Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tinfoil hat time

Rick Santorum won the Republican primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Not much of a surprise -- the tinfoil hat types and religious zealots outnumber rational people by quite a bit down there, at least among white voters (and black Republicans are pretty rare in the heart of Dixie). Santorum's success, like that of Newt Gingrich, shows just what short memories voters have. After all, Santorum lost his Senate seat by a record margin because the voters in his home state of Pennsylvania figured out he was a corrupt son-of-a-bitch who'd say or do anything to keep corporate money rolling into his pocket. His ethical lapses were in the news and have been re-reported since he began his presidential campaign, but too many voters would rather believe the lies he's telling now than remember the lies he got caught out in a mere six years ago.

I do have to say it's rather astounding to see how enthusiastic all those Southerners, those white fundamentalist Baptists and Pentecostals, are about Santorum, a man who's made it plain his religious beliefs trump everything else. Whatever happened to "omigod-Catholics-worship-idols!!" or "the whore of Babylon" beliefs? We live in strange times. . . .

On one level, I kind of hope Santorum ends up as the Republican nominee. He's such a blatant religious bigot and misogynist, someone who makes it real clear his idea of the perfect society would include creating a cabinet-level Department of the Inquisition, that he might actually motivate all the lukewarm voters who think there's no difference between the parties to come out and vote. However, given that no one has ever gone broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American populace, I think the safer bet would be Romney. He's an opportunistic flip-flopper who can shift from one contradictory position to another with blinding speed, but at least he's still marginally sane.

7 comments:

  1. I agree with Fringe- I hope and pray that he gets the Republican nomination - the Democrats have tons and tons of ammunition to use against this zealot. Now there is a rumor or him and Gingrich running togethher - St Sanitarium
    and the adulter who had ro resign as Speaker of The House over ethics charges.
    As to religion: That is the one thing that baffles me - Why is it with some people that when it comes to religion - common sense
    and perhaps even sanity leaves them? I love the way the evangelicals down there hate the Muslims - Do they know the first thing about Islam? No, and you can bet that they would refuse to learn.

    Run the fucker...

    Sarge

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  2. Santorum is even in the Repug race ... strange things can and have happened. Nixon and Reagan, Bush 2 especially Reagan and Bush 2 should never been elected... but they were because of deaf dumb and blind voters.

    Our collective social serge is to the right making Santorum a player when, in fact, he should be locked up in a loony bin.

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  3. Marginal being the key word.

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  4. Ditto to what Sarge said. I didn't realize the guy was corrupt as well as evil. Sanitarium plus Gingrich almost beat Beck-Palin as a combo.

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  5. I think you should run and fix everything. :-)

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  6. A flip-flopper is someone that can change their mind, if you can't change your mind are you sure you still have one?

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  7. Sometimes I think to myself..."Self, you are being too hard on the world thinking that our culture is psychotic." But then I read about these guys running for prez....and I think, no, you are right.

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