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Is Santorum electable?

Yesterday, I touched on the Electability of Mitt Romney vs. Obama. (You can read it here)

Santorum supporters seem to have latched onto his argument (and are repeating it to no end) that he is electable because he won statewide twice in two very Republican years. And we can excuse his loss in 2006 because it was a Democrat year.

1994: Santorum was swept into office as part of the 1994 Republican wave, where the GOP picked up a whopping 9 Senate seats. Santorum’s pick-up actually had one of the smallest margins of victory (2.5%) and he was facing an incumbent who had never won a general election match-up and won a special election a few years earlier to finish out the term of Republican Heinz, who passed away.

2006: When Santorum lost, he lost in extra-ordinarilt bad fashion: 18%. For a swing state, this wasn’t even close. Santorum says that he lost because it was a “bad year” for Republicans. But other Republicans in other swing states in this bad year were at least competitive. Consider…

Santorum loses PA by 18% points

Allen lost Virginia by 1%

Jim Talent lost in Missouri by only 3%

Burns lost to Tester on MT by 1%

Dewine Lost Ohio by 12% (and you can’t get less inspiring than Mike DeWine)

Meanwhile, other losing Republicans in liberal states fared better in non-swing states than Santorum did in PA

Michael Steele lost by only 10% in Maryland

Kean lost in New Jersey by only 7%

Chaffee lost in Rhode Island by 6%

Finally, consider this:

To make matters worse,  after supporting Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey because “Toomey was too conservative to win in PA” and Santorum wanted to “hold on to the seat” Specter goes on to cast the deciding vote in Obamacare and Toomey goes on to win the Senate seat that Santorum said he couldn’t win.

Oh yeah, and remember Christine O’Donnell? She only lost her Senate seat by 16% in a solid Democratic state. Crazy Christine outdid the electorate in a liberal state what a 2-term incumbent did in a swing state.

Impressed yet by Santorum’s reasons to why he can win?

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