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From “Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Mean to See.” The first cover ran in mid-March of this year. The outcome of the Michigan primary led editors to go with Romney driving rather than riding. 
But we think artist Bob Staake’s first version works pretty well if you put Axelrod behind the wheel. 
via New Yorker Magazine
(artist: Bob Staake
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From “Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Mean to See.” The first cover ran in mid-March of this year. The outcome of the Michigan primary led editors to go with Romney driving rather than riding.

But we think artist Bob Staake’s first version works pretty well if you put Axelrod behind the wheel.

via New Yorker Magazine

(artist: Bob Staake

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Can’t tell if baby Bella was the stopper, the excuse or a little of both as Santorum pulled the plug — officially, I guess, pressed the hold button — on his campaign. This rare shot of her on the campaign trail comes from the launch of Santorum’s quixotic campaign back in June ‘11. (Here she is, also, in this screengrab from the Santorum for President site.)

With Santorum saying “Good Friday was a Passion play for us with daughter Bella,” and then going on to refer to his fortune in the Presidential race as ‘one miracle after another, attributable to God,’ it seems any ability to tease out the emotional dynamics from the family’s religious faith from hard (and bleak) political calculations in the ultimate decision is really not possible. Just imagine, however, this same combination of forces playing out time and again in the workings of a Santorum Administration. For that, perhaps, we can say little Bella has redeemed us all.  


(photo: Reuters. caption: Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (L) reaches back to rub the forehead of his daughter Isabella Maria, who is held by his wife Karen at a rally to officially announce his candidacy for President of the United States on the steps of the courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania June 6, 2011. Santorum launched his long-shot Republican bid for president on Monday, pledging an unflinching commitment to conservative policies, including a Medicare reform plan that has proved unpopular with voters. linked photo:Santorum for President)

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Can’t tell if baby Bella was the stopper, the excuse or a little of both as Santorum pulled the plug — officially, I guess, pressed the hold button — on his campaign. This rare shot of her on the campaign trail comes from the launch of Santorum’s quixotic campaign back in June ‘11. (Here she is, also, in this screengrab from the Santorum for President site.)

With Santorum saying “Good Friday was a Passion play for us with daughter Bella,” and then going on to refer to his fortune in the Presidential race as ‘one miracle after another, attributable to God,’ it seems any ability to tease out the emotional dynamics from the family’s religious faith from hard (and bleak) political calculations in the ultimate decision is really not possible. Just imagine, however, this same combination of forces playing out time and again in the workings of a Santorum Administration. For that, perhaps, we can say little Bella has redeemed us all.

(photo: Reuters. caption: Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (L) reaches back to rub the forehead of his daughter Isabella Maria, who is held by his wife Karen at a rally to officially announce his candidacy for President of the United States on the steps of the courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania June 6, 2011. Santorum launched his long-shot Republican bid for president on Monday, pledging an unflinching commitment to conservative policies, including a Medicare reform plan that has proved unpopular with voters. linked photo:Santorum for President)

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Both Santorum and his wife as well as his campaign seem a bit past tired. If today’s primaries give him no relief, I imagine he’ll be tired all the way up to the convention.

Top photo via The Charlotte Observer. Bottom photo via DayLife

(credit: Top Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images caption: MENASHA, WI - APRIL 02: Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign rally at Sabre Lanes bowling alley on April 2, 2012 in Menasha, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee. Bottom Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images News caption: MENASHA, WI - APRIL 02: While his wife Karen listens, Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks at a campaign rally at Sabre Lanes bowling alley on April 2, 2012 in Menasha, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee.)

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An interesting photo, given all the pressure on Santorum to drop out. Guess we could say his standing is precarious given failure to construct a more complete campaign.
via  The Charlotte Observer
(credit: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo caption:  Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on a stack of wood as he speaks in Sparta, Wis., Wednesday, March 28, 2012.) 
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An interesting photo, given all the pressure on Santorum to drop out. Guess we could say his standing is precarious given failure to construct a more complete campaign.

via The Charlotte Observer

(credit: Jae C. Hong/AP Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stands on a stack of wood as he speaks in Sparta, Wis., Wednesday, March 28, 2012.)

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Will we ever look at hoodies the same? Even if the weather recommends them?

It was somewhat chilly across the US yesterday so light jackets, with or without hoods, are a practical choice whether you are seeing a family member off to sea in Norfolk or attending a Santorum rally in Wisconsin. It’s notable that the women saying farewell to a family member deploying to the Arabian Gulf are black and wearing hoodies. Are they making a statement or, mostly likely, just trying to keep warm? If the main point is that it’s impossible to say right now, the image evokes compassion.  (But then, not sure what to say about the guy at the Santorum rally.)

via The Charlotte Observer

( Top photo credit: : Steve Earley/AP Photo/The Virginian Pilot caption: Michelle Cunningham, left, watches as her son, Petty Officer 3rd class Matthew Cunningham deploys aboard the Iwo Jima from Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. To the right is her daughter, and Matthew’s sister, Brittany Handy. The Jima Amphibious Ready Group will operate in the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf. Bottom photo credit: Scott Olsen/Getty Images caption: BEAVER DAM, WI - MARCH 27: Guests wait for Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum to arrive at a campaign rally on March 27, 2012 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Wisconsin residents will go to the polls on April 3 to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential nominee.)

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Juxtaposition of the Day

In the U.S. women are spoken down to while, currently, in Myanmar, of all places, they reach across to be heard.

Both photos are interesting for the position of women in the photo….I like the first one especially for that and for the fact the flowered bra (the most feminine aspect outside the women themselves) is at eye level for the men speaking down to them.

The second photo is quite lovely for an expression of power and femininity as Aung San Suu expresses her position on a more equivalent level.

Top Photo: via The New York Times Bottom Photo: via The New York Times Lens Blog

(top photo credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Photos caption: Protesters argued with Santorum supporters outside a hotel in Gettysburg, Pa. bottom photo credit: Ye Aung Thu/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images caption: The leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed supporters at a campaign rally on the outskirts of Yangon on Wednesday. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is running for a seat in Parliament in elections being held April 1.)

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 In this New York Times collage, Ron Paul and the Baptists are paired with nihilism at a Santorum rally. GOP contest defies meaning. 
via The New York Times
(photo credit: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times caption:  A variety of allegiances were on display as Mr. Santorum spoke at the “Rally for Rick” at Herrin High School.)
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In this New York Times collage, Ron Paul and the Baptists are paired with nihilism at a Santorum rally. GOP contest defies meaning.

via The New York Times

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The New York Times captures Rock Star Mitt in a very small box. 
via The New York Times
(photo credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times caption:  Mr. Romney spoke to voters at Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford.)
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The New York Times captures Rock Star Mitt in a very small box.

via The New York Times

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In this case “dry” means “uninteresting.” Turnout for the Illinois primary was up only slightly. 
via The Charlotte Observer
(photo credit: John Gress/Getty Images caption:  CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: A voter prepares to cast his vote in the state primary at a laundramat March 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Republican presidential candidates spent the week campaigning leading up to the state’s primary elections, when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26.)
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In this case “dry” means “uninteresting.” Turnout for the Illinois primary was up only slightly.

via The Charlotte Observer

(photo credit: John Gress/Getty Images caption: CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 20: A voter prepares to cast his vote in the state primary at a laundramat March 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Republican presidential candidates spent the week campaigning leading up to the state’s primary elections, when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26.)

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“Putting Family First” apparently always means “Putting Family Through it First.” Interesting shot of Santorum with his eldest daughters and wife after losing the GOP Illinois Primary last night. Recalls the famous photo below when Santorum lost his 2006 senatorial re-election campaign in Pennsylvania.

Here’s the thing…..the facial expressions….especially that of his wife. Were they surprised by this outcome?

Top Photo:via DayLife, Bottom Photo: via Reason

(Top photo credit: Reuters Pictures caption: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks onstage as his daughters Elizabeth (3rd from R), Sarah (2nd from R) and wife Karen look on during his Illinois primary night rally in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2012. Bottom photo credit: Getty Images caption: Daughter Sarah Santorum reacts to her father’s loss in his bid for his Senate seat re-election in 2006.)

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