You can’t blame those North Carolinians who have managed to avoid hearing a whole lot about a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and current U.S.presidential candidate, Rick Santorum. Every minute they’ve spent not contemplating the inane positions and statements of this terribly troubled man has no doubt made their lives happier and healthier.

Unfortunately, now that the crusading theocrat’s campaign has actually received a modest boost from his showing in Iowa, it’s probably worth a few minutes of everyone’s time (at least those who haven’t been paying a lot of attention) to to take a look at just how certifiably crazy this dude is.

Happily, the good folks at Think Progress have been kind enough to feature a post this morning entitled: “Rick Santorum’s Most Outrageous Campaign Moments.” Enjoy!


Not that anyone needs to be reminded, but the American process for selecting presidential nominees is nuts. The notion that a few thousand troubled and disaffected ultra-rightists — people so far gone that a big chunk of them actually voted for a truly disturbed theocrat like Rick Santorum — are capable of winnowing the field 10 months before the election is beyond amazing. 

For North Carolinians, the crazy, “front-leaded” primary  calendar is a particular drag since it almost always assures that their choices will be greatly reduced, if not nonexistent come the first week of May.

For progressives, last night’s Iowa caucuses provided a mixture of good and bad news. Read More


Columnist Timothy Egan speaks some important truths in an NYT column posted last night entitled “Migrants from Sanity.”

Willard Romney and Pizza Man Cain are the chief targets, but the column is really an indictment of the entire knuckle-headed, anti-immigrant right-wing.

This is the excellent conclusion:

“The problem, through good times and bad, is that there are millions of jobs that Americans will not do. [Especially, Egan might have added, when they’re offered subsistence wages.] The solution, some combination of path to citizenship with guest worker programs, should be within the grasp of the better political minds.

But tepid Democrats are afraid of doing anything. And some Republicans want a death fence, and will go after anyone who has an illegal on his lawn. It’s the great disconnect — yet another reason why so many Americans have a higher regard for a single-celled protozoan than a politician working the stump.”


Why is it that North Carolinians continue to voice frustration with President Obama and yet, at the same time, express a willingness to give him a second term in office? Aside from the utter moral, political and intellectual vacuity of the Republican challengers, it’s this:

Most North Carolinians want Obama to be Obama – or, at least, the Obama they perceived him to be in 2008 – and they think he can still get there.

Ironically, Obama’s struggles in purple North Carolina are not the result of him being too progressive; they are the result of him being too moderate. Read More


It comes from Steve Benen of Washington Monthly:

“And as hard as it is to believe, it’s very likely the Republican presidential nomination will go to a French-speaking Mormon vulture capitalist named Willard, who used to support abortion rights, gay rights, gun control, “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants, and combating climate change, and who distanced himself from Reagan, attended Planned Parenthood fundraisers, and helped create the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act.”

Hard to believe that the right-wingers can be happy about this.