The War on Big Cities

“Think about it, look at the map of the United States — blue being the Democrats, red being the Republicans — it’s almost all red,” Mr. Santorum said Saturday evening. “Except around the big cities. And yet when you look at the economic plan that Republicans put forward, it’s all about tax breaks for higher-income individuals who live in those blue areas mostly.”

via Santorum Sees Divide Between Rural and Urban America – NYTimes.com.

The Heaves of Desperation

…debates have been hit-and-miss for all the candidates and have often shaken up the polls in one direction or another. That kind of high-volatility outcome is exactly what a losing candidate should be pursuing, just as a team that trails late in a basketball game is correct to start trying to shoot more 3-pointers.

via In Need of a Game Change, Santorum Plays Small Ball – NYTimes.com.

Politics of Suicide

“Parties want to be optimally extreme,” Zaller says. “They are like the frequent air traveller who believes that if he never misses a flight he is getting to the airport too soon.”

via Rick Santorum vs. Mitt Romney: Can the G.O.P. save itself? : The New Yorker.

‘That’s Got to Tell You Something’

“Gov. Romney, with all of the money advantages that any candidate could ever want, I mean huge money advantages, has still not been able to close the deal. Thats got to tell you something,” Santorum said.

via The Associated Press: Santorum: Romney has failed to close the deal.

close the deal The act of meeting somone and engaging in sexual intercourse within the same night. I met her at the party and before I knew it I was closing the deal in the coat room.

via Urban Dictionary: close the deal.

What You Missed in Today’s Times

But the center estimated that not everyone would pay lower taxes under that proposal. It estimated that 0.3 percent of taxpayers — most of them earning less than $30,000 — would face tax increases. And who would be the losers? Mostly single mothers, it appears.

via Parsing Santorum’s Tax-Cut Proposals – NYTimes.com.

To be sure, we have important rights and more legal privacy. But we still have not provided all the support women need to combine rewarding careers and healthy families.

via Contraception War Goes On – NYTimes.com.

The movie is a noisy, useless piece of junk, reverse-engineered into something resembling popular art in accordance with the reigning imperatives of marketing and brand extension.

via ‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,’ With Ed Helms and Danny DeVito – NYTimes.com.

This Is Where We Are Headed

Logistically speaking, the white-knight scenario is a stretch… Even if such a savior won all five states, he would be far away from the 1,145 delegates necessary to secure the nomination. But given the proportional nature of many of the contests in March, April, and May, there’s a decent chance no one else would obtain that number, either. Meaning Republicans would be staring down the barrel of a brokered or contested convention in Tampa this summer.

via The Lost Party.

Finally, Safe From Glitter

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is expected to get Secret Service protection Tuesday, according to an administration official with knowledge of the plan.

via Rick Santorum expected to get Secret Service protection – USATODAY.com.

The Smartest Thing You Will Read Today

How isn’t this a men’s issue and a women’s issue—or a men and women, together, issue? Without access to affordable, reliable, convenient birth control, heterosexual men’s and women’s sex lives are effectively rolled back to the pre-Griswald 1930s.

via Birth Control Isn’t Really About “Women’s Health.” It’s About… | Marriage 3.0 | Big Think.

The Victim Complex of Public Speakers

We’ve got to provide an opportunity for them, instead of standing here unemployed yelling at somebody, to go out and get a job and work for a living!”

via Rick Santorum Squares Off with Occupy Movement – ABC News.

Why do politicians always assume hecklers are out of work? The hecklers, after all, are doing the same thing everyone else in the audience of a speech is doing; the only difference is that hecklers are also being clever/annoying/sophomoric/messy with glitter.

Santorum told the crowd that he respected hecklers’ “opportunity to be able to have a different point of view.” His supporters were not as generous, and they responded with chants of “Get a job!” Seconds later, Santorum displayed a politician’s gift for rhetorical nimbleness: “I understand their frustration, for three years they haven’t been able to find work.”