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Let’s Not Measure Oval Office Drapes for Santorum Just Yet
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At present, Quin Hillyer is in a state of euphoria and could probably leap across the Colorado River if he were so inclined and I wouldn’t blame him for doing so.

After all, Quin was championing Rick Santorum as presidential material when nary anyone else thought he would be a viable candidate. A lot of people underestimated Santorum (myself included) but Quin deserves a great deal of credit in seeing in Santorum what others could not see. Because not only has Santorum exceeded all expectations but he has done so on a shoestring budget. What Santorum has lacked in financial resources, he has made up for in persistence, sincerity and an abundance of sweater vests.

With that said, I’m not ready to call him President Santorum just yet. The last thing he, Quin or any of his supporters should be thinking about is measuring the drapes in the Oval Office. Rick Santorum still has a Republican nomination to win and if there has been a theme to the 2012 GOP Race is that nothing is inevitable. Now that Santorum has demonstrated he isn’t a one trick pony he’s going to very likely face Romney’s attack machine full throttle. Now he might well have a stronger jaw than Newt Gingrich. But sometimes Santorum can be his own worst enemy. If Romney’s attacks render Santorum into a sullen, scolding, sanctimonious sourpuss then it severely undermines his chances of becoming the Republican standard bearer.

Please keep in mind that I say this as someone who finds Santorum infinitely preferable to Romney. Like Ross Kaminsky, I tend to disagree with his social views. Yet I needn’t necessarily agree with someone on all matters to support their candidacy. I might not like everything Rick Santorum says but I know that he means what he says. The same simply cannot be said for Mitt Romney. But despite all the problems Romney is having with a critical mass of conservatives it would be foolish to write him off just now. Let’s see where we are at after Super Tuesday.

But let’s say Santorum does become the Republican nominee. As others have been guilty of underestimating Santorum, I think Quin is guilty of underestimating Obama. If the economy continues to improve, so does Obama’s chances of re-election regardless of who the GOP nominee is. While it is certainly true that President Obama has had more than his fair share of petulant and prickly behavior during his term in office, he can easily turn on the charm. This could prove too much for Santorum to overcome especially if his sullen, scolding, sanctimonious side surfaces. If Americans see Santorum as a sourpuss, he won’t be elected President.

I’m not saying Santorum couldn’t beat Obama. At this point, nearly anything is possible. But I would be curious to see how Quin thinks Santorum can win about 300 electoral votes.

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