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Daily Santorum: Inching closer in NH

Published by Tim McNulty on .

As our former colleague Dan Malloy reminded us recently, there was a time when Daily Santorum had to comb through college papers for daily updates on our former senator, but those days are obviously over. Hell, this is our second roundup of Santorum stories just this morning.

The NYT and USA Today have their roundups on the special of the day on the Republican menu, and this is from the latter:

It was a fitting way to kick off the roller-coaster ride that Santorum's life is about to become. Where it ends — 15 minutes of fame? Republican nominee? President? — is anyone's guess. But along the way, the son of an Italian immigrant and grandson of a coal miner will be stressing family and faith foremost.

The nomination battle "has been a political version of musical chairs," says Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council. "The music stopped, and Santorum now has a chair."

Our story this morning quotes 2000 Senate opponent Ron Klink on the media now turning its eye to Santorum's record, and at the Philly Daily News columnist John Baer provides some fodder:

Perhaps the national news media will look at his 2001 charity, the Good Neighbor Foundation: unregistered, run by lobbyists, spent just 36 percent of what it raised (less than half the norm) on charity and 57 percent on salaries, travel and such.

Maybe fellow Catholics will recall his 2002 contention that the church's child-sex scandals were the fault of Boston liberalism, whatever that means.

Want more Pa-based stuff? Politico looks at the former Santorum aides working on K Street.

For the rest of us, it's back to the nitty-gritty of campaigning. Santorum has surged to third in the first post-Iowa poll in New Hampshire -- at 8 points -- but it's still way, way, way, way behind Mitt Romney's 41%. (Ron Paul is second at 18.)

Newt Gingrich damns Santorum's congressional record with faint praise, saying he was a "junior partner" in swinging 90s Washington. (Time)

The Santorum team also needs to get on the March 6 ballot in Virginia -- where he lives now, by SE Cuppthe way -- and is trying to join legal efforts by Perry, Gingrich and Huntsman to do so. Despite his much-lauded ground game, he got only 8,000 of the 10,000 signatures needed. (Bloomberg)

Columnist S.E. Cupp (at right) joins the conservative chorus swooning over Santorum's Iowa win, complete with (as Rush Limbaugh did also yesterday) subtle dig at Barack Obama's teleprompter usage:

I'm a sucker for his emotional story. I dig that he quotes C.S. Lewis. And I like that he's had the courage to insist at every turn that social issues and the breakdown of the American family directly relate to the economy, and that economic decisions have moral consequences. Not an easy thing to do at a time when most voters -- including conservatives -- are focused on jobs.

And anyone who's had the pleasure of getting to know him, like I have, is not at all surprised that he was able to deliver such a moving victory speech from Iowa -- without notes.

Here's Rush on Santorum's Iowa speech:

It was so powerful, and he never uses a prompter, and he never even uses notes.  He did last night for a brief moment at the outset of the speech, quoting C. S. Lewis in what ended up being a tribute to his wife.  . . . After that, total ad-lib.  And what happened after that was Romney spoke after Santorum, Romney ordered his teleprompter taken down.  And he winged it, because Santorum's speech was so authentic.  It was from the heart.  It's why he doesn't need notes.

Today's very full schedule after the jump:

Thursday, January 5th:

7:00am ET: Senator Santorum will appear on WGIR Radio in Manchester, NH.

 

7:30am ET: Senator Santorum will address the Queen City Rotary in Manchester, NH.

 

Location:

Puritan Backroom

245 Hooksett Room

Manchester, NH

 

10:45am ET: Senator Santorum will appear on air with Chris Ryan of WKXL Radio in Northfield, NH.

11:00am ET: Senator Santorum will host a "Faith, Family and Freedom" Town Hall in Northfield, NH.

 

Location:

Merrimack Valley Railroad

5 Park Street

Northfield, NH

 

1:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will have lunch with patrons of the Tilt'n Diner in Tilton, NH.

 

Location:
Tilt'n Diner

61 Laconia Drive

Tilton, NH

 

3:30pm ET: Senator Santorum will address the College Convention 2012 in Concord, NH.

 

Location:

Grappone

70 Constitution Avenue

Concord, NH

 

7:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will host a "Faith, Family and Freedom" Town Hall in Windham, NH.

 

Location:

Windham High School

64 London Bridge Road

Windham, NH

 

10:00pm ET: Senator Santorum will appear "On The Record" on FOX News.

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