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2016 HOPEFUL MEETS WITH PALMETTO STATE’S TOP POLITICAL CONSULTANT

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s recent visit to early-voting South Carolina wasn’t just about burnishing his credentials as a “neoconservative” warmonger …

“We haven’t stood by our promises and when we show weakness, bullies take advantage of it,” Santorum said during a speech at The Citadel.

Really? Last time we checked it was the U.S. Armed Forces acting as the bully … with borrowed money.

Anyway the big government “Republican” – who finished second in the 2012 GOP presidential primary to fellow fiscal liberal Mitt Romney – took a very high-level political meeting during his Palmetto State visit.

According to our sources, Santorum met with South Carolina powerbroker Richard Quinn – a longtime advisor to U.S. Sen. John McCain (who won the 2008 “First in the South” presidential primary).

We’re told Santorum and Quinn discussed early polling related to the 2016 primary – as well as the possibility of entering into some sort of consulting relationship. No commitments were made, but a second meeting was reportedly scheduled.

Hmmmm …

As we’ve noted on numerous previous occasions, Santorum is one of the leading critics of the emerging fiscally conservative, socially libertarian wing of the GOP. In fact he’s downright hostile to elected officials who are championing this ideology – and is currently spearheading a movement (along with social conservatives like Mike Huckabee and fellow “neoconservatives” like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham) to boot them from the party.

“The Republican Party isn’t going to change,” Santorum infamously said last spring. “If we do change, we’ll be the Whig Party. We’re not the Libertarian Party, we’re the Republican Party.”

Good luck winning another national election with that attitude, dude …

Santorum’s nonexistent commitment to taxpayers coupled with his sanctimonious, discriminatory world view represents everything that’s wrong with the GOP.

If he does run in 2016, we look forward to roasting him at every turn …