Former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum waits to speak at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Today's must-read is this totally weird article at Politico about "the truce" on the right wing about social issues. The truce? You remember the truce: it's about how the Republicans think that voters only care about economic issues and so they should put social issues on the back burner for the next election cycle.
Except that, as the article amply demonstrates, there is no truce, there never has been one, there never will be one, and "social" issues doctrine is still used as a litmus test on the right, and always will be. In fact, the only GOP figure to even suggest such a truce, Mitch Daniels, is basically described as being a non-starter specifically because he suggested it.
What's really funny is that every single "social issue" group says the same thing. To paraphrase: "We're not saying that our abortion/homo/school choice issue should be the number one issue, but if the candidate doesn't agree with us on that issue, they're out of here." Doesn't sound like much of a truce to me.
So basically it's a whole article about something that doesn't exist, which makes it interesting. Neat!