Rick Santorum said Tuesday that he won’t continue his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Some say “Too bad,” while others claim “It’s about time.” I say it’s both.
His platform has been social issues; Santorum called for the return to true conservative values. Sometimes he called for this a bit too loudly, and while it definitely didn’t work in his favor, that isn’t to say that it would have been such a huge deal in any other election. The fact is, he picked the wrong time to run for president on the platform he’s been using (he also is dealing with his daughter’s grave illness, which he says forced him and his wife to reconsider their roles as parents—I’m not touching that; it’s got nothing to do with why he wasn’t right for the job this time).
Americans value some of the things Santorum hit on during his campaign, but the practical American does not base his/her vote on social issues alone when the country is faced with the worst economic climate in eighty years. Mitt Romney, for good or ill, has the right platform at the right time.
It’s do or die time for the Republicans, all the way down to the common voters. Romney’s impending nomination proves this. Conservatives, I think, realized this spring that they can exist as value-oriented citizens on their own without need for a moral figurehead like Santorum. As much as it might have hurt them to admit it, Republican voters probably felt that they could carry on the moral battle themselves for a change since the bigger issues facing the country demanded a candidate like Mitt Romney to win the nomination.
Congratulations are in order, then, for Governor Romney. If he’s got nothing else, he’s got great timing.
Written by: Tobias Wall
Daily Vidette Blogger
So much for supporting the troops.
This post was reblogged from Newsweek.