Santorum Needs to Watch Bachmann Tapes

Posted: March 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays/Blogs | 1 Comment »
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It’s a shame that Republican voters eliminated Michele Bachmann. She is the best person to substantively refute the leftist claim that Obama is tough on foreign policy. It is very difficult to make the argument that the president who managed to kill the extremely evasive Osama bin Laden is a weak foreign policy president; however, Michele Bachmann makes the case expertly.

People who think that this election is solely going to be about economic policy are deluding themselves. As Thomas Sowell astutely points out, FDR managed to win reelection despite presiding over unemployment rates that were higher than today’s. Obama is going to cunningly pivot away from economic issues and attempt to make the general election about foreign policy — where he has more superficial accomplishments to deceive voters. As Bachmann’s CPAC speech excellently explained, there is a fundamental difference between Obama’s tactical successes and strategic blunders:

If Santorum is going to succeed in the general election—of course, I’m still praying that he beats the Mormon Republican frontrunner who has ZERO chance of defeating the first black president—he needs to step up his game the way Bachmann did. Bachmann proved all her liberal naysayers wrong by demonstrating a depth of knowledge on a wide variety of issues. Not only did she demonstrate her knowledge of tax law and economics, but she also showed her expertise on foreign policy. In short, she cemented herself as a serious presidential candidate — in a way no other Republican woman previously managed.

Santorum claims to be an expert on foreign policy and has stated that he has carefully studied the Iran issue for over ten years. Why, then, is he more known for his views on the prohibition of contraception than for his views on the Iranian threat? What needs to be explained at this point is why Obama’s foreign policy victories are not reflective of his overall record on foreign affairs. Santorum needs to explain why, broadly speaking, Obama is a disaster for America’s security.

Santorum needs to start taking notes from Michele Bachmann. Although he is imperfect, Santorum is the last hope for conservatives.