It’s pretty much “Death Panels”, but on galloping horseback a thousand years ago

Now this is funny:

“The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical . . and that is what the perception is by the American left who hates Christendom.”

Bwah-HA. Who’s the whacko? How strange-looking was his beard?

It’s none other than . . Rick Santorum. He’s trying to stoke some Christian-victim enthusiasm out on a political trail he’s praying will lead him to the presidency. Talking Points Memo poked some fun at Monsignor Jeru’slay’em:

If you were worried there wouldn’t be a 2012 candidate touting the pro-Crusades platform, then today is your lucky day!

Now that’s a lede. Who the hell really cares about 900 year-old religio-military campaigns? On the other side of the globe? You’d have to have one extremely dusty red ass to get amped by this sort of talk. Or . . would you?

What the hey? Politico?!

Santorum hits left on Crusades
Andy Barr | Politico | Feb 23, 2011

Rick Santorum launched into a scathing attack on the left, charging during an appearance in South Carolina that the history of the Crusades has been corrupted by “the American left who hates Christendom.”

We’re vulnerable on . . “The Crusades”? Just look at how we’re getting scathed. Well, I guess they squeezed all the juice they could out of the Punic Wars. Can we hit back with the Defenestration of Prague? What sort of polling do we have on the de Medicis? I’ll settle for anybody from Florence, Alabama.

He added, “They hate Western civilization at the core. That’s the problem.”

I don’t hate it — I just slept through it. I’ll have you know there’s a difference. Boy, you take ninth grade a little lightly, next thing you know they hang the Spanish Armada around your neck for the rest of your life.

You know what the problem is here? Rick Santorum, of course. No! — the exasperating, complicating problem that makes this ridiculous stuff commonplace? The professionally brain-free state of political reporting.

Politico craves the attention, so they report on something patently absurd as if it were a serious matter. Instead of ignoring Rick, or thoroughly mocking Mr. Ackbar Slaughter, they take him at face value — they’d like to leverage this into an issue. To many, Politico’s nod is all that’s necessary to set up the “Yes Crusades/No Crusades” debate in anticipation of the presidential campaign, or the 2012 elections, or whatever.

Politico, surely, will give it the serious coverage it is due. I confide that I fall in the anti faction on the slaughter of Muslims, pagans, Slavs, Balts, Jews, Russian and Greek Orthodox Christians, Mongols, Cathars, Hussites, Waldensians, Old Prussians, and political enemies of the various popes five to seven centuries before the United States was born.