Rick Santorum vs. Barack Obama

Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, is no stranger to controversy. Even setting aside his equating same-sex marriage to “man on child” and “man on dog” marriages, and the ensuing backlash from the LGBT community, he’s gone up against President Obama a few times now.

It was snarky enough when, in an interview last year, Mr. Santorum made this statement:

I think the Democrats are actually worried he may go to Indonesia and bow to more Muslims. That’s sort of the concern that every time he seems to go to these other countries, he comes back or starts some sort of controversy that hits his popularity. I’m serious.

Of course, moments later he backpedaled a bit by saying, “I’m being sarcastic about bowing to Muslims, but I’m saying he has not had his trips overseas go over well here in the United States.” But still, that kind of remark makes it pretty clear how little respect Santorum has for Mr. Obama.

Still, I couldn’t help but shake my head when Mr. Santorum publicly brought Mr. Obama’s race into a challenge about the president’s views on abortion:

“The question is, and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that human life is not a person then I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say ‘now we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.'”

After those comments predictably sparked a public outcry, the former senator went back to clarify what he meant by invoking the observation that Obama is a black man:

“For decades certain human beings were wrongly treated as property and denied liberty in America because they were not considered persons under the constitution. Today other human beings, the unborn of all races, are also wrongly treated as property and denied the right to life for the same reason; because they are not considered persons under the constitution. I am disappointed that President Obama, who rightfully fights for civil rights, refuses to recognize the civil rights of the unborn in this country.”

As a potential candidate for president on the 2012 Republican Party ticket, Mr. Santorum’s remarks are incredibly insensitive, and in my opinion, coldly calculating. I’d be lying if I said I was surprised — and I think Rick Santorum knew exactly what an amazing amount of press coverage he would garner with a few choice words.

Mission accomplished, Mr. Santorum. You got our attention, and you didn’t even have to compare the president to pedophilia or bestiality to do it.

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One Response to Rick Santorum vs. Barack Obama

  1. […] sample of previous posts on Sarah Palin here, here, and here, and two posts about Rick Santorum here and […]

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