Editor's Note

Rick? Really?

By the time you read this, the Arizona presidential preference vote will be over—thank goodness—and off the candidates will go to the Super Tuesday states.

As I watch the speeches and debates and whatnot, I keep coming back to one question: What kind of person would actually vote seriously for Rick Santorum?

The fact that this man has actually gained any sort of traction shows just how far the Republican Party has gone off the rails. He's a definite bigot—his repeated comments on homosexuality prove this without a doubt. He's arguably sexist—while some have said his comments about women being too emotional to serve in combat were taken out of context, there's no doubt that he doesn't think women should have the right to serve in combat situations.

And then there are his views on contraception—he doesn't like birth control, period, and has even gone as far as saying he thinks states should have the right to ban contraception—which are so far out of mainstream thinking and so far from common sense that it's troubling. Same goes for his stances on evolution, climate change and even basic environmentalism.

Yet here we are, heading into Super Tuesday, and Rick Santorum is one of the final two real contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

I don't get it.

Fortunately, I believe the vast majority of people out there don't get it, either, and that very soon, Santorum will fade back into relative obscurity—which is where he belongs. But in the meantime, I can't help but shake my head at the fact that this bigoted sexist has gotten as far as he has.

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