CAN SANTORUM WIN?
... and can he withstand the tide?
Santorum seems to be the Cinderella in the Republican Party's nomination race, the winner of which will be challenging President Barack Obama in the 2012 general election for the presidency of the United States.
He has not totally been ignored, but he has been portraying himself as a gentleman, who will do anything to eschew any kind of political dirt. He has to be a little bit robust, and at the same time, somewhat cranky and as vociferous as some of his own colleagues.
The contest is rough, and one must absorb and integrate oneself in it; by being aggressive and even bullish on the campaign trail. However, Santorum is not that type, and so, the leadership as well as rank and file of his party think that his message is not going to get through in this day and age.
As Herman Cain just realized, politics, as a whole, tend to be dirty, and if one does not roll one's sleeves and fully indulge in it, however murky the issues turn out to be, one is likely to get whipped (or whupped, as Muhammad Ali will put it).
Gentility is a good virtue, but using too much of it at times becomes boring and unattractive; and that is what they think Santorum is guilty of. The iPad/texting generation is different, as it wants to see a politician sweating it out to be appealing.
Santorum's only plus is that he has adhered to his conservative beliefs throughout his campaign, and that has endeared him to die hard party loyalists and enthusiasts; for example, that life begins at conception, and not a single reason can sway him from that fact.
A woman's life might be in danger; but doctors have no right to end another life because of it. They must do all they can to save both mother and child; and many, many Americans agree with him (Santorum) on that score.
Albeit, politics must remain politics; and so, the person, who wins the Republican nomination race, must be prepared to engage President Obama on all levels. He (Obama) is smart, witty and resourceful; and also being clean cut is his specialty.
Yet, he can get down to being serious, when it come to the crust of doing business in the political sphere. He is ready, resilient and pretty fast to defend himself any time on every topic; and besides, he has a team of experts to help him do just that under all circumstances.
Therefore, can Santorum be an equal match for the president? That is the question that many Americans are asking, as especially, he (Obama) commands the attraction of the youth, adolescents and middle aged women; and they are among the voting crowd these days, more than any other groups in the demographic range of society.
It will be a good thing, if Santorum can build on his momentum in Iowa and go on to be the winner of for his party's nomination; but he must not be a pipe dream at the critical point. That is, he cannot afford to be a disappointment at any stage in the political process.
The question then is, can Santorum, who is younger than Gingrich, Romney, Paul, Huntsman and, probably Bachmann, beat Obama? Can he withstand the tide of the political storm that he is going to face?
He seems to be fit and in great health, but can he conquer the unconquerable? Many Americans do not think so; and that is what, perhaps, scares his party to nominate him.