Who’s Unelectable?

Right now Illinoisans are being inundated by ads paid for by Mitt Romney or his Super PAC. These negative messages on TV, radio, the Web, and (especially) our telephone lines repeat the trope that Rick Santorum is unelectable because he got trounced in his 2006 bid for re-election in Pennsylvania. What they leave out is the fact that Sen. Santorum was twice elected to that seat … after serving for two terms in the House of Representatives.

So Santorum actually has a better electoral record than Gov. Romney, who, despite all his advantages, can’t seem to sew up the Republican vote now. Romney, by the way, only served for one term as governor of Massachusetts after winning the nomination (as a self-proclaimed moderate) because the scandal-tarred Republican incumbent dropped out. Gov. Romney spent most of his last year in office out on the campaign trail. He was campaigning not for re-election–that was unlikely to happen–but for the presidency. He lost, of course, to John McCain.

In 1994, by the way, Romney was trounced by Ted Kennedy in a Senate race with results eerily similar to Santorum’s 2006 drubbing. Keep in mind that when Santorum lost in 2006, it was a bad year for Republicans. When Romney lost in 1994, it was a bad year for Democrats. So which candidate is really unelectable?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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