OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Rick Santorum
Ron Paul reacts to Rick Santorum being the GOP's flavor du jour (Steve Marcus/Reuters)
 
Rick Santorum:
“Ron Paul says he’s going to eliminate five departments. Ron Paul passed one bill in 20 years. What give you the idea that he can eliminate anything? I mean, he has absolutely no track record of building any kind of coalition to get anything done anywhere,” Santorum said. “I understand the appeal that Ron Paul has: it’s simple, it’s short—but there’s no track record there.”
That's a decent argument to make against Ron Paul ... but it might be better coming from a guy who actually won his last election. And it certainly would be better coming from someone who—unlike Rick Santorum—wasn't thoroughly trounced the last time he appeared on a ballot. Santorum lost by nearly 20 points 2006, garnering just 41% of the vote. I guess he could describe that as building a coalition ... a losing one.

It's a great illustration of just how pathetic the Republican Party has become: a defeated former U.S. Senator is vying to overtake an ineffective backbencher as the Republican Party's hottest candidate. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney marches to the right, desperate for support from a Republican base that can't stop falling in love with the Rick Santorums and Newt Gingriches and Rick Perrys of the world. It's clear that most of the GOP base doesn't really want Mitt Romney ... but at the end of the day, he very well could be the only option that they have.

Fortunately for President Obama, to become that option Romney has needed to transform himself from the moderate governor of Massachusetts to an inauthentic fire breathing conservative. That might be closer to what the GOP base finds acceptable, but it's the last thing most Americans want.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 09:04 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.