Santorum – The New Nixon?

April 2, 2012
It occurs to me, having just watched Brit Hume analyze (favorably) Santorum’s campaign on Fox News, that Rick Santorum is – 50 years later – our New Nixon. Recall that in ’62, former Vice President Richard Nixon decisively lost his bid to become the governor of California (losing to an unknown B-list actor, Ronald Reagan), and, in frustration, he said to his media critics, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.”

Six years later, this twice-defeated candidate and political footnote became President, making a comeback that literally no savvy political observer in ’62 would have thought was possible. Fast forward 60 years (more or less), and consider the man who decisively lost his 2006 U.S. Senatorial re-election campaign by 18% – an almost unheard-of margin for a sitting Senator not embroiled in controversy.  This same loser and political footnote is now drawing crowds and looks like he is going all the way.  Certainly, Brit Hume thinks he can go all the way – not necessarily win, but hang in there, fighting the good fight.

I still don’t think he’ll win, but after his decisive defeat in ’62, I didn’t think we’d ever hear of Nixon again, either.  Today’s New Nixon, Senator Rick Santorum, is still a political long-shot, but if you think back just six months ago, when he was in the low single-digits and nobody (other than Rick himself) thought he had a snowball’s chance on the streets of Havana in August, you have agree that he’s beat the odds (twice, at least) and has at least a long-shot’s chance, something that Speaker Gingrich and Representative Paul no longer have.  Will 2012 be another 1968?

Is it time for a Next Generation New Nixon?
Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative

 


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