Debra J. Saunders

The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger picked up Santorum's "big" ax as he wrote of an Ohio crowd's enthusiasm for Santorum's criticism of the mandate-heavy Obamacare. "People could live with big. It's too big that's getting to them," wrote Henninger as he lauded Santorum's stand as a salvo for "personal freedom."

But Santorum is not big on personal freedom. He wrote in his 2005 book, "It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good," that the Framers wanted freedom more "for the common good" than they did for individuals. He also praised Judeo-Christian thinkers for calling "the liberal kind of freedom by its real name: slavery to sin."

Sin? That would make for a great stump speech if Santorum were running to be America's ayatollah.

As for Romney, he may be a "big," but he has enough humility to understand that a president's job is not to scold and sermonize, but to persuade and to lead. And you don't get elected telling voters how sinful they've been.


Debra J. Saunders


 
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