Rick Santorum Could Be GOP's Savior
George Will: Nobody can energize social conservatives better
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 12:56 PM CST
Rick Santorum speaks at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on Jan. 25.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Rick Santorum will probably run for president in 2012, and George Will sounds pretty happy about it. With his focus on social issues—he's "passionately right-to-life and dedicated to trying to reform today's abortion culture"—Santorum might be the perfect candidate to energize social conservatives (who are "feeling neglected") and thus the larger Republican base, writes Will in the Washington Post.

True, Santorum lost his last election, but that doesn't make him washed up, writes Will: "Was Richard Nixon defunct after losing the California gubernatorial race in 1962?" The economy may be issue No. 1, but Santorum generally recasts economic problems as social ones. "He is, of course, correct that America's debt crisis is, at bottom, symptomatic of a failure of self-control, a fundamental moral failing," writes Will. And as Santorum himself says, "Never underestimate the power of the social issues."

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DesertSun59
Feb 13, 2011 11:58 AM CST
Mr. Man-on-Dog sex will run solely as the anti-Man-on-Dog sex platform. And that will be all he can muster. He's already not a serious contender. Where are the ideas for JOBS IN THE US, GOP? WHERE ARE THEY?
kokuaguy
Feb 4, 2011 5:47 AM CST
Kguy's picks for best posts on thead: You know, every time I start to take George Will seriously he has to re-up his subscription to the Crazy-Talk Gazette. (Dr. Zaius) Can't wait to hear how the log cabin Republicans justify voting for this hate monger. Maybe they'll just call him "the best choice for a self-loathing gay person". (Spudsy) 2012 Obama Vs Jesus Vs Ron Paul (Dewser)
Riffran
Feb 4, 2011 1:18 AM CST
I see the left on this site is in full attack mode. Let me see I know! It's not a liberal the story is about (I feel threatened ) ATTACK ATTACK .... lol