Au Contraire, Mon Frere: Rick Santorum Is In It To Win It

So says Stacy McCain to InstaPundit (without the French): Glenn Reynolds Is Wrong:

About this:

MY MONEY’S ON SANTORUM: Pawlenty’s Gone, So Who’ll Be The Next Republican To Fold?

Having covered Rick Santorum in Iowa, and having met his supporters, I know that he’s nowhere near dropping out. As he told me after our interview Saturday in Ames, they’ve run their entire campaign so far on about $600,000 in contributions and, according to Santorum’s staff, their online donations have increased since last Thursday’s debate.

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Finishing fourth in the Ames Straw Poll with 1,657 votes, Santorum spent a lot less per vote than did Bachmann, whose ads were all over Iowa TV in the two weeks leading up to the straw poll, while Santorum wasn’t advertising at all. Steve Ertelt of LifeNews.com says“with the Republican presidential race partly becoming an expectations game, Santorum gets a boost by performing much better than expected.”

Jennifer Rubin featured Santorum today in the Washington Post, and the Santorum campaign released a video touting their fourth-place straw-poll finish as evidence of gathering momentum:

I like Rick Santorum. In fact, and he’s one of my favorites in the race. He’s thoughtful, intelligent, well spoken, deeply conservative,  and has done extremely well in all of the debates. As a fellow Catholic I appreciate the fact that he has “walked the walk” in his personal life, and fought for conservative, pro-life principles in his public life.  But while  his cultural conservatism is a plus for me, I understand it also turns  many people off, and has in fact has inspired some of the most vile and profane critique ever witnessed in public discourse. It’s unfortunate because he’s really a top notch candidate.

Anyway, McCain insists he’s staying in for now.

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3 thoughts on “Au Contraire, Mon Frere: Rick Santorum Is In It To Win It

  1. “… inspired some of the most vile and profane critique ever witnessed in public discourse.”

    That’s the “liberal way”. They talk about “inclusiveness” and “civil discourse”, but when the chips are down, anybody who disagrees with them is anathema.

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  2. He’s certainly MY candidate of choice, as pretty much everyone knows, but it’s due to his strength on my top issues: islamic jihad/sharia, foreign affairs, border security and National Defense/National Security. He stands head & shoulders above the rest in those areas.

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  3. Yeah, but for decades now the left has had its collective panties in a twist because their Lancelotian hero, JFK, was asked that dastardly question about his loyalties to the church/pope and to the country.

    Now will be the time when you see how the left REALLY feels about the question, making sure to paint Santorum a blathering, drooling acolyte of the Pope and determined to set up a theocracy here.

    Just wait for it…

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