Netherlands. You don't have enough time on your program to finish this list of groups he has alienated.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  378. Chris from Philly

    Santorum has been doing himself in for years. It's just taken the pressures of a national primary campaign to illuminate what many of us in Pennsylvania have known for years: that Santorum represents an extreme, far-right faction of the Republican party that is seriously out of touch with how modern American society operates. While much of the population has become more tolerant one another, Santorum and his kind have remained stuck in time...a time that most of us would like to forget.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  379. Marc

    Rick is proving the shallowness of the field of GOP "contenders." Let him alienate moderates – it's about time the out-of-touch extremist loudmouths on the far right get a come-uppance in the form of electoral irrelevance.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  380. Don Baillargeon

    This was bound to happen, Santorum has no economic plan, much like Obama has none. Each run on issues that really don't matter to voters right now. If the GOP could solidify behind Romney's CEO message, the fall election could be a lot easier for Republicans than many Democrats are comfortable with.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  381. Pavani

    He is not doing himself in suddenly . He has been putting his foot in it from day one!
    Houston, TX

    March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  382. Linda from NC

    Every time Santorum opens his mouth it is outrageous. He's on a national and world stage. It's embarrassing for me as a citizen of the USA, as a woman, and as a Catholic. He represents his own demi-god ideals and no one else.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  383. el don Rodrigo

    You betcha Jack, he is falling on his own sword, green with envy & greed for the presidency. He is so blinded by this he can't tell when he's telling the truth.

    el don Rodrigo
    San Jose, CA

    March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  384. Claude Gothic

    Santorum just announced that Kim Jong Un and Ayatollah Khameini are going to be joining him at some campaign stops...all men who are God's special representatives to their countries and know what's best for all citizens.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  385. Andre LeBlanc (Texas)

    What I don't understand is how come, when he is being interviewed, the tables are never turned on him? He says that Obamacare takes the religious right away from institutions that do not want to cover it then in the same breath is sickened by the fact that Kennedy wouldn't impose his religious views. I would like to ask him why he doesn't view imposing his religious beliefs on everyone as equally oppressive of non religious rights or other non christian religious rights?

    March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  386. A mute question

    It doesn't make any difference if he is self-destructing or not. Mitt will win the nomination, hands down.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  387. Brad

    Jack – there is no question Rick has done himself in through this and many other statements – Note I don't call them "gaffes", as I do not believe they are unintended as in the case with Romney. Rick keeps stating that Romney cannot "seal the deal"...look at the results and the Repubican party's overwhelming decision displayed in total and delagate votes. The only reason Romney has not "sealed the deal" is becasue Rick is not smart enough to admit defeat! So far it has not been mathematically possible for anyone to "seal the dea"l if others cannot "deal" with reality.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  388. Sam Barry

    Santorum couldn't win reelection in Pa and it's a joke that this fool is running for President when he probably couldn't get elected dog cather in his hometown.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  389. Fernando from dallas tx

    You bet your bottom dollar he is. Who does he think he is criticising a great president like jfk was. We need a strong leader as president not a scared child.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  390. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Santorum's babble is a gift to Romney! He still doesn't get it, and probably never will ! I think he wants a theocracy, not a democracy!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  391. CaptainObvious

    Rick Santorum has been imploding for a while...it is just that it is only until now that the bigoted anti-mormons of the world are recognizing it.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  392. Lu, Pittsford, NY

    Jack, sent Rick a note asking him to take a simple 30 question test called The Independence Day Quiz – I cautioned him to pay special attention to questions #25 – What is the Official Language of the United States? A-None, B-Latin, C-English, D-Esperanto. Guess what? He failed – Say it ain't so Rick – you are not smarter than a fifth grader – now I see your the shoe in mouth really fits. Oh yes, the answer? A – if you want to take the test over, the answers are available at the end of test – CHEAT!!1

    March 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  393. hjens in Colorado

    Santorum destroyed himself long ago by proving he's against education, pornography, contraception, adultery and "government overreach" in everything aspect of our lives except reaching into America's bedrooms and women's private parts. His GOP is barren of any realistic economic solutions except the same old mantra of lowering taxes on the rich while cutting programs for the poor - which brought on the present mess Obama is trying to get us out of.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  394. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Maybe Santorum should call and talk to Bristol Palin, she thinks she is so important that the President needs to call her and ask for advice on the foreign policy or how to solve the national debt and unemployment situation.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  395. Paul from Rockaway NJ

    Yes he is Jack, and for that we can all be thankful. His anti-environmental rants and positions on women's rights are stomach churning. That a candidate like Rick Santorm has even made it this far into a presidental primary is truly frightening, and I hope American's will one day wake up to the reality that this far-right agenda will eventually destroy our environment, or economy, and ultimately, our country. I mourn the future if a candidate like Mr. Santorum ever reaches the big chair.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  396. Bill (Louisiana)

    I think the republicans are self destructing. I am republican and am most likely going to vote for Barrack Obama. Pretty Fed up with the Congress and the Tea Party.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  397. Don Alba

    Although he believes that the country should be christian ruled without considering the millions of americans of different or no faith, and that he doesn't believe all americans should be able to go to college, and that he still wants to represent the people, but doesnt care if those people have a job, i still wouldn't put it past the American public to elect him.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  398. rep

    Of course he is. He's made crazy statements against women & sex/contraception, gays, blacks, college aspirations, porn, JFK, and now the economy. And it's getting worse. I can't believe thus guy suggested that teleprompters should be illegal, because if anyone really needs to stick to the script, suck it up, and use one...it's Rick Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  399. Ralph Nelson

    Hope so. Looks like a neurotic to me, underdeveloped personality, stuck in his teenage years wearing sweaters and saying sex is only for procreation and not pleasure, doesn't care about jobs and sees his mission to restore narrow-minded (childhood) religious beliefs. We are not viewing a mature adult here. He scares me.. Nut-job for President.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  400. Emma

    This is why Gingrich needs to stay in the race. I still think Santorum will implode before all is said & done. His true colors/agenda are just now coming to light – he is a culture warrior who wants to increase the level of intolerance in our society, and take us back at least 50 years to another time & place. I'm not saying our culture isn't messed up – it is. As a nation, we've lost sight of faith, family, morals, and just looking out for each other. But Santorum is so over the top in some of his beliefs, that all he would do is divide our country even further. Gingrich needs to stick around because there is no way Santorum could beat Obama, and he likely will continue to self destruct as this process moves on.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  401. Leah Hoeniges

    It's not suddenly. He has been doing himself in the entire time. If you can't see that with every speech he makes, something is wrong.

    I get a lot of grief for being a registered democrat saying that the only reason I vote this way is because I'm young. Well, let me tell you something, if republicans are anything like these guys when I'm "old" I will vote democrat forever.

    I look better in blue anyways.

    Bloomington, Illinois

    March 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  402. Hal

    Nothing sudden about it, and he is doing in the Republican party. As a fiscally conservative independent I was looking for an option to Obama. After watching Santorum and his supporters turn the Republican primary into a flat earth society debate, I will be voting for Obama. I guess I would rather risk further fiscal erosion than see the country turned over to narrow minded zealots with nothing but a regressive social agenda.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  403. Ryan, Salt Lake City

    I think the Republican party in general has a severe case of foot in mouth disease. Santorum's latest comment only goes to show how he has no concept of what it takes to lead a nation. He might as well have said, "Hey America, I see you are hurting but it's nothing to worry about as long as women can't get contraception, gays can't marry, and we all just forget about the unemployed." His campaign banners should read "Welcome to Republican-land: Home of ignorance."

    March 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  404. Bill

    Heck, I am from Pennsylvania and I am leaning towards Obama now. The republican congress persuaded me to change parties.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  405. Tom K

    Jack,
    Mr Santorum has led the cannibalism of the GOP candidates. His rant about requiring Puerto Rico to adopt english as the primary language is reminiscient of the Moravians in Alaska with the AK natives and the Japanese in Formosa. His pandering the the more right wing of the party is just finally coming home to roost. His run is dead..........his brain just hasn't caught up to reality.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  406. Linda, New York, NY

    There is nothing sudden about this. Santorum so enraged the gay community that they created a definition of his last name for all the world to google. He lost me and others who believe that religion has no place in government when he made it clear that he would govern as a Catholic instead of as an American. He lost women, many men, and many of his fellow Catholics when he called birth control a sin. He lost the Hispanic vote when he singled out Puerto Rico as the only state in the country that would have a language requirement. He doesn't believe in science, he doesn't believe in math. He invents "facts," such as statistics on euthanasia in the Netherlands. You don't have enough time on your program to finish this list of groups he has alienated.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  407. DES

    All republican candidates would do so much better to just speak of the issues that concern us
    .Hint: it isn't abortion or contraceptives, porn or who wants to marry who.
    Santorum wants to mold this country into his own view of christianity, totally ignoring the separation of church and state.
    It's the GOP views on social issues which will make sure Obama win again.
    I dont want to vote for Obama but I surely wont vote for Santorum.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  408. Paul in IL

    You know, it's just nice to hear him admit it. I knew a long time ago that he didn't care about people who are unemployed (like me, 4 years 3 months and counting!).

    March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  409. Loretta Nall in Alabama

    Yes, Santorum is doing himself in and his exit from this campaign cannot happen soon enough.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  410. Leila

    Americans are worried about Muslim esxtremists – what the GOP is presenting are Christian exptremists. Don't see much difference – very scary – I cannot even believe that these guys think they can be elected to be our president. Their religious beliefs are just too much – over the top. I am a white christian middle age amerian woman and will vote for Obama.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  411. fannie Walker

    Lets hope so Jack. He lost me when he started the attack on wemon. In fact, the whole Republican Party has lost me. I am 82 years old and I agree with Sen. McCain these guys are mean.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  412. Rich McHale

    I live in Pennsylvania and remember voting against Rick Santorum. Our now former senator had gone off on his ultra-conservative rant and left the state he was elected to serve in the dust. We won't forget what a failure he was. The country should learn from our experience. His agenda will run the U.S. Into the ground.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  413. Joan F. Madison, NJ

    Every time I hear Rick Santorum speak I have to check the calendar to make sure that it's still 2012 and not 1912. As an ex-US Senator, surely Mr. Santorum is familiar with the concept of separation of church and state? What's next – the repeal of the 19th Amendment? What the heck has happened to the Republican Party that it has attracted candidates with such regressive, extreme views? If this circus continues the upcoming election will be President Obama's to lose...

    March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  414. Donovan

    Cafferty,

    Rick S. doesnt care because he doesn't know. There are the knows, he knows and the knows he doesn't know. Its much harder to come up with a modern times game plan. Instead Rick is relying on that Values theme that worked on
    a very challenged electorate 20-30 years ago. For reasons I can't fathom, Rick has shot himself in Both Feet, Arms, Legs, and is now Brain Dead. I wish someone else would jump in for the GOP, we do need a change, but; for the Better.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  415. kel from south carolina

    Rick likes to hear himself talk. Unfortunately, he makes no sesne and is out of touch with what the people want in a president. He should drop out and become a preacher, as this seems to be his strong suit. God help the U.S. If he gets elected ever again.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  416. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – From his collected statements, it is obvious that Rick Santorum has no actual understanding of macroeconomics, i.e., the economics of countries and governments. Actually, no Republican candidate this year has shown any greater understanding. Facts are these:
    1. the debt is a product of the current account deficit, so if we eliminate the current account deficit, the debt will eventually be paid off.
    2. The Congressional budget is a charade because Congress does not appropriate the budget, and it is actual appropriations in excess of tax revenues that produce the current account deficit, regardless of whether the budget balances or not.
    3. The current deficit is composed of three elements: economic recovery spending, West Asian war spending, and inadequate revenues due to a too-flat tax curve and GDP losses from the recession three years ago. This being so, the deficit can only be eliminated by economic recovery, ending the wars, and rescinding the unaffordable Bush Tax Cuts. 4. Obamacare has already "saved" Medicare, and indexing the SSI tax cap to inflation will "save" Social Security. Much of what Republicans have to say about these issues is hysterical and erroneous nonsense.

    If you have not done the math homework, you do not know what you are talking about. Anyone can find scary statistics and throw them around as if they knew what they meant, but policy as unrealistic as the Republican platform is doomed to fail. Santorum, Romney, Gingrich and Paul are all running on at least one plank that is wholly wrong. I want none of them. At least Mr Obama bases his policy on facts, not discredited economic theories that led to the recession of 2008 in the first place.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  417. Sandy

    This is why Santorum will never be elected. The incident at Pastor Terry's church is indicative of his character.
    When I was a kid and vacationing I saw many a hotel with a sign saying "NO JEWS OR DOGS ALLOWED. Is there a sign on this church that says "ALMOST NO ONE ALLOWED"? Are we really going back to the 1930's?
    Santorum should have walked out and not waited to be prayed over by this so called Christian reverend.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  418. Brad in Tulsa

    I saw this written someplace and I really thought it was clever. Rick Santorum is carrying the flag for the GOP you know: God, Guns, Gays, and Gynecology

    March 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  419. Sam, Haverhill, Mass

    Rick Santorum doing himself in? As a U.S. presidential candidate, yes. As a voice of American equality and religious tolerance, yes. However, he's got a great campaign going as the next Pope.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  420. mike, overland park, Kansas

    Rick Santorum is not doing himself in, he is merely telling people exactly what he thinks and how he feels, and I don't think you can call that doing yourself in. I disagree with virtually everyhting he believes in, but at least you know where he stands. I have no idea what the other Republican candidates believe in, but I do know they will say any or promise anything they think will win votes from the people they arecurrently talikng to. Santorum suffers from too much honesty, and that is what will keep hiim from being nominated or elected; knowing exactly where he stands.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  421. Scott from CA

    Unless he runs against Joe Biden as president, he never had a chance in the general election anyway.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  422. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Ayatollah Santorum might try his hand a televangelism since he is so pious, instead of running for a job he will never get! He is speaking to a small number of people who think like him and not to the American people!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  423. Paul - North Carolina

    I am a Santorum survivor, having lived in Pennsylvania most of my life. For the life of me I could never understand how someone so far out of the mainstream ever got elected to the senate. Then, shortly after we left Pennsylvania, Radical Rick lost his seat by 18 percentage points. I guess you could say that was the first time he did himself in. Maybe not. I can't find the right words to explain Santorum. Extremist is far too mild and an insult to extremists everywhere. Whacko comes closer but doesn't quite capture the inexplicable things he says. Weird, twisted, delusional and just plain crazy don't quite say it either. Rick is just in a category all by himself. Thank God.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  424. George In Austerlitz

    OK, I'm a "Liberal," but when you factor in all of the various splinter demographics, hasn't Rick Santorum been "doing himself in" since the outset?
    I mean, even if he could manage to get the Republican Nomination, by the time women, Latins, Gays, Liberals and the rest of the Thinking Class vote against him, what chance did he EVER have?

    March 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  425. stymied

    Rick Santorum has not suddenly start shooting himself in the foot. He's been suffering from foot in mouth disease from day one. He lost my support when he called me and others CINO's (Catholic in Name Only) because we chose to use birth control. We never took vows not use it. I guess that means all the priests that took a vow of celibacy and then molested children in their parish are also CINO's. But the Church still protects them,. I never hear any talk of ex-communicating them for their behaviors and turning them into the authorities for the laws they have broken. I cannot support a Church with this heartless policy.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  426. BD70

    Santorum did himself in years ago when Pennsylvania booted him out. His true colors are just showing again. Can't hide who you really are for long.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  427. Scott

    I was done with Santorum after the debate before Florida when he said that he voted against what he believed in and that he was just taking one for the team.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  428. David from CA

    Suddenly? This man has driven away everyone but the religious right for weeks. The mere fact that anyone would even consider voting for this moron makes me fear for the intelligence of our species. I would vote for almost anyone over Santorum at this point, including George W Bush, a brain damaged sea gull, or a dead cat.

    He is without doubt the most ridiculous and asinine political figure I have seen in my lifetime.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  429. Steve from Toronto Ontario

    @jackcafferty Santorum is suffering from Republicantspeakoffthecuffitis. I understand that this is a very big word but time after time after time we see the Republicans suffer from this malady of the tongue. Former President G. W. Bush on numerous occasions attempted to "speak from the heart" or say what was on his mind and not written in his speech by his handlers. Mitt was also afflicted by this ailment during this campaign, many a Michiganite can remember his attempt to connect to his fellow Americans.

    Unfortunately once a Republican shows signs of this affliction, there is very little treatment or cure available ... with one exception a properly cast ballot on voting day.

    Keep up the great work Jack!

    Steve from Toronto Ontario Canada

    March 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  430. Todd C

    Todd C from San Diego, CA

    He flies to Puerto Rico to insult their culture, then to Illinois to tell them he doesn't care about employment. What's next, is he going to Wisconsin to tell them he doesn't like cheese?

    March 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  431. Piyush Sopory

    See, most people reading this article and writing comments are not going to be Santorum supporters. His supporters would either be hooked to fox or have no interest in national news. Unfortunately, there are lots of people in this category. Its simple and I don't understand why some republicans don't get it. Santorum will not be able to defeat obama under any circumstances. Its a matter of arithmetic. Romney however has a chance because he is moderate ( though he projects himself to be conservative to win the extreme right votes in the primaries. Once elected, he is gonna act moderate). When its Romney vs obama, there are going to be moderates who are going to look at romney seriously. The right wingers are either not gonna vote or vote for romey if they are totally anti-obama. So basically, Romney has a serious chance if you look at arithmetics.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  432. Bob Wilson

    What's scariest about Ayatollah Santorum is that he actually believes what he says.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  433. Conor in Chicago

    Rick Santorum is simply being a Christian. Nothing more. His salvation, pocket book, and ego are his only priorities. Everything else he does is the “will of God” and thus every sin, fault, bad move, and insulting comment he makes has no repercussions because we should love Jesus the same way he does. He’s the perfect example I know of why atheists tend to me the most moral people in the world…

    March 20, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  434. Mike in Massachusetts

    Jack Kennedy was a Catholic. Rick Santorum is a Catholic Supremacist. We don't need "supremacists" of any kind in the White House.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  435. Shankar Parajuli

    I am not surprised by Santorum's stupid comments about his lack of concern for jobs and unemployment. He is in no way qualified to run for presidency. Let me tell you where Santorum would be most fitting- becoming a priest in the church. Thats it.

    Saint Louis, MO

    March 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  436. Jarrod Blackmon Jackson, MS

    Rick Santorum has really stuck his head and his campaign in too deep. The thought of the stupid comment about the economy was ridiculous. Now he can't win Illinois, nor the republican nomination. So get ready Mitt Romney. The Obama team is going to eat the republicans alive.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  437. Frank from New Mexico

    This far-right claptrap (it means "statements designed to elicit applause") that he keeps spouting, such as what he said about English in Puerto Rico, would sink him in the general election if he ever got that far. Of course, as a man of "principle" he doesn't care about that, right?

    As for his piety, Jesus talked a lot about helping the poor and not anything, that I know of, about pornography, birth control, gay marriage, etc.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  438. Camillus

    Santorum never had a realistic chance at winning the republican nomination much less the presidency. He doesn't have the national stature to be a convincing candidate; nor does he have the depth and breadth of knowledge and gov't experience to present a convincing case to the voters than he can run the gov't and deal with the country's economic problems. Where's his jobs program?

    March 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  439. Devonshire

    As Forrest Gump would say "Stupid is as stupid does". Rest assured Santorum will never get elected making statements that run contrary to what the American people need and deserve.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  440. Patrish

    I personally think he's an idiot. No country can be great without a decent economy and well educated people. I'm 70 yeas old and even I can see that he has no idea what's going on in the world. To wast time taking about birth control, pornography, etc. when there are real major issues .. is that someone you want as your president? Not me!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  441. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Jack, there is also the little blip that Puerto Rican's must learn English in order for Puerto Rico to become a state. Santorum is a perfect example of what happens when a political lightweight steps into the ring. After dancing about for a few rounds, he usually gets clocked for the nine-count.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  442. Forbes in Waterloo

    He's toast because he does not understand the underlying truth: Republicans want a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy not a plutocracy looking like a theocracy!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  443. Our Lady of Sweater Vests

    I laugh every time I see him on TV.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  444. Pat

    There's nothing there to do himself in...........just a hollow catholic rant that doesn't resonate with intelligent people.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  445. LJ in OR

    Suddenly? No ... it's been building slowly ... like a boil creeping in on your body, the bubble bursts when it becomes too full of its own toxins. Santorum is the male version of Palin: ignorant, arrogant, and alarmingly righteous. In explanation of the population who worships at their feet, we ARE a nation of stupidly shallow reality shows .. sound bites without thought or substance. Sadly, why should we expect the political arena to be any different?

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  446. Piyush Sopory

    It is shameful that Santorum has to bring in his religious beliefs, contraceptives and pornography into the primary issues. People don't have jobs, country is in debt and factories are closing and you have a candidate running in opposition talking about his religious beliefs and how many children he has. Why should people care if Santorum has 7 kids or 5 kids. Why?? Is that the basis of deciding who is a better candidate.Santorum is the kind of guy that makes this country look stupid and antiquated. We need forward thinking people who propose ideas to fix the real solutions and I see only Romney proposing some solutions. And yes, Romney does change his views and I am TOTALLY FINE WITH THAT because thats a good quality. You need to adapt and change with the times. Situations change and so ideas need to change. Another reason why Romney flip flops is to garner some conservative votes which go to santorum/newt. He is not a conservative. He is a moderate northerner businessman.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  447. N Estes

    Yes, you are absolutely correct, there are sound reasons why Santorum was defeated by the largest margin of any incumbent GOP Senator. Santorum is an inept debate wimp. His supporters are NOT Republicans, I know because I am with NEWT. I already have a Preacher, I want a President.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  448. Harry

    Santorum = Theocracy. God forbid.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm |