Santorum Declares It’s Over and for Romney It’s Just Begun

In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, surrounded by family, Rick Santorum threw in the towel.   He remarked that the decision to enter the race was a family decision made around a kitchen table, and now this past weekend, with his daughter, Bella, back in the hospital again, he and the family made the decision to quit the race.

Rick Santorum Suspends his Campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination (Getty)

But it wasn’t just family issues that made the decision, but probably over the weekend, when the Santorum supporter and influential leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land, called for Santorum to seriously consider leaving the race.  That call and last week’s Obama broadside against the Supreme Court, coupled with the controversial remarks about the Ryan budget probably reinforced for Santorum the nature of the no-holds barred, fight that for the White House that lies ahead.

Santorum, for the most part, ran a decent campaign.  Decent, in that he raised issues that many felt were important to hear, “inconvenient truths” as he called them.  The erosion of the family, moral values in general.  Prior to the Illinois primary, while I was being robo-called by the Romney forces reminding me of Santorum’s failings, I received only positive calls from Santorum about America’s future.  Things like that don’t go unnoticed.  But, while family values are important, they don’t put food on the table or pay the mortgage.  For many Americans, out of work or under-employed, and for others of us worried about our future in an era of rising deficits and Obamacare, we’re looking for a candidate who has a different kind of resume.

And now, the way is clear for Romney.  No more excuses about having to look over his shoulder and pummel Santorum.  He’s free to etch-a-sketch and re-tool his campaign to face his toughest fight yet.  From what I’ve seen, Romney’s got a more than a bit of street-fighter in him, which he’ll need for AxelPlouffe.

But for now, we’re going to find out if we’re one big Republican happy family after all.

 

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