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Former Sen. Rick Santorum isn't really in to that whole "post-partisan" thing.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 15, 2009 9:50PM (EST)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) has definitely not been won over by the president-elect. Nor has he softened towards the other man who could have been elected president this past November, John McCain.

Back in February, during the Republican primary, Santorum criticized McCain for his famous temper, prompting the Arizona Senator to retort, "I don't know what a defeated candidate for reelection, who begged me to come up and campaign for him, has to say."

Now, in his latest column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Santorum writes:

[A]s the media have repeatedly noted, Obama the statesman has offered the olive branch to his impotent potential adversaries.

How noble of the president-elect? No, how politically smart...

Still, Obama and the GOP moderates will not produce the kind of post-partisan harmony that Obama promised and the public now expects.

But I believe Obama has an ace in the hole among Senate Republicans. This unlikely ace can deliver not only the GOP moderates needed to break a filibuster, but also the stamp of bipartisanship: the 2008 GOP standard bearer, John McCain.

McCain was once the mainstream media darling, back when he joined Democrats on a host of issues. He prized his maverick moniker and used it to propel himself onto the national scene in the 2000 Republican presidential primary...

In McCain's mind, however, losing the presidency will not be the final chapter of his life story. He knows the path to "Big Media" redemption. Working with the man who vanquished him in November will show them all the real McCain again...

Alas, the two White House rivals now stand positioned to help secure each other's place in history. The next mainstream media blockbuster could be Barack Obama and John McCain: The Movie.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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