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The revolt against the RNC explained

NEW ORLEANS -- Here's more evidence that the Voyeur scandal is less about whether RNC Chairman Michael Steele needs to update his résumé and more about conservatives seeking reasons to take their money to other causes. The first question to Rick Santorum, who passed the microphone after a well-received speech, scored him over his 2004 endorsement of then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter over challenger Pat Toomey. As the delegate phrased her question, there were murmurs of "yes, yes" in the crowd.

"So many of us have stopped giving to the RNC," said the delegate, "because the RNC will give to a Specter over a Toomey."

The audience rose in a standing ovation as Santorum nodded politely. "The reason I endorsed Arlen Specter is because we were going to have two Supreme Court nominees coming up," said Santorum. "I got a commitment from Arlen Specter that no matter who George W. Bush would nominate, he would support that nominee."

The former senator didn't win over everyone with that, and bristled a bit at the end of his answer. "You questioned my judgment, and you have every right to do so. But please don't question my intention to do what's right for those little babies."

By David Weigel  |  April 10, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories:  RNC , SRLC  
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