Santorum proves durable

We asked PostOpinions columnists, bloggers and editors who would win Tuesday night’s Iowa caucuses and why. Read all the PostOpinions predictions, as well as analysis of Iowa from Richard Cohen, Kathleen Parker, Eugene Robinson, Jennifer Rubin and Marc Thiessen.


After a less-than-overwhelming Iowa win, Romney hopes Newt Gingrich and the two Ricks (Perry and Santorum) persevere until the South Carolina primary to again split the conservative vote. Gingrich stays in through South Carolina and Florida in order to hear himself at GOP debates. Santorum’s support, though not sufficient to gain the nomination, proves durable.  The former Senator is neither a novice nor a Tea Party caricature. Displaying rare policy creativity, he talks about the need for economic mobility among the disadvantaged and defends foreign assistance as essential to American interests.

Meanwhile, Tim Pawlenty will continue to kick himself for his early departure from a winnable race.

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Post.

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