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Bob Vander Plaats Predicts Rick Santorum Landslide In Iowa: VIDEO

VanderplaatsHideous homophobe Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Family Leader, appeared on Fox News this morning and predicted that his preferred candidate, Rick Santorum, will clean up during today's Iowa caucuses. Why?

According to Vander Plaats, because Mitt Romney "has pretty much dissed" Evangelical voters. But could there be another reason for Vander Plaats' on-camera prophecy?

ThinkProgress reminds us that the social conservative leader has been accused of "pay for play" schemes involving his endorsement:

[He] has sparked criticism in recent days for engaging in “pay for play” schemes and selling his coveted support among Evangelical Christian voters to the highest bidder. ABC News reported lat week that the Vander Plaats approached Romney in 2008 “seeking money for his backing if he supported the former Massachusetts governor.”

“He wanted to be paid,” a former staffer said. “He was clearly looking for a paycheck. There was a conversation about him getting a title, but being a paid consultant was much more important.”

A conservative activist using his surprising power -- Vander Plaats is a perennial "also-ran" in Iowa -- to make a buck? If that's the case, he could just become a regular on Fox News. Cut out the middle man and all that.

Watch video of Vander Plaats' remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I can not wait for 1/4/11. Then I wont have to hear about Bob Vander Platts again.

    Posted by: IABear | Jan 3, 2012 11:10:22 AM


  2. Um, what is 1/4/11?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 3, 2012 11:47:27 AM


  3. Nothing better than a landslide of Santorum!

    Posted by: Karl | Jan 3, 2012 11:56:03 AM


  4. I am sorry I am a stupid Iowan. I meant 1/4/12. The day after the Caucus.

    Posted by: IABear | Jan 3, 2012 12:12:43 PM


  5. "...his preferred candidate, Rick Santorum, will clean up during today's Iowa caucuses. Why?"

    Well, I would hope so! Cuz no one should go out in public and make a concession speech with santorum all over their mitts.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 3, 2012 12:14:51 PM


  6. Uh, that's actually called a "mudslide" in polite company, or "Spreading Santorum" in politics.

    Posted by: Liann | Jan 3, 2012 2:42:23 PM


  7. Rick Santorum on December 2nd in Bedford, NH he had the endorsement of Family Leader in the bag. I wrote about it here http://www.examiner.com/elections-2012-in-manchester/rich-santorum-ok-with-evangelical-christian-s-cash-for-endorsement-deal and an editorial about it here. http://news.yahoo.com/cash-endorsement-scandal-signals-why-iowa-caucuses-canned-053000322.html

    And here's the video evidence! I thought it odd that he was so sure (look at the look he gives) when I asked him about what the press was characterizing as an evangelical revolt over Vander Plaats' steering the nomination for Gingrich (who had helped him raise $200K). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNA-thJGoGM

    Posted by: Jon Hopwood | Jan 3, 2012 6:01:29 PM


  8. Wow! Who could have predicted this landslide of 19 votes! Why, isn't it time for ALL the Republican candidates to go home and just let Santorum go on to his God chosen victory? 19 votes! That's not even close! And he only had to bribe Van Plaats to get that ringing prediction! 19 whole votes ... almost .0000001% margin! A blowout!!!

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 4, 2012 1:31:36 AM


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