I’m caught between grateful at the timing of Graham’s gaffe and annoyed we’re still talking about Pres. Obama being a secret Muslim. I’d much rather talk about all of us being Satan, according to Rick Santorum, and all because the ladies demand control over our lady parts.

You’d think both of these righteous men would reject the immodesty, if nothing else, of forced penetration by the state. Virginia women are trying to explain this very thing to Gov. McDonnell these days, so I’m not hoping enlightenment will come to the right soon.

Graham also shared that he wasn’t so sure everyone else believed Mormons were Christian. We have to quit caring what people like this think. This is what I wrote about over the weekend.

But this kind of talk is all the rage with what Michael Steele euphemistically calls part of the conservative base, like we should respect people who’d rather live off a lie as long as it feeds their irrational behavior? They vote, that’s enough power for any one citizen.

They have fed Santorum’s rise so, of course, here comes the oppo dump.

Oh, and about that Drudge headline,“Santorum’s Satan Warning,” ABC News has more of the statement made in 2008.

SANTORUM: “While we all see all this as a great political conflict in warfare between the Obama camp and the McCain camp and culture wars, what Bishop Aquila put his finger on and what I think, I suspect those of you who are here understand, this is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war,” Santorum said in August of 2008.

“And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country, the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age. There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost 200 years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.”

As Maggie Haberman writes at Politico, this type of language out of Santorum isn’t new.

“Okay, so he said it,” was all Rush Limbaugh could utter before traipsing down the wingnut version of greatest hits from the United Nation.

In another universe, Reality, there is the economic news in Greece, a 13,000 day Dow, with Iran chatter that’s deafening. But I come back to Greece. Default could bring completely different election year circumstances, setting up Mitt Romney to try and salvage his candidacy. If he were a more gifted politician the odds would be better, but Mitt Romney has shown no real political gifts, at least none that can come close to beating Pres. Obama, unless something goes down over Greece, because of the catastrophic economic contagion it would set off.

Santorum’s got a lot of baggage, so watching that parade will be fun as long as it lasts.

Mitt Romney’s demise is being fueled a lot by the media who is crafting an epic drama, which it is in many ways. If you can carve away the hyperbole and insanity, the battle between different parts of the Republican Party is a political classic of sorts between faiths; a war to see whether early 21st century Republicans are going to choose their faith in religion or their faith in the dollar.

Nobody in America benefits from choosing Santorum’s Satan club.