Rick Santorum in 2012

by Vince

Kathryn Jean Lopez gives some love to her Catholic brother, Rick Santorum, as he begins his campaign to run for POTUS after a crushing loss for reelection as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania in 2006:

The question many of those who follow the news are asking is: “Why would he bother?”

Well, he would bother because he believes, as do so many who have shown up at Tea Party rallies in the last two years, that America is in existential jeopardy if we don’t make some swift and hard choices, rooted in who we are and who we want to be. He would bother because he has experience working in Washington, working with people of a variety of views, moving legislation forward that provides humane solutions to problems sometimes created by well-intentioned government programs. He would bother because he loves people and policy, and sees the connections between the two. He would bother because he feels called to do it, not from a messianic complex, but in service.

Santorum may love people, but his religious outlook (worldview may work better in this case) is a divide and conquer approach. He may be a note less strident than Sarah Palin, but his ultra-conservative views on marriage and abortion (which I don’t fully disagree with him on. It’s his ultra-emphasis that rubs me the wrong way) may not fly with many people (most notably moderates, independents, and democrats) outside of the religious right.

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