Once-hot Santorum up in smoke

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 at 7:31 am

But sometimes, politics is like golf, with every candidate playing parallel to every other — in which case, the most formidable foe each faces is the one inside his own head. That’s especially true of someone like Santorum, who took the lead unexpectedly a few weeks ago. He had to keep his wits about him last night. If he’d stayed steady, calm and unruffled, he might’ve run away with it.

Santorum didn’t. He overthought. He overcorrected. He overdid. He spent so much time explaining the process by which he voted for this, or why he’d originally done that, and the difficulty in his position that led him to do the other, that he never made a positive case for himself.

Some of the choices he made were frankly baffling. He found himself spending precious minutes trying to explain the problematic congressional behavior known as “earmarking” — basically, individual addenda to big spending bills through which congressmen and senators bring home the bacon to their districts and states — in order to defend his own use of them.

Rather than brush the matter aside and discuss how he would change Washington, Santorum bizarrely put himself in the position of defending congressional behavior in Washington.

After CNN’s John King tried to bait the Republicans into getting into it on the matter of contraception, Romney and Gingrich successfully steered the conversation away from that touchy subject to the issue that concerns Republicans — religious liberty and governmental coercion.

And then Santorum somehow found himself defending a spending vote involving something called Title X — which has something to do with family planning and which even I couldn’t begin to understand, and I do this for a living. In golf terms, he bogeyed another hole in exactly the same way he’d bogeyed the earlier one.

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One Response to “Once-hot Santorum up in smoke”

  1. A.Men on 23/23/12 at 8:21 am

    Ron Paul has a slimy deal with Romney. Ron Paul call every one running EXCEPT Romney — fake! Ron Paul was bought off with Romney’s money!

    Ron Paul has sold out to Romney! Slimy politicians -Paul and Romney!