I know I saluted Paul Ryan for staying focused on the economy while being pressured by the press to say something about condoms, but I hear a lot of people criticizing people who criticize Rick Santorum for being a social conservative and how a SoCon can’t win. Of course their only defense is saying “establishment” and “Ronald Reagan” and “#shakyfisty,” but whatevs.
It’s not that a SoCon can’t win. It’s that a SoCon like Rick Santorum whose main concern is social issues, can’t pivot back to bread and butter issues that actually win elections, and would be a Democrat if you took his social issues away can’t win. You just need to be media saavy and/or smart enough to stay on message and not sound like a lunatic.
“What we’re getting from the White House on this conscience issue, it’s not an issue about contraception, it’s an issue that reveals a political philosophy the president is showing that basically treats our constitutional rights as if they were revocable privileges from our government, not inalienable rights from our creator.” said Ryan on NBC’s Meet the Press.
“We’re seeing this new government activism, paternalistic, arrogant, political philosophy that puts new government-granted rights in the way of our constitutional rights. That’s really not about contraception,” said Ryan of the mandate. “It’s about violating our first amendment rights to religious freedom and conscience.”
Ryan was asked by host David Gregory to respond to GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s comments Saturday, saying that President Obama’s political agenda was based on “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology.”
“I wouldn’t characterize it that way,” said Ryan. “I would simply say that he has a political philosophy that believes he can mandate certain benefits and activities of the American people that conflicts with their constitutional rights. He believes that these new government-granted rights trump our constitutional rights such as our first amendment right to conscience, to freedom of religion.”
And then he went right back to the economy. See how easy that was?