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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Santorum frothing at the mouth -- again

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Generally, this space has had very little to say about the presidential aspirations of former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Frothy Mix). While our pals at Early Returns follow Santorum almost religiously -- is there any other way? -- we've generally just tried to avert our eyes. Unlike Santorum, after all, we respect the privacy rights of masochists. 

But this is too good to pass up

Rick Santorum, down on money and lagging in the polls, is turning to an old foe, columnist Dan Savage, to help fill his coffers and grab some headlines ...

Santorum [is] calling out Savage, using the columnist's controversial appearance on last week's Real Time With Bill Maher as a springboard into some retro attacks on Savage and the LGBT-rights movement he represents ...

During a panel discussion about the GOP candidates -- more specifically, a round of speculation about the sex life of the Bachmanns -- Savage, who's made his career on graphic sexual talk, said this (in jest):

"I sometimes think about fucking the shit out of Rick Santorum......he needs it. So, it's not, it's not just women we're talking about fucking. Like, let's bone that Santorum boy."

Savage, of course, is the syndicated sex columnist who, in retaliation for Santorum's anti-gay positions, helped redefine the Senator's name as a synomym for "the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex."

"I'm up for whipping up some santorum in Santorum," he told Maher's audience. 

Santorum has now launched a counteroffensive, blasting Savage on a conservative radio show and on his blog:

Savage and his perverted sense of humor is the reason why my children cannot Google their father's name. I took the high road for nearly a decade by not dignifying these mindless attacks, then even defending his 1st Amendment right to spew this filth. And to this day, liberals like Rachel Maddow serve as Savage's lackeys on national television, pushing his smut.

Enough is enough, and I'll keep fighting these attacks to ensure that the extreme lest [sic] doesn't win.

Nothing too unexpected there: Santorum doesn't blanch at policies that would ruin the family lives of same-sex couples ... but treading on a child's Google rights? That goes too far!

Still, the only real surprising thing about this post appears at the very bottom of the page -- where Santorum's site offers a link to its "privacy policy." So he's in favor of privacy now? Sounds like a flip-flop, ol' buddy.  

Equally predictable was Savage's rejoinder to Talking Points Memo -- in which he suggested that Santorum enjoyed playing the martyr:

"The Google thing has been good for him -- it's allowed him to portray himself as a victim in the style of Sarah Palin ... [I]f you look at his press over the last 18 months, grousing about his Google problem is his chief talking point."

That echoes a concern Savage voiced to me in March:

"[H]e's trying to play the Sarah Palin victim card and saying [in weepy voice] 'Look how they attacked me. I'm just a poor defenseless US Senator who was trying to take this man's child from him, and make sure gay sex and straight masturbation remain illegal ... and they made fun of me.'"

But if this really was an attempt by Santorum to gin up excitement about his campaign, it doesn't seem to be working. As I write this roughly 6 hours after the post was published, Santorum's blog post seems to have garnered exactly three responses -- one of which characterizes Santorum as a "mindless, robotic, right-wing zealot." The other urges Santorum to "keep fucking that chicken." 

(I should note that the author of that post -- a "Theo Potter" -- is no relation.)

I'm reprinting these responses below -- 

click to enlarge santorumpost.jpg

-- because I'm guessing they'll disappear sooner or later. But if anything says "campaign in disarray," it's a website that allows allegations of senatorial chicken-fucking to remain available for 5 hours after they are made. 

[ADDED (7/22/2011): Not only are these posts still visible on the site, but they've been joined by a handful of others, including one that calls him "pooplube," and another asserting that "the thought of you being Dan Savage's BITCH is pretty funny." Another commenter adds that "Who ever is managing your social media campaign is doing as great a job as you did as a senator." Which was sort of my point yesterday, of course ... only now, I wonder whether this is further proof of Savage's argument. If Santorum is trying hard to look like the victim here, leaving such posts up would be a good way to do it.]

Who is spreading online filth now, Senator?

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