Straight Talk From Rick Santorum: Improving Economy Is Bad for Republicans

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ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI - FEBRUARY 25: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a Metro Detroit Freedom Coalition (MEDEFCO) Tea Party rally February 25, 2012 in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. The Michigan and Arizona primaries are being held February 28th. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Photo: Bill Pugliano/2012 Getty Images

"You know, the economy may be getting better and Republicans may lose their edge on that issue. [So] the issue may not be jobs and the economy. It may be something more fundamentally important: Having someone who stood up for something called freedom." —Rick Santorum actually articulating an (increasingly likely) scenario that surely has GOP leaders — and the economy-focused Romney campaign — shaking in their patent leather Oxfords. [TPM/Memphis Newspaper]