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Breakfast with Santorum

From earlier today:

“[Health care] is the mega-issue, it is the biggest issue,” Santorum says. “And it’s one, as you’ve seen, which President Obama won’t talk about. He’s not going around defending this thing. It’s his huge Achilles heel. And I make the argument that we’re putting up the one guy who can’t make the case.” He pauses and sighs, then scowls, insisting that the Republican establishment has ignored the idea.

“We have a lot of voices out there saying, ‘it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter’,” Santorum says glumly. “They’re telling folks to think differently than what their gut tells them to think. All of the endorsements, all of the pundits, all of the conservative media, many of whom have lined up behind him. They keep saying, ‘Oh, no, he’s fine. He’s the right guy, he’s got the organization, he’s got the money — we’ve got to win, we’ve got to win.’”

Santorum rolls his eyes. He worries that party leaders have coalesced behind Romney because he has more money, not because he has a better, or more conservative, agenda. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” he says. “It’s Wizard of Oz time.” He sees the wave of GOP bigwigs moving toward Romney, but he doesn’t like it. “Republicans, generally speaking, in almost every single election, take whose turn it is,” he says. “Governor Romney has been working this for four years — I give him a lot of credit. He’s worked the establishment.”

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Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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