Mataconis is correct to note Santorum was merely repeating a tired trope from populist, reactionary conservatism.
It is not hard to see why reactionary populism has proved such a success since the 1970s.
That he was neither radical nor reactionary is what made Americans pay attention.
I would say that we are reactionary,” she said in an interview, adding that she wanted to return to “a time of less government.
reactionary conservatism may be the most popular human pastime other than sex, and it will always have a market.
He was believed to be responsible for the Czar's conversion from liberal ideas to reactionary principles.
Decidedly, he ought to have sold himself to the reactionary party.
This is reactionary doctrine, and one of the few points in Shakespeare's "natural" philosophy which invites dissent.
Perhaps conservative is not the word; reactionary would be closer.
Nevertheless, the reactionary attitude, though unintelligent, is intelligible.
1831, on model of French réactionnaire (19c.), from réaction (see reaction). In Marxist use, "tending toward reversing existing tendencies," opposed to revolutionary and used opprobriously in reference to opponents of communism, by 1858. As a noun, "person considered reactionary," especially in politics, one who seeks to check or undo political action, by 1855.
An extremely conservative person or position that not only resists change but seeks to return to the “good old days” of an earlier social order.