Santorum Thanks Pennsylvania for his Embarrassing 2006 Loss

santorumRick Santorum has something to say to the people of Pennsylvania about his 17-point loss to Bob Casey for Senate in 2006: Thank you.

The former Pennsylvania senator came to the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference this morning—at 9 a.m., which was the third event of the day—to give a campaign speech in which he hit all the bases. Most surprisingly, he gave the Republican audience a preview of what to expect when he comes across questions regarding the 2006 Senate Campaign, in which Bob Casey trounced him by almost 20 points, the most an incumbent lost by in an anti-incumbent year, for no other reason than he wasn’t Rick Santorum.

He called the loss “a great gift” he needed “to get back involved in the private sector and have a little distance from Washington…I needed to reassess,” he said. His daughter, Sarah, shared the stage with him. She became famous for being photographed crying on Election Night 2006.

He made light of his loss to, asking the audience, Who runs for president after losing his last election. “Lincoln!” someone yelled out. Santorum smiled. “Except Lincoln,” he said.

He went on the attack soon after. Noting that due to nothing else but health care reform, Romney is “unqualified for this race.” After a week of calls to drop out of the GOP primary (and headlines on Drudge saying the same things right now) the comments solidified Santorum’s sights to stay in the race at least until Pennsylvania’s primary comes and goes (he currently leads Romney in his former home state). The former Senator’s rage against the Romney machine culminated on stage with an actual Etch-a-Sketch toy, shaking it when he got the chance to make a joke. “We don’t need someone who writes their public policy on etch-a-sketches,” Santorum said. santorumdaughterpicture

The reference is to Eric Fehrnstrom, who works for Mitt Romney, who claimed that the candidate’s move from the primary to the general election would be like shaking an Etch-a-Sketch. “You can start over,” Fehrnstrom said on CNN last week. According to the New York Times, Fehrnstrom meant for this to be clever, but instead re-defined Romney as the meaningless, believe-anything politician many Americans see him as.

And while Romney was considered unqualified by Santorum due to his lack of views, that was in stark contrast to President Barack Obama, who, according to Santorum, “doesn’t see America the way most Americans see America.” Therefore, he proclaimed, the 2012 election may be the most important of our lifetimes. Although later, he suggested the election may actually be the most important in the history of the United States.

Full report to come later on.

2 Responses to “ Santorum Thanks Pennsylvania for his Embarrassing 2006 Loss ”

  1. Joan says:

    Geezus. If that halfwit becomes president, you may as well do what we were taught in school if there would have been a Cold War nuclear missle attack: Put your head between your knees and kiss your arse goodbye!

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