Over at the Corner, more unrest over the Republicans' closing ranks to keep the National Review's man from bumping theirs: Will conservatives punish Bush and Santorum? The election-night result is the one most calculated to cause them trouble with conservatives. If Toomey had been crushed in a landslide, they would have accepted what Bush and Santorum had done. If he had won, they would not have cared. But since he lost so very narrowly, they know that Bush and Santorum are directly responsible for the result. Santorum has time to recover before he is up for re-election in 2006, but this episode may limit his potential as a conservative standard-bearer. Bush will probably be able to get most conservatives to vote for him this fall, but his task is a little harder after last night.


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