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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Santorum . . . seriously?

Remember Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock? Oh, yes, it seems like just a few weeks ago that the politically suicidal duo imploded, victims of their own lack of self-awareness and cluelessness about how the 21st-century electorate reacts to tone-deaf social conservatives. So along comes the man who personified these same tendencies (anger, cluelessness, lack of discretion, fixation with issues over which national pols have no influence) — Rick Santorum — to tell conservatives he’s baaaack. Yes, it really would be a nightmare for Republicans to go in exactly the opposite direction from the electorate on everything from contraception to working women to gay marriage. (No, the electorate really doesn’t want a president who talks about the devil as the source of American decline.) If social conservatives have learned anything, it is that they suffer when their “allies” make themselves punch lines.

But here’s Santorum, shopping his wares to (we hope) dumbfounded conservative journalists: “In my opinion, what could have been and what should have been a referendum election on what it means to be an American, what it means for us as a country to head down the road toward European socialism, we just simply didn’t make the argument at a time when I think America was ripe to hear the argument.” (Yes, more echo chamber talk that sails over the heads of ordinary voters! Yes, roll back the progressive era — the 1920s, that is! Oh, do vilify JFK’s speech on religious tolerance!)

And if that wasn’t enough, he added in reference to his PAC: “We’re going to talk about all of the issues with an emphasis on cultural issues.” But of course! As long as there are young voters, upscale urbanites and culturally tolerant people, Santorum will be there to remind them why they don’t want to be identified as Republicans.

Really, must serious conservatives treat Santorum, well, seriously? I guess it was a slow news day.

By  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/27/2012

 
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