Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

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(Click here to Rick Santorum’s White House 2012 presidential page)

Santorum was the come from behind surprise of the 2012 election.  He came out of nowhere to became Romney’s toughest opponent.  There is some doubt as to exactly why that was the case.  One school of thought is that after many candidates became temporary flavors of the week, most voters finally settled upon Santorum as the clear alternative to Romney.  Others might suggest that Santorum struck a chord with the Republican base that Romney has not been able to.  Both are probably true.  So the natural conclusion might be to pair them up on the same ticket.

Unfortuantely it is not that easy.

Santorum probably is not the best candidate to link Romney to.

Despite a long campaign, if he is chosen as the vice preisdential nominee,Santorum will remain hounded by the doubts of a fickle electorate which will be manipulated by an onslaught of liberal propoganda that will haunt Santorum and by connection, the Romney ticket.

Sanotrum’s defense of traditional marriage and strong vociferous opposition to gay rights groups has caused him to long be a poster boy for the hatred of left wing groups.  They have attacked and mocked Santorum incessently and there is no reason to believe they wouldn’t continue to do so if he is on the G.O.P. ticket.  This is especially the case since President Obama has manuevered himself as a champion of gay rights after declaring that he “personally” supports gay marriage.  This positioning is sure to energize the left and gay activist communities.  So much so that, with the help of a liberal media, they will  successfully create the impression that a Romney-Santorum ticket is too extreme and out of touch in the eyes of too many middle of the road voters.  Of course this will not persuade votersfirmly esconced in either the Republican or Democrat camps to change their minds, but what it can do is create a distraction that would keep the Republican ticket off message and on the defense.

Combined with the fact that Santorum probably can’t even deliver his homestate of Pennsylvania to Republicans in November and that he lacks any real claim to fame or particular expertise on the economy or other top tier issues in this election, makes Santorum an unlikely choice for Romney.

While Santorum is deserving and capable, this just isn’t his time.  Republican primary voters already made that clear.

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