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Daily Santorum: More Savagery

Published by Daniel Malloy on .

dansavageDan Savage is not letting up on his favorite foil, Rick Santorum -- not that Rick minds being the victim of liberal aggression -- and this time he's got the worst kind of liberals on his side: Hollywood liberals. This Funny or Die piece, in which Savage threatens to redefine the meaning of "Rick" as well, features some funny cameos from Rick Fox, Rick Dees, Ricki Lake and Andy Richter.

The non-comedic news wasn't great for our former senator, either. Politico threw some cold water on the campaign's temporary Iowa relocation, as his tour hit its second day, in a trend story about presidential aspirants taking up residence in early primary states:

It’s a familiar tactic for long-shot presidential candidates looking to inject some life into their low-name-recognition campaigns. It’s also one with a poor track record.

The early-state relocation play has worked only once: in 1988 for Dick Gephardt. Gephardt rented an apartment in Iowa and also moved his mother, who was serving as a campaign surrogate, into a West Des Moines apartment. While the Missouri congressman won the caucuses, he ultimately lost the nomination to Michael Dukakis.

Politifact also ruled a recent statement about church attendance in Europe to be not quite accurate:

While Santorum is right that some European countries have church attendance rates that are below 10 percent, we found others that have rates of worship well above the single digits.

Santorum’s other claim, that European governments collect taxes and send the money to churches, is also a mixed bag. Santorum is correct when he says some countries assess so-called church taxes. But more importantly to his main point, scholars say they don't see a connection between the taxes and church attendance. Indeed, the rate in Italy is about 39 percent. So we rate this statement Mostly False.

And not taking that paycheck from Fox News anymore means Rick has fallen behind his rivals in appearances on the right's most important news outlet. Politico notes that Herman Cain leads the way with 19 appearances and 3 hours, 8 minutes of airtime since June 1. Santorum has had 10 appearances, ranking him seventh in the field -- behind even Gary Johnson, though ahead of less Fox-friendly GOP'ers Mitt Romney (3) and Jon Huntsman (2).

Santorum has long hoped his tireless ground game would help him gain traction in the race, and now he's hoping Pledgemaster status will sink in with the electorate. Here's what he said yesterday after signing the Six Sigma pledge:

"I've been called by some in the media as the Super Pledger," he said. "That I've signed more pledges for conservative causes than any other candidate. That sort of makes the point that I've been making from the very beginning. I'm the conservative candidate in this race."

The Schedule: Iowa Tour Day 3 is: Ottumwa (town hall), Ft. Madison (town hall), Burlington (town hall), Mt. Pleasant (town hall) and Pleasantville (house party).

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