Delirium Today (and out officially tomorrow)

By Nancy L. Cohen, February 13, 2012

So today it’s exposed that Rick Santorum’s militant stay-at-home wife writes his screeds against working women for him AND he’s now the frontrunner, according to several reliable polls. Delirium, my new book, which is offically out tomorrow, tells the story of how we got to a place where a man like Santorum is a a viable GOP candidate. But, really, this is all more delirious than even I thought possible. Just time for a few clips about this story:

From the New York TimesSantorum Faces Questions on Women in the Work Force”:

Only days after having to explain a comment about women in the military and emotions in combat, Rick Santorum seemed to struggle a bit on Sunday to explain a remark in his book “It Takes a Family” that accuses “radical feminists” of undermining families . . .

Asked by George Stephanopoulos about that remark on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr. Santorum said that his wife, Karen, had written that section of the 2005 book — though only his name is on the cover and he does not list her, in his acknowledgements, among those “who assisted me in the writing of this book.” He said that when Ms. Santorum, a nurse and a lawyer, had quit her job to raise the couple’s children, she felt that many people “looked down their nose at that decision.”

“Sadly the propaganda campaign launched in the 1960s has taken root,” Mr. Santorum, or his wife, wrote in the book. “The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.”

Stephanopoulus, incidentally, deserves a medal of honor for his pointed questions this season.

And see Andrew Sullivan for a quick primer on Santorum. He’s spot on about the Tea Party.

If you believe in individual freedom, this country has no greater opponent than Rick Santorum. And for three years, the GOP has tried to tell us that the Tea Party was about extending freedom and ending debt rather than extending the power of Christianist Big Government. We know better now.

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