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Santorum Surges From Behind, Again

Yeah, I know, it’s beneath me…

Man, this freak show just goes on and on. Now Santorum is once again the not-Romney, and rather decisively so. It truly says something about the Republican base, primarily how base they truly are.

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Maybe it’s that the US economy persists in improving, slowly but surely, which hurts Romney no matter how often he repeats the lie that Obama made the situation worse. Despite having to fight what Congressional Republicans call a focus on jobs, which somehow involved no job creation bills.

Shocker.

It did, however, involve all kinds of  other things not particularly to do with jobs, or the economy in any way other than a fanatical opposition to tax cuts for corporations and extremely wealthy individuals. (Tax cuts for people who live off paychecks, not so much.)

No, it’s been about the kind of thing Santorum loves, the religion-based opposition to women controlling their own reproduction, tilting the playing field in favor of Christianity, and hating on the gays.

Given the two recent pieces of good news on the gay rights front, marriage liberalization in Washington State and the Ninth District Court’s overturning of California’s Proposition 8 attempting to yank back those rights, I would expect that Santorum advantage over Romney to endure a while. As the forthright opponent of contraception he also has a ready-made issue to hand in the ruling that Catholic hospitals have to offer full services *if* they want the federal money (they can sell some Vatican gold if they want to refuse to do so).

Thing is, I don’t think Santorum is smart enough to fight that battle in freedom of religion terms only (which is a bogus argument, see preceding paragraph, but one that can be sold), without making people realize that yes, he seriously thinks contraception should be illegal.

As a former Catholic I’m well aware that official Church policy on contraception is not what Catholics generally support in reality, and outside of the most rabid Evangelicals I doubt many other constituencies relish losing the  ability to screw without risking pregnancy, especially if abortions are forced into the back streets again.

~ by BT Murtagh on February 8, 2012.

Catholic Church, current events, Health Care, Politics, Religion, Tea Party, United States

One Response to “Santorum Surges From Behind, Again”

  1. I once wrote Rick Santorum a letter when he was still a Senator from PA to suggest that PA withdraw its borders by an inch so no other state actually had to touch a state that would elect him. He didn’t reply.

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