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Santorum Goes Commie June 17, 2013

Posted by geoff in News.
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Allahpundit posted an excerpt of Rick Santorum’s remonstration of the GOP’s strategy:

“One after another, [business owners who were invited to speak] talked about the business they had built. But not a single—not a single —factory worker went out there,” Santorum told a few hundred conservative activists at an “after-hours session” of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.”…

“When all you do is talk to people who are owners, talk to folks who are ‘Type As’ who want to succeed economically, we’re talking to a very small group of people,” he said. “No wonder they don’t think we care about them. No wonder they don’t think we understand them.”

Allahpundit goes on to agree in part, noting that the GOP’s convention and election strategy weren’t well-suited for reaching the Low Information Voter. I can appreciate that, but I have two objections to Santorum’s statement.

  1. The entrepreneur is fundamentally different than the employee in the level of risk and commitment to the enterprise. The employees generally didn’t “build that,” they worked there. Santorum’s loose phrasing is basically Marxist.
  2. The point of the American system is that anybody – janitors, waitresses, or employees – can become an entrepreneur. When Romney’s campaign reached out to entrepreneurs, an admittedly small subset of the population, they were hopefully reaching out to all of our dreams as well.

And I’m starting to think that Santorum is a Grade A tool.

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1. Sobek - June 17, 2013

Allah noted that the appeal to the entrepreneurs ignored the LIVs. Fair enough, but I don’t think there’s anything you can say in a nominating convention that’s really going to change the game for the LIVs. It’s just not the right forum for recruiting new voters.

Also, I agree he’s a tool, but I’m willing to give him a pass on this. He’s a politician playing Monday-morning quarterback. That’s not exactly a mortal sin, is it?


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