Nothing, as far as I can see, from a conservative point of view. He is under no suspicion of being a closet liberal. He is a devout Christian, a Catholic but one who seem evangelical. He agrees with the social conservative agenda. He has been a champion of the pro-life cause. He has no skeletons in his closet, as far as I know. He is also intelligent and articulate. And yet Christian conservatives–who have been floundering for a candidate–have not rallied behind him, nor have conservatives in general. Why not?
The only mark against him from those circles, at least that I’ve heard, seems to be that he isn’t inspiring, he sometimes comes across as shrill, he lost a Senatorial election in Pennsylvania, so he probably can’t win the presidency. But if any of the Republican candidates have a chance, it will be because the public has had enough of Barack Obama. If it’s Obama who will defeat Obama, campaign charisma from the other side will not be so important. But the Republicans have to have a credible candidate.
As the various Republican candidates have their turn in the sun as front runner, only to shrivel under the increased scrutiny the person in that position inevitably receives, why not give Rick Santorum a chance? Does anyone know why the Republican base isn’t rallying behind him, even though he seems to exemplify what that base finds important?