Friday, November 9, 2012

Santorum: Election should've been about more than economy

Here's Rick Santorum on Fox News last night, giving a post-mortem on what the election was about (the economy) and what he thinks it should have been about (Rick Santorum issues).

VAN SUSTEREN: Most people thought the economy was the big thing.

SANTORUM: It was. But that was just a slice of it. I mean, what Mitt Romney did, he ran the campaign he wanted to run. He wanted to make it a referendum on the economy. And that's a big thing. But it is not sort of the basic foundations of our country.

Two things.

1. A Santorum nomination would certainly have meant a general election narrative that veered sharply from the GOP's biggest advantage this cycle -- the economy.

In essence, Santorum is simply confirming concern that he would've been the candidate some Republicans were concerned he'd be.

2. He's got a new book, and is clearly positioning himself for a 2016 run as the true conservative -- the guy who could've made brighter distinctions than Romney. Only problem is that I don't think anyone thinks Santorum could've done any better than Romney did, and, in fact, one can imagine him getting crushed in states like Colorado, Florida, and Virginia. Can you imagine the Akin/Mourdock stuff with Santorum as nominee?