Rick Santorum Tests the Waters

Former Pennsylvania Senator and darling of the pro-life movement Rick Santorum is headed to Iowa in early October as he mulls a Presidential run. The story from Politico:

The Pennsylvanian, who lost his 2006 re-election bid, will visit Iowa on October 1st, appearing on a Des Moines radio talk show and speaking to a luncheon and workshop of Iowa's Right to Life group before heading east to Dubuque, where he'll headline a fundraiser for the conservative America's Future Fund PAC and then speak about the future of the GOP to a public audience in the Mississippi River city.

"Your voice becomes more amplified when you go to a place like Iowa or New Hampshire," Santorum explained in an interview Tuesday about the visit.

Like other potential White House aspirants, he insisted it was too early to consider a presidential run. But he acknowledged that he was interested in taking a higher profile in the party.

"I'm very concerned about the state of affairs in this country and how Republicans are dealing with [issues], so this is an opportunity for me to go out and talk about things I think we need to be doing to turn this country in the right direction," Santorum said of the Iowa trek--a visit invariably seen as presidential water-testing for any ambitious politician.

The only thing amplified about Santorum is his out-sized ego. He's another of these Republicans who preach limited government except when it comes to your own private life. There government intrusion is warranted. It would be hard to pick my favorite idiotic statement from Santorum for when it comes to foot-in-mouth Rick Santorum is an embarrassment of riches.

A stroll down memory lane brings these gems:

"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."

"I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts."

"Marriage is not about affirming somebody's love for somebody else. It's about uniting together to be open to children, to further civilization in our society."

"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. 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. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality."

"My colleague Senator John Ensign of Nevada told me a story that epitomizes the selfishness of our culture: `When I was a teenager, I had a sticker in my car with a picture of a bear scratching himself on the tree, and under it was the saying, "If it feels good, do it!"'

That was the motto of the '60s and the '70s, and certainly it is the motto today. The image of the bear scratching himself highlights a view of human beings as animals, and that people should do what pleases them at the moment without a thought to the broader long-term consequences of their actions."

You may want to check back in with John Ensign on what "feels good" there Rick. I think he has an update for you. I have no problem with stupid people but I do sure have a problem with Rick Santorum.

Tags: GOP, Rick Santorum, US Election 2012 (all tags)

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Re: Rick Santorum Tests the Waters

Getting slaughtered as an incumbent in a purple state is a heck of a credential to have on your resume.

by Steve M 2009-08-11 06:35PM | 0 recs
Oh hell yeah

Ricky was Palin before Palin was Palin.  

by JJE 2009-08-11 06:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Rick Santorum Tests the Waters

I'd LOVE to see this guy run. He couldn't win his own state AND he would further tear apart the conservative base of the GOP.

by JDF 2009-08-11 06:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Rick Santorum Tests the Waters

Santorum?  L.O. effing. L.

by fogiv 2009-08-11 07:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Rick Santorum Tests the Waters

Larry Sabato is laughing, too...  His most recent tweet is Santorum -18 loss in home state = loser!

by LordMike 2009-08-11 09:57PM | 0 recs
Please let this be true

Dan Savage will have a field day.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q santorum&aq=f&oq&aqi=g10

Check out the #1 hit.

by Dracomicron 2009-08-12 05:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Please let this be true

Ouch. That I did not know. Not sure if I wanted to know it either.

by Charles Lemos 2009-08-12 10:40AM | 0 recs
Palin/Santorum 2012!

Now THAT would be a whole bowl fulla crazy.

by JerryColorado23 2009-08-12 07:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Palin/Santorum 2012!

"Do you believe in miracles?"

Is there a better GOP ticket possible... for us?

by JDF 2009-08-12 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Rick Santorum Tests the Waters

I'll quote John McEnroe "You cannot be serious".

by PR 2009-08-12 09:30AM | 0 recs

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