Okay, so Donald Trump rose and fell, Michele Bachmann rose and fell, Rick Perry rose and fell, Herman Cain rose and fell, and Newt Gingrich rose and fell. Even the radioactive Ron Paul rose in the Iowa polls, only to begin, toward the end of last week, his precursors' fall.
Had a raging Trotskyite entered the presidential race, he too, at some point, would have risen in Iowa's polls, by mere virtue of his unMittness for the White House. But, seeing how there was no world revolutionary stump-thumper to rise, it left only Rick Santorum to do so.
And this, Rick Santorum has done, according to -- get a grip now, watch it, careful you don't experience the vapors and fall yourself -- the VERY LATEST Des Moines Register poll.
Other than the GOP candidates themselves, this has been the political joke for months, told by all: Someday, even Rick Santorum will make his slotted move. So how did GOP strategist David Polyansky, as (seriously) quoted by the Des Moines Register, react to this altogether yawning monotony of a Santorum surge?
"Few saw this bombshell coming," [he said]. "In an already unpredictable race this is another stunning turn of political fortune."
Thus pukes a new year of political coverage, not a damn bit different from the preposterous old.