COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA -- "Top two in Iowa support renewable fuels standard!" tweeted the jubilant Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. In other words, the ethanol lobby is thrilled that Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum both support forcing you to buy their ethanol. I suppose I'd be tweeting with exclamation points if the top two candidates in the Iowa caucuses wanted to force you to buy my books.
Romney and Santorum (like Gingrich and Obama) both go 4-for-4 on the ethanol lobby's scorecard. Paul goes 2-for-4 because he would cut oil subsidies and allow 15-percent ethanol blends to be sold, but opposes the mandate and other subsidies. Rick Perry went 0-for-4.