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Why Santorum Should Stay In.

While Santorum’s commitment to conservatism and putting a conservative in the White House remain suspect at best in my opinion. I am going to go ahead and give him the benefit of the doubt and say he would rather Newt Gingrich be the nominee than Mitt Romney. While a close Romney victory could be laid at the feet of Santorum, there are reasons for him to stay in the race and drop out closer to the election or stay in the race if Newt is way out ahead:

1. If Newt implodes, Santorum remains a Romney alternative. I’m not sure who I would support in a Romney/Santorum match up to be honest with you. Santorum’s obsessive focus on social issues is not the future of the Republican Party. A Santorum nomination and subsequent victory could be terrible for the GOP in the long term. But Romney remains an absolute disaster. His “concession speech” in SC was an utter disgrace and his negative attempts to derail Gingrich has revealed his glass jaw and unlikable personality. Romney comes off like a misbehaved child who didn’t get his candy at the grocery store. As Newt hones his message and gets more on point, I think this becomes less likely, although you never know with Newt.

2. If Newt is way out ahead, Santorum keeps pressure on GOP to acknowledge social issues. Social issues should not be our focus and comparing gays to pedophiles and polygamists is disgusting at best, but still, social issues are important to GOP voters. I don’t think these issues are of particular importance to Newt (though I think he holds conservative positions on the issues) and especially Romney (who has changed his position on Pro-Life issues at least a few times) but Santorum being in the race keeps the pressure on both candidates to engage the voters on the subject.

3. If Santorum drops out too early, there’s a chance his voters could be dishonestly swayed to Romney. Look, Romney cheerleader Ann Coulter was the one who said Romney “tricked” liberals into voting for him. What’s to stop Romney from “tricking” conservatives into voting for him too? The fact of the matter is if Santorum drops out too early, Romney will go into overdrive to make sure he gets at least a portion of those votes and if his and his supporters past is any indication, they’ll go to dishonest lengths to do so. If Santorum were to drop out say, a day or two before the vote and endorse Gingrich it keeps his voters in the conservative camp and gives Romney less time to eat away.

It’s not a matter of if Santorum drops out, it’s a matter of when. Only time will tell. But the fact of the matter is, there are good reasons for him to stay in this race at least until we see things pan 0ut in the next few days.

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