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Santorum

I thought it was very odd last year when he gave a speech attacking libertarianism (or rather, a caricature of it). I can’t imagine this kind of theoretical intervention will win him any votes; I think he thinks that what he has to say is just too important to go unsaid. He is mistaken. He quickly gets out of his depth when he tries to play the role of the philosopher-statesman. It’s not his strength. That said, Pennsylvania is a pretty pro-big government state. As disheartening as it is, bragging about pork will probably help Santorum. Attacks on libertarianism as a philosophy, on the other hand, will probably baffle most people.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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