Better Pick a Good Ambassador to the Netherlands, Rick

Rick Santorum has stirred up a lot of controversy on the campaign trail with various assertions of dubious facts. But if he does managed to get himself elected president, he will have to deal with some overseas collateral damage: the offense he has given to the citizens and leaders of the Netherlands for casually suggesting that country’s liberal laws on assisted suicide have made it a hotbed of self-destruction.

Turns out Rick’s numbers are wrong, by a lot, and the GOP’s terrible image among our NATO allies got a little bit worse–just so Rick could tell conservative voters that those socialist Europeans are killing off people as fast as they can.

Democrats tend to love the idea of an extended GOP nomination contest, but the idea that the US will have to clean up after the xenophobic utterances of Republican candidates is a significant buzzkill.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.