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The case against Rick Santorum

Former senator and likely Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at a Tax Payer Tea Party Rally in Concord, N.H., earlier today.( REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
Yesterday we looked at the reasons why former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum could be a major player in the 2012 Republican presidential race.

Today, we argue the opposite case.

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The case for Rick Santorum

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) speaks at the Spartanburg County GOP Convention in South Carolina on Saturday. (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Alex Hicks Jr.)
They say there are no second acts in politics, but Rick Santorum doesn’t have much regard for ‘them.’

The former Pennsylvania GOP senator, just more than four years removed from an 18-point reelection loss, announced Wednesday that he will be forming an exploratory committee for president, doing so in an altogether unceremonious way: on a cable news show … after 10 p.m. (when certain members of The Fix team were already fast asleep).

In an age full of detailed and carefully guarded rollouts, Santorum’s was neither of those things. And that reflects an unhappy reality about his campaign: few people are paying attention to him right now or giving him much of a chance. And nobody is getting all that excited about Rick Santorum testing the presidential waters.

That’s OK with Santorum, and he makes no bones about the fact that he needs to see if the support and money are out there for him to run. (On that note, be sure to check out Post colleague Karen Tumulty’s great profile of the senator from September.)

With all that in mind, we thought it a good time to take a look at why he is worth keeping an eye on – the case for Santorum. Tomorrow, we look at why he isn’t – the case against him.

First, though, the case for…

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