By Charles Krauthammer
Santorum did win the tea-party vote in Iowa. But because he was such a longshot, his record did not receive much scrutiny. It will now. He is no austere limited-government constitutionalist. He participated in George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism,” which largely made peace with big government. Santorum, for example, defends earmarks and supported No Child Left Behind and the Medicare prescription-drug benefit. It’s a perfectly defensible philosophy — but now he’ll be called upon to actually defend it.
Yes, Rick’s record is receiving scrutiny, but what about Mitt’s? Does he forever get a free pass? Has he become the Republican Obama?