Rush Limbaugh admits that the central message of the GOP for this election cycle is fear and anger. The Republicans, themselves, the elite of the party, might have a different concept of fear and anger than their base. They fear a loss of power and are angry at that prospect; but they drive a different type of fear and anger into the hearts and minds of their base. It's a fear and anger borne of ignorance - the fear that a black man has achieved the highest office in the land and the anger at what they perceive to be their disenfranchisement.
Don't wish too hard for a Santorum candidacy as an example of stark choice facing most Americans. You'd be surprised how many people would be galvanised by a Rick Santorum possibility in the White House. Are you kidding me? A man who blatantly believes that religion and government should not only intermingle, but actually have intercourse, would be manna from heaven for most Evangelicals, Protestant or Catholic.
But the people you see around this table don't give a rat's ass about connecting with those people, steeped in fear and anger, who stand to lose the most from a regressive and theocratic regime which Santorum would embody.
And that's the sad truth about the Democratic Party.