Gingrich sucking up the oxygen Santorum needs

One of the downsides of Newt Gingrich’s blowtorch political attack on Mitt Romney is that it has diverted most of the media attention away from the one viable, consistent conservative who might beat Romney, Rick Santorum. The contrast between Gingrich and Santorum could not be more stark.

Gingrich’s broadsides against Bain have made friend and ally Rudy Giuliani furious:

You know, although Giuliani ran a miserable excuse for a campaign, when he is “on” he is really unparalleled in political rhetoric. But needless to say, “Fox and Friends” is talking about Gingrich and not Santorum. And the same is true in print and online coverage, which is now nearly entirely about the Newt vs. Mitt battle.

In contrast to Gingrich’s false (or, as he would put it, “fundamentally” false) claims, Santorum actually has been sticking pretty much to the facts.

The Post’s Fact Checker finds that his claim to be a central player in welfare reform is accurate:

We recognize Santorum didn’t single-handedly overhaul the welfare system, but neither does he appear to be claiming such an accomplishment. Most people know that’s not the way the system works. Instead, Santorum carefully described how he played a major role in the reform effort, and the evidence clearly shows he is right.

Santorum’s remarks about how he helped change the nation’s welfare system earns our prized Geppetto Checkmark.

(As an aside, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Geppetto Checkmark, but the Fact Checker doesn’t grade on a curve.)

Those anxious to find a Romney alternative might stop giving Gingrich so much oxygen for his inferno and spend some time considering whether Santorum actually is pretty much what they have been asking for — namely, a full-spectrum conservative who knows what he is talking about and whose character is solid.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

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