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Rick Santorum has a new TV ad running statewide in Michigan, which promotes an eyebrow raising claim from right wing pundit Glenn Beck: “Santorum is the next George Washington.”

Video of the ad is below, courtesy of Talking Points Memo:

Putting aside the many differences the man who warned that “few men have virtue enough to withstand the highest bidder” and the man who was ranked as one of the 3 most corrupt U.S. senators in 2006, it isn’t surprising to hear Beck invoke George Washington’s name.

Beck is frequently hoping to find a reincarnation of America’s first president; before he settled on Santorum he dispatched his followers to search for the next Washington, and he has suggested that an 8 year old future Washington may be lurking in the crowd at one of his speeches. He has also written a book “about the struggle to be [Washington] every single day of our lives.”

Beck describes Washington as “a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers.” Apparently, he just wears a sweater vest and possesses a special love of Arby’s.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."