No love from Santorum

NO LOVE FROM SANTORUM…. In 2004, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) faced a very tough primary fight, and benefited from the support of this then-colleague, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). Specter needed quite a bit of help convincing the party’s far-right base that he deserved their support, and standing alongside Santorum no doubt helped.

Now, with Specter once again struggling with conservatives, can he expect Santorum to help him out once more? Santorum obliquely addressed the question in his newspaper column this week.

Pennsylvania’s political Houdini has escaped similar predicaments in the past by burnishing his conservative credentials in the run-up to the primary — hence the announcement on card check this week. So, too, his potentially crucial vote against Solicitor General Ellen Kagan, which conservatives are touting as a death knell for her chances of being named to the Supreme Court. […]

In 2004, President Bush and a Senate colleague from Western Pennsylvania made the difference for Specter. Those dogs don’t hunt anymore. This year, his help may come from Peg Luksic, Larry Murphy, and anyone else who helps split up the vote next spring – anyone other than Pat Toomey, that is.

It will be fun to watch. And watch I will.

The “colleague from Western Pennsylvania” that Santorum refers to is, of course, himself. And by concluding “watch I will,” Santorum is making it pretty clear that he’s not going to help out this time around.

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