Talk about being in a tough spot -- having to depend on your adversary for help. After disputed signatures on his petitions were thrown out, Rick Santorum came up eight votes short of the number of signatures he needed in Congressional District 7. But state law still leaves him on the ballot unless at least three of the four members of the Indiana Election Commission vote to kick him off:
Two Republicans and two Democrats serve on the commission. Its chairman, former Schererville State Representative Dan Dumezich, is the Indiana campaign co-chairman for Santorum's rival Mitt Romney.
Eight votes out of the 4,500 required (500 from each congressional district)! Surely that's close enough considering that Santorum's people dispute the disputing of some of the signatures. C'mon, Dan, help us have a real electoral battle here. Not skeert, are ya?