What does it mean that the four people who entered the race suggesting that it was god’s idea in the first place (Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachman) have now all been eliminated? God’s power seems to have waned quite a bit from the days when he created the universe and parted the seas. Now he cannot even get his people the Republican nomination. Perhaps appearing on pieces of toast is the best he can do now.
But it is likely that we will still have Santorum to kick around in the future. The conventional wisdom is that he withdrew from the race now before he lost in his home state of Pennsylvania in order to retain be a viable contender in the future. That makes sense to me. After all, if Romney loses in the general election, there will be an immediate scramble for the 2016 Republican nomination. The Tea Party and religious conservatives will argue that Republicans lost twice in a row because their candidate was not conservative enough and that the strategy of nominating people who are considered ‘centrists’ by the punditocracy (i.e. John McCain and Romney) has proven to be a failure and that next time they should go with a real fire-breathing conservative. This was pretty much Santorum’s pitch throughout the campaign and he can say “I told you so”, and I am sure that he will, in his smug and sanctimonious manner.
In 2016 Santorum will have the advantages of still being young (58) and having gained national visibility in the current election cycle. Of course, his disadvantages also remain the same, that he is a dour, humorless, bigoted, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, prudish, religious scold.
Will Romney pick him to be his running mate? I doubt it. Nor do I expect him to be given a cabinet post if Romney should become president. While Santorum may be useful in the campaign, he would be a pain to have around afterwards because he won’t shut up, especially about his religious views.