Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has his share of problems stemming from his sincerely held but extreme views on a number of issues and his penchant for inflammatory rhetoric that makes even commonplace observations sound loony. (Saturday, for example, he made the bizarre accusation: “President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob.” If there was a point about the flaws in the goal for everyone to attend college, it was hidden under a bushel of senseless rhetoric.)
But in Wednesday’s debate, a more fundamental problem was on display: Santorum was a senator.
A sharp reader, William from Delaware, e-mails me: “The GOP should never nominate a senator for president. In post WWII America, whenever the GOP nominates a senator (Goldwater, Dole, McCain), they lose. Whenever the GOP nominates a governor (Reagan, Bush 43) or a vice president (Nixon, Bush 41), they win the presidency. Why? First, the American people are looking for executive leadership from a governor or V.P. — not a D.C. insider from Capitol Hill. Second, each of these GOP senators carries the burden of a congressional voting record that is distorted and picked to death. Where David Axelrod leaves off, the MSM will continue the assault.”
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