MARCH 22, 2012 10:52AM

Romney's Big Win In Illinois, & Case for Romney-Santorum

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For MEB, always.

One cannot just "etch a sketch" a national election, because like Lincoln said, you can't fool all of the people all of the time. Having Santorum on the Republican ticket behind Romney alleviates that concern from the Republican base, and then we have a clear choice between a Right of Center Republican Ticket and a Moderately Left of Center Incumbent.

For some reason, I seem to be in a minority as to thinking the country is lucky in the end as who it has running for office, both in the President, and in the Republicans.

I've always been a Republican, pretty much since about the age of 20, if not so much since about 2006, after that date mainly because of some frustration over troop levels in Iraq, and yet to me President Obama, in the end, is someone the country is lucky to have around. You could do a lot worse than him, even as a Republican.

At the same time, when I look at the Republicans, if it seems about time to end their battering of each other, hence the title of Romney-Santorum, I see much to like too, starting with Ron Paul.

I like Ron Paul for bringing some issues to the table for serious discussion so often lacking lately as to American foreign policy and monetary institutions, if in the former I can't in the end concur with his conclusions, and which has implications for the latter to a point, physical security being the value you can't forget about, at least from some points of view associated with what is known is Realpolitik in the most general usage of that word.

That's the Nixon Republican that was always why I ended up leaning that way in the first place, as to seeing certain semi-unpleasant facts of life as to how the world works. Putin and Hu and Netanyahu see the world that way too, more or less, and that's a fact of life one has to address to some point.

As to the Republican candidates, and why there was good in them, Newt Gingrich, if he can pop off at times in a way that means he probably never gets to be President, still has been someone who tried to modernize Conservatism as to having a visionary streak.

Conservatives by their nature tend to usually not be visionary people, and yet for Conservatism to be functional for society as a whole, visions of a Conservative form are important to have around, and Gingrich over the years has done that.

Its easy to make fun of Gingrich and his Moon bases, until you think about the point of the end of Apollo 13, about how its like Columbus came to the New World and then no one came back. That's just as on domestic policy, agree or disagree, Gingrich has said things worth really taking seriously as to how to actually help the poor, if in a different manner than that preferred by the Left. I wouldn't ever just dismiss that, as people rightly remembered with Romney's misstep on that point as to asssuming away that one could do nothing better for the poor. It's always worth asking if that's really the case. Gingrich has earned some place in American political life now worth keeping because of his outloud musings on such things in the past, and his campaign accomplished that this time as well.

As to who is really left in the Republican race, its clearly Romney or Santorum, with Romney now having a lead in delegates after a big win in Illinois that makes it likely that he will ultimately get the delegates needed to win the nomination, unless it turns into a giant floor fight, which the media would like, but probably wouldn't serve Republican interests.

As someone who lived in Pennsylvania from 1997 until 2009, whose children were raised there primarily, and which therefore always has a certain pull on their hearts and mine, Santorum's campaign has been a very happy thing to see.

PA is something like Alabama to me, in the sense that Birmingham is to Atlanta as Philadelphia is to New York: a little frustrated in ambition, if maybe better places to actually live too.

There's a sense in PA that its a great place that never quite gets it due on the national stage, like the Eagles never winning the Super Bowl, not again at all unlike Alabama, although we get the college title a lot lately, and both of which places that when you get to know, you tend to stay a minute. 

As to staying a minute, PA for example has the highest proportion of people living in the State who were born there, and for a reason. Alabama's like that too.

People don't know about either State quite as much as could be the case, maybe because the people who run it like it that way, like Alabama I think too, and so people don't come there so much as they could, but then the people who are from there don't want to leave either, which gives both places a really warm feeling once you understand them, most of the time, given certain limits on how great things really ever are, or were, or will be.

If Romney were smart, and gracious, and the same for Santorum, they would see that to continue their fight with each other has probably served its purpose now, impressive as Rick Santorum's run has been, especially if you know and will always love the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

If the Republicans take PA, they probably win, although that's not a gimme by any stretch of the imagination either.

Its not a gimme, because if you know PA, you would understand why when I heard that Rick Santorum was running, my first thought was "But he got massacred the last time. Although I know people in the Republican Party in PA always loved him the best. Tom Ridge, he never had their heart the way Rick did," Rick being how everyone in PA Republican politics refers to Rick Santorum.

As to how I know PA Republican politics, if not Senator Santorum of course, I volunteered with PA Republicans from 1999 until 2006, thanks to seeing a sign at the Malvern Fire Company saying "Republican Beef and Beer."

The Republcian Convention was coming in 2000, and I was about to start teaching again, and that seemed like sort of a second chance in life in politics, and if it didn't work out the way I had hoped, I saw a lot along the way that if nothing else I know some students benefitted from teaching American government as to some practical observations.

In 2000, I worked that summer right across the street from City Hall, right on Broad Street, first with the Transportation Committee, and then with the Secret Service as a volunteer in the latter case.

I was just a credential checker for two weeks, but I did get to be a fly on the wall, what "the Shoe," Bob Shoemaker, at one point head of the Retired Agents Association, also called "a hyper-alert potted plant."

I got to see Secretary Rice several times, and always therefore told classes this story of her as to what kind of person she is, of how she came up to the credential stand, ignoring the older semi-defrocked academic trying to make a second go of it,  and came up to this young black woman, and talked to her about 15 minutes about her life, the young woman's, not hers.

She didn't have to do that, save that she was a teacher, and you could tell, a good one. That young woman you could tell would remember what Secretary Rice told her the rest of her life, and that is what a good teacher does as to the type of career advice that was the gist of their conversation.

I never got to meet President Bush, although I did spend time around Governor Ridge, who so many PA Republicans wanted to be the Vice Presidential nominee, not necessarily because he was the one they really wanted, which was Rick Santorum, but because of PA.

By the way, I can tell you from my experience, NEVER EXPRESS A DESIRE TO BE TOO CLOSE TO A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, EVER. Men in dark suits will visit you if you become insistent on being in the same physical space as an American President, and for good reason.

Agent Ryan Deheusen, fellow Southerner from North Carolina taught me some other things about the pluses and minuses in life, as to how he missed his kids, even as Secret Service was a big step up from County Mounty. He made the Big Show, if not maybe what its always cracked up to be too, like a lot of things in life.

After the Convention, until 2006, I was always the PA Republican volunteer, if never quite catching on the wayI had hoped as to a policy position, or really dreamed, if I got to see that happen for another professor, Duane Milne.

Duane was a professor at West Chester University, a place I always love because a friend named Tony Dreamer made women's rugby an NCAA sport there, and coached the first game ever sanctioned by the NCAA.

Duane did it the hard way, running for the nomination of the Party four times before getting it, now a member of the PA House, and a very good one I am sure.

You see a lot of little things along the way doing that, of my neighbor Joe the Painter, town supervisor for a minute, the little d democracy that still makes the United States such a great country, and the one that Rick Santorum appeals to, and why he should be on the ticket: PA earned that for the National Party.

PA is bigger than Wisconsin, Ryan is young with not a lot of national exposure as a candidate to date, which Santorum has done, and moreover, Santorum demonstrably energizes the Republican base and would insulate Romney against charges that it can be an "etch a sketch" in the national election, all indicating that like Reagan-Bush in 1980, the two main Republican contenders should put down their cudgels fairly soon and form a ticket, preferably it would seem to me with it understood that Newt Gingrich has a place either in domestic or space policy and that Ron Paul will get a hearing as to certain concerns of the base of the Republican Party on the money supply.

But Romney-Santorum makes sense for the Republicans, and also in its way for President Obama and the American people as a whole.
It makes sense for the latter, because it is a clear choice about what should be next, and would therefore require the President to bring his A game, which is something good for his legacy, and everyone else, as it is obvious that President Obama is capable of being among the most compelling speakers in the history of the country as to the balance between the State and Individual, not really surprising since he had a lot of time to think about that as a law professor.

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Santorum benefited from being in the Right place at the right time. He has no solid support worth mentioning and his religious act is doing more harm than good. Besides, he just looks like he's about to cry, no matter what he's saying. He's that officious prick of a class president most people remember from school. The hall monitor looking for trouble. A sort of Zimmerman in that aspect. The only hope of making the women voter gaping gap smaller is forgetting Rick exists.

Obama could bring a B or C game and beat that ticket. Hell, he could do a Rose Garden campaign and let that ticket beat itself.

Rubio, if he doesn't think that running on a doomed ticket would trash his future chances at running for Big Dog. Of course, there's always that Game Change pick. A dynamic, shrill and benighted governor. Jan Brewer?
Ryan is what some say. I think Santorum would solve a lot of issues., but that's just me. Time will tell.