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Go home, Rick

Some people don’t take rejection well.

Having failed to convince enough Republicans that he was the right candidate to be the party’s presidential nominee, Rick Santorum didn’t — or wouldn’t — take the hint and head home to ponder a post-political life.

Instead, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania has found a reason to stay around the halls of Congress.

He’s taken up the fight against the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international treaty that was negotiated during the George W. Bush administration. The measure, already ratified by 126 countries, is expected to be taken up in the lame-duck Senate.

Santorum, who recently shared a press conference podium with Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, claims the treaty would allow the federal government to force parents of children with disabilities to send them to public schools.

“This is a direct assault on us and our family to hand over to the state the ability to make medical determinations and see what is in the best interest of the child,” Santorum said, who along with Lee voiced concerns about U.S. sovereignty.

Such fears are the card that gets played frequently by those who see conspiracies and threats associated with the United Nations at every turn.

Looking at the issue rationally, it’s clear the U.S. has nothing to fear by signing on to the treaty. It asks countries to update the laws that provide protection for people with disabilities, along the lines of our own Americans with Disabilities Act.

So, logically, if Santorum is OK with the ADA shouldn’t he be OK with it serving as a model around the world for providing protection against discrimination for those who are blind, use a wheelchair or have other obstacles to overcome?

We guess not.

We also have to point out that despite his protests about caring for children, the ex-senator isn’t above exploiting his own children for political purposes. At his side at the conference was his youngest daughter, Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder.

If Lee wants to make his case before the Senate, fine, there’s no stopping him.

But Santorum’s 15 minutes of fame are long over. It’s time to get a job, pen the ol’ memoirs or become another former candidate/talking head on Fox News.

In the meantime, any traveller will tell you that even EU countries often fail to provide any special infrastructure in public spaces for those with disabilites.

The treaty is a good idea.

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