By Jack Jodell, Feb. 9. 2012
Self-appointed moralist Rick “Man-On-Dog” Santorum, the extremely socially-conservative “alternative” to Mitt Romney for this summer’s Republican presidential nomination, shocked the nation by beating Romney in three states Romney had actually won in 2008. He actually even pushed Romney to third place in the Minnesota GOP caucus vote, and soundly defeated him in Missouri as well as edging him more narrowly in Colorado. He achieved these victories with a shoestring budget, simply by making numerous public appearances in each state (as opposed to sinking millions into expensive TV ads as both Romney and NUT Gingrich had done previously).
Santorum’s victories underscore not only how tepid Republican support is for Romney, but also how extremely far-right the GOP has become. For Santorum is what once would have been referred to as an eccentric crackpot extremist, with social views well divorced from the mainstream of American politics. Proof of this lies in the 18-point thumping the then-incumbent Santorum got in his unsuccessful bid for a third-term in his last Pennsylvania senate race. Just as a reminder, he has advanced a lot of strange ideas and quotes over the years. He has declared his belief that nowhere in the Constitution is the right to personal privacy granted. He has labeled contraception “a danger” to the country. In South Carolina last year, he proclaimed, “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … What I’m talking about is onward American soldiers. What we’re talking about are core American values.” This would be laughable if he weren’t dead serious about it. As any lamebrain with even the slightest knowledge of history knows, the Crusades were acts of aggression undertaken for profit and plunder by corrupt popes in the pre-reformation Christian church. They helped create a rift between Christians and Islam which exists to this very day.
But it is on the subject of homosexuals and gay rights that Santorum has displayed his bigotedness and severe homophobia. Again, he has demonstrated his extreme views in several quotes. Rather than taking a live-and-let-live approach to homosexuality, as most of the electorate has now done, he has taken a strong stance against gay marriage and gay rights in general. “Is anyone saying same-sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-in-law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?” he has said. His ignorance in this area is apalling. This has gone on for years. In a 2003 AP interview, Santorum said, “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does. … That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.” This statement is every bit as far-fetched as anything the crazy Michele Bachmann has ever said. Both she AND Santorum, narrow-minded fools they are, seem to be obsessed with the idea of gay sex. This holier-than-thou attitude only sits well with an ever-shrinking number of American voters. She, of course, has already departed from the race. When will Santorum follow suit?
Unfortunately, that may be quite a while. For, in spite of his gargantuan SuperPAC and vast personal wealth, Mitt Romney has failed to garner enough conservative support to seal the deal with the far-right reactionary base of his party. Until he does, this race will go on and on and on, and kooks like NUT Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Santorum will continue to divide that wretched party and may well hand the election back to the President in the process. We could do worse, since none of these GOP knuckleheads is worthy of the office anyway, but it will be nauseating to see Gingrich and Santorum both trying to play the populist card in reaching out phonily to midwestern American workers. For all of these wedge-driving fools are members of, and will only really cater to, the uppermost 1% of the income scale!