So Much For That Detente: With most of the major potential Republican presidential contenders planning to wait until the spring to get in the race, there has been something of a detente between them; most of them aren't taking shots at each other yet. That, apparently, isn't a concern of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R). In an interview with National Journal, Santorum fired away at both former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R). On Palin: "What does it mean to be qualified to be president? She is born in this country and she's the right age. Those are the qualifications." Santorum was particularly tough on Romney for Massachusetts' health care reform. "I think it makes it a very tough environment for him," he said. "And it's one of the reasons why I look at the field and say we need some other players in the field." Those remarks are particularly notable because Santorum backed Romney in 2008. They are also a reminder that the GOP primary is going to get very heated, very quickly -- even before candidates officially announce. The Starting Five 1. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) won't seek a third term, but that he won't resign before the end of his second, either. He also plans to travel during his second term, raising some questions about his post-gubernatorial aspirations. 2. Daniels, looking like the sleeper candidate in the GOP presidential field, gets a front-page profile in the New York Times' business section. Money line: Daniels comparing himself to a Whig. 3. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) gets no love from the Tea Party activists back home, which bodes well for a serious primary challenge. 4. Maine Democrat Rosa Scarcelli, who ran for governor in 2010, sounds a lot like a challenger to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) in 2012. 5. Slowly but surely, the Internet is closing the gap on television as Americans' becoming primary source of news.
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