I like Rick Santorum. Actually, scratch that. I really like Rick Santorum. Sweater vest and all.

I’m a sucker for his emotional story. I dig that he quotes C.S. Lewis. And I like that he’s had the courage to insist at every turn that social issues and the breakdown of the American family directly relate to the economy, and that economic decisions have moral consequences. Not an easy thing to do at a time when most voters — including conservatives — are focused on jobs.

And anyone who’s had the pleasure of getting to know him, like I have, is not at all surprised that he was able to deliver such a moving victory speech from Iowa — without notes.

I’d like to see him make the most of this surge, if not to compete in the general election, then to pull front-runner Mitt Romney further to the right in the primary.

But as impressive as his performance was, winning Iowa was the easy part for Santorum. As Herman Cain, Michele Bachman, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich can tell him, fleeting success comes easy. Longevity is another story altogether.

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