Morning Briefing: May 8th, 2012
By Steve Deace
Santorum Endorses Romney
If Mitt Romney was looking for enthusiasm in the endorsement from his most persistent primary foe, it’s doubtful an email to supporters at 11 p.m. eastern time is what he had in mind. Still, the words Rick Santorum chose in endorsing Romney are just what Romney needed to hear. But does this endorsement help Romney or hurt Santorum more? In the endorsement, Santorum says that after meeting with Romney he’s convinced he and Romney “certainly agree that abortion is wrong and marriage should be between one man and one woman.” Yet during the primary, Santorum pointed out that Romneycare called for taxpayer-funded abortions for just $50, and the killings were free for low-income women. In addition, Santorum was the only GOP candidate to adequately confront Romney on his pivotal role in the destruction of marriage in Massachusetts when Romney was governor. After denying these truths for years, did Romney suddenly come clean to Santorum about these things in their meeting? Inquiring minds want to know. What remains to be seen going forward is if this endorsement helps Romney 2012 more than it hurts Santorum 2016, or vice versa.
Conservative-GOP Marriage Over?
That’s the provocative question posed in this piece written by Craig Shirley, a respected Reagan historian and biographer. Here’s just a sample of Shirley’s op-ed, which speaks to the frustration of many patriots:
“Republican Party members — especially those in Washington — are very much a part of the ‘triopoly’ composed of the two parties and their hangers-on populating K Street. It is a life of money and access and power and celebrity and mutable truths and ever-shifting alliances. Many conservatives have, in fact, decided that their beliefs have become permanently inconsistent with Republicanism. This may be more apparent in 2012 than ever before. No offense to Romney, but he is the perfect nominee for the Republican Party in 2012 because he — like the GOP — has adopted a variety of positions over the years in order to acquire power. The Etch A Sketch comment was stunningly accurate.”
Science Says Divorce Bad for Kids
Children whose parents split up when they were preschoolers have increased behavior problems, according to new research that suggests the timing of such breakups has long-term effects. The study found that such disruption, particularly in the child’s first three years but likely as long as five years, “more strongly influences children’s development than changes later in childhood,” and those influences “seem to have negative effects on children’s behavior.”