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  •  I don't think he'd be defensive (5+ / 0-)

    and i don't think he'd substantively back down either.

    He's a true believer in a particularly extreme brand of christianity and not ashamed of it.

    With all this manure around, there must be a pony in here somewhere. - Count Piotr Vorkosigan

    by jrooth on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 12:05:54 PM PST

    •  I agree, for two reasons... (0+ / 0-)

      He's a true believer, and every time a republican has backed off something crazy he's said during this campaign he's been bitten for it.  Rick will just double down because he believes and there's no reason not to if you're paying attention.

    •  The discussion that I heard this am was to the (0+ / 0-)

      effect that Santorum was staking out a position which Romney would be unable to go to the right of, which has been Mitt's strategy.
      Mitt has to be able to be "more conservative" than anyone else at this stage to make up for his  lack of acceptance.
      At least that's the theory.
      The other part of the strategy is the seeming accidental confusion of environmental policy and theology. They are going for the "fossil fuels are next to godliness" meme.
      They hope to make a big, big deal out of the pipeline controversy.
      They're also doing whatever they can to help gas prices go up.
      By the time they get into the general election they can start to taper off on the "theology" side of the coin and just express it more in the  "energy policy/gas prices" side of the equation.

      That's the only way I can make any sense at all of what Santorum is doing. It's the best I can come up with.

      I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

      by David54 on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 02:10:08 PM PST

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    •  Extreme? (0+ / 0-)

      Regular Catholicism as endorsed by the Vatican is now "extreme"?

      I mean, yeah, Santorum doesn't follow the precepts of helping the poor, but the other positions he's staked out are mainstream Christian, not "extreme".

      Unless we're saying the Catholic Church represents an extreme version of Christianity?  Sort of a tough case to make, as it's the original and all.

      2.1 million Texans voted Democratic in the 2010 midterms. How many people in YOUR state voted D in 2010?

      by Rick Aucoin on Tue Feb 21, 2012 at 02:30:16 PM PST

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