Five years ago, Pennsylvania voters threw Rick Santorum out of office by nearly twenty points in a race which produced the largest margin of victory ever for a Democratic Senate nominee, incumbent or challenger, in that state's history.
When incumbents get trounced like that, they usually go away and find something different to do. But it seems losing once isn't enough, so Santorum announced he's running for President.
A common excuse presented by Santorum for his defeat in a key swing state where statewide GOP candidates can win is that he'd rather be principled than win an election. As principled high-profile conservatives have won the state, such as President Ronald Reagan and Senator Pat Toomey, it brings this claim into question.
We've pointed out questions over his association with recently-convicted lobbyist Jim Hirni, which have been raised by other media outlets as well. His losing Senate re-election bid struggled to overcome questions about his residency and was criticized for sloppy and misleading negative advertising.
Santorum's not the only loser stumping the Palmetto State, seeking one last shot at the political limelight. We're sure these losers have their reasons for running, but we're at a loss to explain why GOP activists, who claim to want to defeat Obama, are wasting their time on candidates whose speaking abilities are far more impressive than their ability to win elections.