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Gingrich and Perry Mistake Is Romney and Santorum Opportunity

Rick Santorum is taking a pass when it comes to jumping aboard the anti-Bain Capital bandwagon. Which goes some ways toward demonstrating that he is, in fact, a consistent conservative, as he claims – and a principled one, too.

Good for Senator Santorum.

I must say, I’m mystified by the populist, anti-free market attacks being leveled by Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, the supposed “Reagan conservative” and sainted outsider in the race. I can’t imagine how this is going to help either one win the nomination.

They have shown themselves willing to tear at a primary foundation of a free market system (e.g., restructuring and downsizing) in order to serve a partisan purpose and political ambition.

What Gingrich and Perry may succeed in doing, in fact, is (a) making it clear Santorum is the best and most principled conservative alternative to Governor Romney and/or (b) rallying conservative support for Romney, in a way that hasn’t been done yet this election cycle. The former Massachusetts governor gets to present himself as a thoughtful defender of capitalism now that Gingrich and Perry have ceded that ground.

Presidential campaigns can make some reasonably intelligent people do some very strange things indeed.

 


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