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  •  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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      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.

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        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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