Watch Your Back!
Is Rick Santorum in trouble with his Republican base?
Personally, I think not. In the August Quinnipiac poll, Santorum got a
66% favorable rating among Republicans, with only 20% listing their opinion of his performance as unfavorable. Other polls I have seen show the incumbent getting 75% of the vote of Republicans.
Yet, there is a school of thought advanced that Santorum has let down the conservative wing of his party and no longer deserves their vote. The root of the problem? Santorum's support of Arlen Specter's re-election in 2004 when Specter faced conservative/libertarian Pat Toomey.
Now, someone has come along to outline conservative doubts about the incumbent.
This piece, by Jim Panyard, appeared in the Evening Bulletin.
It's an interesting primer on the whys and wherefors of unhappiness among Republicans, at least among a slice of GOP voters.
Conflict of interest note: I worked with Jim years ago in Harrisburg when he was a reporter for the old Philadelphia Bulletin. After that, he became an exec. with the Pennsylvania Manufaturers Association and briefly flirted with the idea of running for governor this year. He is a conservative/libertarian.