Breaking: Rick Santorum suspends presidential campaign

Ding dong, the dick is done:

Facing mounting pressure and the prospect of an embarrassing loss in his home state of Pennsylvania next week, Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the presidency today.

“We made a decision over the weekend that this presidential race is over for me,” he said at a press conference in Pennsylvania moments ago. “We will suspend our campaign effective today.”

While folks may look back almost fondly on Santorum’s race as “that wacky conservative” who was to the nth extreme (and boy, did he give us content), let’s not forget how alarming it is that he came in second to Romney — his extreme social conservative views actually did win states. And I don’t doubt this won’t be the last we see of him.

Moving forward, it’s now clear that Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee to run against Obama in the general election — though we know his regressive politics are just as terrifying as Santorum’s, they’re just more insidious.

Game on.

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Quote of the day: Maddow to Santorum: “You’re fundamentally wrong on civics”

In a simultaneously amazing and immensely trying eight minutes, Rachel Maddow schools Rick Santorum in civics, and his past comments about LGBT people and our “lifestyles. ”From this interview, outlets have begun to report that Santorum has “softened” on LGBT issues, but in his discussion with Maddow, it is only clear that he has started watching what he says on camera about LGBT issues. There’s a fundamental difference.

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Santorum fervently believes that Congress has the ability and right to overrule the Supreme Court by passing laws telling them they misunderstood the Constitution. To which Maddow said: “You’re fundamentally wrong on civics.”

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