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Santorum is my inspiration

Written by Reg Henry on .

In my last 10 columns, only four of them have touched upon political subjects, but tomorrow I reluctantly return to politics with a look at the Republican primaries.

As I did not know the results of Michigan and Arizona as I wrote, I have kept the column fairly general.

The timing of the voting — usually on Tuesdays when I write — has generally discouraged me from picking the primaries as a subject. But the greatest discouragement is the feeling that everything that is possible to say has already been said.

While the primaries are a target-rich environment, a clown car going down the road carrying fish in a barrel to be shot at, oftentimes I have felt that the subject presented no creative challenge with the exception of trying to find something new to say.

But I think Rick Santorum's critical comments about kids going to college, and how Obama was a snob for wanting all young Americans to go, pushed me over the edge (although his remarks are noted only briefly in tomorrow's column).

Even George W. Bush never said anything as stupid as this. If Santorum ever becomes president, kids should be handed out shovels, because that's the sort of work that they will be limited to under his leadership.

I hope for the future of the country that the two states voting today put an end to Santorum's ridiculous quest — although, I must say, it would be poetic justice if Romney were to lose his home state because of his opposition to the bailout of the auto industry. Actions have consequences and it's past time the Republican candidates were reminded of this. They act as if all they have to do to get elected is pander to the most far right reaches of the political spectrum, but that's not where most voters in November live.

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