Through the downs and ups of Rick Santorum's presidential campaign there's always been one comforting voice singing his praises. WashPost blogger Jennifer Rubin saw his promise early in Iowa, paid attention to his debate performances when no one else was, and even kept cheerleading during the campaign pre-mortems around Florida. Going into today's Super Tuesday balloting he seems to have lost her though, which says as much about the drag on his campaign than results out of Michigan or Ohio do.
Rubin yesterday: "Santorum understandably is trying to pedal as furiously as he can, but in doing so he risks seeming even more wobbly and making matters worse. He continues to lack focus."And this afternoon: "Rick Santorum's strength was supposed to be his empathy for working-class and middle-class voters and his ability to connect social and economic issues. Unfortunately, his effort is frequently obscured by over-the-top rhetoric and a harshness that is decidedly unbecoming."
It's enough to turn you to drink, and sure enough Rick's getting as sentimental and nostalgic as the guy at the end of the bar talking about a long lost love (in this case, Iowa), or the rich guy who spent 4x his money to steal her heart. And it turns out, that's something that Santorum has long been pretty good at, going back to his beer-chugging college days at Penn State, when he was known as "The Rooster." From Huffington Post:
Before he lived in the fraternity house, Santorum lived in a dorm in the center of Penn State's University Park campus. During his junior year, he roomed with John Koury. "We literally rolled kegs down the dormitory floor," Koury recalled.
Their room became a party room. "On Fridays, when everyone got back from class, we'd go get a quarter-keg from the distributor," Koury told HuffPost. "There'd be 20 or 30 of us in the room. We'd drink it and go down to the dining hall."
Everybody called him "Rooster." And Rooster liked to chug.
But the Rooster ain't gonna die. He gave a fiery speech on Iran nukes (and Obama) to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this morning and tomorrow it's on to Kansas and Mississippi. Full sked after the jump: