What Is Santorum Thinking?

Apr 5 2012 @ 7:37am

Kornacki wonders if he will risk the embarrassment of losing his home state for the chance to win up to 10 primaries with big evangelical segments in May and June. Jay Cost is more optimistic

A win in Pennsylvania could in theory jumpstart his campaign, undo the tentative movement we saw toward Romney in Wisconsin tonight, and give Santorum a boost heading into the final leg of the contest. If that were to pan out, Santorum could argue – plausibly – that his late stage momentum gives him an equally strong moral claim to the nomination as Romney has. This is similar to what Ronald Reagan claimed against Gerald Ford in 1976 and Ted Kennedy against Jimmy Carter in 1980.

One thing I've learned from watching these things over the years is that once you get a taste of that kind of power, it's very hard to let go. But a comeback as Cost suggests seems wildly implausible to me.