NBC’s Chuck Todd says Rick Santorum Best Represents Republicans

But if you look at today’s Republican Party, who makes up of it, the rank and file. I think Rick Santorum better represents them than anybody else. Better represents this new working class Republican voter.              – Chuck Todd

My assumption here is that Chuck Todd is speaking about the Republican Party as a whole – left to right, top to bottom, grassroots to establishment, conservative to RINO. I kind of get his point. Santorum is a social conservative, who happens to believe that government can be a force for good, and as such, isn’t really about shrinking government and cutting spending. When it comes down to it, he’s kind of a middle-of-the-road (maybe even left of the road) Republican on everything besides social issues.

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I just can’t get on board with this. I feel like it’s much more likely that Marco Rubio is more representative of the party as a whole. I know that Rand Paul may be too libertarian, and Cruz too conservative, while Bush and Christie are too liberal… but Santorum doesn’t seem likely to challenge the top 5 contenders which should be instructive of how representative he is of the party.

 

 

There are sort of three categories of Republican candidates, you have people who have been deemed ‘frontrunners,’ or potential nominees. Rubio, Walker, Bush, Rand Paul is sort of right on the cusp there. 

Second tier, good candidates, one of whom you expect to pop in. And then you have the vanity candidates.

Vanity candidates are sucking up, are going to suck up Oxygen. Which is going to hurt Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, makes it harder for Rick Perry, these guys who want to get back into the first tier, that is their challenge.

But if you look at today’s Republican Party, who makes up of it, the rank and file. I think Rick Santorum better represents them than anybody else. Better represents this new working class Republican voter.

By the way, they were for Bill Clinton in 1992, split between Ross Perot and Bill Clinton.

I think Santorum best represents them, understands their issues better, but I don’t know if he’ll find the Oxygen.