Santorum To Hang With Birthers

Well, at least one potential 2016 presidential candidate is banking on the Republican Party continuing its hard-right trajectory after its 2012 defeat. That would be Rick Santorum, who has chosen as his bloviating perch the famously birther-oriented site World Net Daily, cheek by jowl with Chuck Norris and Herman Cain. Santorum will pen a weekly column for WND. His first column advanced his familiar arguments against ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a threat to U.S. sovereignty, “parental control,” and hard-line anti-choice policies.

If Santorum believes the best avenue for influence in the GOP is to adopt a posture of acknowledging “no enemies to the Right,” he’s certainly positioned himself in a way that makes the risk of getting outflanked in that direction exceedingly low. We’ll just have to wait and see if he starts hanging out at Pizza Ranches in Iowa again.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.