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Would a supporter of Rick Santorum please stand up and explain why we should take this guy seriously? I do not get it. Yes, Rick is a nice guy (as long as you are not a homosexual), but he has been a creature of Washington, DC for more than 20 years and, despite giving lip service to so-called conservative values, freely indulged in the kind of Big Government hubris that has helped balloon the national debt.

Has Rick eschewed earmarks? You know, putting specific spending measures in a bill to benefit constituents and supporters? No. He was a big player in this regard. Did Rick want to keep Government out of health care and limit its size? Double hell no. He fully backed the idiotic Republican sponsored prescription drug benefit.

Has Rick ever created a real job in the private sector outside of hiring consultants to help him get elected? Very few (and here I’m counting clerical staff and legal aides at his law firm, though he was never a Managing Partner).

So why are conservatives so enamored of this guy?

I understand the hunger and passion to get rid of Barack Obama. But wanting to get out of a burning airplane does not justify strapping a concrete block to your back and jumping into the abyss.

So here is your chance to tell us why Ricky should rule.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.