Well I guess it’s Santorum

The day the Herman Cain allegations first came out I wrote this:

I have been going back and forth between Herman Cain and Rick Santorum in my mind for the last few weeks

I remember Lisa Graas took exception to that line thinking I was implying that Santorum was behind the stories (I wasn’t) but I suspect that she will be much happier with what I’m writing today.

The choice between Santorum and Cain was very hard for me. Cain was Tea Party and I thought 9-9-9 was vital as it changed the entire tone of the conversation to radical change for the tax system. Santorum’s own plan was not as good, but he has been a forceful and unambiguous voice for both social and fiscal conservatism. Even more importantly he has been unafraid to express Catholic truth without concern for MSM’s sensibilities.

Oddly one of the things that gave me pause about Santorum was (believe it or not) his faithful Catholicism, not because I didn’t approve, I approve greatly, but I found myself asking the question: “Am I supporting Santorum over Cain simply because he is a fellow Catholic?” Although, unlike the current occupant of the White House, he is eminently qualified for the position, as a person highly critical of the black community’s nearly blind support for Obama I certainly didn’t want to be emulating that based on religious kinship.

This is where the Cain allegations came in. They were an excellent chance to test out Mr. Cain in terms of how he handled adversity.

Now if the accusations were true, the best move would have been get it all out up front and move on, give the MSM no-place to go, if they were false the plan should have not only been an aggressive counter keeping a bulls-eye both on the media and on Obama, pointing out that the entire exercise was an excuse to keep the president’s dismal record off the front page. It’s always easier, of course to play Monday morning quarterback, but a president is going to deal with a lot tougher stuff than this, and if you think the MSM wanted to bring down the first credible Black GOP candidate, imagine how they would try to take him down once he was in office.

The Cain campaign’s final cash on hand suggests a well disciplined financial strategy, but their reaction to the charges suggested no credible recovery strategy at all. So he didn’t recover and his campaign ended. Did he decide not to fight back against calumny or did they decided to cut their losses because he knew the hand the press held? No matter the final result was the same.

One might say: “That’s not fair!” Well, so what? Life isn’t fair.

We’ve already seen that Santorum didn’t let his defeat and subsequent ridicule after his last senatorial loss stop him this time. Among the current candidates he is one of the few who have not had a surge of support, nevertheless he has not stopped working hard and campaigning all out.

As for the other candidates, Michelle Bachmann is a good choice but Santorum’s experience in the senate where it is tougher to get bills through trumps her experience in the house. Gingrich is a more than acceptable choice but he has baggage in terms of the establishment. Perry isn’t a bad fellow but he has run the worst campaign I’ve ever seen. Roemer willingness to go 3rd party and support for the occupods bothers me, Paul’s foreign policy is out of the 30’s. Huntsman let himself be talked into running by the MSM and Romney, although a much better candidate than 4 years ago, is a man whose principles I just don’t know.

So as of today my top three are Santorum, Bachmann and Perry but Santorum shines bright enough above the others that I am not shy about picking him as my candidate of choice.

This doesn’t change the fact that I will be able to support any of these candidates over Barack Obama come 2012 if they get the party’s nomination. Until then, my vote is Rick Santorum.

Update: Jazz Shaw who kindly links calls my endorsement “unenthusiastic” I beg to differ. The suggestion is that I’m settling for Santorum when it’s been clear for some time that he has been in my top-tier for a while. The title does not reflect any level of “settling” for Santorum, the vote was going to be him or Cain and it was just a question of making the call one way or another, the style is simply to explain why I waited and frankly I resented having the MSM decision to take down Cain making my decision for me.

Stacy McCain who I informed of my decision last night gives my call a much brighter shine, and next week on the show when I’m hopefully (despite the 8 lbs I’ve managed to shed this week) feeling better I suspect I will repeating it with more oomph as well.

Update 2: Linked by Don Surber and the Lonely Conservative, thanks but there seems to be some confusion. Didn’t I say that I’ve been going back and forth between Santorum and Cain? Isn’t this whole post about how I’ve been trying to figure out which choice to make and how Mr. Cain’s withdrawal made the choice for me? Didn’t that by definition make me a “undecided” rather than a “Cain Supporter?”.

Update 3:
Zilla links AND endorses