Rick Santorum on CNN: "People say to me, 'I wish you were running.' I say, 'I *am* running."
— Chris Moody (@moody) November 5, 2015
This Rick Santorum fundraising letter is everything. pic.twitter.com/7crgD6cpdw
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 5, 2015
… And yet, Rih Sanctorum is still in better shape than some of his fellow contendahs, per the Washington Post:
Thirteen Republican presidential campaigns had started the week in a kind of solidarity, brainstorming ideas to make the cable news debates more fair. They ended the week in pathos and disarray, after Fox Business announced that two candidates would be shunted from prime time to an “undercard” debate, and two mainstays of the undercard debate would not make it to the Nov. 10 forum at all.
The campaigns of Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, in the unique position of being booted from the main stage, responded through gritted teeth…
But Christie and Huckabee would at least appear on television. The campaign of Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), who had been roundly praised for his performances in the CNN and CNBC “undercards,” was dumbfounded at the decision to cut him out of Tuesday’s forum…
Former New York governor George Pataki also didn’t qualify for either debate.
The gripe of every sidelined campaign was that, in a year when pollsters have been caught short in race after race, national polling has been prioritized over state polling to cast the televised debates. In averages of New Hampshire polls, Christie has climbed ahead of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.); in Iowa polls, Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, had more support than Gov. John Kasich (Ohio). Yet Kasich and Paul would appear in prime time, while the much-liked Graham would stay home…
Apart from more of this year’s bumper crop of schadenfreude, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the week?