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Duggars hired Huckabee’s political guru to manage PR for Josh's sexual molestation scandal

Mike Huckabee, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, speaks during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012. JASON REED/REUTERS


Mike Huckabee, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, speaks during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012. JASON REED/REUTERS

Why are the Duggar family's salacious tales worth following? Their ties to political power. Out this week, news that shows just how deep the connections between the Duggars and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee really are.

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One voter shows up at Santorum event in Iowa

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Only one person came to a scheduled Rick Santorum campaign stop in Iowa - insurance agent Peggy Toft. Santorum spoke to Toft in a restaurant for 10 minutes. Toft said the meeting did not convince her to support the socially conservative, wildly self-delusional Republican candidate. “This is a lot more fun than being on the phone raising money,” said Santorum.

Image: "Former U.S. Senator Santorum of Pennsylvania speaking at the Iowa Galactic Empire's 2015 Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa." Photo by Gage Skidmore. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Santorum's wife authored children's book on good manners, with foreword by Joe Paterno, blurb by Bono

This is not a joke. Ethan Persoff, archivist of weirdo ephemera and "comics with problems," tells Boing Boing:

In 2011 Rick Santorum insulted the planet by comparing traditional marriage to a napkin. But did you know he ALSO wrote a short piece of fiction about "the birth of the napkin" in 2003? And to add further humor: This same book contains an endorsement of the Santorums from Bono of U2, and includes a foreword on "decent manners with children" by Joe Paterno.

Look inside "Karen Santorum's Dirty Book on Manners" at Ethan's website, and you can buy a copy on Amazon. One wonders if future printings will scrub the reference to Paterno (and if the Bono endorsement will stay?)