Daily Kos Hatches Scheme: Get Dems to Vote Santorum!
Liberal blog plans 'Operation Hilarity' to give Romney a headache
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2012 10:02 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum meets with business leaders, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Tioga, ND. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)   (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

(Newser) – The Daily Kos may be a liberal blog, but it's throwing its support behind Rick Santorum—sort of. In a post yesterday announcing "Operation Hilarity," Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas urged Democrats to take advantage of the upcoming open primaries and caucuses in Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Vermont and get out there to vote Santorum. Why? "The longer this thing drags out, the more unpopular the Republican presidential pretenders become," he writes. "Just look at Mitt Romney's trajectory, which followed Herman Cain's trajectory, and Newt Gingrich's trajectory, and Michelle Bachmann's trajectory, and so on."

Plus, a long, drawn-out primary will only help the Democrats—Moulitsas notes that President Obama's popularity has been rising—and considering how low Republican turnout has been, it should be fairly easy to swing the primaries. But the bottom line: "Rick Santorum? Really? The Republicans have offered up this big, slow, juicy softball. Let's have fun whacking the heck out of it," Moulitsas concludes. BuzzFeed notes that Rush Limbaugh pulled the same stunt, involving Hillary Clinton, in 2008.