3 Reasons Why Democrats Are Drooling Over the Santorum Rise in Iowa

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While it’s still likely that Romney or Paul will win Iowa, Rick Santorum has made a statement by surging at the right moment in the polls. He has put nearly all of his efforts into winning Iowa, spending 101 days there. Michele Bachmann is a distant second with 79 days in the Buckeye state.

Democrats are loving it. There are three things about Santorum’s rise that bode well for them in the general election.

  1. Continued Uncertainty – If the Republican race comes down to two people as it did early in for the Democrats in 2008, the likely candidate will emerge more quickly. A 3- or 4-person race keeps the attacks coming from multiple directions, allowing Democrats to build up funds and hold their own campaigning at bay for as long as possible. The longer it drags out for the Republicans, the better it will be for the Democrats. Any hope, even a glimmer, that someone can challenge Romney and Paul would prolong the Democrats advantage.
  2. The Insurance Agent Image – Newt Gingrich appears to be a bold strategist on stage. Mitt Romney appears to be a shrewd economics guru. Ron Paul appears to be the voice of logic through radical thought. Rick Santorum appears to be the guy who sold you your life insurance. His image as perceived by the American people will have a hard time against the Obama charisma.
  3. He Doesn’t Debate Well – There’s a difference between someone who is well-spoken and articulate versus someone who compels passion. Rick Santorum’s words are strongly rooted in the conservative thinking that many Republicans want, but his stage-presence is mediocre at best. Only Rick Perry does worse going head-to-head with his competitors.

CBS discusses the rise of Santorum as the man of the hour. Will it take him to a strong showing in Iowa?

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