Now, before we get all snippy, we want all our loyal readers to know that we absolutely adore George Will, the well known conservative pundit who resembles everyone's dad in the 1950's.
The guy can write a mean verse, and we here at PP&B don't utter that phrase lightly. Just read the above linked column about former Sen. Rick Santorum and reflect on Will's observations about the former senator's chances at becoming the next American president.
The one thing that Will conveniently, or perhaps unknowingly, forgets is what columnist Dan Savage did to the senator's last name that to this day appears near the top of a Google search when you do a search on Santorum.
It ain't pretty, folks, and it's not going to go away if the guy tries to mount a bid for president.
Like Savage's methods or not, they were successful and arguably had an impact on Santorum's ultimate defeat. They made the guy's family name a joke, and a bawdy one at that. If Santorum actually thinks he has a shot at president, his opponents will surely dredge this bit of dirty silliness from his past and use it to make him appear like a joke candidate.
Or worse, they'll use it to make him look like he can't win an election.
Again, Republicans, you've got to find candidates who aren't drenched in self righteousness and social issues. The country has been screaming the words "jobs" and "economy" for about two years. We'd argue that they aren't quite ready to return to issues of homosexuality and abortion as a litmus test when it comes to electing the next president.
Or at least a majority of Americans aren't ready to use those issues when making their decision on who sits in the big chair. And that's what counts.