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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/05/2012

The New Yorker cover with Romney and Santorum says it all


If you’re a fan of fab cartoonist Tom Toles, you are aware of the skill it takes to boil down the political discourse of the moment to  one funny frame. And if you’re a fan of the New Yorker, you are aware of its ability to frame the public debate in a single cover. Let me join the growing chorus of those howling at the hilarity of this week’s offering.


Mitt Romney, looking ever the in-control businessman, is in the driver’s seat of a fast-moving car. Rick Santorum, clad in trademark sweater vest and chagrined countenance, rides atop the vehicle in a dog house strapped to the roof. Obviously this is a reference to Romney’s dog Seamus, the Irish setter who endured a 12-hour trip from Massachusetts to Canada on the roof of the car. According to a 2007 Boston Globe series on the former Massachusetts governor, Romney “built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.” You’ll notice that Santorum has no windshield for the dog house he’s in.

The former Pennsylvania senator earned his metaphorical place in the New Yorker cartoon. After all, he’s spent the last few weeks 1) railing against pre-natal testing and contraception, 2.) calling President Obama “a snob” for wanting people to get at least a year of post-high school education to better equip themselves for the jobs of the future, and 3) saying he wanted to “throw up”over President John F. Kennedy’s eloquent speech on religion, the presidency and the separation of church and state.

Santorum has been nipping at Romney’s heels since his triple victory in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri last month. But Santorum’s angry, judgmental tone very well might have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Michigan last week. That unfortunate trait might also clobber him in tomorrow’s all-important Super Tuesday contests. All reports are that he must win Ohio. If he doesn’t, Romney may finally be able to cut him loose.

By  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/05/2012

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