Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Rick Santorum gets Google boost from Jon Stewart


Former U.S. senator and likely Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) speaks at a Tax Payer Tea Party Rally. (Brian Snyder - Reuters)
Former senator Rick Santorum may have Jon Stewart to thank for becoming one of the most searched terms on Google this morning. On last night’s “The Daily Show,” Stewart gave a rundown of the lesser-known presidential hopefuls who attended the first GOP debate and invited the audience members to Google their names. That’s a big problem for a certain former senator from Pennsylvania.

“I guess the last guy would prefer you wouldn’t do that,” Stewart said referring to Santorum. “By the way, if you didn’t get that joke, go Google ‘Santorum’ right now.” When you do Google “Rick Santorum,” the first result is a definition of something a little too risque for this blog to print.

Sex columnist Dan Savage and his readers can take responsibility for this unpleasant search result. In 2003, Santorum made some controversial statements about homosexuality, saying marriage is “not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.” In turn, Savage, who is gay, held a contest to help “memorialize” Santorum’s statements. The winning term now lives in Google infamy.

“Santorum might as well change his last name to Lemon Party,” Stewart concluded. That one I did have to Google. I don’t recommend it.

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