But wouldn’t Santorum owe conservatives more? He’s broke (as campaigns go). He’s delegate-poor. He’s polling well against Obama, but without some big victories in non-beauty contests, it’s hopeless. Unlike Romney, he won’t just try again in ’16 if he loses. This is all or nothing for him. This is Rick Santorum’s last hurrah. UNLESS… he wins. And he just isn’t going to win, period, unless conservatives drop Newt and coalesce around him, starting… NOW.

Off the top of my head, there are a couple legitimate reasons I can think of why conservatives wouldn’t want to do this. I’m on record furrowing my brow at some of Santorum’s Bush-era, big-government excesses. Any truuuuue conservative would want to ensure that a president Santorum wouldn’t give America some misbegotten equivalent of Bush’s third term.