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Rick Santorum, Pundit?

UPDATE: Santorum Becomes Fox News Contributor 
Philadelphia magazine reports that the former senator is in talks with the Philadelphia Inquirer to become the paper’s newest op-ed columnist:

Reached late Wednesday night, Santorum told us, “We’re sort of back and forth, haven’t decided anything, but we’re talking, yes.” […]
Santorum wouldn’t go into more detail. He said his talks with the Inky were “an informal dialogue” and the column “may or may not happen.” Since losing big in last November’s midterm elections, Santorum has been hiring staff and “trying to do some things to influence the public discussion,” mainly on the issue of global terrorism. He joined a think-tank in Washington D.C., the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he heads the subtly named “America’s Enemies” project on radical Islam. He also signed with the Harry Walker lecture agency — whose client list includes Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger and Bono — and is working on a book about the terrorist threat. Santorum said that if he were to write an Inky column, “it would be on a variety of different things,” including his work on radical Islam. When we asked him about the chances for the column actually happening, Santorum said, “I’ve got a lot of other things that I’m doing. So part of it is just whether I have time to do it.”
Tierney, reached earlier in the day yesterday, was a bit more pessimistic. He said it was true that the Inky had had “low-level discussions” with Santorum. But Tierney put the chances of Santorum’s column ever appearing in the paper at “one out of 1,000. We’d probably be more likely to have Dan Rather write a column for us. Seriously. And I’m not being facetious.”

I’m thinking a weekly, Rather-vs.-Santorum point/counterpoint. Suggestions for what to call it? (h/t Romenesko)
UPDATE: This news tucked away in Carrie Budoff’s report for the Politico:

The Pennsylvania Republican, who signed a contract Thursday as a Fox News contributor, said that he has spoken with every GOP candidate except the senator from Arizona but that it’s still too early for him to endorse.

Nothing says he can’t do both, right?

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