Monday, January 30, 2012

Rick Santorum Will Not Be Babysitting America

Since his strong showing in Iowa, there’s been lots of talk about former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum’s prospects for winning the Republican nomination for president. I’ll take this opportunity to put those ruminations to bed: He has absolutely no chance. Oddsmakers at Intrade put the chances of him dropping out of the race before February 5th at 55 percent. (If you’re the wagering type, you can bet on it yourself for $6.50 a share the last time I checked.)
Santorum’s defect—if it can be whittled down to just one—is that he lacks the popular appeal and unifying message to beat Barack Obama next year, which has become the single overarching caveat for winning the GOP’s nomination. In particular, his divisive stance on social issues like contraception, homosexuality and women’s rights—and the offensive comments that often accompany it—place him to the right of most Republicans and has made him a pariah among everyone else, including progressives, centrists, moderates and Libertarians. Click here to read this at The Philly Post.