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.