No Really, Rick Santorum Can't Beat Barack Obama

In his performance as a front-runner, Rick Santorum proves how unelectable he truly is.

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I gave into temptation and checked out the comments page for my piece on the GOP's "Ricksanity" that was published last week. The comments were so overwhelmingly negative toward my criticism of former Sen. Rick Santorum that I actually paused and considered that maybe I was wrong, and Rick Santorum does have the support needed to become the nominee.

Then, Rick Santorum did me a favor and made my case for me.

First, there was the wide coverage of his comments about "Satan" and subsequent refusal to back away from them. Voters want to hear what a candidate is going to do to solve the soaring gas prices, high unemployment, and the deficit. Rick Santorum chooses to talk about Satan engulfing the United States of America because of issues such as Title X allowing the federal government to fund contraception. That is the exact type of useless social rhetoric that hurts the Republican Party's image with the electorate and its chances of being successful in the November elections. 

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Then we got to see what front-runner Rick Santorum looks like at the debate on Wednesday night. It is now clear that while former Senator Santorum is able to deliver passionate speeches and portray himself as the unyielding conservative, under scrutiny he is about as consistent as Sen. John Kerry's stance on the Iraq war.

The Title X that former Santorum loathes so much? Turns out he voted for it. His excuse—he proposed a second federal spending program called Title XX to counteract Title X. So much for being a deficit hawk.

The federal takeover of education in No Child Left Behind? Turns out Rick Santorum voted for that as well in order to be a "team player." So much for being a small government conservative.

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Santorum's stance on former Gov. Mitt Romney? He endorsed Romney in 2008 calling him a "true conservative." 

Throughout the debate Rick Santorum appeared angry, dismissive of the other candidates (especially Rep. Ron Paul who was hitting him the hardest), and not ready for the limelight of being the front-runner.

Bottom line: The debate was a nightmare for Rick Santorum. It provided another window into the reasons behind his double digit loss in Pennsylvania in 2006. It was also a useful preview of what an Obama-Santorum debate would be like—not a pretty picture for the GOP. 

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I have absolutely no personal ill will against former Senator Santorum; I think he is a good man, husband, and father. However, I am also convinced that he should not be the Republican standard bearer in November.

I am looking forward to reading the comments to this piece.

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