March 19, 2012

Santorum's Win in Mississippi

SantorumNot much happened while I was away that I feel any need to catch up on, but I did want to mention one thing. The state of Mississippi held their primary, and Republican voters went for Santorum. I can't imagine this came as a surprise to anyone (except maybe Gingrich). Santorum's brand of Christian extremism plays well here, especially his religiously-motivated bigotry. But there was one aspect of his win that I found somewhat interesting.

I heard from several Republicans and even a few liberals that they respected Santorum more than any of the other Republican candidates for his genuineness. He did not seem nearly as likely to pander, they explained, as the other candidates. In fact, some pointed out that while they didn't agree with some of his views, they liked that he was willing to express unpopular views because it made it seem like he had real convictions.

My take on this is that it reflects some of the dissatisfaction with Willard "Mittens" Romney. The same people who praised Santorum expressed considerable dislike for Mittens and his shameless pandering.

I still think that Mittens will be the eventual nominee, but it is looking somewhat less likely that Republican voters will ever be enthusiastic about him. The question will be whether they despise Obama so much that they will overcome their dislike for Mittens.

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