What's this? A Republican candidate that actually WANTS to win rather than be considered nice or respectable by the MSM? Perhaps the crude taunting over the untimely demise of his little two hour old baby and his family's utterly human response to the tragedy has driven him over the edge.
Whatever it was, he's come out sufficiently strongly on the immigration issue to push himself from a D all the way to an A-, stronger than even Bachmann, who has dropped out of the race. With Huntsman out as well, the Republican field has marched in our direction a fair bit.
Santorum as a Senator had a B- overall, so this is, I suppose not a radical departure for him and apparently he has butted heads on occasion with the Catholic hierarchy over this issue.
Here's one recommendation for Mr Santorum: dial back the militancy of your rhetoric as regards foreign policy, especially on Iran. You don't have to go as far as Ron Paul, although I'd suggest you actually consider it, but I'd invite you to consider this question:
When was the last war that the US got itself involved in that was good for Christians in the area of conflict, before, during, or afterwards?
Iraq? No, Afghanistan? No....Libya or Egypt? Are you kidding me? Bosnia?
No, near as I can tell, the impact on Christians in the areas of conflict that the US chooses to involve itself in are almost invariably negative, generally amping up the level of persecution, sometimes to the point of near annihilation.
South Korea I think was the last conflict where the US getting involved actually helped Christians in the area of conflict. There's also this: Iran is a conflict that would have extremely grave repercussions on the global economy if it ignited with the strong potential for undesired escalation. Such affairs should be handled carefully because they carry the possibility of turning into genuinely existential matters.
Romney also appears to have inched upwards to a C+. This too is an encouraging development. Hopefully Gingrich and Perry will fall by the wayside soon.