“One after another, they talked about the business they had built. But not a single—not a single —factory worker went out there,” Santorum told a few hundred conservative activists at an “after-hours session” of the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington. “Not a single janitor, waitress or person who worked in that company! We didn’t care about them. You know what? They built that company too! And we should have had them on that stage.”
Wait, you mean CEO’s aren’t the only ones that “built that?” You mean the entire premise of the GOP convention and Romney campaign was based on a willful misreading of an Obama quote which you now admit you agree with?
Setting aside the dubious nature of the “you didn’t build that” reference, which when decontextualized the GOP clearly thought was damaging enough to center a whole day of their national convention around it, Santorum’s take on this is astute, and reflects part of his success as a campaigner. In a presidential field that seemed never more comfortable than when talking about business owners, businessmen and high-income tax earners, Santorum would try to rhetorically court the “everyman,” touching on themes like the demise of American industry. Would it have affected the outcome of the election if the GOP had taken this tact? Nah. But it might have cut a more relatable figure the process.