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15:23 // 1 year ago
April 8, 2012

How separate are church and state these days? Let’s ask a cardinal

  • 1960 In a speech on religion during his presidential run, noted Catholic John F. Kennedy famously argued the importance of the separation of church and state, saying “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who happens also to be a Catholic.”
  • 2011 Noted Catholic presidential candidate Rick Santorum said a few, uh, less famous words about the speech: ”I almost threw up. In my opinion it was the beginning of the secular movement of politicians to separate their faith from the public square.”
  • 2012 Noted Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered his take on both Kennedy’s quote and Santorum’s: “I find myself, believe it or not, agreeing with both of them.” Dolan explained that he thinks Kennedy’s speech has long been misinterpreted. source

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20:19 // 2 years ago
April 6, 2012

Rick Santorum: Bro’s still pretty unpopular in his home state

  • 39% of people in Pennsylvania view Santorum favorably source

» The problem? People know him: Nearly six years after Rick Santorum lost a Senate election by an embarrassing margin, his perception in his home state of Pennsylvania has never really recovered. The AP story at the source link explains how Santorum really blew it at a meeting with conservative leaders in the state back in 2006, and how the encounter has come to haunt him. Also of note — few Pennsylvania politicians have publicly endorsed anyone, and the few that have are backing Romney. Santorum, by some estimates, needs to win 80 percent of the delegates to even have a shot at winning.

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11:05 // 2 years ago
April 1, 2012
The establishment folks in Washington, D.C., they’re in the bubble and they see the world very, very differently than we do and I think most Americans do. And we’re going to continue to go out and try to elect conservatives to the presidency and that’s what we’re focused on.
Rick Santorum • Responding to political types suggesting he should drop out, days before the Wisconsin primary. Santorum says he’s in it until Mitt Romney clearly has enough delegates to win — something that likely won’t happen until June, based on how things are going so far. Romney just won another endorsement, this time from Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (no relation), a show of support that has Santorum on the defensive.
20:06 // 2 years ago
13:24 // 2 years ago
March 28, 2012

Santorum slipping precipitously in Pennsylvania

  • 29% Rick Santorum’s lead over Mitt Romney in the Pennsylvania primary as of last month
  • 2% Rick Santorum’s lead over Mitt Romney in the Pennsylvania primary as of now source

» Ruh-roh. That’s a decline of, like, one percent a day.

20:35 // 2 years ago
March 26, 2012
theatlantic:

Newt and Rick Are Becoming the GOP’s Statler and Waldorf

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have withered from being Mitt Romney’s legitimate competitors into mere “hecklers,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin writes. The scenarios by which they could win the Republican nomination are becoming more and more “far-fetched,” their rhetoric becoming more desperate. The Atlantic Wire would like to take this image one step further, naming them then Statler and Waldorf of the Republican presidential primary — guys that never get to be the main characters, instead serving as a tool to lower the self-esteem of those Muppets who do. […]
The Times’ Trip Gabriel reports that even “humiliation has not changed [Newt’s] will to stay in the race.” His colleagues Jeff Zeleny and Sarah Wheaton write, “The question facing Mr. Santorum was not whether he intended to press forward with his candidacy, but whether he should.” Both men, several reports say, are making less progress towards winning the nomination than towards embarrassing Romney on the daily. Both Gingrich and Santorum toted Etch-a-Sketches last week when a Romney aide referenced the toy to explain how the candidate would pivot to a general election message. They looked cynical and trivial, just like classic hecklers from the Muppets, though without the jokes.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire.


Dead on. In this case, “playing spoiler” is a nice way of saying “wasting everyone’s time.”

theatlantic:

Newt and Rick Are Becoming the GOP’s Statler and Waldorf

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have withered from being Mitt Romney’s legitimate competitors into mere “hecklers,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin writes. The scenarios by which they could win the Republican nomination are becoming more and more “far-fetched,” their rhetoric becoming more desperate. The Atlantic Wire would like to take this image one step further, naming them then Statler and Waldorf of the Republican presidential primary — guys that never get to be the main characters, instead serving as a tool to lower the self-esteem of those Muppets who do. […]

The Times’ Trip Gabriel reports that even “humiliation has not changed [Newt’s] will to stay in the race.” His colleagues Jeff Zeleny and Sarah Wheaton write, “The question facing Mr. Santorum was not whether he intended to press forward with his candidacy, but whether he should.” Both men, several reports say, are making less progress towards winning the nomination than towards embarrassing Romney on the daily. Both Gingrich and Santorum toted Etch-a-Sketches last week when a Romney aide referenced the toy to explain how the candidate would pivot to a general election message. They looked cynical and trivial, just like classic hecklers from the Muppets, though without the jokes.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire.

Dead on. In this case, “playing spoiler” is a nice way of saying “wasting everyone’s time.”

11:21 // 2 years ago
March 13, 2012
Santorum wins Mississippi: And Romney totally blows it … with a third-place finish. Someone had a rough night, and it’s the one whose reputation Dan Savage didn’t ruin for five years.

Santorum wins Mississippi: And Romney totally blows it … with a third-place finish. Someone had a rough night, and it’s the one whose reputation Dan Savage didn’t ruin for five years.

22:54 // 2 years ago
We will compete everywhere … the time is now for conservatives to pull together.
Rick Santorum • Emphasizing he’s going to seize upon his momentum after winning Alabama. He’s also looking like he could win Mississippi. Mitt Romney had a rough night tonight.
22:45 // 2 years ago
Opening line: "We did it again."

Opening line: "We did it again."

22:34 // 2 years ago