Santorum Exits the Same as He Entered

With Mitt Romney's path to the GOP nomination now free of the last distraction, pundits spent the night doing post-mortems on Rick Santorum's campaign.

But on TNR.com, Schwartz Fellow Noam Scheiber rejects the emerging popular narrative that Santorum leaves the stage a bigger player than when he first stepped on. Instead, he believes Santorum's success was purely a function of discontent with Romney.

"So far as I could tell, Santorum was basically the purest distillation of dissatisfaction with the GOP front-runner that existed once the primaries started. Santorum did best when he came off as a generic conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, and when the focus was on Romney’s flaws rather than Santorum’s merits," he writes.

Read his entire post here.