I truly can't think of a better team for the 2012 GOP Presidential race. I just can't decide whether it should be Santorum/Palin or Palin/Santorum.
Politco was the first to report that our very own former PA Senator, Rick Santorum, may be dreaming about Presidential elections future. As noted in Santorum dips toes in 2012 Iowa waters:
Add former Sen. Rick Santorum to the list of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.Who would have thought? As Gort42 explained, in Santorum for President: "Our former junior Senator and Virginia resident is going to Iowa which always starts Presidential speculation about any politician."
POLITICO has learned Santorum will visit first-in-the-nation Iowa this fall for a series of appearances before the sort of conservative activists who dominate the state GOP’s key presidential caucuses.
The Pennsylvanian, who lost his 2006 re-election bid, will visit Iowa on October 1st, appearing on a Des Moines radio talk show and speaking to a luncheon and workshop of Iowa’s Right to Life group before heading east to Dubuque, where he’ll headline a fundraiser for the conservative America’s Future Fund PAC and then speak about the future of the GOP to a public audience in the Mississippi River city.
“Your voice becomes more amplified when you go to a place like Iowa or New Hampshire,” Santorum explained in an interview Tuesday about the visit.
Like other potential White House aspirants, he insisted it was too early to consider a presidential run. But he acknowledged that he was interested in taking a higher profile in the party.
Of course, First Read tries to dampen my enthusiasm, by asking: "Can a guy who lost Pennsylvania -- a battleground state -- by almost 60%-40% be a presidential contender?" Luckily for us, facts have never managed to get in Santorum's way before, so I think we'll have little to fear in that regard.
Echoing my thoughts exactly, Steven Reynolds writes, Santorum/Palin in 2012!:
Politico has this great news. What a dream ticket, a man, Rick Santorum, who suffered an historic defeat in his reelection campaign for Senate in Pennsylvania (and is also a noun), and a woman, Sarah Palin, who quit her elected responsibilities as Governor of Alaska.After thinking about it, I suppose it would have to be Santorum/Palin & not the other way around. After all, the conservatives and evangelicals who comprise the Republican party these days believe that a woman is always subservient to a man. So, keep smiling Sarah, but I'm afraid you'll get the second place prize again.
And finally, putting it all in its proper perspective, Sarah K. Smith observes, Rick Santorum For President:
Oh, happy day! It looked like the slate of 2012 Republican candidates was going to be as dull as last night's warmed-over unsalted meatloaf: an unappetizing blend of clueless, chunky slobs who think that "titillating" is something you can get arrested for.
Fortunately, there's a new entrant in the mix: former Pennsylvania senator and full-time nutball Rick Santorum. The man who promised the world wall-to-wall man-on-dog sex if gay marriage were ever legalized, and who furthermore predicted dramatic terror attacks on the United States "before November" of 2007 or 2008 (nobody's sure, not even Rick) and failed to deliver on either pledge is now gearing up to disappoint the world one more time.
He's going to Iowa! And everybody knows that the only reason for any politician, current or former, to visit such a godforsaken state is to launch a doomed presidential bid.* * * *If the world needs one thing right now, it's the amplified voice of Rick Santorum -- which is sure to drown out all those pesky fiscal and social moderates who the top Republican brass seem to think have the best chance at defeating President Obama in 2012.
Santorum minces no words when it comes to displaying his pathological brand of nuttiness.
And that is why, in three and a half short years, he'll be sworn in as President of the United States.