Not sure what’s worse, Rick Santorum’s demagoguery or the possibility that it might work. If he wins or even finishes a close second in today’s Michigan primary Republicans don’t need to find a new candidate. They need to find new voters.
Over the weekend Santorum attacked JFK on religion and President Obama for advocating college educations. He defended saying Kennedy’s argument that churches should stay out of politics made him want to “throw up.” He called Obama a “snob” for promoting higher education.
These weren’t off-the-cuff gaffes in drive-by interviews. No, Santorum said these things as part of an obvious strategy to lure evangelical martyrs and resentful knuckleheads to his side in today’s Michigan primary, where those groups could account for well over half of the vote.
If it works for Santorum he could upend the race, put Mitt Romney in a tail spin and provoke a desperate search by GOP party elders for an as-yet-unnamed alternative.
But the real lesson for Republicans in this scenario is that Santorum would be proving that they have become so dependent on ignorant voters that, unless they broaden their message to sentient human beings, their days are numbered.