It must be rough being a candidate for President after your name has been turned into a sexual reference. Witness former Senator Rick Santorum's "Google problem." After Dan Savage named "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex" after the famously anti-gay politician, it's the first thing that pops up in every Google search of his name.
...what's to be done about an internet prank from 2003 now that it's 2011. I have to say, as far as malicious internet pranks go, Savage's was a pretty effective one. What's not discussed is that its overall cultural importance peaked years ago. I would imagine that most people who would be favorably inclined to vote for Rick Santorum likely wouldn't be swayed or impressed by the prank. Those that are represent a sunk cost to Santorum, anyway.
What's to be done about this? Over at Wonkette, Jack Stuef says:
If Rick Santorum wanted to get this sex thing the Internet did to him like a decade ago pushed down his Google results, he could do something relevant for the first time since then. To be fair, he's trying to do this by running for president. But even his presidential campaign is less relevant than some joke made about him years ago. Which is even funnier than the joke.
That about sums it up, doesn't it?