Duggars want Jesus for president but settle for Rick Santorum

TLC reality stars the Duggar family have become the most prominent celebrities to endorse a candidate for president, throwing their weight and fertility behind Rick Santorum–but only because Jesus Christ wasn’t available. Really.

The Los Angeles Times reports that “fixtures from the celebrity firmament have been noticeably absent from Iowa this year” until yesterday, though it adds “Sort of,” because the celebrities were Jim Bob Duggar and “about half of reality television’s Duggar family,” where “Duggar filled some time, telling regular Iowans, who were outnumbered by members of the media, that he is endorsing the former Pennsylvania senator, despite the fact that the Duggars live in Arkansas and cannot vote in the Iowa caucus.”

Jim Bob offered this insightful and not at all cliche assessment of the candidate: “He’s somebody that doesn’t take a poll to know where he stands.” But he did say Santorum isn’t his first choice. “You’re not going to find the perfect candidate unless it’s Jesus Christ,” he told the media.

As obviously consequential as this endorsement is, I think it may fall apart once one of the Duggars Google Santorum.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.