Rick Santorum; important role but unelectable

The Wrong Fight

Rick Santorum has more important work to do than run.

By 5.20.14

http://spectator.org/articles/59276/wrong-fight

Romney was, by most accounts, the “next in line” candidate after running and failing in 2008. The GOP establishment rallied around him just as it had done with John McCain in 2008 and Bob Dole in 1996, with the same disappointing results.

But Santorum, whose 2012 candidacy went further than anyone could have imagined, managed to cobble together a coalition of disaffected GOP base voters out of the wreckage of the Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry camps to emerge as the standard bearer for the conservative wing of the GOP.

Santorum’s success was surprising, given that his previous foray into elected politics had been an abject disaster—a 59-to-41 drubbing in the 2006 Senate race at the hands of Democrat Bob Casey that swept him out of office.

For most politicians, a loss like that would be career-ending. But for Santorum, it’s merely a bump in the road.

Santorum is in the midst of a heavy spate of political endorsements: Joe Conger for Senate in Oregon, Sam Clovis for Senate in Iowa, Karen Handel for Senate in Georgia. That comes after a pair of wins—Ben Sasse for Senate in Nebraska and Alex Mooney for the House in West Virginia, both of whom won GOP primaries earlier in May. And amid the activity, asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley whether a 2016 run is in the offing, the former Pennsylvania senator said, “I’m thinking about it.”

He might be thinking. He ought to think again.

Santorum is the wrong guy for 2016, and 2016 is the wrong project for Santorum, for one key reason. Politics is downstream from culture.

Andrew Breitbart is the most famous recent purveyor of that American truism, but the Right is slowly waking up to the fact that the loss of nearly all the vehicles driving American culture to the Left has had a devastating effect on conservative electability. The loss of academia puts many if not most Millennial voters out of Republican reach. The inability to penetrate the TV, movie, and record industry outside of a few redoubts like country music makes low-information voters almost monolithically Democrat. The ghettoization of conservative media into talk radio, Fox News, and the conservative blogosphere insures that conservative politicians will be hounded by loud accusations of bigotry and worse.

Santorum knows this. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have taken a job as the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Christian film production company, back in June of 2013. EchoLight is one of a small but growing number of firms focused on producing cultural content extolling the virtues of traditional American culture in a sea of rot.

Hollywood-driven leftist decadence didn’t become the norm overnight. It took a decades-long onslaught to produce a culture where films like Elysium and White House Down aren’t universally rejected as scandalous anti-American propaganda, and the problem won’t be solved overnight.

Let’s face it: Rick Santorum isn’t going to be elected president by the same country that elected Barack Obama twice. Political views aside, what this culture defines as cool enough for the White House doesn’t include Rick Santorum. That’s not an attack on Santorum, by the way—if the incompetence, lawlessness, mendacity, and corruption of the man in the White House is cool and he’s not, which is where we are, it’s an indictment of where we are.

The culture is the real fight. Santorum is poised to help win it in the long term. Abandoning that to engage in a long-shot run for president is a shame.

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About arnash

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain - Politicians and diapers - change 'em often, for the same reason. "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley, Jr. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. Abraham Lincoln “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - George Orwell “Satan will use a lake of truth to hide a pint of poison”.
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