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Santorum: Obama’s ‘Minions’ Privately Told Me They Thought I Could Beat Him (VIDEO)

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How long have u suffered from delusions of grandeur, Santorum?

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Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to promote his new book “Blue Collar Conservatives,” Santorum was asked whether he thought he’d win if his family was game to launch another presidential bid. He lost the Republican nomination last time around to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

“Look, I thought I could have won last time,” he said. “I’m convinced. You know I asked one of the Obama minions who were running the campaign ‘Hey, why didn’t you guys help me? I was up there battling Romney and all these folks at MSNBC were saying wouldn’t this be great if Santorum were the nominee, why didn’t you help me? Why didn’t you go out and bang me a little a bit, hit me you know, as being too conservative?'”

“And the consensus was, ‘We didn’t want you, because of this,'” Santorum added, holding up his book.

The former presidential hopeful then recounted how he met with Romney’s campaign manager and pollster after dropping out of the race. Romney’s team showed him a poll from Pennsylvania that found Santorum down by four points among voters who went to the polls during the workday, but up by 21 points after 5 p.m.

“When working people go to the polls,” host Joe Scarborough pointed out.

“This is it. And that’s what the other side is scared to death of,” Santorum said.

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Foster Friess: I Hope Obama’s ‘Teleprompters Are Bulletproof’

Mr. Friess realized what he said and quickly stated that maybe he shouldn’t put it that way

The Huffington Post

Wealthy GOP super PAC donor Foster Friess, fresh off announcing a conversion from Rick Santorum’s corner to Mitt Romney’s, drew a little unwanted attentionWednesday when he used gun imagery to weigh in on the shifting state of the 2012 race.

“There are a lot of things that haven’t been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been going at each other,” Friess said during an interview on Fox Business News. “Now that they have trained their barrels on President Obama, I hope his teleprompters are bulletproof.”

He quickly went on to admit that he “probably shouldn’t have said that.”

It’s not the first time Friess has created controversy during a media appearance.

In February, then a top surrogate for Santorum, Friess spoke with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about what he described as the triviality of the contraception debate.

“This contraceptive thing, my gosh it’s such [sic] inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly,” he said.

He later apologized for the failed “joke.”

As a Santorum supporter, Friess donated around $1.6 million to the pro-Santorum Red White and Blue Fund, a super PAC that spent about $7.5 million in support of the candidate.

But in the wake of Santorum’s departure from the race, Friess announced that he’d be turning his efforts toward presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

“I’m obviously going to be of help in whatever way I can,” Friess told Politico earlier this week.

ABC News later reported that the Romney campaign had reached out to him for support, but it’s unclear whether he’s been any help so far.

Earlier on Wednesday, he spoke on Fox News and made a questionable statement about Romney.

“I think he’s had reversals in his positions,” Friess said, after calling the former Massachusetts governor “decent.” “Now, it’s going to be very hard for him not to sick with those positions.”

Santorum calls reporter’s question ‘bulls–t’

Rick Santorum talks with a NYT reporter. Screenshot via CBS.

What?  The “holier-than-thou” Rick Santorum becomes unhinged?

The Raw Story

An angry Rick Santorum lashed out at New York Times reporter Jeff Zelany after a campaign rally in Wisconsin Sunday evening, calling the paper’s story on him “bullshit.”

The former Pennsylvania senator’s temper was fueled when Zelany asked him for clarification about a line attacking Mitt Romney in his speech.

“You said Mitt Romney was the worst Republican in the country, is that true?” Zelany said.

“What speech did you listen too?” Santorum replied. “Stop lying! I said he is the worst Republican to run on the issue of Obamacare. And that’s what I’m talking about. I said uniquely for every speech I give, I’ve said he’s uniquely disqualified to run against Barack Obama on the issue of healthcare. Would you guys quit distorting what I said?”

Santorum added: “Quit distorting my words. If I see it, it’s bullshit! Come on man, what are you doing?!”

The Louisiana Primary winner later released an email to his supporters, telling them “he was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter” but that he “didn’t back down” nor “let him bully me.”

Santorum continued to praise his actions in an interview on Fox News Monday morning.

“If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican is the way I look at it,” he said.

WATCH: Video from CBS News, from March 25, 2012.

Santorum told to ‘pretend it’s Obama’ at shooting range

One of the sad commentaries on the state of our nation…

The Raw Story

At a shooting range in Louisiana on Friday, an onlooker encouraged Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to pretend the target he was firing at was President Barack Obama.

“Santorum is shooting a 1911 Colt,” Politico’s Juana Summers tweeted from the sheriff’s office shooting range in West Monroe. “Range master says ‘Well, it’s not your first rodeo.’ Someone here says ‘pretend its Obama.’”

“As Santorum had headphones on and was standing far from supporters, he likely didn’t hear [the] woman say ‘pretend its Obama’ as he shot,” she added.

NBC’s Andrew Rafferty provided confirmation: “Woman watching Santorum at shooting range in LA yells ‘Pretend it’s Obama’ (there is n0 chance Santorum heard it)”

Afterward, the former Pennsylvania senator reportedly called the remarks “horrible.”

A recent Public Policy Polling survey showed Santorum holding a 14 point lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney going into Saturday’s Republican primary in Louisiana.

Update (1:15 p.m. ET): The Secret Service is investigating, according to The Associated Press.

Update (1:30 p.m. ET): MSNBC has obtained audio of the remark.

Watch this video from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchel Reports, broadcast March 23, 2012.

 

The March of Christian Dominionism 1: What Is Christian Dominionism?

Make no mistake about it, I am far from being “anti-Christian”.  I went to Lutheran Schools from first grade through twelfth grade.  My belief is more spiritual than “organized”, but  I am a “believer” nonetheless.

Yet, I felt compelled to re-blog the following article to show my readers what could happen in a President Rick Santorum world.  Keep in mind that Santorum is merely a front-man for a more insidious plot to transform this country into Christian Dominionism – (politically active conservative Christians.)

Three main characters remain in the background giving Santorum and fellow “Dominionists” their marching orders, they are James Dobson, Tony Perkins and Ralph Reed.

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Or “Welcome to the Theocratic States of America”

Thirty years from now, a protestor stands alone on a corner. She is visibly pregnant. Her sign, written in blood red marker, says “I’m carrying my rapist’s baby! Thanks a lot, Jesus!” She has only been there for five minutes but has been called “slut” and “whore” by several passersby. One elderly woman stops long enough to tell her she deserved to be raped for not loving Jesus enough. Others look at her with sad eyes but quickly avert their gaze lest one of their neighbors notice.

Finally the police arrive to take the woman into custody. She has not spoken a word. She has no bullhorn. She has not accosted a single person on the street. Yet she is still arrested by men who barely contain their contempt for her. She has broken no laws that we would recognize but still, she is roughly handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser. Of course, they take great care not to harm the baby she is carrying; the bruises she’ll have later won’t be anywhere near life-threatening. In this, she is lucky to be pregnant; others do not fare as well.

She is not read her rights because she has none. She is a blasphemer against the Lord and has been stripped of all legal protections. Her pregnancy will ensure that she survives long enough to perhaps repent and beg forgiveness. If not, she will be stoned to death in a public square by devout followers. Her child will be raised by the State to be a patriotic, loyal and, above all, God fearing citizen.

Welcome to the Theocratic States of America.

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Day In 100 Seconds: We Don’t Need No Education

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Rick Santorum declared this weekend that President Obama’s call for more Americans to have a college education made him a “snob”, then spent the following days both backing up his position and increasing his rhetoric.

This sparked a lot of reaction from anchors, pundits, other politicians and even a rebuttal from the President himself.

But as well as taking on a sitting Democratic president, Santorum was also taking on a dead one, saying JFK’s 1960s comments about religion in the public sphere made him “throw up.”

With a day before primaries in Michigan and Arizona, Santorum was about to find out the hard way: you don’t mess with a dead Kennedy.

Santorum: Obama is ‘a snob’ who ‘wants everybody to go to college’

Can you believe this clown?

The Raw Story

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum once again attacked President Barack Obama on wanting students to go to college Saturday morning, calling the president a “snob” on the campaign trail in Troy, Michigan.

Santorum spoke the tea party group Americans For Prosperity’s Michigan branch and received a round of applauds for his latest eye-brow raising statements.

“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob,” he said. “There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor. And trying to indoctrinate them.”

Santorum doubled down on his comments from Thursday, saying  “the indoctrination going on at the university level is a harm to our country” thanks to Obama.

Ironically, Santorum would be calling himself “a snob” as well based on his past history. In 2006, while he was a senator, Santorum pushed to make college more affordable  for all Pennsylvanians.

WATCH: Video from C-SPAN, which was broadcast on February 25, 2012.

Mitt Romney Pulls Ahead In Michigan Polls, Holds Wide Lead In Arizona

The Huffington Post

Despite trailing Rick Santorum in most recent national polls, Mitt Romney appears to have momentum on his side in Michigan and a big lead in Arizona, just four days before both states hold Republican presidential primaries.

In Michigan, two new automated, recorded-voice surveys show Romney with a small, single-digit lead. The two polls, from Rasmussen Reports  and Mitchell Research , were both conducted on Thursday, Feb. 23, and are the first to be fielded in Michigan entirely following Wednesday night’s nationally televised candidate debate.

The Rasmussen Reports poll gives Romney a six-point lead over Santorum (40 to 34 percent), a reversal from the four-point Romney deficit the firm found just three days earlier. The Mitchell Research poll shows Romney three points ahead of Santorum (36 to 33 percent), a big shift from the nine-point Santorum lead the firm reported one week earlier.

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The new findings are slightly better for Romney than the results of five other surveys conducted earlier in the week, which collectively described a very close race between the top two candidates, ranging from a four-point Santorum lead to a two-point Romney advantage.

The HuffPost Pollster’s Michigan chart, which attempts to smooth out random variation in the all public polling data, shows that the biggest change over the past week has been an increase in support for Romney. Over the same period, Santorum’s numbers have declined only slightly. The chart’s trend lines now give Romney a very slight lead over Santorum (36.3 to 34.7 percent), followed by Ron Paul (11.2 percent) and Newt Gingrich (8.0 percent).

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Alice Stewart, Rick Santorum Aide, Explains Offensive Obama Gaffe

So, this is my question.  When Ms. Stewart said “radical Islamic policies”, why didn’t Andrea Mitchell correct her?  MSNBC is notorious for wanting “access” to news makers at the expense of appeasing their guests and making their hosts look impotent.

Rick Santorum’s Press Secretary, Alice Stewart said President Obama has “radical Islamic policies” which is looped three times for you to clearly hear her words:

 The Huffington Post

Santorum press secretary Alice Stewart says it was an accident when she accused Obama of “radical Islamic policies.”

Stewart appeared on MSNBC Monday for an interview with Andrea Mitchell to discuss the controversial comments Santorum made about Obama’s “phony theology” over the weekend. As she repeatedly railed against Obama’s “radical environmentalist policies,” she slipped up and said “Islamic” instead (watch at 1:25).

Mitchell writes that Stewart quickly called her to clarify that she had misspoken.

Stewart called only moments later — while the show was on the air — to say she regretted the slip of the tongue, and to please note that she had misspoken and did not realize until it was pointed out to her that she had used the word “Islamic” by mistake.

Santorum continued a religious critique of Obama on “Face the Nation” Sunday, attacking his theology and deference to “radical environmentalists.” HuffPost’s Josh Hersh reported:

“I’ve repeatedly said I don’t question the president’s faith,” Santorum told host Bob Schieffer, denying what some have said was a signal that Santorum had challenged the legitimacy of Obama’s Christianity. “I’ve repeatedly said that I believe the president’s Christian — he says he’s Christian. But I am talking about his worldview, the way he addresses problems in this country, and they’re different than most people view it in America.”
In a speech to Tea Party conservatives on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, Santorum had dismissed Obama’s politics as being based in “some phony theology.”

“It’s not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs,” Santorum said. “It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.”

An incredulous Bob Schieffer began his interview with Santorum Sunday by asking, “What in the world were you talking about?”

“I was talking about the radical environmentalists,” Santorum said, suggesting that they believe man should protect the earth, rather than “steward its resources.” “I think that is a phony ideal. I don’t believe that’s what we’re here to do… We’re not here to serve the earth. That is not the objective, man is the objective.”

The Sick Mind of Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum  knows that he’s un-electable in a general election, so like Donald Trump, he says whatever it is that riles “the base”.

How can these so-called Christians and a Mormon be so damned evil and lie with impunity?

Mario Piperni

Rick Santorum is a strange, strange man. More we hear of him, the more frightening the thought that a man as disturbed as he could possibly one day occupy the White House. Santorum’s religious zealotry utilizes Christian dogma as an excuse to spread a special brand of hate and divisiveness. And while his homophobic bigotry is a well documented fact, his religious bigotry might be a little less known.

Rick Santorum has sought to project a sunny suburban, regular guy appeal as he vies for the GOP presidential nomination. But whenever I have seen him during the campaign, there seems to be a seething and loathing just beneath the surface that he has to struggle to keep from leaking out.

But back in 2008, while a senior fellow of the neoconservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, we got a glimpse of what it is that is so churning under his public face.  In a speech, he quietly explained to students at Ave Maria University, in Naples, Florida  that Satan, the “Father of Lies”, is destroying America.  Part of Satan’s effort, according to Santorum, has been to so transform the mainline Protestant churches in America — that they are no longer even Christian.

This may come as a surprise to the 45 million people of the member communions of the National Council of Churches, such as The Episcopal Church, the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).  But Santorum’s view that the mainline churches have gone the way of Satan is unambiguous —  as is his suggestion that his own Catholic Church remains Satan free.

Can there be any doubt that a President Santorum would seek to create a theocratic state governed primarily by his strict interpretation of the Bible? Over the weekend, he criticized President Obama as one who adheres to “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.“  Santorum later explained the theology he was referring to.

“I accept the fact that the president’s a Christian,” he said. “I just said that when you have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man, and says that, you know, we can’t take those resources because we’re going to harm the Earth by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven, like for example that politicization of the whole global warming debate, this is just all an attempt to centralize power, to give more power to the government.”

The well-being of the planet, Santorum tells us, should not be our concern. It is God’s. Our job is to simply rip open the earth’s crust and fill up our pockets as best and fast as we can – not unlike a child let loose in a candy store. The consequences of our deed are not our worldly concern.

Rick Santorum is a sick fuck. He really is.

The thing to know about Santorum, unlike Romney, is that he honestly believes each and every word he says. It’s not an act. When he speaks of banning contraception or when he compares homosexual conduct to bestiality or when he states his belief that Satan has infiltrated every religion except Catholicism, the man is serious. He leaves no doubt that every decision he would make as president would be guided by those very same beliefs.

Conservatives and Republicans have a clear choice in choosing their next presidential nominee.  They can pick an empty shell who has no core beliefs or they can have a man who views the world as a battle, literally, between God and Satan and would thereby base his decisions on a personal interpretation of the Bible. How lovely a choice.

If ever there was a lose-lose proposition being offered to Americans, this is it.

(The Rick Santorum source photograph for this illustration is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore.)