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Time for Santorum to Chill

On Thursday GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Republicans should give President Obama another term if Santorum isn’t the GOP nominee. “You win by giving people a choice,” according to Santorum. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.” Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”

Whatever concerns conservatives have about Governor Romney, the idea that Obama would be (from a Republican perspective) a superior president is insane, for reasons that don’t need to be recited here. Bear in mind that Santorum enthusiastically endorsed Romney in 2008 — and Romney is no less conservative now than he was then. On the other hand, I suppose a conservative who argues that Obama would be better than Romney might also argue that Arlen Specter would be superior to Pat Toomey.


What we’re seeing, I suspect, is a candidate who knows deep in his bones that he won’t win the nomination and as a result he’s lashing out. In doing so, Santorum isn’t doing himself any favors. It’s important that those in his campaign and who have standing in his life do all they can to prevent Santorum from becoming bitter, self-righteous, and self-destructive. Rick Santorum has run an impressive campaign in many respects; he’s done better than almost anyone imagined. And he’s certainly resuscitated his political career. But he risks undoing much of what he’s achieved with these intemperate attacks.

According to press accounts, during one of the debates, when Santorum grew frustrated, his wife Karen walked up to him during a commercial break and told him, “Chill.”

That was good counsel then and it’s good counsel now.


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