At a Republican Jewish Coalition program last week, a number of members offered some advice to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum: Get out of the race while the getting is good.
Well, Santorum listened. On April 10, he suspended his presidential campaign.
During his period in the spotlight, Santorum appeared to go further than any other candidate in criticizing President Barack Obama's approach to the Iranian nuclear threat, arguing that the United States needs to say straight out that it will work with Israel to take out Iran's reactors if Tehran refuses to abandon the program.
Along the way, Santorum reminded many Pennsylvanians of his political attributes and liabilities, a tough campaigner and passionate speaker who can rally his base but also alienate moderates.
Despite Santorum's run as a major contender -- during which time he won 10 state primaries -- most local Jewish Republicans said they weren't supporting him. Many cited his 2006 blowout loss to his then-challenger Bob Casey and said that they didn't think he had a broad enough appeal to defeat Obama.
Steven L. Friedman, a prominent Romney supporter and national RJC board member, said that Santorum had, belatedly, "recognized the inevitable."
The Center City lawyer, whose firm hosted last week's RJC gathering here, added that "this thing could have ended several months ago. Finally, now, we can proceed with the real campaign."