Rick Santorum's Long and Lonely Battle for Respect

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Feb. 16 2011 5:37 PM

Rick Santorum's Long and Lonely Battle for Respect

I still can't quite believe Roll Call ran an entire piece about what it means that Rick Santorum's name has been turned into a term for an anal sex byproduct. Now that it's out, it does seem necessary.

Santorum himself sounded slightly defeated when asked about it recently.

"It’s one guy. You know who it is. The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate. It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak," Santorum told Roll Call.

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If only that was his problem! Nothing Santorum says is taken on face value, as the opinions of a presidential candidate who is credible on his own terms. I took the challenge and googled his last name:

Literally nothing serious on there, about a politician who spent 16 years in high office and wrote a thoughtful policy book, "It Takes a Family."


David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.