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Monday, February 20, 2012

Battlefield Ohio: Santorum Passes Through Ohio, Says Stupid Stuff Along the Way

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

What? You want me to clarify that last statement? Okay, but first . . . look at this sweater vest. Uh huh, keep looking.
  • "What? You want me to clarify that last statement? Okay, but first . . . look at this sweater vest. Uh huh, keep looking."

Former Senator and current GOP Presidential flavor-of-the-month Rick Santorum made a quick tour of Ohio over the weekend. The candidate, now polling higher than Mitt Romney among Buckeye Republicans, has called the state “ground zero” in his bid to out-maneuver the former Massachusetts governor for the nod. But even though the hit-it-and-quit-it circuit put the candidate before a lot of potential voters, it looks like Santorum made more ground in the gaffe department than in the hearts and minds of Ohioans.

For those of you keeping score at home, the tour provided Santorum the open-mic opportunity to, among other things, insult the President's faith, deny science, and call into question public education — all in a weekend's work.

Santorum's taking the most heat for his earlier comments about President Obama's religious faith, which the Sweater Vest Savior said was based on “some phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible.” At a Steubenville stop, Santorum offered an explanation, an explanation so lame it might in fact take home the Blue Ribbon in the Worst Political Backtrack — Primary Season category.

See, Santorum meant “ideology” not “theology,” and the dictionary distinction between the words doesn't really matter, because he was actually talking about energy policy. Which makes much more sense. Wait . . . no . . . Either ideology or theology, the reference to a doctrine “based on the Bible” pretty clearly Gods up Santorum's suggestion. Nonetheless, Santorum ended his defense by blaming the media for failing to understand the difference between the words. Stupidhead media types . . .

The candidates next stubbed his rhetorical toe in the same address, when he said climate change science isn't real science, just political science. Just book learnin', see. From the AP:


Santorum told voters in eastern Ohio on Monday that science is on the side of those who want to aggressively produce more oil and natural gas in America. He said the notion of global warming is not climate science but "political science."

Santorum said Obama and his allies want to frighten people about new oil-exploration technologies so they can get your dollars and turn it over to politicians to win elections "so they can control your lives."

We're not even going to touch the Orwellian cryto-facist allusion here. On the point of climate change, that comment might carry water in the Bible Belt, but let's be honest: It's mid-February in Cleveland, we're looking out the window, and there's no snow on the ground. You're not going to tell us climate change isn't real.

And finally, Santorum — who's home schooled his own brood — made his feeling known about the public school system before a meeting of the Ohio Christian Alliance in Columbus. The LA Times reports:


"Yes, the government can help, but the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic."


Santorum said the public education system was an artifact of the Industrial Revolution, "when people came off the farms where they did home school or had a little neighborhood school, and into these big factories … called public schools."

Couple things here. First of all, as the LA Times points out, the federal government doesn't run the schools. As a former Senator, Santorum probably should have been on top of that one. Also, “anachronistic”. . . “big factories” . . . it would be nice if we could all be schooled someplace cutting-edge and cozy, like the Santorum household.

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