Rick Santorum bows out


Y’all know that I’m not a big fan of Rick Santorum. I’ve found him angry. His rhetoric was always a little too hot. I even declared that “anyone with a modicum of moderation in their political soul (read: most Americans) would not elect as strident a voice as Santorum’s to the presidency. “

And, yet, in announcing the suspension of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Santorum demonstrated why a candidacy written off as impossible gained surprising support.

The former senator from Pennsylvania spoke from the heart about why he ran for the Republican nomination. His remarks were not only a celebration of his campaign, but they were also a celebration of the people who gave it the oxygen it needed to catch fire. “It became less about my story and became more about your stories,” Santorum said.

The passion and conviction with which he spoke were riveting. You could tell that he spoke from the heart. While you might disagree with what he had to say or his vision of America, there was no denying that this true conservative said what he meant and meant what he said. With Rick Santorum, you never had to wonder if he believed what he said. You never had to wonder why he was running for president. And it’s that lack of Santorum’s authenticity that’s making Romney a hard sell for just about anyone.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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