The media is swarming all over Rick Santorum, who's hustling around Iowa right now in an effort to turn his recent surge in the polls into what would amount to one heck of an upset. Based on the particular angle of your preferred method of mainstream media consumption, Santorum is either trying "to make his moment last" or simply taking advantage of his status as a "reliable conservative." Interpretations will surely proliferate as Tuesday's caucuses near, but as the photos of his excellent Iowa adventures hit the wires, though, we simply can't stop staring at his many sweater vests.

We're not sure why Santorum is rocking the sweater vest so hard. Perhaps, as his rhetoric suggests, it's an appeal to Iowa evangelicals to show how wholesome and truly conservative he is. "I'm a much better Reagan conservative than they are -- and that's why I'm running," Santorum said, wearing his blue sweater vest at a stopover in Knoxville, according to BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller. "I think I'm better than they are."

Or maybe he's going for that "family man" look. Look how confidently he holds this baby in the fashionably questionable choice of a red sweater vest over a pink-and-white striped oxford. The baby looks confused at best:

Santorum also looks fun-loving without sleeves but in a he's-got-it-together kind of way:

Then again, Rick's affinity for sweater vests is probably just an attempt to keep warm. Though temperatures flirted with spring-like warmth in Washington, DC, on Saturday, it's expected to drop into the teens in Iowa over the weekend. You might disagree that the sweater vest is a good look for the aspiring candidate, but we think it's pretty dashing. Regardless of his reasoning, though, anything is better than his blaze orange I-have-a-gun jacket.