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Daily Santorum: Now with sideburns

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Rough day for our man Rick. First the New York Times does a front-pager on Sarah Palin building toward a presidential run, which as we and he know will hip-check a lot of attention away from anybody else running for the ultra-conservative vote. And then the Atlantic goes and does this:

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Oh man. 1976. What are those on his shirt? Roosters? Still, all that by-the-Book living has clearly paid off -- trim the A.J. sideburns and part the hair and the guy has hardly aged in 35 years.

It was only yesterday here at Daily Santorum that Dan Malloy looked at the prez race through the lens of high school, saying Santorum is like "the star of the school musical who isn't going to turn himself into a jock or change his views on universal health care just to impress you." Turns out he did even less than that -- the Atlantic has a Daniel Simpson Day-like summation of his actual high school actitivities, saying his yearbook "did not list awards or activities."

(Can't say that for 1953 Dormont High School grad "Ronnie" Paul. Check out this go-getter: "Lettered in Track, Tumbling award, Wrestling, Student Council president, Service award, National Honor Society, Best All-Around.")

Palin or not, Santorum will not get out-righted. Last night he worshipped Cheney-like before the Paul Ryan budget, despite whatever Democrats think they can do with it politically. Here's his statement on the Senate's near party line vote to reject it last night:

"At a time when our country faces debilitating debt and spiraling deficits, the U.S. Senate chose political maneuvering over voting for real progress in supporting the FY 2012 budget.  Chairman Ryan's budget presented some of the most thoughtful and realistic solutions for getting our country's fiscal house back in order, and yet Democrats and even some in my Party chose to close the door on fiscal sanity.  I hope conservatives will not be discouraged by last night's vote and continue to propose solutions that will reform our entitlement programs so that we can really achieve a fiscally responsible federal government."

Schedule: None listed for today. Here's a Sarasota Herald-Tribune wrapup of his comments at a GOP dinner there last night.

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