The above unedited photo was taken in Fairfield, California by Christina Brown of her friend (and EFM reader) Sarah Davis. It was taken on the day Rick Santorum was touring the Jelly Belly Factory
Get it? Jelly beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat, so why not try to associate with The Gipper there?
Well there were some good reasons that Sen. Santorum might have chosen a different locale. Herman Rowland, the proprietor and candy manufacturer hasn’t supported Santorum. In fact, he’s supported almost everyone but the senator. In September, he gave $2,500 to Gov. Perry, in November, he gave $1,000 to Newt; and in December, he gave $2,500 to Gov. Romney.
But Sen. Santorum pressed on with the event, and the Romney supporters showed up too. Sarah is a small business owner and a mother of four who lives in Fairfield, California. And when she reached out the shake Rick Santorum’s hand, he didn’t realize she was doing so – as Will Arnett’s character on Up All Night – would say – “ironically.”
I can’t imagine how hard it is to campaign for President. From the small amount of time I’ve spent on the campaign trail, I was exhausted by the constant conversation, irritated by the people trying to take advantage the situation, intimidated by the potential political danger in the hand shaking lines, and just worn out by all the excitement by the time it was over. I don’t blame Sen. Santorum for not realizing that he was shaking a Romney fan’s hand.
But I do think this photo is just perfectly indicative of the current status of the race: Rick Santorum at a business owned by a Romney supporter, shaking hands of the Romney supporters. And now, he’s on the blog of Romney supporters who really want this part of the race to end so we can all be friends again.
Remember when we were friends? We do. Just barely. But let’s see if we can rekindle our old relationship, Sen. Santorum. It probably won’t ever be the same, but let’s try. For the good of the party and the good of America, read the writing on the wall.
And if not the wall, at least Sarah’s arm.
(Hat tip: Victor Lundquist on Mitt Romney Central.)