To add to your good posts.
Santo was not vetted in August, September, October, November, December, January, and half of February. Why would they vett Rick since he was once mired in polls @2% and behind RuuPaul? It hasn’t even been a full month of serious Ricky vetting, and Newt has been vetted up and down, sideways, and every other which way for a very long time.
Exactly! Part of the non-vetting of Santorum, I believe, also has to do with the fact that the MSM and Democrats know that (besides Ron Paul, who *obviously* has no shot of winning) Santorum is our weakest candidate in the general - even weaker than Romney.
I can’t think of anyone who will drive off non-religious right independents better than Santorum. I can’t think of anyone with less crossover appeal than Santorum (and please, folks, spare us the “Santorum appeals to unions” drivel). I can’t think of anyone less able to actually *fight* Obama in the general than Santorum.