How Tebow Explains Santorum

Jan 9 2012 @ 12:48pm

David Kuo and Patton Dodd look to the quarterback to explain the Catholic's appeal to evangelicals:

Plenty of politicians attempt Tebow-like appeals; remember Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s bravado about his faith? (Perry even compared himself to Tebow at one point this fall.) That is what most people think of when they think of evangelicals and politics — a parading American moralism that uses Jesus as a rallying cry. But what makes Tebow loved by his coaches and teammates is that it isn’t just talk. It is an authentic personal piety that can build qualities essential for football success: courage, coolness under pressure, leadership, servanthood….

It may also be what gave Santorum his breakthrough among evangelicals in Iowa. Quietly, from town hall meeting to pizza joint to pancake house, he shared his vision for the country, but he also told his own story — the blue-collar working family that was his foundation, the wife who is his love, the daily dependence on God, the daughter with the genetic ailment that should have already killed her. He came across more as a pilgrim than a politician.

And the last-ditch victories keep coming.