Rick Santorum: Clinically Insane?

Every election, we have to deal with far-right politicians, who look their constituency in the face, and pretend they are "moderates," or "compassionate conservatives." And, too many times our media does not even bother to point this out. (My personal favorites are the Orwellian "Clear Skies" type bills offered by the Bush White House.)

Luckily for all of us in PA, I don't think this will be a problem in the 2006 Senate race. And, I think it is because Rick Santorum may be a little nuts. As in clinically crazy.

OK, so, PA is a reasonably moderate state as a whole. We have a Dem Governor, with Clinton/Clinton/Gore/Kerry all winning in the Presidential elections. Yet, we have a Republican AG, a Republican House, a Republican Senate, a Republican Majority of Congressional delegates and of course, two Republican Senators. You would think that as you approach the general election, you would end up trying to appeal to those in the middle, right?

Well, obviously, this is not the case with Rick Santorum, who seems to be aiming straight for the crazy vote, and hoping that will be enough to carry him through in 06.

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Just recently:

1) Santorum votes for CAFTA, the awful addition to NAFTA, which does not benefit American workers, and does not benefit Central American workers. Who does it benefit? Guess. Anyway, I assure you that voting for a bill that will only ensure more jobs leave PA will not play too well in a lot of our State.

2) Santorum comes out with his book, where, among other things, he basically says women just need to stay in the home. Damn women. He also did things like compare the right to choose for women was comparable to slavery. Nice.

3) For whatever reasons, an article Santorum wrote in 2002, was re-circulated in the Blogosphere. (I first re-saw it here.) In the actual article, Santorum says:

It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.

That is such a bizarre statement, that I don't even know how to respond. You certainly cannot do it with logic.

But again, that was three years ago, so you would figure that if it was brought up again, Santorum would just ignore it. Buuuuuut, nope. Instead, he is standing by it, affirming it:

WASHINGTON -- Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, refused yesterday to back off on his earlier statements connecting Boston's ''liberalism" with the Roman Catholic Church pedophile scandal, saying that the city's ''sexual license" and ''sexual freedom" nurtured an environment where sexual abuse would occur.

"The basic liberal attitude in that area... has an impact on people's behavior," Santorum said in an interview yesterday at the Capitol.

"If you have a world view that I'm describing [about Boston]... that affirms alternative views of sexuality, that can lead to a lot of people taking it the wrong way," Santorum said.

Yikes. Again, how can you argue with that?

So, lets quickly review the Rick Santorum dossier:

1)Wants to Privatize Social Security, in one of the oldest States in the Country, where everyone is against it.

2)Spent thousands of Penn Hills residents dollars by sending his kids to cyber charter schools, even though he is a resident of Virginia. (He did just get a favorable ruling on it.)

3) Is so out of touch that he thinks working mothers are simply being selfish for taking a job.

4) Votes for CAFTA, in a state where manufacturing has been gutted for the past 30 years.

5) Blames liberalism as cause of molestation by Priests.

Like I said, at least we know he ain't running to the Center.

Good bye, Rick. It has been swell having you around.

(UPDATE 6:50 PM: Will Bunch thinks it is all part of the plan to run for President. Last time I heard a Republican that delusional, Newt Gingrich was in his glory.)

Don't forget these examples...

Compares Dems to Hitler. Then clarifies remark by saying he compared their actions to something Hitler didn't do, not something he did - and it was just a joke anyway:


Wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to above 70:

http://santorumexposed.com/video/santorum94ss.wmv (Windows)

http://santorumexposed.com/video/santorum94ss.mov (Quicktime)

And, says his political hero argued that hypocrisy is often a social good:



I don't know which Santorum would be more disapproving of -- me, a liberal lesbian who moved from PA to Boston, or my brother, a libertarian who will shortly be moving from PA to CA. Not that either one of us would've voted for him anyway.

Took Teddy Long Enough

Santorum made those remarks 3 years ago and Sen. Kennedy (D-Runk-a-lot) just NOW starts complaining? Jeez. I'm surprised his copy of that Catholic paper didn't catch fire when he touched it.

Kennedy is just beating the war drums because that pseudo-Dem (DINO?) Casey is going to get his ass handed to him next year.

New Santorum Hypocrisy: He's Anti-Gay, But....

Recently, Santorum's chief spokesman, Robert Traynham, told a gay website that he's an out gay man who completely supports the senator.

The Inquirer, showing some spine, correctly decided this was newsworthy and ran an article Saturday. Santorum is well-known for making attacks on gay people a pillar of his career. Especially relevant here -- he's even voted against the common-sense bill ("ENDA") to make it illegal to fire someone just for being gay. (Only failed to pass the U.S. Senate by one vote in 1996 -- thanks, Rick!)

For some odd reason, PoliticsPA has decided to side with Hypocritical Rick on this one, but you can have the last laugh... vote "Yes" in their online poll on this.

(It's a shame they didn't limit the question to Santorum, rather than all Republicans. Although it's fair to debate whether the more moderate Republicans are helping to keep the Santorum wing of the party in control of Congress, etc.)

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