On Tuesday, Rick Santorum announced that he was ending his bid for the White House. It wasn’t because he was losing though – according to him, he was winning, but not in any way that is reflected in polls or delegates: “We were winning in a very different way, because we were touching hearts and we were raising issues that frankly people didn’t want to have raised,” Santorum announced to his supporters in his speech today. To be fair, many of the issues Santorum raised were ones that people didn’t want raised because they thought they had already been addressed (and in a better way than he could have hoped). From the role of religion in government to birtherism, Santorum definitely entertained—or didn’t deny—issues that nobody raises because they had already been addressed pretty sufficiently for most people. Let’s hope Rick Santorum keeps winning hearts so that he can take the White House in 2016!
Vice President who?
What do Sarah Palin and Herman Cain have in common? Very little, actually, but they’ve both been in the news again lately for their opinion on who Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate will be. Both Cain and Palin think that Florida Representative Allen West should be chosen to be second in line to the presidency, but they may not realize the gravity of that position. West is a Tea Party favorite but unpopular with mainstream GOP party members, despite his ability to raise huge amounts of money and rile up crowds of Floridians against the welfare state. And while raising money is probably the only official duty that the vice president carries out these days, I’d prefer anyone else but a freshman Tea Party representative who may or may not have likened the Democratic Party to the Nazi propaganda machine, according to the Washington Post.
Stephen Colbert offers College students “Super Fun Pack”
For those college students who wanted to start a super PAC, a fundraising entity that can take unlimited money from donors, they need to look no further than the website of comedian Stephen Colbert’s PAC. Americans For a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow, the PAC’s moniker, is now offering a $99 super PAC starter kit. The kit comes with all the forms that need to be filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), as well as a pamphlet with not strictly legal advice from former FEC chairman and general counsel to the John McCain campaign, Trevor Potter. It also comes with a decoder ring and a treasure map. Colbert, in his attempt to prove that the Citizens United ruling made a mockery of the political system, intends to do just that in any way he can (his ads are gold). Now he’s deputizing college students with $100 to spare in probably the funniest act of legal fundraising ever carried out. Karl Rove wishes his PAC was as good as Colbert’s. And while the Super Fun Pack is out of stock for now, the PAC is still taking donations.