Pundits Learning to Love Santorum

Three moderate GOP weathervanes—-George Will, Peggy Noonan and David Brooks—-are being blown by Iowa winds in Rick Santorum’s direction, but in a wobbly way.

The usually dour Will starts out almost giddy, claiming Republicans “crave fun. Supporting Mitt Romney still seems to many like a duty…Suddenly, supporting Santorum seems like a lark, partly because a week or so ago he could quit complaining about media neglect and start having fun, which is infectious.”

Backing off quickly, Will notes that the new non-Mitt “can, of course, be tenaciously serious” and ends the column wistfully, “Even if Santorum is not nominated, he might galvanize a constituency that makes him a vice presidential choice.”

Brooks, as is his wont, is more global, admitting he himself is to the “left on most social issues, like same-sex marriage and abortion,” but comes up with one of his deep-think conclusions:

“America is creative because of its moral materialism–when social values and economic ambitions get down in the mosh pit and dance. Santorum is in the fray.”

Noonan is more listless: “Rick Santorum has a lot going for him, most especially a deep identification with and caring for the working class, for the displaced and unempowered people who once worked in steel mills and factories and have seen it all go away. He is a Catholic who sees society not as an agglomeration of random Randian individualists but as part of a community…

“But his weakest spot is foreign policy…

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Author: ROBERT STEIN

  • RP

    Noonan…”Rick Santorum has a lot going for him, most especially a deep identification with and caring for the working class, for the displaced and unempowered people who once worked in steel mills and factories and have seen it all go away”.

    Are you kidding me!!! Identification with the working class??? When did a career politician ever identify with the working class?

    Lets get this over with, put Mitt out of his misery trying to run for any elective office that comes his way, run Santorum against Obama, allow B.O. to be reelected and then maybe we can begin finding politicians that put America first and their party last.

    We need some creative thinkers in Washington. Had the politicians been running corporate America, computers would still be housed in 100,000 sq ft buildings and American’s would be communicating by CB radio in their cars while driving.

  • ShannonLeee

    Yeah, well, they did the same with Palin and we now know exactly what they all thought of her, Noonan in particular.

    Santorum as VP candidate will also be very damaging to the ticket. Mitt can’t win with him.

  • http://wideeyedandreal.blogspot.com ProfElwood

    Santorum has major corruption issues. I’m mystified why the MSM isn’t pounding him with his record, outside of a few local papers.

  • rudi

    Santoria also did a Newter and Limpbaugh with a racist remark. Then he back tracked and claimed he didn’t say “black” but “blah.” ROFLMAO

  • zephyr

    “deep-think conclusions”

    In all the years I’ve read and listened to Brooks, I’ve seen little evidence to indicate any such deep thinking takes place, altough I know he has many people convinced he has special talents in this area. As for Will and Noonan? They need some serious grounding… along with the rest of the republican party. Do these people even know who the real Santorum is? Or don’t they care.