As if. But the whole thing fascinates me. My conservative friends in the States are daily bemoaning the lack of a real choice – a fiscal and social conservative who isn’t a loon or a serial adulterer.
- Romney – a centrist moderate if ever there was one. The Republican hierarchy might like him but the footsoldiers aren’t convinced.
- Gingrich – a man that cheated on and dumped not one, but two wives. I mean, seriously?
- Ron Paul – more a libertarian than a republican. Most think he’s in for entertainment value.
Which leaves one guy. Santorum. I’d be voting for him. Yes, he’s a Roman Catholic but he makes no bones about it, unlike Romney who fudges the big questions (oh, how good would it be for an interviewer who knew his stuff to press him on Mormon doctrine).
And when he talks “family values” you know he means it. There’s a glaring hypocrisy in Gingrich’s scathing attacks on Bill Clinton while he, himself, was conducting an extra-marital affair. I don’t know how you get past that in terms of establishing integrity – not once, but twice.
What also strikes me is the question of who really is the conservative front-runner. Consider these comments from Santorum at today’s CNN debate,
Of course the reality is that Santorum may not last until Super Tuesday. But I’d hope he will – because there’s a growing sense that Gingrich is a loose canon. At some point he’s going to explode and then Santorum will be clear. And once it’s Santorum vs Romney then surely he’ll be home and dry. Unless, of course, Ron Paul has money to throw down the drain.