The Corner

Santorum Strategy

I’m not the raging Santorum enthusiast some are, but I’d certainly much rather he win than Casey. Regardless, as a matter of strategy this may be too late, but it seems to me that Santorum should take advantage of the fact that Tennessee is now close to in the bag for the GOP. Whether it’s in an ad or in an interview or in surrogate talking points, he should point out to Pennsylvania voters that if the GOP is assured to hold on to the Senate it would be better for the state to have its junior Senator be the number 3 ranking Senator in the majority, than have its junior senator be the lowest (or among the lowest) ranking senators in the minority. This is pure realpolitik and it appeals to a lot of voters. I don’t particularly love this sort of politics — it’s basically code for “I’ll be able to shake the money tree for my state better than the other guy” — but it’s standard fare and effective.

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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