Monday, March 26, 2007

Rick Santorum, film auteur



I know; I can't think of Santorum as an auteur, either. Anyway, Li'l Ricky is yet another ex-politician who will. not. go. away. Not only is he blathering on Fox News and leading a think tank program on "America's enemies," he's going into movies.

You read that right. Movies. Specifically, two documentaries. Sadly, neither is called "Spreading Santorum."

The first project, Santorum said, would explore the relationship between radical Islam and the radical leftists in various countries around the world, including Latin America. It would be about an hour in length.

The second would be a longer, broader documentary that he said would aim to ''change the culture of America.'' He declined to go into specifics about the proposal.

Gee, my heart's just pitter-pattering with excitement. How's Li'l Ricky hoping to "change the culture of America"? And what's this guy still doing in the public eye, anyway?

Central to most of what he is doing, though, is his focus on what he says are the dangers of ''Islamic fascism,'' which Santorum often talked about as he toured the state during his re-election run last year. He said at the end of his campaign he made a decision o stay in the public sphere because of the gravity of the danger he thinks America faces from radical Islam.

Ricky blabbing about radicalism is kind of like Simon Cowell discussing the lack of civility in public discourse, don't you think?

Really, since so many of these ex-Senators and Congresscritters love the spotlight so much, how about milking all this for as much amusement value as possible? I suggest a reality series: "The Surreal Life: GOP Edition." A bunch of disgraced former politicians have to share a house together, and wackiness ensues. We could have Ricky, Newt Gingrich, Mark Foley, Katherine Harris, Tom DeLay, and George Allen. Ricky and Foley could be roommates. Admit it: the show would be a ratings hit, and maybe these guys could do some good for America by making them laugh.

(Via Susie Madrak.)

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