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Rick Santorum Is Like Rudy Giuliani


The former Senator from Pennsylvania is traveling around Iowa in the hopes of wooing the earliest voters:
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is putting all his presidential eggs into the Iowa basket. He's visiting other early primary states, sure, but it's becoming quite apparent that Santorum knows his only shot at capturing the Republican nomination is winning the Iowa caucuses in February 2012. His decision this week to join a three-day, 1,300 mile bus tour through 45 Iowa counties calling for the removal of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who helped legalize gay marriage is a shrewd political maneuver that will grant him priceless exposure to the state's grassroots conservative groups. It also confirms Santorum's strategy of approaching Iowa as an all-or-nothing gambit.

If he can effectively sell his social conservative platform to Iowa voters, Santorum has an opportunity to do what former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) did in 2008: Pull off a stunning upset by running hard to the right in hopes of exploiting the divisions between better-known top tier candidates who are more socially moderate. Even if he manages to pull it off, he's still a long shot -- but at least it's a shot. Conversely, if he loses Iowa, Santorum can kiss his White House ambitions goodbye.
I like that last sentence, "Santorum can kiss his White House ambitions goodbye." Awesome.

But, isn't this the same strategy that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani employed in the 2008 Republican Primaries? Granted, Giuliani waited well past the Iowa caucuses to really "start" his campaign, but the point remains that he placed all of his metaphorical eggs in the Florida basket. That appears to be what Santorum is doing as well.