COMMENTARY | If there was a "like" button on the national ballot for 2012, I'd put President Barack Obama in a slot higher than Rick Santorum.
Democrats might not "like" Santorum either, but they like the idea of linking up with Rush Limbaugh to defeat Mitt Romney.
Santorum has stooped to pitching Michigan's Democrats with "a robo call urging Democrats to send a message to Romney because of his opposition to 2009 auto bailouts," Reuters reports.
Limbaugh "likes" Santorum, the flavor du jour for "non-Romney" protest voters desperate to crown Obama in 2012.
And Santorum's posted a Limbaugh imprimatur on his website: "Everybody is guilty of some transgression somewhere against conservatism ... except Santorum."
Transgression? It means "a crime or any act that violates a law, command, or moral code."
If you support anyone but Santorum, you have committed a criminal act or offended God's law, according to Limbaugh, or disobeyed a Limbaugh "command."
The popular political pundit seems oblivious to the fact "Sharia" similarly issues commands and combines civil law with religious "moral code."
Perhaps we're expected to "take one for the team," the expression Santorum used to justify his support of legislative earmarking, the Washington Post reports.
Limbaugh's characterization of "non-Santorums," as committing "transgression ... against conservatism" is part of a familiar plan of conservative celebrity pundits to throw an election once impossible to lose.
President Obama normally wouldn't look good touting 8.3 percent unemployment, nor the more telling factor, the declining labor participation rate.
Small savers who used to depend on no-risk CD interest to supplement their Social Security income have been trampled by Federal Reserve Bank stimulus policy.
Gasoline prices underscored by failures in foreign policy have heightened the worries of blue-collar, service and middle-class workers.
These and other factors are responsible for President Obama's declining popularity no more. The president's declining popularity has reversed itself in the wake of the GOP anti-Romney bullet train to nowhere.
An amusing nonpoll prediction of political popularity is the I ntrade handicapping of candidates' chances at victory. Romney's stock stands at a 75 percent chance of winning the GOP primary, but not the national election.
After being below 50 percent, President Obama's re-election stock has soared to a 60.7 percent probability rating.
Anthony Ventre is a freelance writer who has written for weekly and daily newspapers and several online publications. He is a frequent Yahoo contributor, concentrating in news and financial writing.