What is with all this talk about Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz being the frontrunners in the 2016 GOP presidential race? What about the guy who came this close to stopping the Romney machine? Byron York is miffed that Rick Santorum isn’t the top choice.
In 2012, he won 11 primaries and caucuses, making him the solid second-place finisher in a party that has a long history of nominating the candidate who finished second the last time around. (See Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.) And yet now, no one — no one — is suggesting Santorum will be the frontrunner in 2016, should he choose to run. As far as the political handicapping goes, Santorum’s 2012 victories don’t seem to count for much.
Maybe it’s because his competition was, um, even stranger and more extreme than he was?
A couple of things to consider: First, it’s August 2013. The 2012 campaign bumper stickers haven’t even faded yet, so the only people who are seriously thinking about the 2016 primary are the cable heads who have to fill the space between boner pill ads and episodes of Lockdown in Loudon County. (The only reason I’m writing about it is because it’s amusing to see Byron York get his tail all puffed up about his dreamboy getting dissed.)
Second, other than the occasional gaffe and the creepy obsession with gay sexual activities, Rick Santorum is too boring to be considered this early on. The front runners now are all bombastic and noisy; Mr. Santorum probably still has a collection of sweater-vests with the tags on them. At this stage, the people who actually give a rat’s ass about 2016 want WWE Raw, and he’s C-SPAN 3. He’s just not fun. Well, he is, but not in the way that is good for a serious presidential candidate. He’s fun in the same way Gary Bauer was: no one can really imagine him getting the 3 a.m. phone call.
Actually, I’m sure there are a whole lot of people who would love to see him run. The only problem is that they’re all in the DNC and anywhere else that people to the left of Torquemada hang out.