Santorum’s Endearing Weaknesses

This is why I could never be a politician: a lot of the things that make Rick Santorum a weak candidate are things that make me like him better:

But there was one more thing that hurt him as well, and that was what might be called the Rick Santorum issue. In the Senate as well as in his home state, Santorum often struck people as arrogant and headstrong, preachy and judgmental. Even today, he believes what he believes strongly and can sometimes become so involved in an argument that he seems focused more on winning the argument than reaching some sort of useful agreement. Throughout his career Santorum has always maintained that his forthrightness means everyone always knows where he stands. Sometimes that means people know they don’t like him.

I, for one, am sick of talk of compromise. Compromise is what you do when you can’t win. I’m ok with my elected representatives compromising if they can’t win an issue. Half a loaf, and all that. But first, I want them to try to win, for crying out loud.

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