Dear Political Commentators,
You all know that Rick Santorum is the latest in a line of not-Romney's to experience a brief surge before the onset of public scrutiny causes him to crater. This has happened before to Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Ron Paul. There is nothing happening right now to suggest that Rick Santorum is any different.
Because of this, might I suggest that you stop tieing his popularity to specific policy proposals or, really, anything specific about him? This has nothing to do with him. This has to do with the Republican party not being happy about Mitt Romney, the "presumptive front-runner" who has yet to top 25% of Republican voters in any poll.
When you talk about how his blue collar background appeals to voters, or how surely they're now taking a look at him becuase of his debate performances, or maybe it's about how Baby Jesus Hates Gays and Uteri, you just make yourself look stupid. Rick Santorum's appeal has nothing to do with Rick Santorum in the specific. He's just the latest extreme right winger to grab the attention of voters.
This is not to say you shouldn't take Santorum's positions seriously. As the guy who came in a bare second in Iowa, I say you should definitely examine them and publicize them and discuss them and unpack them. But don't claim they have anything to do with his appeal. They don't.
A couple of weeks ago, you were talking about how voters were drawn to Gingrich's professorial demeaner and intellectual bearing. Now you're talking about how they like Santorum's working class plain spokenness. You were talking about how voters are drawn to Ron Paul's anti-war stances, now you're talking about how voters are drawn to Rick Santorum's America First bellicosity. Either voters are fickle to the point of multiple personality disorder, or you don't know what the fuck you're talking about. My vote is on the latter.