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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tell me what democracy looks like

Religious fundamentalists are fond of looking for signs foretelling the end of days. Is Rick Santorum surging in Iowa one of them?

Santorum, the two-term incumbent who polled just 41 percent in losing to moderate Democrat Bob Casey Jr. in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate election, is now being seen as the last, best hope of fundamentalist Christians looking to derail Mitt (25 percent) Romney in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses.

Santorum is jockeying with Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul for the dead end vote among the 150,000 or so registered Republicans who will schlep out Tuesday night to cast non-binding votes on who they would like to see named GOP convention delegates later this year.

Nevertheless, the eyes of the media will be focused on this New Year's tourism exercise, ignoring the context of the caucuses and results that have included George H.W. Bush in 1980, Bob Dole in 1988 and Mike Huckabee four years ago.

For the cynics who questioned the efficacy of the Occupy movement: this is what democracy looks like?

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