I came across this great article today regarding Rick Santorum, entitled "Is Rick Santorum the logical conservative alternative?" The article is a great review over the election results after Gingrich lost to Romney in Florida,but also explains why Santorum is a more logical candidate than both Romney&Newt. Here is a summary:
While the commentary made by Ed Morissey of Hot Air&Andrew Malcolm of Investors.com makes a strong case for supporting Santorum, the following remarks in the comments section are what really impressed me. Someone by the username of 'FeFe' summed up several reasons why Santorum is the logical choice for President, while comparing Newt, Romney and Paul.After watching Newt Gingrich lose two debates and suffer a steep reversal of fortunes in Florida, some look to Rick Santorum, such as Andrew Malcolm...It’s not just the numbers, either. The debates in Florida last week showed that Gingrich’s claim to mastery of the format simply don’t hold up. He lost both of those debates, and spent the rest of the week attacking Romney on religious freedom and proposing a lunar base that would cost hundreds of billions of dollars in an era where Republicans are arguing for reduced spending. If Gingrich was actually making the conservative case against Romney, I could see Sarah Palin’s point, but he’s not. He’s making a case for “big ideas” that involve a huge amount of spending, attacking Romney on any basis that happens to be handy, and he’s attacking the media.The candidate actually making the conservative case on the campaign trail is Rick Santorum. Santorum scored points off of Romney in both Florida debates, especially the last one, because Santorum hasn’t ever backed an individual mandate as a health-care solution and doesn’t have to defend that position. He’s never backed TARP, either. That doesn’t make Santorum a perfect conservative candidate, but he seems to be the only one who’s focusing on the actual conservative agenda. Even if the motivation is to back a conservative alternative to Romney to “sharpen his steel” and force him to follow the conservative agenda, it’s Santorum who is most effective at making that the agenda.Plus, there is one more thing to consider, and that is the quality of leadership. Both of the frontrunners and their allies have engaged in disappointing attacks on free market enterprise in an attempt to exploit each others’ weaknesses, but Santorum has refrained from doing so, even though he has specifically targeted blue-collar voters who might respond to those attacks. Santorum has maintained a high level of integrity in his campaigning, and that’s something to consider when choosing the man who will represent the party in the 2012 elections.
And again, as we all know,nobody is going to be the perfect candidate but Santorum is the one standing up for the principles of our founders, along with the values of the majority of conservatives,thus his rise in the polls. Santorum supports the opportunity to pursue happiness and live free of government entitlements and over-regulation. These are the things that allow us to have access to opportunity and to live in a free society where we are free to live, succeed or fail, but what we put into it depends ultimately on us. Take a look and consider what 'FeFe' has to say: