4

Santorum, seriously?


 

Republican hopeful Rick Santorum swept three electoral contests on Wednesday, capturing caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in Missouri.

The wins breathed new life into Santorum’s campaign, which had struggled after his early, narrow victory in Iowa. It was also a setback for frontrunner Mitt Romney who, despite having tons of cash and perfectly robotic hair, has so far failed to ignite his party’s conservative base.

Stoking the extreme fringe hasn’t been a problem for Santorum. The former Pennsylvania senator has compared gay sex to bestiality and this week mused nostalgically about the good old days of back alley abortions.

Under the archaic rules of the U.S. presidential system, none of Tuesday’s votes were binding. Colorado and Minnesota will formally pick their delegates at a later date, while Missouri was stripped of its representatives for monkeying with the primary calendar.

Still, Tuesday’s wins could go some way toward establishing Santorum as the religious right’s best hope of toppling Romney. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has so far enjoyed that status, all but ignored Tuesday’s contests. (Politico reports that he campaigned in Ohio instead, but I like to imagine he was holed up somewhere, spitballing ideas for the lunar White House.)

For more analysis on Santorum read the insightfully foul-mouthed Charles Pierce in Esquire, the New Yorker’s John Cassidy or the Book of Revelations.


 
Filed under:

Santorum, seriously?

  1. Rick Santorum is so outrageously outrageous he makes the characters in Margaret Atwood’s “A Handmaid’s Tale” seem like sober normal folks.

    An open rabid theocrat, he wants to institute a Christianist form of sharia law where his notion of “God’s Word” supercedes the civil law and the U.S. Constitution. In short, he is deeply un-American.

    He seems so cartoonishly unelectable that a way I would love him to be the Presidential nominee, but it is tempered by the fact that the American voting populace can be so deeply stupid (i.e. George W. Bush the SECOND time)  that he might actually get elected!

    • Is Santorum rabid? I don’t think so. Can he get elected? I don’t think so. I know that you would like to see him be the nominee so that your leftist hero can easily sweep to victory. Bush might not have been a great President, he certainly wasn’t a great conservative, but in eight years as our leader, he did not cause as much harm to the country as this i di ot has.

      • I actually think the whole GOP crop now is far worse than Bush — he was at least bipartisan in getting things done.   These are either overtly, unConstitutionally theocratic (not “socially conservative” but rather “religious extremists”) , or they are scorched-earth partisans (Gingrich and his cynical nihilism).  I’d take President George W. Bush for a third term over any of them.  Except maybe Romney, but he  is too busy ruining his consistency by backpedalling on his good centrist conservative qualities to appease the Christianists (as did McCain).

        As for Obama, he has increased spending less than each the 2 previous Republican governments, shown himself to be more fiscally conservative than Bush, and made less partisan appointments.  Not sure how he’s harmed the country more ?

  2. However, it can be said that Charles Pierce most certainly does give a f*#@.

Sign in to comment.