From the Corner, we learn not just that Rick Santorum endorsed Arlen Specter’s presidential bid, but that he also “voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals”. When he sat on the Republican side of the aisle (before flipping to the Democratic in a vain attempt to save his political skin, Specter was one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate).
And then on Facebook, my nephew linked this:
Touting bringing him the pork and voting to raise the minimum wage. Why can’t we get a serious Republican contender for the White House who understands how such increases have “eliminated jobs – hundreds of thousands of them – for young persons on the low rungs of employment“?
UPDATE: Via Walter Olson on Facebook–Rick is no Reagan Republican, having said, “I am not a libertarian, and I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement.” Read the whole thing.
As a reminder, here’s the Gipper on libertarianism: “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.” Seems like Rick is fighting against the heart and soul of conservatism as Reagan saw it.