To their credit, I’ve yet to see a regular BC conservative support Rick Santorum, or any other candidate, except for Ron Paul. That said, this regular BC bleeding heart liberal is feeling pretty good about the upcoming presidential election.
As of this writing, Rick Santorum seems to be making a real run at challenging Mitt Romney for chairmanship of CREEP, the Committee to Reelect the President. He has a three- to six-point lead in Michigan, a bare 4-point deficit in Arizona, and a one-point lead nationally. Best of all (from my liberal view) is this from a USA Today article:
Pew finds that Santorum does best among the GOP voters who identify themselves with the small-government Tea Party movement and white evangelical GOP voters. Romney, by contrast, does best among non-Tea Party Republicans and moderate to liberal Republicans, according to Pew.
What does this mean to me? Four more years of having an adult in the White House, thanks to the Santorum campaign’s tireless efforts to separate the independents from the GOP core which has allowed itself to be defined by the Tea Party. To wit:
From a 2008 Press & People of Faith in Politics forum: “Woodstock is the great American orgy. This is who the Democratic Party has become. They have become the party of Woodstock. They prey upon our most basic primal lusts, and that’s sex. And the whole abortion culture, it’s not about life. It’s about sexual freedom. That’s what it’s about. Homosexuality. It’s about sexual freedom.”
Yep, if you have sexual freedom, you can’t have life! And I have zero problem with being part of the Party of Woodstock! Cool!
From Santorum’s Issues page, the top billing was, wait for it, internet pornography! Not taxes, not the economy, not jobs, not foreign policy or defense, but the family values threat of internet pornography. Also on the same issues page was “No More Leading From Behind for America”, which is a rather curious position for a candidate named Santorum.
From the Drudge Report -
‘Satan has his sights on the United States of America!’ Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared. ’Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.’
The former senator from Pennsylvania warned in 2008 how politics and government are falling to Satan. ’This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country, the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?’
He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions.’
Santorum made the provocative comments to students at Ave Maria University in Florida.
Apparently, Rick Santorum watched a few too many skits of The Church Lady on Saturday Night Live.
Then there was this particular quote, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money.” It wouldn’t have been so bad except for how good ol’ Ricky tried to simultaneously cover his oops and double-down on it: “I’ve looked at that quote, in fact I looked at the video. In fact, I’m pretty confident I didn’t say black. I started to say is a word and then sort of changed and it sort of, blah, mumbled it and sort of changed my thought.”
The first quote could have been forgiven, but the second? How stupid does he think the Republican electorate is? Oh, I forgot; he’s a Tea Party darling. Blah people of the world, unite!
But that’s not the first instance of Rick Santorum completely ignoring reality, ”The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical.” Winners do write history, and apparently ol’ Ricky believes that if he wins, history is whatever he says it is.
And the same thing goes for science, too: “What we should be teaching are the problems and holes and I think there are legitimate problems and holes in the theory of evolution. And what we need to do is to present those fairly from a scientific point of view. And we should lay out areas in which the evidence supports evolution and the areas in the evidence that does not.”
And for geography: There are no Palestinians. All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. There are no Palestinians.”
And in the bedroom, too:
“One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, “Well, that’s okay. Contraception’s okay.”
…Again, I know most presidents don’t talk about those things, and maybe people don’t want us to talk about those things, but I think it’s important that you are who you are. I’m not running for preacher. I’m not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues. These how profound impact on the health of our society.”
On a lighter and more puerile note, Amazon.com is offering “Matte Nail Polish, Santorum – Brown” for only $13.13. I can only imagine what will be offered should he win the GOP nomination. But should he win the chairmanship of CREEP, I think this should be his theme song. I don’t think SNL would mind one bit.
I realize that I’m really going for low-hanging fruit by blasting out all these Santorum quotes. But what is so frustrating is that no matter how idiotic his statements are, he is still very much in the hunt to be the GOP nominee for president; you know, just one election away from having his finger on the nuclear button. I cannot blame the regular BC conservatives for Santorum’s success or lack thereof, but I can point out to them that if so many people on their side of the political fence are so stupid as to vote for Rick Santorum, perhaps they should reconsider whether it’s a good thing to be on that side of the fence.
Lay down with dogs, and you get up with fleas. Lay down with Tea Partiers, and you get up with Santorum. Yes, that’s a truly nasty concept, but true nonetheless.