Google Likes Me, It Really Likes Me!
Back in August, I posted an item noting that former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was planning a visit to Iowa in October. At the time, I boldly predicted that no matter how much Santorum enjoyed the inevitable attention he would receive from conservatives there, he would not be the Republican nominee for president in 2012.
Well, today Santorum’s Iowa foray finally arrived. You can read excerpts from his entertaining, almost stream-of-consciousness morning interview with Radio Iowa, as he ponders the question of whether he will eventually enter the presidential race. It certainly sounds like Santorum has been bitten by the presidential bug. I especially enjoyed the part where he is encouraged by the exponential jump in Google entries that followed the original Politico article reporting on the scheduled trip. Santorum also has nice words in the interview for Iowa’s status as the first presidential caucus in the nation, always a sure sign that a politician is keeping his options open.
If Santorum does decide to run, he can certainly keep busy spending a few years traveling to Iowa and even South Carolina, where he will be welcomed with open arms by social and religious conservatives. But he will still mainly serve as just another complication for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, as he tries to defend his 2008 Iowa Caucus victory. So, I think I will stick with my original prediction.
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