IT�S A CIRCULATION WAR! Which, apparently, the Inky wants to lose. David Sirota points out that fully 84 percent of Philadelphians voted against Rick Santorum last fall. So naturally, the Inquirer wants to repay Philly voters� loyalty with a column!

Let�s remember that Santorum has little to do with Philadelphia. He�s from the Pittsburgh area, a good five-hour drive away on the PA Turnpike. He lives now in Leesburg, Virginia, in a posh neighborhood of McMansions called the Estates at Shenstone Farm, as the excellent Will Bunch reported in TAP last March. But I assume that at least he�s now paying for all those visits to Starbucks out of his own pocket.

--Michael Tomasky