As I’ve said before, he’s my first choice. Not holding my nose this election. Still donating. Still no regrets.
A quick point: Santorum lost by 18 points in part because he decided to stick with his convictions in an election cycle when other Republicans were running for the center. One would think that he should get some credit for that—principles being more important than victory at any cost.
And, as to the contention that he is running to be Romney’s VP: That’s nonsense. The ticket won’t consist of two people from the Northeast and Santorum is smart enough to know that. (Remember, too, that in the last major debate it was Santorum who initiated the attack on Romney about Obamacare.)
And you may not agree with his decision to support Specter, but his reasoning was that, in a closely divided Senate, a Specter victory would enable President Bush’s judicial nominees not to be bottled up in committee (hence, Roberts and Alito), whereas a Toomey loss might create a Democratic Senate and a Supreme Court setback.
People who tend to do presidential debates, when there is only the slimmest of possibilities of actually standing a chanve, do so to raise their profile.
They are not seriously considering a run to be the President or VP.
In Santorum’s case, he’s trying to get his Senate seat back.
I do not like Santorum much at all, but I respect your reasons for supporting him. And I do not hold his loss in 06 against him. That was an awful election for all conservatives due to national mood, Bush’ weak leadership, and a lot of other problems.
Same with Cain in 04 in Georgia - in 04 it was a “play it safe” year for Republicans and Georgia Republicans played it safe.
2012 will be somewhat like 2010 - which is to say very different from anything we’ve ever seen until now. People who were right for 04 and 06 would not be right today.
Having said that, I don’t think Santorum is right for today either, but he is impressive in a number of ways.