Here’s the thing: Rick Santorum defends the earmark process, so while you can attack him for taking earmarks, you’re attacking something he defends as part of doing business in DC. And as I’ve pointed out before, there are strong conservative arguments for earmarks, particularly in the absence of line-item vetoes.
What you shouldn’t do, however, is attack people for taking government funds, then get caught on tape bragging about just how clever you were for wringing the last bit of taxpayer money out of the federal government for your own projects. Especially after going on national TV and denying you did so.
– Unless maybe that’s what we’ve all come to expect (and secretly want) from our politicians, this ability to lie and steal effortlessly — and so is part of Mitt Romney’s “electability.”