It may be slightly early (16 months) but I believe I can safely project Rick Santorum has lost his bid for reelection. He seems to have lost his mind (via CapitolBuzz).
Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, refused yesterday to back off on his earlier statements connecting Boston's "liberalism" with the Roman Catholic Church pedophile scandal, saying that the city's "sexual license" and "sexual freedom" nurtured an environment where sexual abuse would occur. . . .Poll numbers at DailyKos today show Democratic candidate Robert Casey, Jr. ahead 50-39. If the good people of PA can't see straight on this one, after everything that has happened during Rick's 6-year term, there's no hope for any of us.
"I was just saying that there's an attitude that is very open to sexual freedom that is more predominant" in Boston, Santorum said yesterday. Reminded that the sexual abuse occurred across the country, Santorum said that "at the time [in 2002], there was an indication that there was more of a problem there" in Boston. . . .
US Representative Barney Frank, a Newton Democrat, called Santorum "a jerk" and pointed out that the senator tried to use the levers of the federal government to block the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, an act that Santorum likened to "execution." An autopsy found that Schiavo's brain was half the normal size and that she could not see anything.
"This is one of those people who claims to have had eye contact with a blind woman," Frank said.
[UPDATE: Ted Kennedy weighs in]