Team Mitt exults in Santorum ‘BS’ jab By ALEXANDER BURNS

POLITICO.COM

Mitt Romney’s advisers are usually pretty reserved on Twitter, but not so much last night and this morning, after Rick Santorum used obscenity to respond to a New York Times reporter’s question.

A number of Romney team members, including senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, spokesman Ryan Williams and New Hampshire adviser Jim Merrill, have enthusiastically piled on, ridiculing the Pennsylvanian for “lashing out.” Consider:

@RyanGOP Epic temper tantrum at @RickSantorum’s event in Franksville, WI. Desperate, angry, flailing candidate going off the rails #unglued #unhinged

@RyanGOP Santorum losing composure, lashing out w/ desperate attacks. Sign of a panicked candidate who realizes that the walls are closing in on him

@EricFehrn When you’d rather have Obama than a Republican #tantorum

@EricFehrn When reporters fail to understand you always speak in the royal “we” #tantorum

@EricFehrn When Romney points out you endorsed him as a “conservative” in 2008 #tantorum

@EricFehrn When virtually no one you served with in Congress is willing to endorse you #tantorum

@JimMerrillNH Question: If Santorum can’t keep his composure and can’t stay on message now, how does he expect to compete against Obama? Answer: He can’t

‏ @JimMerrillNH Folksy 2012 Santo has labored mightily to keep Unlikeable 2006 Santo under wraps. No more. The man PA gave an historic boot to is back.

We’ll see what the Romney campaign has to say about Santorum today. There’s clearly a desire, though, to marginalize Santorum — and his continued primary fight against Romney — as driven by anger and not entirely rational. [FULL QUOTE]

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