The Hack vs the Realist: Is Rick Santorum Great or Crazy?

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

The major problem with mainstream political commentary in America is that it is basically completely meaningless. There is an entire industry built around the horse race – tracking who is up and who is down, which candidate sounds the most presidential and who has the best wardrobe team. The actual business of policy and understanding which candidate is a reasonable bet in terms of running the government and who is in fact a genocidal maniac (and there are a few) is a lost art.

Take for example a recent comment on Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum by 'Commentary' columnist Alana Goodman:

Yes, he has plenty of his own flaws, and they shouldn’t be glossed over. But so far, his baggage doesn’t seem to be of the fatal sort. There’s no history of adultery, no sexual harassment charges, no problems with articulation, no shoot-from-the-hip attitude. Santorum’s debate performances have been excellent, and he’s shown a notable grasp of foreign policy issues. He also has impeccable social conservative credentials.

This is typical of mainstream punditry – focus solely on the superficial, and ignore the actual substance. Andrew Sullivan counters:

Yes: he's for criminalizing all abortion and nullifying my civil marriage by constitutional amendment. He's also for a Judeo-Christian global war against Islam, government-directed industrial policy, and torture. His "notable grasp" of foreign policy is revealed by his unique belief that Iran is seeking national "martyrdom" by engaging in a nuclear war with Israel.

Santorum might look and talk the Presidential part, but he is in fact completely insane, a small detail political pundits seem to want to ignore.

Election season is almost in full swing and this stuff is just going to get worse. I hope to provide a small bit of relief from the cacophony of gibberish coming out of the mainstream, but it's almost panick attack inducing thinking about what myself and the rest of the sane media are up against.

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