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Rick Santorum’s Big Night

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Posted on Feb 7, 2012
AP / Chris Carlson

The former senator from Pennsylvania swept ahead of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who have been hogging the campaign airtime, Tuesday night to claim victories in Missouri , Minnesota and Colorado.

While Missouri will award its delegates based on upcoming caucuses—not Tuesday’s primary—it’s a symbolic win for a candidate who hasn’t won anything since the Iowa caucuses and desperately needed a vote of confidence.

Santorum is well known for his socially conservative views (is “backward” a better word to describe the values of a man who once compared gay sex to incest?) and has been campaigning as a conservative alternative to Gingrich.  —PZS

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By D.R. Zing, February 8, 2012 at 11:21 am Link to this comment

Hi CJ,

At this juncture, no, I don’t think it’s the media keeping the
Republican primaries close.  It’s that the field sucks.  The quality
of candidates goes from bad to worse.  Republicans know this and
they’re groping trying to find someone, anyone, who is not terrible. 

That said, at a more general level, the answer to your question is
yes, the television news media do have a vested interest in keeping
the jackass race close.

The same companies making the news cover the news.  The Rupert Murdoch
phone tapping case clearly illustrates this fact. But it’s happening all
the time in much subtler ways.

The companies who receive advertising money provide television news
coverage of the candidates. The companies who profit from war provide
television news coverage of wars. See for yourself Go to newscorp.com
and watch the banner that appears. That’s a small, partial listing of
the companies it owns. It is more powerful than any politician and in
some ways more powerful than many nations because it controls public
perceptions. And that’s just one example.  All the television news
outlets are owned by massive corporate conglomerates. 

Companies are very careful about listing who owns them and what they own. 
But the information is out there. It’s mind boggling. It’ enlightening. 
This is not a conspiracy; it’s a policy, a policy to distract us, to
pit us against each other, to make us vote contrary to our our own
best interests. TV news is the enforcer of the policy. 

Television news is the reason we wound up with Bush the Terrible in 2000.
It is the reason people still don’t believe in climate change even as
our ecosystem collapses. It is the reason the Republican candidates are
at once terrible and evil. Television news, as currently owned by
conglomerate corporations, is the most powerful propaganda machine in the
history of humanity.   

In sum, yes, you are correct. The television news media are not
objective observers providing information for evaluating candidates;
they are active players in the election process. They bet on winners
They base their coverage on who is buying the most television
advertising.

I would urge any major political party or any third party to add a
plank to its platform: Break up the television news media.  Pass a law
saying no company can own a national TV news company.  And a national
TV news company cannot own any other company.  Make it where companies
like General Electric cannot purchase or own television news corporations.
We would all benefit from such a law. 

Break up the television news media.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, February 8, 2012 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

firedoglake allows articles about Rocky Anderson and/or Jill Stein.

Unlike the corporate media and their “progressive” allies. Ask yourselves why?

Time to break out of the political ghetto.

Michael Cavlan
Candidate US Senate 2012
Minnesota Open Progressives

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By Michael Cavlan RN, February 8, 2012 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

Out here in Minnesota

I went and caucused with the Republicans for Ron Paul. After all, he is the only major party candidate that opposes the wars, willing to protect the Constitution and Bill Of Rights. Ron Paul received about 37% as I remember.

However, now on to build the Rocky Anderson campaign.

Hey, the corporate media is focusing on thew Republican Clown Car Circus. Just like TruthDig.

Report on Rocky Anderson? Why do that. It would be much better for him ans/or Jill Stein to be invisible.

For the 1% anyway.

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By Beltwaylaid, February 8, 2012 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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Forget the anarchists or Occupy crowd outside the Tampa Bay Times Forum the real violence and fisticuffs will be inside.

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By Big B, February 8, 2012 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Do you think that Mittens is starting to realize that his support among repugs is tepid at best, and that he has no chance of ever attracting the support of the dimmest and meanest of the repug electorate. (filthy mormon, bet there was one of them holding Jebus down while a jew nailed him to the cross!)

Mittens needs a history lesson. He needs to look back and find out what happens when a repug doesn’t get the support of the lunatic right wing of the party. Yessiree, the trail goes back to Ford, takes you to Bush(1992), Dole, and winds up with the sadsack McCain. The christian right embraced none of these candidates and they all went swirling down the toilet on election day.

Speaking strictly as a pennsylvanian, Rick? Rump ranger Rick is your fallback plan to rid yourselves of the Mormon? Looking more like a brokered convention all time, eh?

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By allen, February 8, 2012 at 5:00 am Link to this comment
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I don’t know why Mr. Santorum was shown the door by the voters of Pennsylvania, but that he was sent packing seems to offer sufficient reason for Republican voters in these caucuses and primaries to question his suitability for an even higher office.

Any comments from other readers explaining why Santorum is doing well—well, relatively so—in these caucuses when his fellow Pennsylvanians rejected him would be appreciated.

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By ardee, February 8, 2012 at 4:03 am Link to this comment

I wonder if this victory, for a candidate whose values are extreme, whose positions are certainly not considered mainstream, is another hint that the nation is going through a cycle of conservatism? Not your grandpas conservatism either!

That the Democrats have followed the GOP rightward certainly doesn’t help, nor does it give, I think, an accurate picture of the majority of voters’ real positions on issues.

The coming election will be an eye opener I offer.

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By minos, February 8, 2012 at 2:31 am Link to this comment

Yet another confirmation of republican cannibalism, where the loony edge eats
away the center of US conservatism. (Oh, I forgot: the republican center left town
ages ago.)

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By Lafayette, February 8, 2012 at 2:04 am Link to this comment

BFD

Just another stammering step in the decline towards ultimate perdition of a political party possessed by a senseless dogma of Invincible Individualism.

(Aka, “I’ve got mine and F-U!”)

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By jan, February 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm Link to this comment
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I live in Missouri, and this just confirms my assessment of the average IQ of the population of this state.  Somehow I knew that Santorum would win, and it is a testament to the intelligence of the Republican establishment in this state.  Be careful what you wish for, but Rick Santorum vs. Barack Obama?  It’s my wet dream.

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By EmileZ, February 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment

Didn’t see that coming.

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By CJ, February 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment
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Has anyone thought that these candidates are “neck and
neck” as to keep the advertising money pouring in to
the media companies? The media corporations don’t make
much if one or the other is the clear winner early on.

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