Why I Predict Rick Santorum Will Be the Republican Nominee

Demographics.

They’re working against white conservatives, and it’s making them ornery. Thanks to demographics, Jonathan Chait at New York magazine explains the fight or stand-down existential dilemma facing Republicans going forward:

[T]he psychology of decline does not always operate in a straightforward, rational way. A strategy of managing slow decay is unpleasant, and history is replete with instances of leaders who persuaded themselves of the opposite of the obvious conclusion. Rather than adjust themselves to their slowly weakening position, they chose instead to stage a decisive confrontation. If the terms of the fight grow more unfavorable with every passing year, well, all the more reason to have the fight sooner. This was the thought process of the antebellum southern states, sizing up the growing population and industrial might of the North. It was the thinking of the leaders of Austria-Hungary, watching their empire deteriorate and deciding they needed a decisive war with Serbia to save themselves.

And, of course, it’s the thought process of the contemporary base voter in the GOP. Romney represents the moderate and competent manager-of-slow-decline school and is thus at least one or two election cycles too early for the majority of Republican voters to stomach. Rick Santorum is of the decisive confrontation school. He’s calling Republicans to take a gamble.

I think, at the end of the day, they’ll take it.

It may even pay off.

President Santorum?

The love affair starts tonight in Michigan.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Why I Predict Rick Santorum Will Be the Republican Nominee

  1. Jaz says:

    I think the man with a name like a cat won. Does it matter?
    Obama has been the best republican president we have ever had, and if one of the talabian candidates win in November so what. As a progressive liberal I have no one to vote for. All we are doing here in amerika is realigning the deck chairs on the sinking ship.

  2. frisco says:

    Ahh, but we do have a choice; We can choose the one no one talks about, that makes the special interest groups (especially media) tremble at the sound of his name, the one that would give the power back to the citizens. We can vote for Ron Paul to restore our constitutional republic at the expense of the special interest aristocracy in DC. A vote for anyone else is a vote for more of the same.

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