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Thoughts on Santorum

By on 6.7.11 | 12:12AM

Quin Hillyer argues that Rick Santorum shouldn't be thought of as a fringe player in the GOP presidential race.

Well, if Santorum hadn't had his clock cleaned by Bob Casey, Jr. in 2006 then he most certainly wouldn't be. But when you lose a Senate race by nearly 20 points it's a long way back up. It's an even longer way back up when you aspire to the top job in the land.

Don't get me wrong. Santorum is a smart cookie. I even thought it would be a good idea for Rudy Giuliani to pick Santorum to be his running mate in an effort to win over social conservatives. For her part, Liz Mair (who has contributed articles to TAS in the past) called it a "monumentally stupid idea."

The biggest problem Santorum has is not his intellect but his attitude. He comes across with a disposition that is sullen and abrasive. It isn't to say that President Obama isn't plenty disagreeable but Santorum turns unpleasantness into an art form as he did with Sarah Palin before CPAC last February. This isn't to say unpleasantness cannot be an asset. Indeed, those qualities could be put to good use, say, as our Ambassador to the United Nations. But as President of the United States? Well, it's up to voters in the Republican caucuses and primaries. But he doesn't have my vote.

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