(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer;s editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Boss, I know you like to be kept up to date on your favorite presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
BE: You're gonna tell something bad about him, aren't you?
JB: All I do is report the news.
BE: Go ahead. Report. Just be fair & balanced.
JB: Well, there's been some attention paid to a recent Santorum statement that comparing gay marriage to marriage is like comparing a napkin to a paper towel.
BE: Yeah, I can see that.
JB: You can if you look here. He was in Iowa earlier this month and did a riff on napkins and paper towels, basically saying you can CALL a napkin a paper towel but it's still a napkin. He punched up his argument with that ole catchphrase, "it is what it is."
BE: Can't argue that.
JB: Then he said you can CALL marriage something else such as marriage is something between 5, 10 or 20 people or between fathers and daughters, but that doesn't change the character of what it is, noting such argument is "from the metaphysical."
BE: Oh boy. Where is he in the polls these days?
JB: On the move. He bumped up from 10th to 9th among announced or potential GOP candidates, according to an average of national polling maintained by the realclearpolitics.com website. He's at 2.1%, ahead of Hunstman at 2%.
BE: I told you! He's making his run!
JB: And coming to a fundraiser near you soon. Politico reports this week that Rick will be in Philly and Montgomery County Monday to start a home-state swing of money-gathering.
BE: The fight goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die!
JB: Yeah, see, I think Ted Kennedy said that.
BE: Rick's bipartisan.