• The Google Gods Smile on Rick Santorum

    I guess all that sucking up to God paid off. After enduring years of taunts for his so-called Google problem, Rick Santorum can finally unclench his, um, fists.

    Spreading Santorum, the website Dan Savage created to smear Santorum's name as the "frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes a byproduct of anal sex," has faded to the second page of the candidate's Google search results

    As SearchEngineLand.com editor Danny Sullivan points out, the page… no longer appears on the first Google search results page; it's behind Wikipedia pages for Santorum and his campaign's official website. However, the blog it links to — blog.spreadingsantorum.com — is sixth. And the Urban Dictionary definition of "santorum," which mimics Savage's definition, along with the anti-Santorum site SantorumExposed.com, remain in the top five.

    Savage's site has also been dropped from the first page of searches for "Rick Santorum."

    It's unclear why the results fell back to page 2. It probably has something to do with Santorum's newfound popularity and Google's mysterious, ever-changing algorithms, which are some unholy mixture of newsworthiness, probability and cute kittens.

    Now that Santorum's Google problem has almost disappeared, he just has to deal with his Everything Else problem. Which, in addition to birth control, higher education and gays, now includes Democratic robocalling. Apparently, Rick Santorum's Michigan robocall plan was a big flop. Up until now, the only failed robot in the GOP race was Mitt Romney.

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    Tags: Dan Savage, Google, Internet, LGBT, Primaries, Rick Santorum

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