Lock Your Bedroom Door: Santorum Wants Your Condoms.
January 4, 2012

From Salon, by staff writer Irin Carmon:

Here is an actual Rick Santorum quote: “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.” And also, “Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

That was in October 2010, not long ago. This guy wants to force you to follow his ‘morality’. He wants you to become a Catholic follower of the sick old men in the Vatican, just like he is. This is a guy who will turn the Presidency into a modern Inquisition, with condom cops breaking  down your bedroom door; roughing up your daughter and your son to make sure they aren’t thinking  about using birth control; and no doubt criminalizing any act of sex that you do just for pleasure. Sure, it starts with a condom bust, but then the deeper fanatic will start to show his fangs: masturbation will get you jail time; actual sex for fun with the opposite sex will get you flogged in the public square; sex with the same gender will get the guillotine. And women, yo, women, pay attention, your lives are going old style with a vengeance: prepare to go back to the kitchen and spend your life barefoot and pregnant if this mindless piece of arrogant religious madness gets into the White House.

Speaking to ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Santorum recently reaffirmed his opposition to Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on discussing or providing contraception to married couples, and established a right to privacy that would later be integral to Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas.

This atavistic pig is the best the Republicans can come up with? Or second best, according to some people in Iowa with some strange ideas on what America is about and how it should operate. (The first best is no bargain either, which the vote in Iowa seems to confirm.)

And really, think about it, why is this guy so concerned with what you do in your bedroom? Or the back seat of your car? Or out in the woods? It’s none of his business, is it?  It’s none of the government’s business, is it? But he thinks it’s important that it be his business and the government’s business. One might suppose that he thinks it will create jobs (condom police, sex police, gay security patrols), but no, he’s just got a prurient, evil mind; he’s just got himself thinking that whatever he thinks is moral (because a decrepit Pope said so) should be forced down the throat of the American public via the power of the Presidency of the United States of America. But then that’s right in line with the Republican way of ‘thinking’.

Yeah, vote Santorum, vote Condom Man. And get the rack and the Iron Maiden ready.

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Iowa: The Sister Kissing State
January 4, 2012

So, Iowa. Romney beat Santorum by eight votes out of sixty thousand cast for the two of them. Eight votes. He spent millions of dollars and barely won against a guy who was underfinanced and a big underdog only a few days ago. And he didn’t do any better yesterday than he did four years ago.

How come? Romney inspires no passion, but in a field of men  (Bachmann wasn’t a factor) who can best be described as way out in right-wing wingnut field, he looks most electable. Iowans who bothered with the caucus couldn’t make up their mind: elect a hypocrite they don’t really trust or a religious zealot they don’t think is electable. Romney is most likely  to be the Republican candidate going into the election.

As for the rest of the crowd, only Ron Paul may have survived to move on, but some of his views are too extreme even for Republicans, although some of his views may well appeal to the factions on the left. But he is not going to overcome his history of brutal racist and anti-gay commentary published under his aegis.

Rick Perry is crawling back to Texas and hopefully we won’t have to listen to any more of his nonsense. Perhaps he would have better luck running for Pope, an office from which he can pontificate on his delusional religious beliefs as much as he wants.

As for Bachmann, perhaps now she can get the help she needs, though that may well require a long period of institutionalization somewhere other than in Congress.

But what of Romney, a golden boy in his own mind? One might suspect that he will crow about his win, but please, eight votes out of sixty thousand? Hardly a rousing margin. In fact his ‘win’ can hardly be considered a win at all, considering the money he put in, and his mawkish speechifying that often included reciting the lyrics to so-called patriotic songs. At least he had the good grace not to sing. And if he should go on to win the nomination, he’s not going to be able to continue pushing his line of lies that Obama is the chief architect of the financial crisis: the facts don’t support that line, and if he pursues it, Obama’s crew will hang Bush, Iraq, and Afghanistan around Romney’s scrawny Republican neck. Nor can he escape his part in the predations of Bain Capital: it’s hard to claim that you can create jobs when you destroyed companies and threw people out on the street and pocketed the profit from doing so.

The big question about the election isn’t whether the Republicans can depose Obama, which comprises their whole program, but whether Obama can overcome what he’s done to destroy his own base over the last three years. It’s hard to get excited about a guy who has done everything he could to disappoint the people who supported him so passionately in 2008.

We can expect Romney to push all the emotional buttons of patriotism, god, country, god, faith, religion, god, patriotism, enemies abroad, traitors at home, and so on ad nauseam, because that’s what Republicans are good at. They can’t govern worth a damn, but they sure can make you think you’d like to have a beer with them, or kick the living crap out of them. Obama can push the same buttons and he can refute, on the facts, Romney’s charges about the economy. They’ll go back and forth until November. November! Crap.

When you get right down to it the real question is whether the country can stand ten more months of bullshit from both sides without everyone’s head exploding. Two men who can’t be trusted butting heads for ten months. It may be enough to get everyone to throw out their televisions and go back to reading books. Not a bad outcome actually.

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A Straw Romney Twists In The Winds Of Iowa
August 13, 2007

After months of effort and millions of dollars Mitt Romney won the Iowa straw poll, according to an AP story by Kevin Freking.

It only cost him about $400 a vote against weak competition to win 31.5 percent of the votes cast. The number two finisher, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, spent a hundred grand to pick up 18 percent of the vote, more than half Romney’s total vote.

Of course the Mitten is harumphing his anemic showing as the greatest thing since George Bush. Really.

“I got a higher percentage even than the president got eight years ago,’ Romney said. “It was a warm day and, actually, it was difficult turning people out.”

Ya think maybe because they figured out what a phony you are, Mitten?

The Mitten also puffed himself up with this comment, speaking of Rudy Giuliani and John McCain:

“I think if they thought they could have won, they would have been here,” Romney said on Fox News Sunday. “If you can’t compete in the heartland, if you can’t compete in Iowa in August, how are you going to compete in January when the caucuses are held, and how are you going to compete in November of ’08?”

Ummm, Mitten, against an incredibly weak field you not only did not get even a third of the votes, the poll drew almost ten thousand fewer voters than eight years ago. All that excitement you generated among the voters must have made them too giddy and weak to make it to the polls.

If  McCain and Giuliani had entered the straw poll the Mitten’s numbers would be even weaker. But as pathetic as those two guys are, they are apparently smart enough to know that the Iowa voters are smart enough to have seen right through them, and that’s why they stayed away. It kind of looks like they saw through the Mitten, doesn’t it?

At $400 a vote, I doubt that even the Mitten’s got enough money to buy the nomination.

Mitt Romney: Hooray For The War, But My Sons Are Too Busy Serving Me To Serve In The Army
August 9, 2007

Oh, Mitten, Mitten, Mitten, you just can’t open your mouth without showing your true colors.

The Globe’s Campaign Notebook column today writes:

Mitt Romney yesterday defended his five son’s decision not to enlist in the military, saying they are showing their support for the country by “helping me get elected.”

Oh, damn, that is so Republican and so American Wealth! Tell me, Mitten, why do your sons so hate America that they want you to be President?

The Mitten was answering a question from a woman identified in the piece as an antiwar activist, Rachel Griffiths of Milan, Illinois.

The Mitten harumphed:

“The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that’s the way we’re going to keep it,” Romney said. “My sons are all adults…and they’ve chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard.”

Nice that they’re rich enough to have that choice, isn’t it, Mitt? Nice that you think serving you equates to serving the country. That’s really Bush of you, Mitten.

While thousands of American soldiers get killed and get body parts blown off in a war that the Mitten just loves to pimp, his middle son is on a Winnebago tour of Iowa, and his others are campaigning to help their sleazebag, ignorant, lying, hypocrite of a father grab the Presidency, and calling it service to the country.

That’s so… so… oh, just so Republican and Romney of you, Mitten and sons.

NPR Does Iowa: The Doofus Vote
July 5, 2007

National Public Radio did a piece on Iowa this morning, something about a parade and Romney and the upcoming straw vote (August, I think).

But here’s the centerpiece. At some parade our buddy The Mitten was walking along behind and shaking hands. NPR interviewed some farm type who apparently got all warm and goosebumpy and tingly because The Mitten shook his hand.

He said Romney would get his vote because Romney shook his hand and that’s what politicians should do and that was the mark of a good guy.

No mention of issues. No mention of character. No sign of intelligent thought. Just “Oh the great man shook my hand. I’m so happy.”

Iowa has now been officially painted as a State of doofuses, or doofi, if you like Latin. The fate of the nation is in your hands, Iowa.

But I shouldn’t single out Iowa. From what I’ve seen, the level of political intelligence and debate among the citizenry  in this country doesn’t rise to the level of a grade school food fight.