Former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) tore into Rick Santorum, calling him “rigid and…homophobic” on Face to Face with Bob Schieffer, adding that he was alarmed at how Republicans are grabbing on to social issues:
“I am convinced that if you get into these social issues and just stay in there about abortion and homosexuality and even mental health they bring up, somehow they’re going to take us all to Alaska and float us out in the Bering Sea or something.”
Said Simpson of Santorum:
“He said, ‘I want a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage,’ and they said, ‘Well, what about the people who are already married?’ And he said, ‘Well, they would be nullified.’ I mean what is, what’s human, what’s kind about that? We’re all human beings, we all know or love somebody who’s gay or lesbian so what the hell is that about? To me it’s startling and borders on disgust.”
WOW. JUST WOW. AND FOUL.
Rick Santorum has been condemned after claiming that rape victims who become pregnant should ‘make the best of a bad situation’.
The Republican presidential candidate – who is currently third in the polls – said that women in such a position should not get an abortion but instead welcome their ‘horrible gift from God’.
He added that even if his own daughter became pregnant after being raped he would still urge her to have the child.
Santorum is ultra conservative and a devout Catholic who has in the past spoken of how he wants to ban abortion with a constitutional amendment.
He enjoyed a surge in the Iowa caucus because of support from evangelical Republicans but his stark comments risk alienating swing voters who are undecided on the issue.
In a sign of the potential backlash, he has already come under fire from pro-choice commentators who said that he was only ‘adding to the trauma’ of what a rape victim goes through.
In an interview on CNN with Piers Morgan, Santorum said: ‘Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life.
‘And this is not an easy choice, I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or she doesn’t, it will always be her child, and she will always know that.
IT IS LIKE LETTING A CHILD KILLER BABY SIT BECAUSE HE REALIZED HIS PAST ACTIONS WERE WRONG. ‘OUT’ HAVE FUCKED UP REWARDING THIS SELF LOATHING CUNT.
He was one of the architects of Bush/Cheney’s 2004 election campaign, was chairman of the Republican National Committee and generally spent years as a closet case helping to strangle LGBT rights.
Mehlman acknowledges that if he had publicly declared his sexuality sooner, he might have played a role in keeping the party from pushing an anti-gay agenda.
“It’s a legitimate question and one I understand,” Mehlman said. “I can’t change the fact that I wasn’t in this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard, personally.” He asks of those who doubt his sincerity: “If they can’t offer support, at least offer understanding.”
“What I do regret, and think a lot about, is that one of the things I talked a lot about in politics was how I tried to expand the party into neighborhoods where the message wasn’t always heard. I didn’t do this in the gay community at all.”
What they don’t mention is that in 2004, when he was Bush’s campaign manager, the Republicans trotted out the awful beast of gay marriage in order to get conservatives to the polls. The GOP made sure there were votes to outlaw gay marriage in 11 states that year, and it passed in each state. Bush, not coincidentally, won in nine of those states, including Ohio, the lynchpin to winning the election. That means Ken Mehlman, a gay man, made sure that his people would be robbed of the right to marry in 11 states so that his candidate would win.
*The Chair of the Sumter South Carolina Tea Party posted — and then quickly pulled — a post on her Facebook page earlier this month that joked about throwing the Obamas out of a helicopter, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Shery Lanford Smith posted the joke on her Facebook page on August 11th. The page has since gone “private.”
In the joke, the Obamas are on a helicopter talking about how they could make people happy if they threw money out the window. The pilot says: “I could throw both of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy!” Smith added: “If you’re one of 256 million, PASS IT ON.”
Smith reportedly pulled the joke after the Sumter Item contacted her about it. But here’s an earlier screenshot, via the Item:
The Sumter SC Tea Party’s page is now also defunct