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    Moravan

    His far right views on homosexuality (among other things) bothers me quite a bit but it's not fair to say he's crazy.  He's a smart man who has done things that made life better for others, regardless of political orientation.  Some of his points in the primaries were strong, esp pointing out the economic class system to GOP primary voters.

    Unfortunately, when a narrative sticks, it's hard to get rid of it. (That narrative stuff has hurt Dem candidates too - Gore and Kerry esp - so I don't think it's the media purposefully going after GOP candidates).

    •  Santorum (narrative) was especially sticky (2+ / 0-)
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      UnionMade, gunnarthor

      Obviously his far right views on some social and family issues are abhorrent. But my sense is he's enough of a pragmatist and believer in small-r republican virtues that his administration would stay out of that stuff. I could be wrong.

      Ok, I've reached my annual quota for Santorum-backing. Time to do something radically leftist to balance out all this bipartisan thinking.

      •  Dig deeper (if you can stand the Santorum). (1+ / 0-)
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        Moravan

        There's a reason Rick quit just before the PA primary. A great portion of his home state loathes him, personally. Santorum's personal hypocrisy, sense of entitlement, and selfishness (like living in VA while bleeding PA of cyber-schooling for his kids; ignoring jury summonses; underpaying local taxes) became more obvious over time, and left a bad taste in a lot of mouths.

        My 90-year-old father actually changed his PA voter reg to GOP in 2011, to be ready to cast a vote against Santorum in the 2012 primary. So did one of my sisters, and my niece.

        Of course, that's anecdotal evidence. But Santorum lost his re-election to the Senate by a huge margin--unprecedented, I think, for a multiple-term incumbent.

        •  Conceded (0+ / 0-)

          Perhaps I should have entitled my post as 'Santorum campaigned as a blue collar guy'

        •  All fair points but (0+ / 0-)

          his loss is overstated.  The GOP knew he couldn't win b/c of the giant blue wave so he had no funding whatsoever.  Easily the least $ ever for a multi-term incumbent.  And Casey's name is pretty strong in PA, so the Dems had their absolute best challenger.  His housing/school stuff was small stuff that was played up b/c of the massive money differential but it was effective.

          I lived in PA then and happily voted for Casey but Santorum did have some success.   And, as I noted below, I think there were ways in which he could have been a stronger candidate than Romney.

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