The following exchange took place yesterday in one of the infinite “two-way” reports spending one last night in bed with the still-warm body of Rick Santorum’s stillborn campaign:
SIEGEL: Speaking of his future, of course much depends on whether the Republicans win or lose the White House, but what is his future?
LIASSON: Well, he could be in a Romney Cabinet. He certainly will be a conservative social issue leader in the Republican Party. 2016, he could run again. He’ll have a heck of a lot of competition if [he] does that, though.
It’s really not hard to know what Santorum’s future is. It’s going to look a lot like his immediate pre-primary past. As Joshua Green put it in Bloomberg:
He did some lobbying, hooked up with a think tank, and sat on a few boards
Sound familiar? Basically being handed a bunch of money for his extraordinary ability to be Rick Santorum.
So what’s up, Mara? Do you not know this? Either you are extremely naive about what out of work politicians do or you think it isn’t interesting enough to just say it. Too true to be good.
But I find it extremely interesting that out of work politicians make a bunch of money simply for being out of work politicians. It’s a sickness at the heart of our politics, and I find it very, very worth discussing.
In fact I find it much more worth discussing than the questionable poll results you and your kind perseverate over daily.
But you, Mara, seem to be wed to the old school reportage. Make it exciting! Gin up a real fight! Make it about the contest. 2016!! You actually said it! I think you might be the first! Yay!
And today on Morning Edition you even fired the starter pistol on the race between Romney and Obama, characterizing it as completely evenly matched. How conveniently exciting for you and all your horse-race monger compatriots.
War is Peace! Ignorance is Strength! Everything is Equivalent!