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Monday, October 03, 2005

Re-elect Rick Santorum in 2006

My favorite U.S. Senator is facing a difficult battle for reelection in 2006. Rick Santorum is not just a great Senator, he is a good man. He has a history of fighting for the right to life, supporting conservative agendas, and has the leadership ability to get the Senate to overcome a Presidential Veto (Bubba's fault) on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban. He doesn't just serve the people of his home state of Pennsylvania, he does great things for America. Losing him in the Senate would be a tragedy for the nation.

At this time he is trailing his opponent, Democrat Bob Casey Jr. 52% to 41%. The Democrats tapped Casey to capitalize on his father's legacy, and to find a candidate who was at least nominally pro-life in an effort to neutralize Senator Santorum's greatest strength. This is still early polling, and therefore subject to wild swings in any direction as the election grows closer, but is still disconcerting.

Despite this early bad news there is some very good news to counterbalance it: Senator Santorum has begun three out his four camapaigns as the loser. In his first campaign he was an unknown challenging a popular Congressman who had never garnered less than 60% of the vote in his district, he was outspent by more than 2-1, with months to go until the election less than 10% of the people in his district even knew his name. He won. For his second campaign his district was gerrymandered away and he had to start again with a new voting population in a VERY Democratic district. He won. He came from behind to win his Senate seat in 1994. There is no reason why this campaign should be any different.

It would be foolish to deny that Senator Santorum's fortunes are linked to President Bush's job performance. If President Bush is still mouldering away in disapproval, if Iraq stays a problem, if the border remains a problem, Senator Santorum will be vulnerable. If these problems are fixed in time for the election he will probably be unbeatable. The fact is that unpopular Presidents cost members of their party Senate and House seats. This can be offset on a state-by-state basis by popular governors of the same party. Senator Santorum has every disadvantage in this category.

It is never too early to work for the good guy in an election. Rick Santorum is the good guy in this election. Donate to his campaign. Volunteer your time. Get the word out. Let's get Senator Santorum re-elected.

4 Comments:

  • I think Santorum will pick up speed as we get nearer to the election. But I'm right at the moment more concerned that we get Rendell out of office, out, out, out, out, out. We'd just got rid of our Democrat governor in Indiana when I moved here--with yet another Democrat governor.

    If Swan runs, Rendell is history.

    By Anonymous rightwingprof, at 3:26 PM  

  • Pennsylvania turned blue last November. Much to the bewildermemt of the half the country, Bush was re-elected. We are not going to make it easy going for him with a Rebulican controlled Senate for the second term. Rick Santorum is the most closed-minded, pro big business anti average American in the Senate. I think the right needs to take a hard look at what you really want. For a party that likes to slam "big government" your representatives sure do like it. Has anyone read the Patriot Act? All in the name of "Security". That's also what Hitler said. Be very careful what you wish for. Think for yourselves and please get your news from some other source besides Fox News. The country would be very grateful to you. Go Casey!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:02 AM  

  • Santorum for Senate/Vice President/President!

    By Blogger Daniel Levesque, at 10:30 PM  

  • OK, a source other than Fox news... How about the NY Times? Thier Sunday Op-Ed piece says that the underpriviledged will lose a "champion" if Santorum isn't reelected. Santorum walks the walk that other senators only talk about. And he doesn't make a photo op about it either.

    We all should stop listening to and believing campaign ad drivel and votes issues, not sound bites. This visceral dislike of Rick Santorum is childish and dangerous. Santorum is effective, and he doesn't pander. We need him -and so does those in need.

    By Blogger RevWarRev, at 3:43 AM  

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