The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

It’s pol­i­tics heart­land style, and there’s ba­con in­volved: Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dent hope­fuls Mitt Rom­ney and Rick San­to­rum may bat­tle mano a mano for the at­ten­tion of Illi­nois vot­ers be­fore the state pri­mary Tues­day. But the pair is not bat­tling calo­rie a calo­rie. Mr. Rom­ney has mul­ti­ple stops at eater­ies where cam­paign­ing is food-cen­tric, un­der the scru­tiny of jour­nal­ists who can’t wait for him to drop a waf­fle in his lap.

In the last 48 hours, Mr. Rom­ney has ap­peared at Pan­cakes Eg­gcetera in Rose­mont, the Mo­line Pan­cake Brunch in Mo­line, and the Ma­chine Shed Res­tau­rant in Rock­ford, where the “Heart­land Combo” in­cludes roast pork loin, ba­con-wrapped pork and bar­be­cued beef brisket. As a last hur­rah, Mr. Rom­ney ap­pears for Mon­day break­fast at Char­lie Parker’s Diner in Springfield, home of the “Break­fast Shoe” . . . an egg on toast with ham, ba­con or sausage and topped with hash browns, gravy and cheese sauce.

Mr. San­to­rum has only one res­tau­rant stop on his agenda, and that may be enough: Davis Broth­ers Pizza in East Peo­ria, where he’ll host a rally Mon­day night. Lo­cated in an old quon­set hut, the spot was founded in 1948 and boasts a thin crust pizza with scant tomato sauce, broad strips of Muen­ster and Colby cheese, and “enough meat to cover the whole pie,” ac­cord­ing to owner Ch­eryl Scott. NBC, and CNN and maybe PBS and VOA. As for Fox News let her die in her anger . . . From a pro­fes­sional point of view, they are all on one level — ex­cept [Fox News] chan­nel, which falls into the abyss as you know, and lacks ob­jec­tiv­ity, too.”

“What an un­in­tended boost for Fox, which can now boast that it is al Qaeda’s least fa­vorite net­work,” Mr. Ig­natius ob­served.

“That’s a sub­ject Ig­natius will not be ex­plor­ing in a fu­ture col­umn. And it would make a good one, in which the colum­nist could spec­u­late on the news­pa­pers that might pop­u­late a com­pa­ra­ble list of al Qaeda’s fa­vorites. Ah, well, maybe that’s too easy,” coun­ters Scott John­son, a con­trib­u­tor to Pow­er­

Colorado Chris­tian Univer­sity, in­ci­den­tally, re­cently sued the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over Pres­i­dent Obama’s health-care man­dates and in­cludes a ded­i­ca­tion to the Bi­ble and the “orig­i­nal in­tent of the Con­sti­tu­tion” among its strate­gic ob­jec­tives.

“For decades, pro­fes­sors at lib­eral schools have been re­lent­less in their ef­forts to sway stu­dents to the Left. The schools on our list of­fer fresh and nec­es­sary al­ter­na­tives where stu­dents fo­cus on learn­ing — rather than de­fend­ing — con­ser­va­tive ideas,” ob­serves the foun­da­tion’s vice pres­i­dent Pa­trick Coyle, who adds that the “es­o­teric, purely aca­demic fo­cus” at many lib­eral cam­puses also omits any em­pha­sis on free en­ter­prise. M. Landry of Louisiana, the ever-chang­ing cast will meet at the Her­itage Foun­da­tion, mod­er­ated by Rob Bluey, di­rec­tor of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Cen­ter for Me­dia and Public Pol­icy.

Among those also slated to ap­pear: Reps. Jeff Dun­can of South Carolina, Ted Poe and Louie Gohmert of Texas, Bill John­son of Ohio, Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, Sandy Adams of Florida and Vicki Hart­zler of Mis­souri. Events can be watched here:­itage­foun­da­tion.


Who’s count­ing calo­ries? Rick San­to­rum will make Davis Broth­ers Pizza in East Peo­ria his final cam­paign stop Mon­day night be­fore the Illi­nois pri­maries.

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