In an interview with ThinkProgress today at CPAC former US Sen. Rick Santorum fully embraced Rush Limbaugh’s idea that conservatives are hoping that Obama fails. Except Santorum went even further, he said absolutely that conservatives should hope that Obama fails.
Here is the video:
Does this mean that Conservatives are rooting against the success of America? Does this make them unpatriotic? If these were normal times, under any other political circumstances, this would just be politics, but there is something cruel and cold about rooting for policies to fail while people are losing their jobs and homes. No one expects, nor should, conservatives be gung-ho for Obama, but to hope for failure, when it would impact millions of people in such a terrible way is disgraceful.
ThinkProgress also has a transcript of the exchange, so it impossible for Santorum or others to claim that he was misquoted. Too many Republicans still have a zero sum game mindset about politics. Their idea is to be the party of no, and hope that they can shut down Obama’s agenda before it ever gets started. I also find it funny that the CPAC speakers are going out of their way to link George W. Bush and Barack Obama. They talk about the Bush-Obama spending bill. It is as if they are disavowing any responsibility for the past 8 years.
It was a great day for the state of Pennsylvania when Bob Casey defeated Rick Santorum, whose was an embarrassment to the state he represented. I think the key word in that video is hope. Republicans don’t have a plan, so they are forced to only sit around and hope that people keep losing their jobs. They have to hope that more families, which they seem to care so much about in election years, are destroyed by economic distress. They have to hope for homelessness. Santorum can hope for these things while the rest of us will hope that the Republicans never return to power.