Friday, September 23, 2011

Can Someone Please Get Santorum Off the Gay Soldiers?

Did you watch the Republican debate last night? Me neither. I value my sanity enough to catch the highlights the next day. Here is one such highlight (from The Huffington Post):










To be fair, booing gay soldiers hardly seems shocking after previous Republican debate attendees cheered executions and people dying without health insurance. I am, however, a little surprised that the crowd seemed so supportive of Santorum, whom I thought was moments away from dropping out of the race.

From The Washington Post:

When the Republican presidential contenders debated in Orlando tonight, it was really two debates. In the first third of the evening, a series of disjointed questions without follow-ups, Texas Gov. Rick Perry seemed strong and well-prepared. But he faded over the rest of the debate, appearing to lose his steam just as he was trying to paint Mitt Romney as a flip-flopper.

The big winner of the night, however, was Rick Santorum.

Santorum has been waiting for the chance to supplant Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) as the third-ranking candidate in the race. Tonight he went a long way toward achieving that. Bachmann never managed to make a presence. Santorum, however, socked Perry on in-state tuition breaks for Texas college students who are illegal immigrants, making the point that Perry is subsidizing those people over non-Texan American citizens. On Afghanistan, he hit a home run, telling off Jon Huntsman Jr. over the latter’s suggestion to bug out of a war short of victory. He barked, “Just because our economy is sick doesn’t mean America is sick.” When asked about right-to-work laws, Santorum smartly steered the discussion to public employee unions. As the debate went on, he received more and more questions, a sure sign he was becoming a contender.

I remember when Bill Clinton's second term was coming to an end and Bush and Gore were duking it out for the presidency. I was thirteen at the time, and a big fan of Saturday Night Live. Shortly before the election, they did a special where they interviewed the cast members about the joys of making fun of politicians. They also asked everyone whom they wanted to win. I can't remember who said it, but one of the SNL cast said that they were hoping for Bush because they thought he'd be more fun to mock every Saturday. I remember being outraged: comedy is not a reason to support a politician! Since getting the opportunity to write for this fine blog, however, I've come to understand exactly what that unmemorable SNL cast member was feeling.

I am rooting for Santorum.

Not to win the presidency, obviously: that would be disastrous. But dammit, I really want him to win the Republican nomination. I want to take the piss out of him for as long as possible. It was getting kind of lame and sad making fun of what seemed like the next candidate to drop out of the race. Making fun of the Republican party's rising star, however, is so much more satisfying.

So, good job, Rick. Good job painting the DADT repeal as an excuse for gay soldiers to fuck in the trenches. Good job pandering to the lowest common denominator (the majority of your constituents). And, finally, good job not giving up when your chances of winning seemed nothing short of nonexistent. I genuinely would love nothing more than for you to win the Republican nomination.

Because then Obama would definitely get re-elected.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Bucket of Santorum

You know you've made it when your political career gets the Taiwanese animation treatment.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

WE'RE NUMBER ONE! WE'RE NUMBER ONE!

Has anyone Googled Santorum recently? Because I just did, and it looks like we made it back to number one. I'm not sure when we did it, because I have been less then diligent lately. Obviously, however, you guys haven't. Poor Rick actually has to pay to have a link above us. Sucks to be him.

It's pretty awesome to be us, though.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Steaming Santorum

Last week, Rick Santorum held an intimate question-and-answer session at Penn State, his alma mater. As you can probably imagine, some college students don't actually enjoy getting santorum all over them. Here's what transpired (via my friend Lisa who texted me about this):



As a (recovering) Catholic, I think it's unfair of Santorum to associate his views with all Catholics. Certainly the Vatican would have us believe all kinds of crazy things, but in the real world there is a lot of liberal dissent within the Church. Plus, you know, he goes to Latin mass, so it's not like he's actually following the official Vatican position either.

But I'm not the only one who takes issue with this video. The American Psychological Association released a statement in regard to their own position on gay marriage. Here it is (via Think Progress):
The American Psychological Association’s position in support of same-sex marriage is based on a body of empirical research concerning sexual orientation and marriage. APA believes that it is unfair and discriminatory to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage and all its attendant benefits, rights and privileges.
Simple. Easy. Nothing about napkins or cars or glasses of water. No whining that a 2000-year-old institution (that is also responsible for the Inquisition, the Crusades, and numerous smaller religious wars, among other, more recent, atrocities) backs them up. Just a sentence about research and a sentence about rights. Done.

You know, I think this pile of santorum is starting to cool.