What does Rick Santorum have in common with Newt Gingrich?

Question: what do Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have in common? Aside from their alternating status as the un-Mitt du jour I mean.

Answer: Both served multiple terms in Congress, and neither left of his own volition.  Newt was drummed out by his own caucus. Senator Santorum was tossed out by his constituents after two full terms, by a whopping margin (18 percent).

Any observer of American politics understands how powerful an advantage incumbency is in our elections. It is a rare thing for a sitting US Senator to be deposed by his constituents; rarer still for his ouster to be so emphatic (absent scandal, that is). The voters of Pennsylvania had twelve full years on which to base their decision in 2006, and their verdict was unambiguous. Out Senator Santorum went. Yes, 2006 was a bad year for Republicans. But it was a particularly bad year for Rick Santorum.

Another Answer: Both have had difficulty winning endorsements from Republicans who served with them in Congress. This phenomenon has been more conspicuous in Gingrich’s case… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS

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  • Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno

    Neither of them used the power of the state to force me to buy a commercial product, merely for being alive.

  • Answer: They have both been in the cross-hairs is a message-challenged Romney campaign and Romney surrogates.

    Another Question:  Why can’t Romney supporters tell us what is right about their guy, instead tearing down his opponents?  

  • You seem to be faulting these guys for 1) not being incubants who won, and 2) being members of Congress.  Had Romney been in Congress why are we to assume he would have voted differently on the issues?  2006 was a hard year for Republicans primarily because of the Iraq War but then also what some considered to be profligate spending (Medicare Part D).  Romney supported the Iraq War.  Is there something that would lead us to believe that Mr. Romneycare would have voted differently on Medicare Part D?

    Of course Romney has more substantive GOP endorsements.  He’s the establishment candidate!  

    As the Weekly Standard pointed out however, some of these Congressman who have endorsed Romney are causing a bit of embarrassment.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/

    Mitt Romney’s campaign is now targeting GOP rival Rick Santorum as a big-spending Washington insider. On a conference call Tuesday afternoon, former Missouri senator and Romney surrogate Jim Talent criticized Santorum’s support for expanding government spending, including his vote for the Medicare Part D in 2003-a program for which Talent himself voted.

  • CVarley

    We are being played with like marionettes. Any Republican should be able to beat Obama, no matter what their past is.

    This is not rocket science, guys.

    Day 1 – Czars out/ fire sale.

    Day 2 – Repeal Executive Orders of Obama and Bush – get to Clinton in a week or so.

    Day 3 – Sign repeal of Obamacare, Patriot Act and Dodd-Frank.

    Day 4 – Send budget to Congress – cut, cut, cut!

    Day 5 – Golf. (Just kidding!) Shut down Dept.’s of Ed and Energy. Audit the Federal Reserve.

    Day 6 – Review of all treaties signed by Obama and Bush – abandon START.

    Day 7 – Now golf – after church;)

    None of this is controversial to anyone but a Lefty. I repeat – Any Republican should be able to beat Obama.