Much of our site's readership may well have a soft spot for Mortal Kombat, though I doubt you guys care much for Santorum in whatever fashion it may make its presence known. And if you were to ask me whether Dan Savage's famous neologism or the deeply creepy Santorum himself would end up in Mortal Kombat, I'd probably lean toward the former. That said, the folks at Slate thought otherwise and shoved several fun-hating, fact-hating Republican presidential contenders in the ring together, ostensibly using Mortal Kombat to tell the story of the the American presidential debates.
Episode one pits Mitt's mitts against
Senator Santorum and Herman Cain, who were both once nominees for presidential candidacy. Listen, I'm not going to pretend I know much about American politics, even though we Canadians have a habit of being more interested in the American three-ring political Grand Guignol than our own - in part because the horrific plausibility that those dim bulbs might actually get the chance to put their fingers on the button makes the process hideously compelling, and in part because our own politics wavers from creepy to flat-out boring (though that will hopefully change with the dreamy Dauphin de Canada throwing his pre-Raphaelite curls, glittering eyes, and heart-breaking smile into the ring for the top job around here), so many of the jokes flew over my head. I'm sure, however, that our politcally-savvy American readers will enjoy the sly humour, and perhaps one of you can tune me in to what's so funny about "9 9 9"...
The makers plan on a few more episodes (the second went up while I was writing this), including one pitting President Obama against Donald Trump that I sure ain't gonna miss.