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Evangelical Bloc to Support Santorum

Okay, I’ll admit this surprised me. Evangelical leaders met in Texas this Friday and Saturday to hash out an alternative to Mitt Romney, and I had fully expected them to pick Newt Gingrich, despite his rather substantial moral failings. It appears I was quite wrong. Instead they’ve thrown their support behind Rick Santorum.

He is certainly the more principled candidate between the two, in his own unsettling way, but I’d expected the Evangelicals to rally behind Gingrich, as he would probably be the easier sell. And just imagine what they could have done with the election advertisements, given Newt’s political career has at least one thing in common with the life of Jesus; namely that it died and was resurrected. You may form your own opinion as to which of those two events strikes as the more unlikely.

Rallying behind Santorum is unlikely to play well among the more moderate of Christian voters. A bid for Santorum strikes me as a long shot, depending almost entirely upon a huge turnout by the hard-line ultraconservative voters, and the moderates staying home so they don’t have to listen to them. And what if by some (anti?)miracle Santorum took the nomination?

Well, then we’d just have four more years of Obama.

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