The Rick Santorum campaign has again reshuffled its Pennsylvania campaign stops today due to health concerns about daughter Bella. The main events will be a stop in Gettysburg -- site of his ho-hum election night party after the Illinois primary drubbing -- and a social issues confab with James Dobson. If he meets with reporters Santorum's sure to get hammered with questions about how long he can stay in the race, given Romney's massive go-for-the-jugular TV buy in the state, not to mention Santorum's failure to make much of a claim in the vote-rich Philly collar counties.
Reporters may temper the grilling a bit due to family concerns. Here's the campaign's statement on Bella:
Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: "Rick and Karen are happy to announce that their daughter Bella has been discharged from the hospital and returned home earlier Monday evening. The Santorum's are truly overwhelmed by the prayers and support they've received - and wanted to attach a picture of their daughter Bella so everyone could see their precious gift from God.
The campaign has cancelled its first two events of the day to allow Rick, Karen and Bella to settle in at home. To make up for the morning events, the campaign is adding a campaign stop in Gettysburg, PA at 2 pm and the remainder of the day's public and private events will continue as originally planned."
Back to Dobson, who's been a presence in Santorum's campaign since the beginning. We did a thing on him way back in February 2011 when Santorum went on his radio show to say the Nazis got Holocaust coaching from the founder of Planned Parenthood, and then again two months ago when he sparked a (tiny) international incident by telling Dobson that 5% of Dutch deaths are from forced euthanasia. We'll say it again -- when the Santorums get their well-deserved vacation when this is all over soon, it probably shouldn't be in Amsterdam.