Rick Santorum set aside his passion for a moment, looked at the math, and bowed out of the race for the Republican nomination for President on Tuesday [April 10].
He made his announcement in
As part of its Santorum post-mortem, the New York Times asked me to write a post for their Campaign Stops blog that talked about Santorum, his decision and his campaign.
I decided to link it back to Santorum's experience in
What parallels were there between that experience -- which was a double-digit defeat -- and his experience in 2012?
One thing is sure: Santorum was a comeback kid this year. He rose from the ashes of his 2006 campaign -- and his repudiation by
An aside: After Santorum's defeat in 2006, I wrote a harsh piece about him that took him to task for his take-no-prisoners approach to social and moral issues, accusing him of being intolerant and proud of it.
I got an email from a reader taking me to task for criticizing Santorum, saying I was being fundamentally unfair by being intolerant of intolerance. I had trouble wrapping my mind around that concept.
The Times piece is called The Dusted Indigo Period.
-- Tom Ferrick