Not exactly a happy warrior. “As for [Rick] Santorum, he has forgotten that Americans like their politics only lightly imbued with religion, if at all. And they like it from a politician who can evoke — and in these times, reawaken — the inclination of Americans to view the future with hope rather than dread. Santorum often seems overshadowed by a cloud of gloom, more interested in cataloging the nation’s sins than in showing the way to a better and more prosperous world.”

Fighting against the scourge of a college degree. “Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday reached out to voters who do not want a college degree, saying that pushing Americans toward higher education ‘devalues the tremendous work’ of people who are not interested in going to college. His comments came a day after taking a swipe at President Barack Obama’s education goals at a campaign event in Troy, Mich. ‘President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college — what a snob!’ Mr. Santorum said.” He an his wife have multiple degrees; his daughter took a year off from school to help on the campaign.

Well, he used to be a fighter for access to college. “In the education section of his 2006 campaign Web site, Santorum lists the following under ‘Commitment to Higher Education’: In addition to Rick’s support of ensuring that primary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania are equipped for success, he is equally committed to ensuring the every Pennsylvanian has access to higher education.” Whatever.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not fending off the idea of being tapped as vice president. “If Gov. Romney were to come and talk to me about it, I’d listen because I love my party enough and I love my country enough to listen.”

She is doing nothing to combat the view that she and the president are indifferent to the slaughter of thousands of Syrians. “There is ‘every possibility’ that Syria could descend into a civil war which could be worsened by foreign intervention, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC on Sunday.” Thunk.

Ann wins that competition hands down. “Ann Romney steals the show back home joking she’d be a better candidate than her husband.”

Noemie Emery blows up the conspiracy mongering that the “establishment” is conspiring to elect a moderate. “In fact, a field picked by the Republican establishment would probably be more conservative than the one that we have, featuring the likes of John Thune, Paul Ryan, Mitch Daniels and Tea Party star Marco Rubio, as well as entitlement-cutter Chris Christie. And the GOP ‘establishment’ is not what it was. In South Carolina, the establishment is Jim DeMint, Tim Scott and Nikki Haley, all Tea Party figures. None did a thing to stop Romney, and Haley endorsed him. In Florida, Marco Rubio, a true-blue conservative and a Tea Party hero, a protégé of Jeb Bush (from the establishment), did not endorse anyone, but made himself useful to Romney. If you can’t tell the players without a score card, you frequently can’t tell the teams either, as they keep changing and trading players and sides. This makes it incredibly hard to sustain a conspiracy.” Well, facts really don’t matter to the determined conspiratorialists.

Battling against the thugocracy. “Thousands of anti-Kremlin protesters donned white ribbons and held hands along downtown Moscow’s 10-mile ring highway on Sunday, demonstrating the resilience of the protest movement and the continued dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin a week before he is to run in a crucial presidential election.”