Why Santorum?

30 Dec

Rick Santorum has been on a modest rise as of late.  He is projected to do fairly well in Iowa (polling at third in most polls right now).  Santorum has not received the kind of attention and support that Gingrich, Perry, Romney, and Paul have.  That’s probably due to the fact that he has lost a major election in recent memory and the kind of campaign contributors he needs in a national election are not going to come from northeastern Republicans (his stomping grounds).  Yet, why might Santorum be the answer to the apathy in the GOP primary and winner in the Fall?  Here’s a few reasons:

  • No baggage.  Rick is as clean a candidate as you will find.  He’s got clean and neat looks, family, faith, and history both as a politician and person.
  • Yeah, he lost.  But he lost as a clear traditionalist conservative in the Northeast.  What’s amazing is not that he lost once, but that he won so often in that area without changing his message or political identity.
  • He is very conservative and with high positives among all kinds of conservatives (Neocons, evangelicals, traditionalists, fiscal, etc.).
  • He has low negatives among most everyone.  His communitarian “compassionate” (dare I say social justice) conservatism, makes him potentially less objectionable among moderates (he has cosigned and coauthored much bipartisan legislation).
  • He is among the top three GOP debaters and would perform very well against Obama.  IMO, only Gingrich is a better debater, but Gingrich is also a bit of a loose cannon.  Santorum can be both passionate, sharp, aggressive, and controlled or tempered when necessary.
  • He is a devout Catholic with a clear understanding of Catholic social teaching and may pull Catholic votes, recently split, in a GOP direction.
  • Basically, when it comes to personal character and ethics, family history, temperament and demeanor, ability to excite a base, concern and compassion for others, public speaking, conservative credentials, experience and background, he may be the personified intersection of all the GOP field.  Unfortunately for him, his connections were severed in his home region following his losses.  But Iowa may give him a spark.

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