Thursday, November 11, 2004

The Santorum Squeeze

I'm feeling a little bit sorry for Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) today. If he supports fellow PA Senator Arlen Specter for Judiciary Committee Chair, he angers a huge chunk of his voting base - possibly costing him re-election. If he doesn't support Specter, and Specter fails to win the Judiciary Committee Chair, Angry Arlen will work to punish and sabotoge Santorum. If Santorum doesn't support Specter, and Specter manages to get the chair, Angry Arlen will make it his mission in life to punish, sabotoge, and destroy Santorum.

I should be feeling very sorry for Santorum right now...but I'm not. The big problem with all of this is that he did it to himself. When Specter was in a tough primary battle against conservative Pat Toomey, Santorum decided to back Specter. He should have taken the high road and stayed neutral during the race. Toomey would have won and another senator would have gotten the chair. Santorum would have super-energized his base by helping another strong conservative win a senate seat in PA. Ultimately, the base would have been so energized, PA might have gone to Bush.

I'd hate to be in your shoes now, Mr. Senator. My advice is to stay true to your principles. If you do that, we'll stay true to you.

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