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Santorum for………Senate

Last night, on Greta’s show, Rick Santorum announced that he was pretty much committed to running for the WH. He’s assessed the personal and family considerations, and now, what’s holding him back is whether or not he can raise the money to be viable in the primary process. Well, let’s be honest..he can’t.

That’s not a critique. I think he knows that he has no chance at the nomination.  However, he’s doing a remarkable job of resurrecting his public profile. His many appearances and commentaries over the past months have been very well received by conservatives all across the country. Always a strong favorite of social conservatives, he has become a potent voice for fiscal conservatism and restoring financial sanity to our government.

Bob Casey beat Santorum in 2006.  Pennsylvania was far different politically then. Casey was a blank slate, a stealth Obama candidate if you will..who ran, and won, simply because of his last name. Indeed, there are those who think that many Dems thought they were voting for his dad.  But now, Casey has a record. That’s what happens when you spend 6 years in the Senate…you vote many times. And his voting record is out of step with the people of Pennsylvania.

There is no well known GOP challenger in the state for the seat.  Santorum would be, by far, the best candidate. He would probably have a clear path to the nomination…no primary, and would have no trouble raising the millions needed to wage an effective campaign.  Toomey showed last year that a strong conservative message resonates in the state, and he had no difficulty fundraising. Santorum could easily replicate that path to the Senate.

I suspect, and hope, that’s his plan all along. Stay in the WH race for a few more months. Participate in the early debates. More name recognition, a higher profile..he’ll be well received. Any monies raised for a WH race can be transferred to his senate campaing,,and he’ll have no real expenses for the next few months..so he can bank most of it.

Then,  in  late summer, early fall, he can make the principled statement that in a still crowded, and cloudy, GOP field, he feels that he can do the most good for the people of Penn, and the nation, by winning the senate seat, and giving the GOP control of the Senate in 2012.

We need a few polls, pitting Santorum against Casey among likely voters.  I think we’ll get them soon.  I suspect that the results will be very surprising.

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