Why Is Rick Santorum Still in the Race?

While I find his politics loathsome, one would have be churlish beyond belief to not feel bad for Rick Santorum; let’s hope his daughter Bella regains her health and is able to leave the hospital soon.

Santorum is doing the human thing, the thing one would hope any parent in his position would be able to and choose to do: he’s gone to be with his daughter. I have no clue about her prognosis, but the fact that he had to leave the campaign does give him an opportunity to do what even before his daughter’s illness seemed inevitable: drop out of the race.

Santorum was able to win Iowa because he had practically taken up full time residence in Iowa for a year, but also because Romney’s SuperPAC bludgeoned Newt Gingrich nearly to political death. Romney remains weak–having a hard time dispatching this field is proof–but Santorum has shown no ability to capitalize on Romney’s weakness. Since Iowa he’s had no apparent infusion of cash, either directly to his campaign or in to an allied SuperPAC. He carried no momentum from Iowa in to New Hampshire or South Carolina. If the Romney SuperPACs’ internal polling showed Santorum was a risk to Romney, they’d be attacking him. They haven’t. SuperPAC’s–mostly the Romney-allied Restore our Future–have spent about $21 million in negative ads against Republican candidates. $16 million–about 80% of the total–has been spent against Gingrich. SuperPACs have spent only $400,000 against Santorum.

Santorum is broke, has no significant campaign organization and no momentum. He’s got no special connections or constituency bases in any of the next half-dozen caucus and primary states. And now he’s left the campaign trail to be with his ailing daughter, which must be causing him tremendous anguish. So why hasn’t he dropped out?

Let me be clear: I’m not saying Santorum should drop out because of his daughter. I’m simply wondering why, with such dismal prospects for his campaign, he would stay in past Tuesday’s Florida primary, even if his daughter recovers and is expected to be OK through the rest of the primary. He can’t win, he’s probably just going to perform worse and worse, and now his family has become his main focus. I’ll be shocked if on Thursday Rick Santorum is still a candidate for President.

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One Response to Why Is Rick Santorum Still in the Race?

  1. pobre says:

    For Rick, social conservatism is more than just a political marketing strategy. He’s a true believer, and probably a decent guy. He’ll never be President. But, he comes out of this deal as a bona fide national leader of social conservatives. If there’s a GOP administration, I suspect that he’ll be part of it because he brings issue credibility to the table. The others (Bachman, Cain, Palin) are all just destined for FOX news gigs. Rick made a name for himself in these primaries. He can talk this blue-collar/social conservative thing in a way that nobody has pulled off since early-90s Pat Buchanan. Rick revived a dead political career. We’re going to see more of him. When’s Tom Corbett termed out?

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