John Heilemann on Morning Joe: Rick Santorum Missed His Last Chance Last Night

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John Heilemann joined the Morning Joe panel today to discuss the 20th debate of the GOP primary season, and whether Rick Santorum missed his last chance to set himself as the bumper sticker-ready "conservative alternative" to Mitt Romney. During last night's "describe yourself in a word" segment, Santorum chose "courage" rather than than the very obvious "conservative," Heilemann said. (Gingrich chose "cheerful," so clearly not everyone was taking the exercise so seriously.) "There were a million opportunities for Santorum to drive 'I am the conservative alternative,'" Heilemann said. "Instead of doing that, he allowed himself to fall into the place that Romney wants to put him, which is not an authentic conservative, and a creature of Washington." See more debate insight in our video here.