Rick Santorum made it official today--He is a candidate for the Republican nomination for President.  And--guess what--unlike apparently some of the other candidates--he's "in it to win it!" Lots of luck.

Santorum showed up for his announcement party today without either a necktie or any real hope of being the Republican nominee.  Seriously, and I'm not being entirely petty, what is it with candidates wearing a dress shirt and jacket without a necktie?  Since Mitt Romney abandoned wearing a necktie, it seems like every candidate is showing up without one--as though that will make us think they're regular guys?  I don't think so.  There's nothing about Santorum that says "regular guy"--more like regular geek.

Unfortunately for Santorum, he is a social conservative candidate in a year for fiscal conservatives.  Doubley unfortunately, the field is already loaded with social conservatives who didn't lose by double-digits the last time they ran for office.  Tripley (if there is such a word) unfortunate, Mitch (we need a moratorium of social issues) Daniels decided not to run.

Santorum should have kept his Fox gig.  He's got a large family to feed.  Can you say Iowa and out?