FB friend of mine today linked to the latest (old, but) offensive statement of Santorum’s:
“Most people agree a continuation of the current [welfare] system will be the ruination of this country,” Santorum told a town meeting in Clairton, Pa., in February 1994, according to transcripts of the appearance obtained by Mother Jones. “We are seeing it. We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it’s falling apart because of single moms.” [emphasis mine]
Certainly happily married two-parent households are ideal, but rhetoric like this is just offensive to all the single moms who do their damndest to raise successful children. Not to mention, the idea that our country is “falling apart” because of this is absurd. In the commentary thread on FB, another linked to this great Onion piece on Santorum:
Voters Slowly Realizing Santorum Believes Every Deranged Word That Comes Out Of His Mouth
WASHINGTON—As Rick Santorum has emerged to become Mitt Romney’s leading opponent for the Republican presidential nomination, the American electorate said Monday it had slowly begun to realize that the former Pennsylvania senator sincerely believes every deranged word that exits his mouth.
Uneasy voters told reporters it was becoming more and more evident that comments from Santorum defending sodomy laws as acceptable restrictions on “wants and passions” and characterizing pregnancy occurring through rape as a “gift” from God were not politically calculated but were, in fact, spoken out of sincere, startling conviction.
Well, if that doesn’t sum up his recent slide. This could actually pretty much be a real news story. Here’s the thing about Santorum. He’s always said and believed, nutty, fringe things (this is Rick, “man on dog” Santorum, we’re talking about). What’s amazing is not that he says these things, but that someone who says these things is seriously challenging for the Republican nomination. That’s what is so shocking and disturbing. It’s also why Mitt Romney is such a lucky man. His bonafide conservative challengers have either been incredibly non-intelligent (Perry), nuts and immoral/unethical (Gingrich), and just way out there and politically tone-deaf about it (Santorum). I still think Tim Pawlenty’s got to be kicking himself.