Rick Santorum Misses Taking Iowa Caucus by 8 Votes

After my nightly viewing of “Big Bang Theory” last night, I turned to CNN to see howrick santorum things were going over in Iowa.  I was very uncomfortable to see that the CNN entrance poll placed Rick Santorum in the top three.

For those that don’t remember why the prospect of Rick Santorum as President both disgusts me and scares the hell out of  me, see my previous post about him:  https://www.girlwiththecane.com/rick-santorum/

Rick Santorum for the Win??

Discomfort turned to mild fear as the first precincts started reporting Santorum as coming in first. The cursing started when Ron Paul dropped to third overall and Santorum and Mitt Romney began to duke it out. I was a wreck during the last few hours when Santorum was in first place, with so few votes separating him from Romney.

And then, at the last moment, Romney took the caucus by eight votes, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. But I never dreamed that Rick Santorum would come so close to winning. It scares me.

Same Stuff, Different Speech

I read the text of Santorum’s speech to his supporters today.  It was a good speech. He’s obviously personable and engaging and knows how to strike an emotional chord with people. He thanked his wife and mentioned all his children. But one got special attention:

“There’s another little girl who’s not here tonight. She is with a little button (ph). She’s our little angel. That’s Isabella Maria. Isabella Maria, we don’t take her out in crowds. She’s — has a disability. She has a disability that has, according to the records, the statistics, has a 1 percent chance of survival after one year. She is 31 / 2 years old. So Bella is here with us in spirit and is deeply embedded into my heart. People ask what motivates me. I say the dignity of every human life.”

This is consistent with Rick Santorum’s decision to use his daughter’s disabilities in an emotionally manipulative way during his campaigning.

I’m Not the Only One That Thinks So…

@Indecision at Comedy Central tweeted last night: “Rick Santorum: I don’t take my disabled daughter out in crowds. I just exploit her remotely.”

I read a number of commentaries on what happened last night as I prepared to blog on this, and the one that really summed everything up for me was by William Peace of the “Bad Cripple” blog. I linked to him in my last Rick Santorum piece as well. Bill and I are obviously of  the same mind about Santorum: http://badcripple.blogspot.com/2012/01/santorum-victory-in-iowa-shocked-just.html

In the post to which I linked, Bill also does a commentary on Santorum’s Thanksgiving interview about Bella that I talked about in my first post.

A commentary that I read today said that Rick Santorum doesn’t have the resources or infrastructure to run a nationwide campaign. For the sake of people with disabilities, women, and people on any kind of social assistance…let’s hope so.

Read the full transcript of Santorum’s caucus speech at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/santorums-iowa-caucus-speech-full-text-and-video/2012/01/04/gIQA5Q1naP_blog.html