Romney defeats Santorum by 8 votes, but Santorum’s sprint due to racist remarks?

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

While congratulations go out to Mitt Romney for defeating Rick Santorum by eight votes, Republican presidential hopeful Santorum should be ashamed of himself and the other Republican candidates should repudiate his race-baiting political tactics aimed at appealing to racist voters, but is it working?

Just two-weeks ago, according to ABC Political reporter Charles Thomas, Santorum was polling in single digits. However, over the last few days, Santorum has gained a great deal of media attention and attention that seemingly is drawing like-minded voters.

With the votes still coming in, former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Santorum and Massachusetts former Governor Mitt Romney are in a dead heat followed by Ron Paul, but even if Santorum wins, political pundits believe he won’t be able to beat Romney in the New Hampshire Caucus.

Santorum defines himself as “The True Conservative,” but what does that mean? Is the agenda of a “True Conservative” to end social programs like welfare because if so Santorum mistakenly believes most blacks are on the government dole?

There are more whites on welfare and other social programs than African Americans; yet, this “True Conservative” recently specifically singled out blacks saying he does not want “to make their lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

National Urban League President Marc Morial is correct in calling on Republican presidential hopeful’s to repudiate Santorum’s racist remarks. We need to hear more voices of outrage from black civil rights leaders. The silence is deafening.

Morial did the homework Santorum apparently ignored. Morial chose Iowa to prove his point explaining 84 percent of the food stamp recipients in Iowa are white and across this nation they represent 70 percent of all recipients.

But, Santorum isn’t the only Republican candidate who has been accused of employing race-baiting political tactics. Remember last month when Texas Congressman Ron Paul admitted to having “some responsibility” for a newsletter that went out calling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “the world-class philanderer who beat p his paramours” and a man who “seduced underage girls and boys.”

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Republican candidates with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich boasting he would win the Iowa Caucus only to get a paltry 13 percent, and Minnesota  Rep. Michele Bachmann telling reporters there will be a surprise Tuesday night. Well, the surprise was that she only received about 5 percent of the vote.

And though Gingrich finished a disappointing fourth, he’s already off to New Hampshire where he’s taking aim at Romney who many believe will eventually be the Republican nominee.

What you, the public, need to be doing is making sure your relatives who live in states that have been targeted by Republicans who have reportedly targeted Democratic voters by changing the voter registration laws. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-iWRE1M1mA). The Republicans have changed voter registration laws in many states where they voted for Obama in 2008. Some new laws now force voters to show an ID card before they can vote. Republicans want to shrink voter registration and President Obama wants an expanded electorate. The tug of war continues.

And to show you the desperation of some Republican candidates who want Obama to be a one-term president, real estate magnate Donald Trump changed his voter registration from Republican to “unaffiliated” reportedly so he can run for president if all else fails with his Republican peers.

God help us all and God bless America. 

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.