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Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Economy, Politics, Society | 5 comments

Illinois, Santorum’s Last Hurrah?

The man has a gift for divisiveness. After a disastrous loss in Puerto Rico, helped along by his English-as-a-first-language gaffe, the not-Romney candidate is in Illinois stirring another class warfare pot.

Santorum is telling crowds to “look at the map of the United States. Blue being the Democrats, red being the Republicans–it’s almost all red. Except around the big cities. And yet when you look at the economic plan that Republicans put forward, it’s all about tax breaks for higher-income individuals who live in those blue areas mostly.”

His campaigning is clearly aimed at what used to be called the redneck vote to pitchfork their resentments not only against Democrats but to elicit booing of “pundits” who say “we’ve got to elect someone who’s more moderate, someone who can appeal to moderates and independents in New York City and Los Angeles on Wall Street and corporate boardrooms.”


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  • RP

    “And yet when you look at the economic plan that Republicans put forward, it’s all about tax breaks for higher-income individuals who live in those blue areas mostly.”

    Maybe this should tell those in all areas of the country something. Democrats blow alot of smoke over the issue, but when they have control nothing happens. They just talk alot when they know nothing can happen to the tax breaks in place because most of their big time supporters are rich, just like the right. Its still the upper middle class getting screwed.

  • zephyr

    “If Romney can seal that deal tomorrow, we may be on the way to seeing the last of a candidate who even Sarah Palin has suggested is a ”knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.””

    While I think the “knuckle-dragging Neanderthal” reference is a little too kind, it would be nice to see Santorum sent back to his cave where he belongs. This might give “conservatives” a slightly better shot at joining the 21st century.

  • Rcoutme

    @RP: Yep. Meanwhile, I read a fascinating article from NYT about why the American electorate does not vote for its own monetary benefit. It is a tribal (and in many instances religious) trait. You are willing to sacrifice your needs for the good of the group. Of course, who the ‘group’ is depends on who you are talking to.

    In Massachusetts (California even more so) we would actually do well to have the Federal Government get smaller and take less tax dollars. Recently, I saw a statistic showing that only 75 cents goes back to California for every dollar of federal income. Meanwhile, Mississippi gets about $2 for every $1 put in. Ironically, California votes predominantly Democrat and Mississippi Republican.

  • zephyr

    The irony is heavy allright. If all the voters (and congress) could be deprogrammed of tribal reflexes and perform their citizenly functions based on logic, reason, and fairness, we could once again start realizing our potential (yes it still exists) as a great nation.

  • slamfu

    I really hate those red/blue maps of post election America. Another artifact of a truly stupid electoral college. In every red state millions voted democrat, and in every blue state, millions voted GOP. The splits are often in the 55-45 range. However you look at the map without thinking and automatically our lizard brains kick in and interpret the information incorrectly. Its so dumb. And of course Santorum wouldn’t read any understanding into the map, instead he will ON PURPOSE use it to mislead people.

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