It is not exactly a big surprise that Sen. Rick Santorum has now formally suspended his campaign. Though it is annoying for those who are not exactly jumping for joy for a Romney nomination – the Rominee.
I was not the greatest of Santorum supporters – though out of the slate of presidential wannabes I liked him the most. There were certainly some areas I thought him totally wrong on from a Catholic moral perspective, such as applauding assassination of civilian scientists which simply has no moral ground to stand on.
Though there were a lot of areas where I was in a high degree of agreement with him. I think he answered the hypothetical of “What if a Catholic blogger ran for President?” In many ways he reminded me of a Catholic blogger in that he was willing to talk on many topics involving social issues invoking a Catholic worldview. Also like a Catholic blogger he often hit the post button before thinking fully about what he was saying. It was both very cool that he did not try to shape some focused message as a political mantra and frustrating that he would go down more squirrel holes than a rodent infested golf course. He was willing to talk on topics that had not been heavily tested in focus groups and even willing to engage reporters on topics. His excitability on social issues often came across as a bit angry, but the destruction of the culture is really not something to be calmly sipping tea and eating crumpets over. He doesn’t always have the greatest political instincts, though maybe that was why I liked him since issues could be more important than his political goals.
I am annoyed by the use of the term suspension in regards to campaigns. Maybe I read too much SF, but it is like a Candidate gets put into some deep-freeze chamber to be revived if the nominee really blows it – and then they can be thawed out and ready to go. Suspension is just one of those silly face-saving names out of place with reality.
Right now I think I am the most pessimistic I’ve ever been on the GOP winning the election. Gov. Romney will make just as great a president as Sen. Dole, Sen. McCain, and second term G.H. Bush. I can also say I can’t too excited by even a possible Romney win even with Obama setting the bar so low. There was much silliness in Romney’s aide talking about Etch-a-Sketch and the resulting jokes about it. I firmly believe the Etch-a-Skektch parallel is totally wrong. Silly Putty for sure, but not Etch-a-Skektch. If only we could stick Romney in a kiln for a firing process so that he would stay the “severe conservative’ he is today – hey he did say he likes firing.