The Case For Denying Rick Santorum The White House


Hendrik Hertzberg does a nice job, without making an effort to do so, of making the case why Rick Santorum must always just be an asterik in the 2012 election cycle.

“…he calls global warming “junk science”; he wants to keep American troops in Afghanistan until they achieve “victory”; he believes that the West Bank is “Israeli land,” as Israeli as Arizona is American; he blames the rape of children by priests on “academic, political, and cultural liberalism in America.” That last item points to what makes Santorum almost certainly unnominatable (and Romney almost certainly inevitable). In his 2005 book “It Takes a Family,” Santorum writes, “Some people ask me, ‘Why are conservatives so obsessed with sex?’ ” His answer—don’t get him started!—seems to be that sex is dangerous unless closely supervised by the state under strict faith-based guidelines. Needless to say, abortion is totally out, even for women and girls impregnated by rape or incest. As for contraception, Santorum said, in October, “It’s not O.K. It’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be”—and state governments should be free to outlaw it, along with “sodomy,” gay and straight. Last Thursday, in New Hampshire, when asked why gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry, he replied, “Well, what about three men? . . . Reason says that if you think it’s O.K. for two, then you have to differentiate with me as to why it’s not O.K. for three.” He got booed; it was a college audience. But Santorum may be a bit too much of a sex cop even for many evangelicals, especially younger ones, and even for some of his fellow ultra-conservative Catholics. Say this for him, though: on these issues, the man is nothing if not dogged.

2 thoughts on “The Case For Denying Rick Santorum The White House

  1. Craig

    Well this long shot is not going to be picked anyway.
    Santorum is right though in my opinion;
    ~Global warming is ‘junque science’.
    ~But there is no victory in Afghanistan. Let Afghanistan fight a civil war. Let the rest of the world leave them in the dust.
    ~West Bank is “Israeli land,” I agree. Unless you want to have your ass kicked, don’t mess with them. I can’t beleave they have not taken out Iran’s ‘nuke effort’ again.
    ~rape of children by priests, that’s just individually sick. Jail time. Bastards.
    ~Sex is cool! Just think what would happen if nobody had sex for say, 100 years! Snickering.
    ~It’s not possible to legislate morality, nor common sense. It’s a waste of energy and verbage.

    Ricky, Ricky, Ricky ain’t gonna be it.

    skip.

  2. Craig

    I’m thinking the bottom four in the 2012 GOP primary race who won’t be on the ballot for Virgina’s 13 Electoral College votes may as well pack it in. Their toast.

    skip.

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