Romneycare, nuff said.....
I live in the congressional district which Santorum represented before he was elected to the Senate. It covers most of Westmoreland County. Our county was so Democrat that Walter Mondale carried it during Reagan's 1984 re-election landslide. In 2008, the McCain-Palin ticket carried it by 59-41% In 2010, our congressman with a very similar record to Rick Santorum was re-elected by a 2-1 margin. This year, he is getting a conservative challenger in the primary.
Bottom line: You need to consider the constituency in evaluating a candidate's conservatism. It doesn't count for everything. But it counts for something.
Yeah...but is he THOROUGHLY despicable like Romney?
I just shake my head when I read articles like this. What is the evidence that Santorum isn’t conservative? Everyone always points to the Specter endorsement. That is probably the least of the evidence that he isn’t conservative.
First, on Specter, I personally don’t count that against Santorum. They are both Pennsylvania Republican senators. Its would have been a huge issue if Santorum didn’t endorse Specter, especially since Specter endorsed him before and helped him campaign.
Second, Santorum has a long, long record as a big government, Christian Socialist, Bush / Huckabee type compassionate conservative. He is strong on social issues and weak if not liberal on government spending. He also was in bed with pretty much every lobbyist in Washington. He has reinvented himself for his campaign. Perhaps his conversion is true. I hope so. But he was never some 100% consevative, even putting the Specter endorsement aside.