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December 03, 2012 5:50 PM Santorum To Hang With Birthers

By Ed Kilgore

Well, at least one potential 2016 presidential candidate is banking on the Republican Party continuing its hard-right trajectory after its 2012 defeat. That would be Rick Santorum, who has chosen as his bloviating perch the famously birther-oriented site World Net Daily, cheek by jowl with Chuck Norris and Herman Cain. Santorum will pen a weekly column for WND. His first column advanced his familiar arguments against ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a threat to U.S. sovereignty, “parental control,” and hard-line anti-choice policies.

If Santorum believes the best avenue for influence in the GOP is to adopt a posture of acknowledging “no enemies to the Right,” he’s certainly positioned himself in a way that makes the risk of getting outflanked in that direction exceedingly low. We’ll just have to wait and see if he starts hanging out at Pizza Ranches in Iowa again.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Peter C on December 03, 2012 5:56 PM:

    He'll not shake his google-name-problem this way, heh heh.

  • labman57 on December 03, 2012 10:38 PM:

    Ignorance is bliss, intolerance divine, conspiracy theories abound, and racism is thriving at that pinnacle of the delusional right wing blogosphere known as WND ... which certainly explains why these folks are so enamored with Righteous Rick.

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  • Marc on December 04, 2012 7:06 AM:

    He has finally joined the other inmates at the asylum.

  • MattF on December 04, 2012 8:17 AM:

    Not to mention WND worthies like Pamela Geller and Jerome Corsi. That's beyond 'No enemies to my right'-- more like 'No enemies in this asylum.'