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Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 02/29/2012

The press smells weakness in Rick Santorum

If Mitt Romney becomes president, he may well have Michigan to thank for it. The nomination fight will go on, but Romney is stronger now than he has been since winning Florida last month.

Politics is funny. Three weeks ago, Rick Santorum’s finish in Michigan would have constituted a rebuke of Romney and signaled a surging challenge. Now, it is Santorum who will face questions of why he fell short after holding a lead. He will have to do better than his advisor’s spin shortly before the election that his boss “had already won” Michigan because he had made such a race of it.

That’s how losers talk. Santorum will face tough questions about his recent performance. The press smells weakness. He has already said he regrets his JFK comment. My guess is that hurt him in a state where the children of Reagan Democrats can remember the portrait of John Kennedy hanging somewhere in their parents’ living room. Santorum probably confesses and asks for forgiveness much more sincerely and gracefully in private than in public. He will fight on, doing his best to weaken, but not to win.

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