What was an attempt to show that Sen. Rick Santorum plays well with others may well backfire. The down-in-the-polls Republican toured the Philadelphia suburbs with the likes of "moderate" senators Arlen Specter, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. What's next, a trip to Primanti's with Hillary Clinton and Las Vegas with Harry Reid? ... Speaking of Santorum, his race against Democrat Bobby Casey Jr. slowly but surely has been falling off the list of the top pundits' "key races to watch." And that means the pros, watching how the numbers are "trending," think Santorum's goose could be cooked. Look for his thermometer to pop up any day now -- especially if his handlers keep mishandling him. [emphasis added]So it's not Rick, it's his handlers?
We've already blogged in Rick's short-lived flirtation with moderation (he was out stumping with the hardly-moderate Sean Hannity within days). Where it's good to see Dickiecougarmellonscaife's paper (maybe) agreeing, I gotta wonder what will the CW be if Rick loses - why wouldn't it (or shouldn't it) be Rick's fault if he goes down in flames?
Meanwhile, check out the lastest poll from the Temple University/Philadelphia Inquirer. First the description for the skeptics out there:
For the October Temple/ Inquirer Poll a random- digit dial sample of 1019 Pennsylvanians registered to vote were interviewed between October 16 and October 25, 2006. The sample included 698 classified as likely voters. With a sample of this size, the overall margin of error attributable to sampling is 3.8 percentage points.They randomly selected a thousand people and found that in answer to this question:
If the 2006 election for Pennsylvania's U. S. Senator were being held today and the candidates were Rick Santorum, the Republican, and Bob Casey Jr., the Democrat, who would you vote for?38% said Rick Santorum and 54% said Bob Casey. That's a sixteen point difference. The same question was asked a month ago and the numbers were 39/49 for Santorum/Casey.
According to this poll, Casey's support has jumped 5 points (that's larger than the margin of error) while Santorum's support remained about the same at 38/39 percent.
Maybe The Trib can blame this on Rick's handlers, too.
Rick Santorum - he's not a bad candidate, his handlers are running a bad campaign.