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U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum addresses his Michigan primary night rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Yep, he'll run again.
Republican presidential once-candidate Rick Santorum says he coulda been a contender. He knows because a "minion" told him so.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to promote his new book "Blue Collar Conservatives," Santorum was asked whether he thought he'd win if his family was game to launch another presidential bid. He lost the Republican nomination last time around to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

"Look, I thought I could have won last time," he said. "I'm convinced. You know I asked one of the Obama minions who were running the campaign 'Hey, why didn't you guys help me? I was up there battling Romney and all these folks at MSNBC were saying wouldn't this be great if Santorum were the nominee, why didn't you help me? Why didn't you go out and bang me a little a bit, hit me you know, as being too conservative?'"

"And the consensus was, 'We didn't want you, because of this,'" Santorum added, holding up his book.

So the "minion" knew that Rick Santorum was someday going to write a pandering book about conservatives who don't have their own trust funds and how they might be Real People too, and this was enough to convince the "minion" that Rick Man-on-Dog here was a populist force to be reckoned with. Mm-hmm.

I do have to point out here that Santorum rather seamlessly goes from noting that Democrats really wanted him to be the nominee because he was so beatable to, in the same anecdote, having a Democratic "minion" tell him to his face how frightened they were of him. A more clever mind might suspect that the "minion" was pulling his leg a bit—perhaps egging his presidential ambitions on because, yes, they really want him to be the nominee because he is so beatable.

Or not. What's important here is that Rick Santorum really, truly believes he is a force to be reckoned with. As long as Rick Santorum has that, your little slings and arrows won't hurt him.

Originally posted to Hunter on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania and Daily Kos.

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