Is Santorum Surging? Ctd

Dec 29 2011 @ 1:39pm

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Larison takes issue with Erick Erickson's complaint that Santorum "hurts Bachmann, Gingrich, and Perry in Iowa:"

The reality is that Santorum is just now starting to get more attention because all of the other supposedly more competitive candidates have flopped, and in a fit of desperation some Iowa caucus-goers are turning to the candidate who has been living in their state for the better part of the last year.

The bad news for Santorum is that he has centered his entire campaign on Iowa, and at best he might finish third in a contest that is remarkable for the weak organizations of many of the other candidates. Erickson is upset that some social conservatives are rallying behind Santorum because it will make it easier for Romney to win the nomination, but Santorum’s supporters can’t be blamed for the failings of the other candidates that have made Santorum the only other remotely credible anti-Romney candidate in Iowa not named Ron Paul.

Meanwhile, Dan Savage goes headline hunting. Will Rahn provides good fodder.

(Photo: Members of Surfers Against Santorum hold a 'toilet protest' August 8, 2001 on Brighton Beach on the South coast of England. The protest was designed to highlight the fact that Britain''s coastline is one of the most contaminated in Europe, with raw santorum being pumped onto public beaches. By Sion Touhig/Getty Images.)