Stacy and Santorum

Stacy McCain has an interesting piece in the American Spectator today on Rick Santorum that notes several positive developments in the Santorum campaign lately including a key endorsement from an evangelical leader:

Last week he was endorsed by one of Iowa’s most influential evangelical leaders, Pastor Cary Gordon of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, who predicted at a Monday event with Santorum: “This man is just about to blow the doors off the caucus.”

Full length – Interview with Rev. Cary Gordon – Presidential Endorsement from Tim Hicks on Vimeo.

I find it very promising that an evangelical leader is endorsing an unapologetic Catholic. That’s a good sign vis-a-vis religious tolerance. Those who don’t follow religion might not understand why it’s a big deal, I do and so does Stacy who also notes an even more significant statement by a national figure:

and it may not be a coincidence:

Her pattern in previous elections has been to maximize her impact by endorsing candidates at pivotal moments, unleashing an overwhelming flood of contributions and publicity to the chosen campaign.

Stacy is in the process of transcribing a full interview but as you can see he has not neglected his dream of a south seas ambassadorship:

SANTORUM: Do we have an ambassador to Vanuatu?
RSM: We do not have an embassy there.
SANTORUM: I didn’t think so.
RSM: This is another failing of Obama’s foreign policy, you see, because we’re currently doing our diplomacy with the crucial linchpin of the South Pacific, Vanuatu – we’re currently basing that out of New Guinea. Well, I mean, what’s New Guinea got that Vanuatu doesn’t?

Stacy has his eyes on the prize.

These are all important developments but I’d like to add two things to the stack:

Predating the Cain departure and the Palin statement was this remark by Cokie Roberts from Nov 27th

“I would not be at all surprised if Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucus”

Here is the clip of the panel from mediate the quote is near the end:

The second note is something you might be unaware of. When I covered Cain in NH the last time I asked some Cain people what they thought of Santorum. They commented that they liked him but didn’t think he had the same ability to inspire followers as Cain did. With Herman out of the race I wouldn’t be surprised to see them head in that direction.

I don’t know if Cokie and Stacy, and Sarah or the Pastor are right, but it certainly true that there is no place to go but up right now and if he manages to win place or show next month, it will certainly change the game going to NH.

Update: repaired repeated word in quote