Did Santorum’s sweep just secure his VP bid?

Move over Marco Rubio. Your lock on Latino voters may be playing second fiddle soon to a social conservative who can bite into Newt Gingrich’s Southern strategy.

No one, and I mean no one from the bit of reading I did this morning, predicted the strong showing Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum pulled off last night.

With wins in finicky states like Colorado, Missouri, and Minnesota, he just made himself the man. No, there weren’t a lot of delegates involved, but it’s becoming more obvious the convention will move past the initial vote and delegates will be released. It also leaves the Republican nominee decision open possibly through Wisconsin’s April primary – a whole lot more fun for us.

Surprisingly, the not-Mitt-not-Newt-not-funded Rick Santorum has all the momentum right now. And should that continue through the next debate in a couple of weeks, it’s going to spell trouble for the presumed Republican front-runner. Santorum’s surge is the most timely of all the not-Mitt candidates. While it does make one wonder for a moment if this was planned all along, I’d guess not. The Santorum wins show just how divided those standing right of center are in this candidate decision. A Romney/Santorum ticket might provide the proper balance to enthuse conservatives in the Republican party and a good left to right balance for a win in November against Obama. (Mitt Romney being a Democrat who leans right. Yes. I just said that.)

The only problem I see is that Santorum’s campaign, and in fact his own demeanor, lacks the maturity one generally looks to find in a presidential candidate. An acquaintance of mine proclaimed that from Santorum’s sweater vests to the often naive expression of his socially conservative values, Santorum looks like a kid sitting at the grown up table for his first time. Still, Santorum seems to be a Michelle Bachmann/Rick Perry/Herman Cain mixture that might have some staying power.

It’s true. We expect a lot from our Presidents. Hanging with the Queen without major gaffes or guffaws is on that list, (Oh, wait…) so a perceived maturity and sophistication counts. Americans will expect it to show through soon.

But there’s something about Santorum that continues to intrigue. After all, Rassmussen shows he’s the only candidate beating Obama right now. He will be fun to watch the next few weeks.


  1. Santorum would be a disaster if he’s within 1000 miles of the GOP ticket. He’s a bigger statist than Barack Obama, and he’ll scare away independents, not only from Romney, but also from GOP Senate, House, and gubernatorial candidates. If, by some alignment of the planets, he actually ended up as the GOP nominee, and I had the deciding vote on November 6, I’d gladly choose Barack Obama.

    I think that Rubio or Christie would be the best VP choices. Susana Martinez might be a decent choice for political reasons, but I don’t know much about her.

  2. Agree 100% with KPOM. If Romney wanted to veer in this direction, he’d take Huckabee, who has all the benefits of Santorum, plus the additional perk that he is actually likable.

  3. To clarify, I’d still vote for RS over BO…. I agree with KPOM that Santorum would be a terrible VP choice.

  4. Also, the idea that Romney is a “Democrat who leans right” is ridiculous. You can say he was independent in the 1990s and you question if his conversion to more conservative positions is really sincere. But the idea that the candidate who Rush and Beck and Levin etc. all endorsed over McCain and Huckabee 4 years ago is really a Democrat is laughable.

    The fact that fantasies like this are perpetuated by talk radio and now apparently even by thoughtful bloggers is a big problem. People who aren’t as informed hear these things and get worried and, in their panic, do stupid things like vote for the complete unelectable Newts and Santorums of the world. How did we not learn this lesson from the Angle and O’Donnell fiascoes of 2010?

    Oh yeah, I know, there was 1 recent Rasmussen poll that showed Santorum running better than Romney vs. Obama. Great. If anyone REALLY thinks that the 10% of truly moderate independents who decide this election are going to be attracted to Santorum, I’ve got a penguin from Sudan to sell you.

  5. Careful Ryan. That “likable” comment smells like a little sour grapes. 🙂

  6. The Lorax says:

    So Ryan, you 100% agree that Santorum is a bigger statist than Obama and yet you’d vote for him. Interesting…

    And I hope you all realize that by “not a lot of delegates” that means ZERO DELEGATES…

  7. Why would anyone think that a soon-to-be-born-again-pro-choice candidate like General Election Willard is going to have to be would get anywhere near a let’s-get-abortion-back-into-the-alleys-where-it-belongs Rick Santorum.

    Santorum will drop off the face of the news soon enough, most llikely because of unforced errors.

  8. I’m not saying Romney is the most likable either. I’m just saying that if you are comparing social conservatives, Huckabee had a charm and magnetic personality that attracted people to him. Santorum seems like a nice guy, but doesn’t spark the same connection.

    Yeah, I definitely shouldn’t have said “100%” in my initial comment. I agree KPOM’s 1st sentence and last paragraph. So maybe “I 50% agree with KPOM” would have been closer to the truth. 🙂

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    “This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view.”

    “They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom or in cultural issues. That is not how traditional conservatives view the world.”

    He supported SOPA because “our rights and freedoms are limited and should be regulated.”

    Yes, Santorum is as statist as Obama. He’s statist about a few different things, and wants the state to do some things differently, but he’s just as statist.