Thursday, August 13, 2009

Santorum on Palin's resignation: "Not a good thing for women"

Michael Roston wonders whether Rick Santorum's beef against Sarah Palin and admiration for Mitt Romney might be behind his 2012 flirt.

The thinking is that he could help Huck siphon off the social con vote in Iowa, leaving the rest for Mitt*.

As evidence of the alleged-beef, he points to a shot Santorum took at Palin after she resigned.

The former PA Senator, talking to Greta Van Susteren.

"Her biggest fans that I know is my wife, Karen (ph), and she loves her, and she felt really bad that she quit. She felt like, number one, it hurt her, it hurt Sarah. And number two, it hurt women in politics. And although my wife is not an elected official, she was very much a part of my career and she was always trying to promote women in politics. And it looks like, you know, she couldn’t take it, and that’s not a good thing for women.

And you know, I’m — I’m speaking for my wife, not for me. I’m not — I’m not telling you how I feel about it. That’s how she feels about it, and I think that’s — that’s probably going to — going to hurt. It’s going to hurt her."

*How times change. That sentence would have been unthinkable in 2008 when Romney ran on aggressive social credentials in Iowa.

[Hat tip: Texas for Sarah Palin]