TheDC Morning: Sayonara Santorum

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer

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1.) Sayonara SantorumThere comes a time in every man’s life when he must withdraw his candidacy for the presidency. For Rick Santorum, that time was Tuesday. TheDC’s Will Rahn reports:

“Speaking at a press conference Tuesday afternoon in his native Pennsylvania, the former Senator announced he has suspended rather than outright terminated his campaign, which will allow him more flexibility to deal with campaign debts and also continue to raise money. ‘We made the decision over the weekend that while this presidential race is over for me — and we will suspend this campaign effective today — we are not done fighting,’ Santorum said.”

A punch-line during the early days of his campaign, Santorum shocked the political establishment by emerging out of almost nowhere to win the Iowa caucuses. He went on to wage a vigorous and substantive campaign. Well done, Rick.

2.) What Newt and Romney say to each other in private — TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) and Will Rahn have another great satirical scoop — this time it is  email exchanges between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney after Santorum dropped out. In the exchange, Newt “writes”:

“It is abundantly obvious the momentum is on my side. The delegates are beginning to rally around me. I don’t see how any rational person could possibly imagine anyone other than me being the GOP nominee at this point. To be blunt, it’s time for you to drop out for the sake of our party, our country, our shared Western Civilization. One hundred forty-eight years ago, at the height of the war between the states, Atlanta was burnt to the ground. Right now, Atlanta is literally the Republican Party, Mitt. Don’t be General Sherman.”

Read the whole thing. Right now. Seriously. Now.

3.) How low should the drinking age go?How about to zero? Libertarian presidential contender Gary Johnson is open to it in principle, reports TheDC’s Steven Nelson:

“Johnson’s position on the issue makes him the most prominent 2012 presidential candidate to endorse lowering the drinking age. Actress Roseanne Barr, currently seeking the Green Party nomination, did not respond to a request for comment on her position. ‘Hypothetically no, there shouldn’t be [a drinking age],’ Johnson said, ‘but the lower the age the better.'”

And let’s not forget the jobs it would create by creating new markets for alcohol. What about the baby beer bottle industry? In fact, that sounds like a great company name: The Baby Beer Bottle Company. We at TheDC call dibs.

4.) Let’s Move! —  TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports on new rules guiding operating concessions on federal property:

“Want to win a contract to operate concessions on federal property? Be ready to explain how your business promotes Obama administration desires like ‘climate friendly strategies’  and the first lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’anti-childhood obesity effort. Proposal documents obtained by The Daily Caller reveal that the National Park Service favors those who promote these Obama White House priorities when deciding which concessioners they will allow to operate businesses on federally owned property.”

5.) Poll of the Day: Allen has lead in VA — Roanoke College poll of Virginia U.S. Senate race: Republican George Allen 46%, Democrat Tim Kaine 39%.

6.) Tweet of Yesterday — Jesse Pearson: If you’d like to learn facts about a thing, a place, or a person, why not try an internet search? #internet #search #tech

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