Sunday, October 16, 2005

Blogcritics.org: Santorum Attacks Bush Over Miers in Cheap Ploy to Get Votes

Blogcritics.org: Santorum, In Latest Move To Distance Himself From Bush, Criticizes "Trust Me" Defense of Miers: "Santorum, In Latest Move To Distance Himself From Bush, Criticizes "Trust Me" Defense of Miers
Posted by David R. Mark on October 16, 2005 10:17 AM

Americans "deserve better" than President Bush's "trust me" approach to the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said Friday on a Philadelphia radio show.

"It is what I term the president's second faith-based initiative, which is `trust me,'" Santorum said, mimicking a line used previously by conservative pundit Pat Buchanan on NBC's Meet the Press. "I think, candidly, we deserve better than that."

Santorum added, however, that he had not decided to oppose Miers and hoped to learn more about her views during confirmation hearings.

It's the latest example of Santorum trying to distance himself from Bush -- not so much on policy, per se, but on policy presentation. Last month, Santorum took issue with how Bush had tried to rally Americans behind his Social Security privatization plan.

And let's face it, when a party loyalist like Rick Santorum distances himself from the president, that doesn't bode well for the strength of the president. To steal a line from former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), this is a guy who has carried more water for Bush than Gunga Din, leading him to say some outrageous things about Democrats, such as May 19 on the Senate floor, when he used a reference to Adolf Hitler to describe Democratic complaints about the "nuclear option" to ban judicial filibusters.

Why is Santorum distancing himself from Bush?




Two reasons. One Santorum substantially trails state treasurer Robert Casey in recent polls in his bid for re-election next year. With Bush's own popularity tanking to new lows, it has been very easy for Casey to lump together failed presidential policies with a senator who has led the fight for those policies.

At the same time, conservatives far and wide have come out against Bush's nomination of Miers, who lacks a judicial record. Conservatives like Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Trent Lott (R-MS) have suggested they will not endorse her nomination. Conservative pundits like Bill Kristol and Buchanan have suggested Bush withdraw her nomination to replace Sandra Day O'Connor.

These are strange days indeed for the conservative wing of the GOP."

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