The Corner

Santorum’s Blistering Attack

Santorum’s attacks on Romney and Gingrich regarding their apostasies on bailouts and Obamacare may be uncomfortable, and may make him look mean, but he is telling an important truth. Neither of the front-runners has been stalwart in defense of free enterprise and constitutional government. Ron Paul has, but his foreign policy is foolish and unpopular, and Santorum almost has, but he lacks the personal and financial resources to win this race.

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The best thing one can say here is that conservatives desperately want to replace President Obama, and swing voters are very disappointed in his performance. The race remains winnable. But if you are a conservative looking for a hero, read some fiction. The reality of 2012 is messier. To non-political junkies, these four guys look like a weenie, a wimp, a weasel, and a wacko. Unfair? Perhaps. But let’s not fool ourselves about the stature gap here.

 

John Hood is a syndicated columnist and the president of the John William Pope Foundation, a North Carolina–based grantmaker.

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