Friday, January 06, 2012

I've been trying to remember what it was that lead to Santorum's big loss in 2006 in his re-election bid. I thought he was involved somewhat in Tom Delay's K Street Project, in which Jack Abramof was involved as well, but I wasn't sure of the details. Now, Will Bunch revisits all the scandals in Santorum's past, and it's starting to come back to me. I remember being somewhat indignant that he had his family living in a big house in West Virginia while still a Senator for Pennsylvania. I would have voted against him too. The piece is worth reading. If Bob Vander Plaats had done some research into these claims, Santorum might not have had his Iowa surge. Or maybe the Evangelicals did know all this but finally decided that he was their last hope to stop Mitt Romney, which seemed more important than his honesty and ethics. Politico's take on the 2006 loss. Santorum looks young, fresh and wholesome, but he helped give the GOP a reputation for slippery methods at the same time when Tom Delay was hurting it as well and made the party ripe for defeat in 2006, which lead to the disastrous loss of the White House as well. Now they have a squeaky clean candidate but the tea party is calling him a liar, a liberal, a socialist and so on. Most people look at Romney and see a conservative with a charisma deficit, but the more you learn about him, the more he looks like the guy we need to resolve the overspending problems of the federal government.


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