Friends Don't Let Friends Take Rick Santorum Seriously

by
Owen Poindexter
Rick Santorum is buying ads to oppose Chuck Hagel's nomination to head the Department of Defense. This is the best sign yet that reasonable people should support the nomination.

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Rick Santorum is an enjoyable public figure provided you do not take his political positions seriously. In fact, his opposition to Chuck Hagel's nomination is a reason to support Hagel. PHOTO: Reuters

Rick Santorum announced that his group Patriot Voices will be buying ads to oppose Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Obama's next Secretary of Defense, and will be contacting certain senators directly. This is a sure sign that reasonable people should not oppose Chuck Hagel's nomination.

It's a little bizarre that Santorum, former Senator of Pennsylvania and presidential candidate (in fact, he was the last one to fall to Mitt Romney in 2012) still has any credibility, but he does and he has other people's money, and he is currently using those to oppose Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense.

"There are many positions that if Chuck Hagel was the nominee for, you wouldn't hear a peep out of me. But this is too important," Santorum said. "If he was nominated to any other position in the Cabinet, other than secretary of State, I'd be saying absolutely, he's a great guy, no problem. His record on other things … is as conservative as mine. But that's not what he's being nominated for."

I'll admit, the guy has a knack for sounding reasonable, and that his reasons for opposing Hagel are not any more out there than other Republicans (that Hagel isn't anti-Iran enough, and to some, not pro-Israel enough), but let's take a moment to remember the last time Rick Santorum and Patriot Voices made headlines: by vehemently opposing the ratification of an international treaty that would have encouraged other countries to bring their laws into compliance with the U.S.'s Americans with Disablities Act. Santorum has also gone out of his way to oppose contraception and anything even a little bit gay. He called Obama a "snob" when Obama said he wanted to send every kid to college. There's plenty more, but I'll let you and google figure that out.
 
Santorum's thing is taking something inoffensive and getting extremely offeneded by it. He's entertaining, but it's a little sad when people take him seriously. So, let Santorum's opposition to a consequentially, but ultimately not controversial nominee be a reminder: friends don't let friends take Rick Santorum seriously.

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