GOP gains around Pittsburgh could offset losses around Philly.
That being said, Santorum looked pretty friggin vulnerable against Klink the last go-round. And Klink was a joke -- he probably got 3% just for having the same last name as a character from Hogan's Heroes.
Plus, Santorum is an emminently hate-worthy guys. He just looks like a wimp in need of a good run through the wringer.
Kerry was simply TOO Senatorial. He's painful to listen to -- the kind of guy who teaches 100 level courses and then fails students for skipping class.
Bush -- good or ill -- is INTERESTING. There is a long and fanciful backstory that comes with Bush. It provides him a mildly legendary status.
Clinton had that sort of backstory. Bush's father didn't. Reagan had it. Carter . . . had a backstory, it just really sucked. Nixon -- WOW! -- by the time he was elected he had a backstory that still fill volumes of books.
Remember: the President is a product being sold to an audience.
He has to be worth your time -- INTERESTING.
He can't upset the audience too much.
The Presidency is like a good sitcom (I wish That's My Bush was still on the air . . . that was a funny sitcom that was funny for mocking sitcom structure)!
Even the most outlandish sitcoms reaffirm American Values before the show is over.
Watch some sitcoms -- try the Simpsons, they're very good at balancing liberal politics with Red Statevalues -- and draw your own conclusions about why Dems are not quite clicking with Red State America.