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Rick Santorum Unhinged on 'This Week'

I was trying to find a couple of choice excerpts from the transcript of Little Ricky’s appearance today on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to share with Blenders. It’s maddening because, for crying out loud, the whole thing is such an excruciatingly bad train wreck of wingnuttery that you have to read it all yourself to get the whole picture of the man. He’s completely filled to the brim with AmTaliban Kool-Aid — on an IV of it. And he comes off like a real boob. As I said, I cannot do it justice, go read the whole thing, but here are a few of the topics covered.

On rolling back Roe v. Wade, Santorum’s would like a constitutional amendment to ban abortion, even though he has never co-sponsored any that have been submitted.

SANTORUM: And the [Supreme] court is really supposed to be an umpire between the legislative branch and the executive branch. Instead, they’re trying to play the game.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you say you don’t want the courts to decide, you want the people to decide. And of course, if Roe v. Wade were overturned, each state would have the choice. But I wonder if that’s good enough, given what you believe. If you believe that that would essentially give the states a license to kill, don’t you have to be for a constitutional amendment that would ban abortions in every state?
SANTORUM: Well, OK, let’s just say, let’s say that we did that, that would be the democratic process. Again, it…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But do you support that?
SANTORUM: I would support a constitutional amendment, sure.
STEPHANOPOULOS: How come you’ve never co-sponsored one or introduced one in the Senate?
SANTORUM: Well, because we’re so far away from any potential of doing a constitutional amendment. The bottom line is, what we want is the people to speak on this issue. And I think the most logical way, given the state of play in the American mores, if you will, is having each state legislature, and the Congress potentially, although I would really try to reserve it to the state legislature, have them decide what the collective morality is.

Then it’s OK that Massachusetts allows gays to marry, Ricky? Next, Santorum takes on the Radical Feminist MovementTM, which is destroying the family. He can’t seem to name any of these wild-eyed, ball-breaking hussies, except Hillary and Gloria Steinem. Georgie S. breaks Ricky’s pretty well here…


Graphic: Mike Tidmus.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s talk about something else in the book, radical feminists. A second quote from the book, you say, Respect for stay-at-home mothers has been poisoned by a toxic combination of the village elders’ war on the traditional family and radical feminism’s mysogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect. Let’s get specific here. Name one or two of these radical feminists who are on this crusade.
SANTORUM: Well, I mean, you know, you have — you go back to, what’s her name, well, Gloria Steinem, but I’m trying to remember — I can’t remember the woman’s name. It’s terrible. Anyway…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But it’s kind of an important point. Because you paint this broad brush: radical feminists, village elders. Name one.
SANTORUM: There’s lots of — no, there’s lot’s of — well, Gloria Steinem. There’s one. I mean, there’s lots of writings out there…
STEPHANOPOULOS: She’s been on a crusade against stay-at-home moms?
SANTORUM: There’s lots of writings out there, and there is an opinion by the elite in this country across academia, across the media, that stay-at-home motherhood is not adequately affirmed and respected by our society.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, I’m asking you. Where are these radical feminists?
SANTORUM: It comes from an elite culture, dictated, again, from academia, dictated, again, from the Hollywood culture and the news media, that says, the only thing that’s affirming, the only thing that really counts is what you do at work.

Pathetic. It doesn’t get any better when he goes after Hillary. All the bluster, and he can’t back it up with jack.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hillary Clinton wrote much the same in her book, It Takes a Village. Do you believe she’s a radical feminist?
SANTORUM: Yes, I do. I mean, read her work and what she’s done on children’s rights. I mean, that’s radical. I mean, you’re talking about giving children the same — that children have rights equal to adults. I mean, that is not a nurturing atmosphere of mothers and fathers taking responsibility for shaping the moral vision of their children. She doesn’t agree with that, at least if you look at her earlier writings.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Have you talked to her about your book?
SANTORUM: We’ve had conversations in passing about it.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Tell us about them.
SANTORUM: Oh, just, you know, pass in the hallway, you know, she made a comment to me about that it takes a village, and I responded, no, it really does take a family.

You really have to go read the transcript to see his defense of his statement that “Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm” of the Catholic priest pedophile scandal. George kicks Little Ricky’s *ss all over the room on that one. If this is the best he can do, it’s no wonder Santorum announced that he’s not running in 2008.

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