This is what happens when Rick Santorum is in the spotlight:
“Satan has his sights on the United States of America!” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.
“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”
The comments are from 2008, but that really doesn’t matter much. What does matter is the fact that Santorum’s candidacy distracts from a focus on the economy that could help Republicans win votes, beat Barack Obama, keep the House, and potentially take the Senate. As such, Rick Santorum’s Miltonian, Dante-esque musings don’t merely make his candidacy look silly to a great many people. They interfere with the Republican message, muddy up the Republican brand, and make it easier for Barack Obama to win re-election.