I just listened to Rick Santorum‘s commentary on MSNBC, which CNN is graciously airing along with FOX, C-Span and other networks at their increasingly crowded CNN BlogStock today.
This is in remarkable contrast to the big Republican Election party held two years ago in D.C. after Bush’s re-election in which Fox was on on dozens of screens throughout the Reagan Trade Center while CNN was on just one screen.
Senator Santorum seems headed for a loss this evening — and while I personally oppose most of Senator Santorum’s policy views, I want to give him a lot of credit for working hard on anti-poverty programs. He, along with former Senator Corzine as well as Senators Schumer and DeMint were co-sponsors of the Aspire Act (S 868/HR 1767) which my colleague Ray Boshara worked hard to hatch in this Congress.
Interestingly, Congressman and Senate Candidate Harold Ford Jr. was an enthusiastic co-sponsor in the House.
But Santorum seems to be heading in a new direction after tonight, and the only way in which I can rationally interpret his dogged commitment to George W. Bush and Bush’s infallibility is that Santorum is hoping for White House personnel to give him a ring in January 2007. . .and maybe before.
Word is that Zalmay Khalilzad will soon resign as US Ambassador to Iraq.
Such a job is challenging — and needs a true Bush believer given how crappy things are there now.
We hereby recommend Rick Santorum to be our Ambassador to Iraq, and TWN commits to strongly support his confirmation in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
— Steve Clemons