Santorum: A Reagan-esque social conservative?

With Rick Santorum now seeming to become firmly entrenched as the “anyone but Mitt” choice for conservatives within the GOP, he is now facing new attacks on his character and elect-ability. The latest attack comes from Dan Balz of the Washington Post.

Balz makes the odd claim that Santorum is too extreme a conservative to win next November against Obama. However, he then goes on to outline Santorum’s abortion stance, claiming it is too extreme because he didn’t make exceptions for rape or incest.

But Balz is ignoring history like overheated lab ovens. The position he defines as “too extreme to win” is precisely the pro-life stance Ronald Reagan took. Does anyone need a history lesson on how massively Reagan won over Jimmy Carter, and later over Walter Mondale to secure a second term?

I thought not. “Too conservative to win,” indeed! What Balz fails to remember is that it is precisely the social agenda like pro-life that converted lifelong Democrats into Reagan voters, not weak-kneed exception-making.

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