For months, Santorum has insisted that Romney is not the best choice to go up against
At a Sunday campaign rally in Wisconsin, Santorum shortened his critique, saying of Romney, "He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama."
After the speech, Zeleny came up to Santorum on a rope line. "You said that Mitt Romney is the worst Republican in the country," he said. "Is that true?"
Santorum tore into him. "What speech did you listen to?" he demanded. He accused Zeleny of lying and not caring about the truth. If he wrote this stuff in the newspaper, Santorum said, it would be "bull----."
Santorum figured Zeleny should have understood that his comment had to do with Romneycare because he had made the same point in a thousand speeches that Zeleny had heard. Zeleny, of course, was just wondering why the script had varied.
Bottom line: The only thing this tells us is that no one has said anything new on the campaign trail in weeks, the candidates are getting sloppy and reporters are getting desperate for something novel to write about. Meanwhile, the public may simply be tuning out.