Further Down The Road With The Republican Presidential Clown Car


Is there any connection between Rick Santorum slipping into second place behind Mitt Romney in some Michigan pre-primary polls and the video of a speech he gave in 2008 saying that Satan is systematically destroying America that has now gone viral?

One can only hope so, but the more likely case is that as they have with other presidential candidates, Santorum becomes less appealing to voters when they look under his hook and kick his tires, especially because of his fondness for demagoguery and meddling in our private live

“If you were Satan who would you attack in this day and age? There is no one else to go after other than the United States. And that’s been the case now for almost 200 years,” said Santorum in the speech. “The place where he was in my mind most successful, first successful, was in academia. He understood the pride of smart people.”

And this:

“This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. 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. There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.”

Rantings like this are, of course, just the tip of the Santorum iceberg. He is unapologetically misogynistic, anti-contraception and pro-rape, disparaging of public education, takes American exceptionalism to . . . er, extremes, and never saw a war he didn’t like, the latter view very much at odds with his own Roman Catholic Church, as is his embrace of the Bush Torture Regime, which was the very definition of satanical and kinda like what happened to Jesus Christ, doncha know.

The likelihood of Santorum having the opportunity to nuke Iran is slim to none. The GOP would be committing ritual suicide on a grand scale even if he were the eventual nominee’s running mate, let alone the main man.

MILLIONAIRE MITT IS GOING BROKE

In yet another indication that the wind continues to go out of Romney’s sails (despite some ferocious gusts from Santorum and Gingrich), his campaign is running out of money.

In January, Romney spent more than he took in; his cash flow was negative $12.2 million for the month. He ended January with just $7.7 million in cash on hand.

Romney has relied almost exclusively on wealthy donors because he has been unable to attract the nickel-and-dime voter like President Obama has. In fact, Obama has raised more money from donors who contributed $250 or less than Romney has raised altogether.


RON PAUL: DOUBLE DIPPER

As scandals go, double billing for airline tickets is small potatoes, but it’s kinda surprising that Ron Paul, that pillar of probity, has been caught out doing just that. Numerous times.

Roll Call
reports that Paul was repeatedly paid twice for flights between Washington, D.C., and his Congressional district in Texas, receiving reimbursement from taxpayers and also from a network of political and nonprofit organizations that he controlled.

Paul spokesmouth Jesse Benton said then it was “possible that wholly inadvertent errors were made in a handful of instances” in which flights were reimbursed twice, but he maintained that “absolutely zero taxpayer funds were ever misused.”
I suppose that depends on how you look at it.

THIS JUST IN

There is no such thing as the Catholic vote.

Ed Kilgore notes that polls taking during the recent contraception mandate controversy did not show a significant difference between Catholics and other voters on this issue This should not come as a surprise since lay Catholics differ greatly from the church hierarchy on issues raning from birth control to same-sex marriage.

There is continuing disapproval of abortion on moral grounds among Catholics more than the population as a whole, mostly because of Latino Catholics.

HOLD THE APPLAUSE

Dan Millbank beautifully captures the special something that Romney elicits in a Washington Post column:

“In terms of sizzle, Senator Rob Portman makes Mitt Romney look like Lady Gaga. So when the two men shared a stage in suburban Cincinnati on Monday afternoon, the result was pure and unadulterated ennui — exactly the sentiment greeting Romney’s presidential aspirations in the Republican electorate.

” ‘If you think,’ the Ohio Republican exhorted the crowd, ‘we need fresh new direction and decisive leadership in the White House, then Mitt Romney is your man.’

“Silence in the audience.

” ‘If you’re looking for work or you have friends who are looking for work,’ Portman went on, in monotone, ‘then Mitt Romney’s your man.’ ”

“Crickets.

“‘If you think government has grown too large,’ the senator continued, ‘then Mitt Romney’s your man.’

“Nothing.

“Five more times, Portman tried the refrain, and each time it produced no reaction. He hurried through his script, straightened out his pile of index cards and called forward Romney, who gave an equally lively speech that praised, among other things, ulcer medication.”

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  • slamfu

    Santorum is a vile man, but I wouldn’t go so far as to label him “Pro-rape”. Comments like that really make it hard to enjoy the rest of an otherwise enjoyable rant.

  • wesleypresley

    Thanks for publishing this story.

  • http://kikoshouse.blogspot.com SHAUN MULLEN, TMV Columnist

    slamfu:

    Show me a link where Santorum has come out against rape while there are hundreds if not thousands linking to his comment — and spirited defenses — that a child conceived through rape is “a gift from God.” That, in my book, makes him pro-rape.

  • The_Ohioan

    Pro-rape? Hardly. Anti-abortion? Absolutely.

    Hyperbole only diminishes the point being made – which is Mr. Santorum’s biggest problem.

  • zephyr

    Hyperbole??? I think not. What could be more extreme than the twisted belief that a woman who has been the victim of a rape will then be FORCED to continue being a victim for 9 more months and be FORCED to give birth??? Don’t kid yourself, this is a continuation of the rape. This is no place for mincing words.

  • StockBoyLA

    I also think stating that Santorum is pro-rape is going too far. In Santorum’s mind an abortion is equivalent to murder. And because rape is a crime, Santorum does not think two wrongs (rape and murder) equals right. I don’t see any evidence anywhere that Santourm is “pro-rape”. Furthermore I believe that most rapists commit rape out of anger and for control. A rapist doesn’t care whether a baby is or is not created by their act.

  • DaGoat

    A blood-spattered picture and calling Santorum pro-rape – this must be that post-Gabby Giffords “new tone” I’ve heard about.

  • zephyr

    Why is it that people have such a difficult time wrapping their minds around this? A position for FORCED childbirth in the case of a rape is in fact advocacy for a continuation of the rape. It’s an EXTREME position. Connect the dots, this is not hard.

  • slamfu

    Well lets not lose sight of the fact that even though he is not actually pro-rape, Santorum is still an awful, awful candidate for president.

  • zephyr

    Btw, a good (rational and balanced) discussion about abortion and contraception took place on Diane Rehm’s show earlier today:

    http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-02-22/ultrasound-requirements-and-battle-over-abortion

  • StockBoyLA

    “Well lets not lose sight of the fact that even though he is not actually pro-rape, Santorum is still an awful, awful candidate for president.”

    I’d prefer to say: If Santorum wins the Republican nomination it will be a great opportunity for this country to do some soul searching.

    :)

  • Anyhoo

    Eight horrible years of GWB was a great opportunity for America do some soul searching. They didn’t do it then. They won’t do it if Sanatarium wins the GOP nomination. But if he does get the nomination, it ensures an Obama second term.

  • zephyr

    “Eight horrible years of GWB was a great opportunity for America do some soul searching. They didn’t do it then.”

    They didn’t even do it after the first four. All bets are off with this GOP, they are truly unhinged.

  • Anyhoo

    Unfortunately, the problem is not just the GOP. The problem is, and I know I may get flamed for saying it, is that a lot of Americans are not just ignorant but stupid, and the GOP tries to get their votes and usually does. Democrats to me are lukewarm at best, but I know that my interests will be better protected by them than Republicans because I am not wealthy. If I were wealthy, I would vote GOP because that is who they serve.