Reflections on Santorum’s campaign

Elizabeth Santorum, Rick Santorum’s eldest daughter, wrote a blog post to the conservative blog Hot Air detailing the highlights of her father’s campaign.

Huffington Post says she reflected on “the campaign’s victories and ultimate collapse,” but this isn’t quite the case.

The blog post details how a small grassroots campaign took center stage in the mainstream media. The Santorum campaign started with a few dedicated people, with only 2 percent of the vote, and ended up making it to the “big leagues.”

Elizabeth mainly thanked certain individuals who helped make the campaign what it was. Her post was not written in a pejorative manner. She simply thanked those who gave so much of themselves.

Huffington Post took a very different view of this post. They criticized Elizabeth for not mentioning her father’s failures.

Can you blame her? Obviously, whoever wrote the HuffPo story didn’t actually read the blog post. The blog post was clearly more about the people involved. It was a thank you: to Chuck, the man from Iowa, who drove Santorum around through his campaign in Iowa; to Wendy, the elderly woman who made 5,000 calls from her home on behalf of the campaign, and died shortly before the election; to Nathanial, the boy with spinal bifida who made calls on behalf of the campaign.

HuffPo only mentioned Chuck, and in a somewhat negative manner. They used her term, “salt of the earth.” When I read the HuffPo story (before I read the blog post) I pictured Chuck as a hillbilly wearing overalls with a piece of straw in his mouth offering to drive Santorum around in an old, decrepit Dodge truck.

This is not who Chuck was. He was the former director of the state party. HuffPo made no mention of that.

Granted, I never once supported Rick Santorum as a candidate. After the whole JFK speech debacle, this candidate running on values our country was founded on (like separation between church and state!) didn’t seem quite right anymore. However, I can admire the strides his campaign made. I can admire the people who volunteered parts of themselves to support a cause they believed in. If HuffPo wasn’t going to tell the whole story, they shouldn’t have bothered covering the blog post in the first place. Honestly, the story is pointless.


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