I’ve been sick so I don’t know if I even mentioned this already but since Becca Lower has reprinted it at Tea Party Tribune I am reminded, if I haven’t mentioned it, I need to.
Rather than wasting time on hindsight speculation, then, let’s consider this: Lisa Graas and some diehard Santorum supporters have mounted a “Vote for Rick Anyway” campaign. Even though he has officially suspended his campaign, Santorum will still be on the ballot in many states. By casting a vote for Santorum, conservatives can register their continued commitment to principle, and their continued resentment of the way the GOP Establishment lined up behind Romney.
It is possible — perhaps not likely, but nevertheless still possible — that the “Vote for Rick Anyway” movement could actually hand Romney an unexpected defeat in one or two primaries between now and June. A surprise win by a non-candidate over the presumptive nominee would at least make it clear to Team Mitt that they can’t just take conservatives for granted, which would seem to be their game plan for the general election campaign. (Supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Act? Really?)
It’s not just about that, Stacy. It’s about getting as many delegates as possible, because delegates write the platform. It’s also about our simply not being on board with Mitt Romney and the Republican “regime.” We want regime change.
Listen to key Santorum adviser John Brabender, then read on.
If the difference between conservatives and Republicans is based in the conservative movement’s commitment to holding the government to constitutional principles, no matter which Party is in power, then one of the most important things conservatives can do is to support organizations that are committed to that same goal.
This also means declining to support organizations, including the national, state and local Republican Parties if they are not committed to holding the government to constitutional principles.
Rick Santorum is going to talk with Mitt Romney about the future of the Republican Party and what we all have to do in order to defeat Barack Obama. I ask for your prayers for both of them.
Here’s a video put together by National Grassroots for Rick Santorum.
As you can see, Rick Santorum’s grassroots supporters have no intention of voting for anyone but Rick Santorum in the primary. We are holding the line on this.
One side note. Richard Vaguerie mentions Trey Grayson in the lot, and I consider Trey to be a friend and a conservative who, like Rick Santorum, genuinely cares about ‘We the People.’ I would vote for him, but I think he is very happy at Harvard and is a good fit there. If you don’t like Trey it’s probably because you haven’t met Trey. He is doing important work for America in regard to being able to tolerate different viewpoints on issues and I’m grateful to him for that.