10 Reasons Why Rick Santorum Should Never Make It To the White House December 12, 2014

10 Reasons Why Rick Santorum Should Never Make It To the White House

Rick Santorum hasn’t given up dreaming about the presidency, and this time he’s extra-serious, he says.

Where he had to build his operation from the ground up in 2012, Santorum now has a grass-roots operation called Patriot Voices, which boasts 150,000 activists across the country. … He is retooling his message, hoping to appeal beyond his socially conservative base and reach blue-collar voters who are being left behind in the economy.

“I don’t think I’ve met a ‘suit’ yet,” Santorum said of his travels around the country. … That is a theme he has sounded for years, though it often got overlooked in the 2012 campaign, where most of the attention was on Santorum’s culture warrior credentials. “Part of what I had to do last time was lay out my bona fides” on moral and social issues, Santorum said. “That’s done.”

Mediaite, under the headline “Rick Santorum Announced He’s Running For President and Nobody Noticed,” writes that Santorum’s declaration about entering the 2016 race “landed with a thud.” The candidate claims that he likes it that way, so he can be the come-from-behind underdog.

As a quick reminder, the following feats of faith are part of Santorum’s record. You could also see this as a top-10 list of why he doesn’t have the mental fitness to ever get within a Bible’s throw of the Oval Office.

  1. Calling a pregnancy resulting from rape a present from God — a broken gift, “but nevertheless a gift”;
  2. Not being sure that separation of church and state isn’t some nefarious communist notion;
  3. Falsely believing that it’s illegal to pray in U.S. public schools;
  4. Stating that “antagonism to Christianity” is ruining the nation;
  5. Opposing contraceptives, which facilitate “do[ing] things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be”;
  6. Literally applauding the notion that anyone who doesn’t subscribe to America being a Christian nation should leave the country;
  7. Claiming that the Crusades were not in any sense evidence of Christian anti-Islam aggression;
  8. Injecting president Obama’s race into the abortion debate;
  9. Promoting an energy policy that Santorum summarized with the phrase “Drill everywhere”;
  10. Believing that Satan is out to get America (obviously, Santorum thinks: “If you were Satan, who would you attack?”).

I’m not a fan of the current president, but at least he’s managed to keep the religious bullshit emanating from the White House within tolerable levels. We won’t soon get that lucky again — least of all with candidates like Santorum and his almost equally insufferable fellow God botherer, Mike Huckabee.

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