From the Department of Great Minds Thinking Alike.
Regarding the political press corps’ obsequious habit of flattering Rick Santorum’s vicious religiosity as simply a sincere devotion to his Catholic faith, here’s me, Saturday night on Twitter and then again right here on this stage Monday:
Santorum’s a “devout” Catholic only in the same sense Torquemada was a “devout” Catholic.
And here’s Gary Wills, writing for the New York Review of Books’ blog in a post dated Saturday:
[Santorum] is presented as a model Catholic. Torquemada was, in that sense, a model Catholic.
I hadn’t read Wills’ post and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t follow me on Twitter, but the Torquemada reference isn’t mere coincidence. It’s a natural analogy that would occur to any Catholics who’d studied the history of their church. Santorum talks more like an Inquisitor than like the guy who founded the faith.
But I wonder if Wills had to stop himself, as I did, from adding this to his post: