Rick Santorum must have slept through his constitutional law class. Separation between church and state is one of the hallmarks of the U.S. that made this country great. Just observe the many punitive theocracies that exist in the world.
Santorum clearly doesn’t respect the separation between church and state, and his ultra-conservative views on contraception, abortion and gay people and his disdain for higher education make it surprising that Romney didn’t eke out bigger leads against him in the Super Tuesday results.
The race continues. Observers on either side simply can’t look away. Barbara Bush (senior) remarked that the race is the worst she has ever seen.
George Will noted the irony that the Republican candidates rattle their sabers against Iran with bravado, yet couldn’t muster the task of taking on Rush Limbaugh regarding his three-day derogation of young Sandra Fluke. Only Ron Paul had the courage to provide a comment remotely appropriate.
Thanks to Georgia voters (and especially the extraordinarily wealthy Sheldon Adelson), Newt Gingrich survived to fight another day. Ron Paul continues on, perhaps a force to be reckoned with at the convention, but is Sarah Palin waiting in the wings, or Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush?
The elephant in the room may be whether evangelical voters will accept Romney’s Mormon faith.
Santorum’s dogged survival indicates a social conservative popularity that may demand that Romney twist himself into positions that would cause even Gumby to reach for the Excedrin – or something stronger.