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Did Santorum’s Sweep Just Secure His VP Bid?

A Romney/Santorum ticket might provide the proper balance to enthuse conservatives in the Republican party and a good balance for a win in November against Obama.

Move over Marco Rubio. Your lock on Latino voters may be playing second fiddle soon to a social conservative who can bite into Newt Gingrich’s Southern strategy.

No one, and I mean no one from the bit of reading I did this morning, predicted the strong showing Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum pulled off last night.

With wins in finicky states like Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota, he just made himself the man. No, there weren’t a lot of delegates involved, but it’s becoming more obvious the convention will move past the initial vote and delegates will be released. It also leaves the Republican nominee decision open possibly through Wisconsin’s April primary — a whole lot more fun for us.

Surprisingly, the not-Mitt-not-Newt-not-funded Rick Santorum has all the momentum right now. And should that continue through the next debate in a couple of weeks, it’s going to spell trouble for the presumed Republican front-runner.

Santorum’s surge is the most timely of all the not-Mitt candidates. While it does make one wonder for a moment if this was planned all along, I’d guess not. The Santorum wins show just how divided those standing right of center are in this candidate decision.

A Romney/Santorum ticket might provide the proper balance to enthuse conservatives in the Republican party and a good left to right balance for a win in November against Obama. (Mitt Romney being a Democrat who leans right. Yes. I just said that.)

The only problem I see is that Santorum’s campaign, and in fact his own demeanor, lacks the maturity one generally looks to find in a presidential candidate. An acquaintance of mine proclaimed that from Santorum’s sweater vests to the often naive expression of his socially conservative values, Santorum looks like a kid sitting at the grown up table for his first time. Still, Santorum seems to be a Michelle Bachmann/Rick Perry/Herman Cain mixture that might have some staying power.

It’s true. We expect a lot from our Presidents. Hanging with the Queen without major gaffes or guffaws is on that list, (Oh, wait…) so a perceived maturity and sophistication counts. Americans will expect it to show through soon.

But there’s something about Santorum that continues to intrigue. After all, Rassmussen shows he’s the only candidate beating Obama right now. He will be fun to watch the next few weeks.

Cindy Kilkenny is a mom, housewife and political junkie. This opinion piece first appeared on her blog, "Fairly Conservative."

Cindy Kilkenny February 12, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Wow. That's quite a statement William. Are you local?
William Eib February 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Cindy Kilkenny: I am in Pennsylvania, and I am familiar with Rick Santorum. I was raised Catholic and have tasted the dislike of Catholicism. My brother-in-law and his family are Evangelicals and their Certainty about life and the after life has no room for my belief. As a Catholic I am going to hell because the Christ I know is not the real Christ. I am doomed, and I think Santorum may get a taste of it as time goes by. He is a fraud. Pandering to people of Faith. He found a noise that attracts attention, and he running with it. He will be exposed.
GARLK July 08, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The only way to win in November is with a Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum ticket. People know Rick Santorum, they don't know all these other possible choices . This ticket would be a guaranteed win for the Republican Party!!
William Eib July 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Santorum would blow up the whole thing with his far right babbling. He would be just as bad as Christie from NJ. That blow hard has an anger management problem. Joe Biden could get him to blow a cork in a debate. Christie can not pass up a fight, he loves yelling at people. His skin is as thin as a deluxe condom.
William Eib July 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
That's the ticket Obama's people would love. A dim bulb in Romney and a blown out bulb in Santorum. Santorum lost to Romney because he scares people, with his religious crap, and the idea that college is over rated. He is a male version of Sarah Palin. Obama and Biden would kill those posers. All you guys have going for you it a Billion Dollars from the Obese Cats, and the Voter ID scam. You don't have a candidate, so you have turned to trying to buy the Government and stealing it at the same time. That too is a bad combo for you guys. You're losers why not accept it and move on with your lives. And get out of those of everyone else..

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