Bye-bye, Rick and Huck! Why GOP evangelicals deserted their old pals (COMMENTARY)

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Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum speaks to the crowd after formally declaring his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an announcement event in Cabot, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
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Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum speaks to the crowd after formally declaring his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an announcement event in Cabot, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-SANTORUM-FAITH, origianally transmitted on May 28, 2015 or with RNS-GUSHEE-COLUMN, originally transmitted on Jan. 6, 2015.

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  • George Nixon Shuler

    This part: “the “mere” social conservative candidate cannot win. At least not this year.” is on the money, especially since social conservatism is losing on all fronts. This campaign is set in the “Anger” stage of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief (the others being Shock, Depression, Bargaining and Acceptance – those are in chronological order with Anger right in the middle). The vision of America right-wing whites had but which never had any basis in reality is gone forever, thank God, but the dead-enders don’t like that. We are also at parts of “Bargaining,” too, as shown by Ross Douthat’s columns requesting a conditional surrender in the Culture War. Santorum, despite being overtly fascist, is too much aw-shucks Pat Boone type loser for this year; Huckabee, too, is an embarrassing loser. David, now that Carson is descending you need to update this: the whiny white male vote is probably about evenly split between Trump and Cruz. The religiously…

  • eastFLDoc

    Americans need results this time around. They are looking for strong leadership with a tough exterior. Someone who can pursue complex negotiations, bring back mfg. Someone who can deal effectively with both parties. Cruz can’t do that with even his own party. True, Huckster and Sanitorium– every dog has its day– yours is over. Surely, there will be work for you in the new Trump administration!

  • samuel johnston

    Right Doc. Vote for a swaggering brat.