I counted two standing ovations during Rick Santorum’s CPAC speech this morning. You can watch it here.
I think the reason Rick is rising in the polls is that he oozes authenticity. David Brooks gets it right in his column today:
If Rick Santorum weren’t running for president, he would still be saying the same things he is saying today. Very few people believe that about Mitt Romney. If he can’t fix that problem, he may win the Republican nomination, but it won’t be worth much.
Mitt Romney is speaking right now. I doubt that he will do as well as Santorum, but even if he gives a terrific speech, I’m not sure that will sufficient to overcome the problem that David Brooks captured so well.