Santorum bowls

Even though he may lose in all three of today's primaries -- increasing pressure from establishment Mitt Romney forces that he drop from the presidential race --  Rick Santorum has seemed anything but stressed lately. Instead he's been treating Wisconsin like spring break, writes Chris Moody at Yahoo News:

This is how Santorum spent much of his time in Wisconsin in the days leading up to Tuesday's primary. In the week before the  election here, he lugged his campaign team to seven bowling alleys, playing at least 150 frames. And when he wasn't bowling, he played other games. Santorum enjoyed a round of shuffle board at a restaurant in Green Bay; he tossed bocce balls with a group of strangers before a major speech in Milwaukee; he threw around a football at Lambeau Field and hit golf balls behind a country club in Mishicot before a rally. In Chippewa Falls on Friday, he gave an address on a sand volleyball court next to a tiki bar.

. . . As for the beer Santorum mentioned, he had plenty. (Always in moderation -- he usually ordered sample sizes.) On a nearly daily basis, Santorum downed a brew during lunch, and opened up to Wisconsinites about the alcohol he drank with his family growing up. "We had alcoholic beverages at home," Santorum said out of the blue while speaking to Republicans at an Eau Claire call center for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall challenge.

"We had wine for dinner and was just sort of part of our culture, and I think a lot of people in this community can relate to that," he told reporters later.

The Rooster, who'll be at the Sheraton in Marshall tonight, may need the sauce now that a third straight poll has shown his lead slipping in his native Pennsylvania. Between the lines, his celebration of beer and wine drinking also says: I'm not Mormon!!!

Going into Holy Week back here in Pa -- where we expect campaigning to idle a bit by the end of the week -- he's also differentiating himself from his GOP rival's massive wealth and questioning whether there's some funny business regarding his blind trusts. From Jonathan Karl at ABC:

Cleta Mitchell, a Washington, D.C. election lawyer who has done legal work for Rick Santorum’s campaign, said it would be hard to explain how Romney’s independent investment fund would orchestrate a $1 million investment with his son’s firm without violating the terms of a standard blind trust — terms that typically prohibit communication with family members.

“What you’re saying to the government is, I don’t have any control over this, my spouse doesn’t, and neither do my dependent children,” Mitchell said. “The filer says, ‘I don’t know what’s in it. I just get income from it.’”

Yesterday the Santorum camp released a tough new ad tying Romney to Obama, but the WashPost dismisses it with four Pinnochios.The ad "takes only 30 seconds to throw just about everything, including the kitchen sink, at his chief rival," their fact-check says.

Photo: Rick Santorum bowls in Platteville, Wis. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

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