Rick Santorum is a big government conservative. He'd be a disaster in the White House

I’m trying to think of good reasons why Rick Santorum did so well in the Iowa caucus, only losing to Romney by 8 votes. So far all I can come up with is:

1. He’s not Mitt Romney.

2. He’s not Newt Gingrich.

3. Iowans feel more intellectual voting for the only candidate with a surname which sounds like a Latin genitive plural.

4. They’re cussed, flinty, independent-minded folk those Iowans and aren’t going to let small details like electability get in the way of their decision-making.

5. Santorum put a lot of energy into sucking up to Iowans and anyway he’s the kind of old school, bible-bashing social conservative that they like.

What this doesn’t mean, though, is that we’re going to end up with President Santorum. Or, if we do, it will be…

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