Imposition 2012-Santorum and the Ancient, Errant Campaign

   Rick Santorum lost the Michigan primary, sort of, by three points. The Michigan primary is not winner take all. Mr. Santorum may have won as many as half the congressional districts in Michigan, which means Mr. Santorum could get half the delegates.

    Mr. Santorum ran an odd campaign this last week. In order, he took on Kennedy, contraception and college. After a bit of a review, it occurred to me had run a week long ancient campaign of errancy. This was how he manged to snatch a sort of defeat from the very jaws of virtual victory.

   Mr. Santorum reviewed a speech given by a Roman Catholic politician to a Houston Ministers Conference, in which the candidate declared his independence from the papacy as an American citizen. He affirmed the separation of church and state. In so doing he reassured the American electorate they could trust him with the presidency.

   The 1960 candidate, of course, was John Kennedy. According to which history you read, Mr. Kennedy either won the 1960 presidential campaign by a whisker over Richard Nixon, or Mr. Kennedy's father bought the election in Cook County, Illinois. Either way, Mr. Kennedy won the presidency, in 1960, some 52 years ago. Mr. Kennedy died in November of 1963.

   One wonders why Mr. Santorum was advised to take on Mr. Kenndy's 1960 speech. It was the first of his gaffes during the week.

   Mr. Santorum also repeated his opposition to contraception. He did not take on abortion rights, a topic hardly mentioned in this campaign by any major candidate. No, Mr. Santorum agreed with the Roman Catholic bishops in attacking the matter of birth control of any kind. 

   Mr. Santorum then accused President Obama of snobbery for pushing the idea of college on American young people. Seriously.

   In so doing, Mr. Santorum lost the Michigan vote by 3%, though he lost the female vote by 5%. It appears running an ancient, errant campaign, taking American voters back through issues they have long settled in their hearts and minds (free elections, birth control and education) is not a winning strategy.

   Mr. Santorum is a conservative. He may be the truest conservative in the 2012 field. If Mr. Santorum's brand of conservatism is intended to turn back the clock on civil rights, women's issues and college education, it is tough to see the way ahead for him. Even women who identified themselves as conservatives in Michigan turned a deaf ear to Mr. Santorum.

   Perhaps this is why he brought his wife and college educated mother onto the platform with him last night. He praised their intelligance, perseverance and sagacity. Someone should tell Mr. Santorum it is a better idea to show case the kind of people you admire before the polls open, not after they close.

 

 

Opinions expressed here are mine alone.

 

3 thoughts on “Imposition 2012-Santorum and the Ancient, Errant Campaign”

  1. Wondering if Santorums stance on college might be somewhat founded propitiously on the suspicion that the people who make low B’s to high D’s in High School and hardly think about going to College are the ones who end up establishing the jobs and signing the paychecks for those who make high A’s and low B’s and graduate with honors from University?

  2. Since about 5% of the Santorum votes were from Democrats voting in the Republican primary, the picture is even more confusing.
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