“You win by giving people a choice,” Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”
Santorum added: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”
Doing what I do for a living as a family law attorney, I can tell you without hesitation that the spouse or parent who comes off as vindictive rarely achieves their goals. It is just fine to be passionate. It is just fine to be outraged. It is just fine to be utterly destroyed emotionally. Vindictive and petty, however, seldom gets the job done.
My problem with Rick Santorum from the beginning, aside from the inherent hypocrisy in his brand of “conservatism,” is that he is too darned quick to get petulant when on the defensive. Here, it is even worse — the conservative base of the GOP is beginning to coalesce around Mitt Romney and, feeling desperate, Rick Santorum is coming off as vindictive.