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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Santorum Calls BS on NYT

Rick Santorum called bs on Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times:


On the one hand, the incident raises the issues of the Santorum temper, which has sometimes flared in public.

On the other hand, we have seen that Republican primary voters hate the elite media, so it may work to his benefit.  At Slate, David Weigel writes:

I wasn't there, but doesn't it sound like Santorum had a point? Here's the Zeleny tweet:
Screen shot 2012-03-26 at 9.15.33 AMHe "says" he was? He was! Maybe it's just karmic justice for all of the dopey teleprompter jokes Republicans have been making, but for the second time in a week Santorum was making a familiar point, changing one phrasing, and getting punished for it. The campaign's response, understandably, is to stroke the conservative id. This is Santorum's CM on Twitter:
Screen shot 2012-03-26 at 9.03.17 AMThat tweet went out before a fundraising email from Santorum himself, which recast the Zeleny tiff as a St. George/dragon moment. "I didn't back down, and I didn't let him bully me," said Santorum in the email. "I think it is high time that conservatives find the courage to expose the liberal press for what they are, a defender and enabler of Romney's and Obama's liberal agendas."