Rick Santorum drops out of the race, predictably

I knew this would happen. As soon as I heard Rick Santorum was taking the Easter weekend off, and then the additional news that he was canceling appearances to be with his ill daughter Bella, I knew that the former Pennsylvania senator was laying the prep work to end his doomed presidential campaign.

Comparing his White House campaign to the Biblical passion play, Santorum finally ended his presidential campaign today, telling his gathered audience that his campaign was not based just on economical issues, but also the “hopes and fears” of the average American person, which means the right-wing social conservatives that make up his political base.

Santorum’s speech hinged on the nation’s “good parents,” which dovetailed well with his excuse for leaving, and spent a bit of time describing America as a “moral enterprise” that is opposed to the sinful world and, specifically, Iran.

For those of you concerned about Santorum’s political legacy, Santorum promised that though “the presidential race is over for me,” he is “not done fighting” for his ideological vision. “We are not done fighting. We are going to continue to fight for [our supporters’] voices.”

“We are going to continue fighting,” the failed candidate said, “for greatness in this country.” So, great: Santorum plans to parlay his newfound national stage into a long-spanning career, guaranteeing the rest of us at least a few years of Santorum’s archaic politics.

Now, I’m sorry to sound like a cynical naysayer, but it seems to me that Santorum, realizing he would lose the nomination, is using his ill daughter Bella as an excuse to get out the race. Again, as soon as I heard Santorum was taking off for the Easter weekend, I knew he was prepping for his ultimate exit. The “coincidence” of Bella’s sickness only added to my rational suspicions. And here we are: Rick Santorum is out of the race. Am I a political psychic or just full of common sense?

So, next question: how long until Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney?