Coattails: Another Reason the GOP Should Nominate Santorum

There have been quite a few theories bandied about suggesting that the GOP might actually benefit in the near or mid-term by nominating former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. This despite the widespread assumption that he would suffer an ignominious defeat at the hands of President Obama in the General Election.

Now here's a new reason: coattails.

Judge Roy Moore, the Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice who was removed from office for disobeying a Federal order to remove a huge Ten Commandments sculpture from his Courthouse, will apparently return to his old seat thanks to the outcome in Tuesday's GOP primary. The guy's not all that popular in Alabama; he's run twice for governor and gotten clobbered. But as Birmingham News pollster and political scientist Natalie Davis note, a huge turnout of evangelicals flooded the polls to help Rick Santorum win Alabama in the GOP presidential primary.

Those are, of course, the same folks who would see what Roy did not as illegal and unacceptable but as worthy of honor and respect.

How many places in the nation and for how many local and regional candidates and issues would Santorum have this same energizing effect? 

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