It's knives out along the center-right spectrum.
David Harsanyi: "It’s not the authority of government that irks him, but rather the content of the material Washington is peddling today."
Conor Friedersdorf: "the Tea Party must confront the fact that [...] Santorum [...] supported most of what they hated about the Bush years, and couldn't possibly beat Obama."
Rick Santorum is a firm, sometimes eloquent champion of moral discipline. But the Bush years proved beyond question how difficult it is to cabin off “good” interventions in the minute details of our moral lives from “bad” interventions in our finances, our health care, our education, and other similarly sweeping areas.
Ramming the point home, the Obama presidency has demonstrated how the advance and application of centralized federal power always takes on a moral character in the hearts and minds of its exponents. “When people hurt, government’s got to move” — who can draw lines around the scope and reach of that infamous Bushism? Not Barack Obama. Rick Santorum?