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Steve Forbes Sends Email Urging Support for Perry, Bashing Santorum


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM CST


Today, Steve Forbes sent an email to Rick Perry's campaign list urging people to support the floundering Texas Governor as the Conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. What was interesting about the email was its emphasis on the strategic importance of Conservative voters coming together in Iowa to support a single not-Mitt candidate.

Forbes writes:

I'm afraid that the results from the Iowa Caucuses in less than two days will still show Conservatives fractured in their support, leaving a huge opening for Mitt Romney to become our party's nominee.

Ironically, it appears to be Santorum who stands the best bet of unifying the Conservative bloc in Iowa, as his poll numbers continue to rise. So, quite naturally, the bulk of the email is dedicated to trashing Santorum over his support of Arlen Specter. Specter, you may recall, was a Republican Senator from Philadelphia who switched to the Democratic party in 2009 in a desperate attempt to save his ass from being defeated in a primary by Pat "Club for Growth" Toomey. Instead, Specter lost in the primary to actual Democrat Joe Sestak, who in turn got walloped by Toomey in November.

Anyways. The Forbes email specifically hits Santorum over his "unqualified support and endorsement of the liberal, pro-abortion former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter over true conservative Pat Toomey in the 2004 GOP primary," which is, of course, the single #1 biggest most important reason we now have Obamacare. We might as well call it Santorumcare!

Given the prevalence of attacks on Santorum over his endorsement of Specter, it makes me wonder if that's the only hit on the former Pennsylvania Senator that resonates. Maybe instead people should poll the message "wants to have sex with dogs," because I mean come on, no one goes out there spewing non-sequitor rants against bestiality if they're not into it, right?

I mean, if Santorum wants to have sex with dogs that's his issue to resolve. There's no reason for Santorum to drag our LGBT friends in to be disparaged for their perfectly normal, consensual sexual practices. (Also? Can Spike TV produce a show about Rick Santorum's Google problem and Mitt Romney's dog? "Man on Dog" vs. Dog on Car? Please? It can be a show about projectile fecal matter.)

In the email, Forbes also takes a particularly hard hit on Ron Paul, pointing out that the Gulf Coast crank simply isn't electable. He states that Romney's campaign will attack the former Congressman relentlessly over "Paul's past positions," i.e. the crazy racist newsletters, and Paul's "strange willingness to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons." What's interesting about that turn of phrase from Forbes is that he in no way disavows the sentiments in Ron Paul's newsletters, instead just pointing out that Paul published some unsavory things under his own name that are now coming back to haunt him.  

Forbes formerly endorsed Rand "Son of Ron" Paul and also campaigned for Ron himself during his 1996 Congressional run. Awkward! Forbes is so totally not getting a Christmas card or a pile of gold coins from the Paul family next year.

Forbes himself ran for President in 1996 and 2000, using the campaign as a platform for his obsession with a regressive flat-tax. Forbes supports far-right positions such as opposing union membership for police officers and firefighters. Time Magazine called Forbes the "comedy-club impression of what would happen if some mad scientist decided to construct a dork robot." Quite naturally he's endorsed Rick Perry! Forbes bestowed his blessing last week. In today's email, Forbes writes,

Rick Perry has proven he can raise the money necessary to compete with Romney.  He already has an impressive war chest. And he has the necessary national organization for a long campaign.

Perry is also dumber than a bag of hammers! Conveniently, Forbes left that part out.

Anyways, the full text of Forbes' email is below the jump, and as a bonus I dug up Forbes' old SNL email about -- wait for it -- the flat tax. Enjoy!

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Here's the Steve Forbes email in full:

There is no question that all Conservatives are united in their unwavering goal of defeating Barack Obama this November.  The problem has been that Conservatives haven't been united on who the best candidate to defeat Obama might be.

I'm afraid that the results from the Iowa Caucuses in less than two days will still show Conservatives fractured in their support, leaving a huge opening for Mitt Romney to become our party's nominee.

While I'm not sure of the order in which they will finish on Tuesday night, based on what I've seen it is clear that Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum will be the top four finishers in the Caucuses.

And let me be blunt, facing Paul and/or Santorum would be a dream come true for the Romney high command.

We all know that Ron Paul can't stop Mitt Romney.  Romney's campaign will focus on certain of Paul's past positions and his strange willingness to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. All this makes a Paul victory absolutely impossible.

And while Rick Santorum is the latest in a long line of candidates to get a temporary surge, he has only begun to get vetted by the national media and his opponents.  He will be constantly forced to defend his inexcusable addiction to earmarks including projects like the "Bridge to Nowhere". And no one has yet to scratch the surface on his unqualified support and endorsement of the liberal, pro-abortion former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter over true conservative Pat Toomey in the 2004 GOP primary for U.S. Senate.  Santorum's support for Specter enabled Specter to win a narrow victory, by a bare 20,000 votes.  Specter then provided the critical, 60th vote for the passage of Obamacare and Obama's budget busting, Economic Stimulus package, which is ballooning our national debt. Please ponder this: if Specter had been defeated we never would have had Obamacare.

Bottom line - There is only ONE consistent conservative that can go toe to toe with Romney and win the nomination - Rick Perry.

We all know that Rick is a consistent conservative and Washington outsider - a man of faith who isn't afraid to stand up to the liberal establishment to protect our values.  I've supported him all along because of his outstanding decade- long record and bold positions: creating more than a million new jobs in Texas; his plan to establish a 20% flat tax to do away with the IRS as we know it; and his plan to overhaul Washington by cutting Congress' pay and sending them home.  This is the type of leadership we desperately need to reverse the Obama deficit-spending fueled recession.

But as important as his record, beliefs and proposals is that Rick Perry has proven he can raise the money necessary to compete with Romney.  He already has an impressive war chest. And he has the necessary national organization for a long campaign.  

If we as Conservatives don't want a repeat of 2008, and are serious about nominating a true Conservative as our nominee, then the time is upon us to unite behind the VIABLE Conservative, the CONSISTENT Conservative - Rick Perry.

Just as a bonus, here's Steve Forbes' old SNL monologue:


Here's a link to the embedded video in case it won't play on your computer.  



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