January 15, 2012

Rick Santorum: The Christian Extremists' Choice

SantorumAs you have almost certainly heard by now, a large and influential group of Christian extremists met in Texas yesterday with the goal of choosing a Republican presidential candidate behind which to unify in order to prevent Willard "Mittens" Romney from receiving the nomination. They worry that he's not conservative enough and that he's the wrong kind of Christian (i.e., Mormon). And which candidate did this who's who of Christian hate decide to endorse? Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum, a man so anti-gay he'd probably be happier in Uganda.

Although most of my readers are located in the U.S. (according to Google Analytics), there are a sizable group in other countries. It often occurs to me that they must look at U.S. politics with quite a bit of puzzlement. Take the current crop of Republican presidential candidates as an example. While I wouldn't expect many outside the U.S. to follow our politics all that closely, they have to wonder what is wrong with us when they hear about some of these candidates.

The good news is that I do not think anyone who follows U.S. politics thinks Santorum has a legitimate chance of winning the Republican nomination. Barring a colossal blunder, Romney has that locked up. And even if Santorum did somehow manage to surprise us all, there is no way he wins a general election against President Obama. So yeah, I know it is scary to hear someone like this discussed as if he was a viable candidate, but he really isn't.

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