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This Vintage Pin-Up Girl Would Probably Look Better in a Santorum Sweater Vest

Posted on | January 14, 2012 | 21 Comments

This post is not merely a timely reminder that you can get your own Rick Santorum sweater vest for a $100 contribution to his campaign — although it can’t hurt to remind you — but also an opportunity to rattle the tip jar as I prepare to head back out on the road.

While I was out on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, conservative theologian Doug Wilson expressed his criticism of “Rule 5,” but I was so busy doing coverage that there was no time to respond. And I guess you can consider this post a response, once again borrowing William Teach of Pirate Cove’s idea of using vintage cheesecake to anchor a link-around aggregation or, as Jimmie Bise Jr. of Sundries Shack calls it, “clearing the browser tabs”:

  • Da Tech Guy is still rattling Da Tip Jar, and I’ve already contributed, so you should go help the Godfather of the Axis of Fedora.
  • When RINOs attack: Mitt Romney’s “super PAC” goes after Rick Santorum. Has anybody else noticed that the Romney campaign hasn’t run a single ad criticizing Ron Paul or Rick Perry? As if they’ve figured out that those guys are irrelevant and pose no threat to Romney, y’know what I mean?
  • Speaking of irrelevant and posing no threat to Romney: “Days after his third place finish in New Hampshire, some Huntsman for President staffers have already left the campaign, while others tell BuzzFeed they wish the former Utah governor would drop out so they could join Mitt Romney’s team.”
  • If you’re a voter who’s still undecided in South Carolina, ask yourself this: Which Republican candidate inspires blasphemy by liberals? “MSNBC’s Alex Wagner is caught muttering ‘Jesus’ under her breath as a clip of Rick Santorum talking about classes in America plays.”
  • Bill Quick is still convinced Newt can beat Romney. However, I find it hard to imagine Republicans rallying behind the candidate who dumped two ex-wives and collected more than $1 million from Freddie Mac. The way this primary campaign is being waged in the blogosphere is kind of like trash-talking the opponent in SEC football, and it’s best not to take these things personally. At least Bill links my blog, which counts for something.
  • Being compared to a teenage girl on Prom Night? Not exactly flattering, but at least Andrew links my blog, which counts for something.
  • What’s the most interesting thing in this story? “Rick Santorum delivered a stark warning to South Carolina voters Saturday, telling them Mitt Romney is a sure loser in November if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee. ‘Don’t buy all this baloney that we need a moderate to win,’ Santorum told about 200 people gathered at Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville. ‘We need someone with strong core convictions who is going to appeal to the voters in the states we need to win and that’s not him. That’s us.'” The most interesting thing: 200 people at a Greenville restaurant on a Saturday. The word to describe that is “surge.”
  • Santorum endorsed by vintage pin-up girl Christian conservative leaders: “Family Research Council president Tony Perkins announced Saturday a meeting of Christian conservative leaders had decided to coalesce around GOP hopeful Rick Santorum. The group heard pitches from surrogates for Republican candidates Friday, and voted to back Santorum after three rounds of voting.”
  • The Lonely Conservative: “I guess the moral of this story is that Republican primary candidates should not adopt the rhetoric of the left.” Another moral of the story: When in doubt, go with the sweater vest.
  • Tony Perkins said he “was surprised that the group was able to coalesce around one candidate,” and credited their surprising unity to the sweater vest “desire to defeat President Obama.”
  • Guess which candidate the Christian conservatives rejected? “Rick Perry didn’t even make it past the first ballot, Perkins said. . . . Gingrich had passionate supporters, even on the final ballot, but [Perkins] suggested the group had doubts about Perry’s electability. ‘There was some concern because of the stumbles he had in the race may be too hard to overcome,’ said Perkins of the Texan, noting that many of the same participants this weekend had attended a similar conclave on Perry’s behalf this past summer.”
  • Tina Korbe’s probably already got her official Santorum sweater vest.

So that’s the link-around, which will have to do for now, because I’ve got to get ready to drive — yes, I said, drive — to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Rick Santorum will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast.

It looks like about a nine-hour drive and I’ll be bringing along my 13-year-old son Jefferson as an assistant, because covering a presidential campaign is an excellent educational opportunity for an eighth-grader.

My wife’s a little worried about us driving all the way to South Carolina, but I’ve promised her I’ll keep our son away from pin-up girls.

Besides, Jefferson only likes nice girls, the kind who wear sweater vests. And hit the freaking tip jar.





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  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Remind Jefferson to bring his driving gloves.
    And here’s an appropriate Rule 5 girl for a 13 year old:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5tNa1uoHqzk/TMGaMtyrOAI/AAAAAAAAA5k/zRoFejKVcMc/s1600/annette.nicello.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Oh, and Stacy, in the interest of journalist accuracy: that was dumped two sick wives.

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  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Sweater vests are a sign of leadership and maturity.

    http://tinyurl.com/7z2pzn7 

  • http://twitter.com/richard_mcenroe richard mcenroe

    Dear Doug Wilson: “Free me from temptation, O Lord… but not yet.”  St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • Anonymous

    Vintage. Also: Italian.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Not surprised Santorum won the endorsement from FRC.  Perry flopping isn’t news anymore, either, but I’m shocked Gingrich was even considered.  He’s the most evil candidate in a Republican Presidential primary since Pat “Hey, let’s round up some joos and furners” Buchanan.  Newt’s made more of a career of betraying conservatives than any man alive – including John McCain.

    How embarrassing would it have been for FRC to give Newt the nod and when they go to present his award, find him with a campaign worker bent over a desk?

    200 people is a good crowd, depending on the restaurant.  Some of them down here serve good food and use that as a trick to draw a crowd.  But a single Greenville church could also easily supply that many members, and the preacher would apologize for the poor turnout.

    From my limited observation and reading from around the state, Santorum is the challenger with the momentum.  Perry has also gained some from Gingrich’s overt conversion to communism, having dropped the OWS crap from his stump speech, but it seems too little and there isn’t a lot of enthusiasm for him.

    Paul also may do surprisingly well, over 10% and maybe as much as 15%, from the way it looks now with one week to go, which is big in a state which frowns on drug use and unilateral disarmament.

  • Quartermaster


    Pat “Hey, let’s round up some joos and furners” Buchanan.”

    That’s some major booger eating there Adjoran.

  • Mikey NTH

    You’re backing Santorum now?

    He’s doomed.  🙂

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Reuters/Ipso Poll just released shows Romney 37, Santorum and Paul tied at 16, and Gingrich at 12.  As with ARG, though, there is no basis for comparison as it is their first in the state.

    They polled all voters, though, so the MOE for Republicans is +/- 5%.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Oh, are you one of his “Hitler was no threat to the USA” fans?

  • daisy

    You can make it. The drive to Myrtle Beach is pretty easy. Be sure to stop in South of the Border.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Saying we should not have declared war on Germany can be a legitimate position to take if based on long-term strategic goals, and the need to secure the nations borders goes without saying. Its one hell of a stretch to equate either with “Hey lets round up some joos and furners”.

    For example, if we had concentrated all our efforts on Japan, the one nation that actually attacked us, we probably could have taken them out by the end of 1943. By that time, the Soviet Union would have likely been destroyed. We could have given them just enough aid to keep them fighting as long as possible, and by the time we were through with Japan both Nazi Germany and the USSR would have been near the point of collapse. We could have easily destroyed them both from that point with little effort.

    And we still could have given Britain enough aid to enable them to not be overrun and to add to the German’s distress.

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    The link ain’t working for me, Richard.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    The trouble is, Germany declared war on us, so we had no choice.

    However, it is a legitimate argument to say that we should have concentrated on the Pacific War first for just the reasons you gave.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Yeah, that’s what I meant, I just misspoke when I said “declared war”.

  • Quartermaster

    You’re too much of knee jerk TPT.  And, from what I see, if Hitler had minded his European knitting and refrained from declaring war on us, we would have had no reason to go to war with them. And looking back on it, I don’t think Hitler was a strategic threat to us. I would have been inclined to help him against the Soviets, frankly. Stalin viewed him as the ice breaker of the revolution, up until Barbarossa. The German invasion of Ivanland actually saved western Europe.

    But, then, I doubt you have enough connection to history, geopolitics of Military History to understand all that. A constant diet of honkers will do that to a man.