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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.