Santorum’s “Endorsement” of Romney

Shorter Santorum:

Well, at least the Obamacare-inspiring heretic isn’t a blah person.

An endorsement via email? Isn’t that like breaking up with someone on Facebook?

Honest to god, I have zero faith in the American people’s sagacity (the dumb motherfuckers almost elected George W. Bush twice!), and the economy will probably still be in the shitter this November, which should doom the president’s reelection chances under normal circumstances.

But these aren’t normal circumstances. Romney is just an awful, horrible, terrible, heinous, unlikable candidate, and I’m not sure “at least he’s not Obama” will be enough to put Mittens over the top, since that line really only resonates with people insane enough to think Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, Cain, et al, aren’t bug-eyed loons and/or booger-eating idiots.

It’s not exactly where I’d hoped we’d be in the summer of 2012, but hell, I’ll take it.

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39 replies
  1. 1
    brantl says:

    GWB wasn’t legally elected EITHER TIME. Look into it. Florida was blatantly cheated the first time, and Ohio was just as blatantly cheated the second.

  2. 2
    r€nato says:

    almost without exception, Obama has had staggeringly good fortune in having opponents who self-destruct.

    Ryan.
    Keyes.
    McCain.

    soon to include Romney.

  3. 3
    rlrr says:

    @r€nato:

    His power lies apparently in his ability to choose incompetent enemies.
    — Crow T. Robot

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    r€nato says:

    @brantl: I’ll agree with you 100% about Florida 2000. I ain’t buying Ohio 2004. The latter has about as much credibility with me as claiming ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama.

    Ever heard of the tale of the boy who cried ‘wolf’?

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    Hunter Gathers says:

    The election is already over. The white vote is irrelevant (although it’s to only part of the electorate that anyone left, right or center seems to give a shit about). It is impossible for Romney to win a national election with the numbers he has with minorities. It cannot happen.

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    ornery_curmudgeon says:

    Agreed, it’s not normal times, and also hope the American people will see through the onslaught of corporate-funded propaganda. It’s true We the People haven’t been showing much savvy lately.

    The economy is going to be in the shitter until we quit using taxpayer money to fund derivative debt losses (excuse me, ‘austerity.’) Since we don’t seem to widely recognize that’s what we are doing … might take a while.

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    Ed Drone says:

    @Hunter Gathers:

    It is impossible for Romney to win a national election with the numbers he has with minorities. It cannot happen.

    Ah, but if those minorities don’t happen to be able to vote … Welcome to Republicant election strategy 101.

    Ed

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    Soonergrunt says:

    An endorsement via email? Isn’t that like breaking up with someone on Facebook?

    No, because the Facebook breakup will actually be seen by people.
    ETA: The google ad is for a petition to stop “immoral sex acts” from being taught in elementary school.
    Curious that Romney and Santorum triggers THAT particular ad.

  9. 9
    Ben Cisco says:

    (the dumb motherfuckers almost elected George W. Bush twice!)

    I see what you did there. Nice.

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    Hunter Gathers says:

    @Ed Drone: Then you do what OFA has been doing since 2008 – making sure the voters that they contact have everything that they need in order to cast a vote. Indiana has the Voter ID law that the rest are trying to implement on the books since 2006. Obama won Indiana despite that.

    I look forward to Obama kicking that Candy Ass Pansy Romney all over the yard.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Ben Cisco:

    Yup, what the Emissary just said. Very nice!

    Certainly Rih’s endorsement is “well, he’s not blah!” and is a ringing one.

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    SamR says:

    I am also comfortable with Governor Romney on foreign policy matters, and we share the belief that we can never allowIranto possess nuclear weapons.

    I don’t know what’s better, the extremely uninspiring comfortable, the idea that Iran getting nukes is somehow the only FP issue worth mentioning, or the double typo that turns “allow Iran to” into “allowIranto.”

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    It is impossible for Romney to win a national election with the numbers he has with minorities.

    @Hunter Gathers: More to the point, he has no plausible path to an electoral college victory.

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    As a booger eating moron myself–though we like to call ourselves “morans“–I resent that you compare me to Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, et al.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    More to the point, he has no plausible path to an electoral college victory.

    Obviously, you’re not reading the correct polls six months out that say that Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania are all in play.

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    Kay says:

    Preachy and self-serving, like everything else he says:

    During our meeting I felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney’s commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives, as well his commitment to ensuring our appropriate representation in a Romney administration.

    I just loathe him. He was an absolute lobbyist-purchased crook during his brief career in the Senate. That he nows sees himself as some sort of moral leader is repulsive.

    We’re going to have to listen to this fraud for decades. Another unelected “leader” on the Right. Yippee.

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    cmorenc says:

    @brantl:

    GWB wasn’t legally elected EITHER TIME. Look into it. Florida was blatantly cheated the first time, and Ohio was just as blatantly cheated the second.

    The key fact is: they got away with it both times. The key implication is to make sure they don’t get away with it a third time to steal either Ohio or Florida (or other states) and the election, and not to wishfully, resentfully replay past history as if we can somehow retroactively change its course if only we insistently revisit it enough times with the truth on our side.

    We can change the future, we cannot change the past.

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    JPL says:

    Romney is a pathological liar and even if the media ignores reporting on it, the public still has to be aware of it.

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    RSA says:

    I have zero faith in the American people’s sagacity

    I hear the suburbs of sagacity are nice.

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    cmorenc says:

    @Hunter Gathers:

    The election is already over. The white vote is irrelevant (although it’s to only part of the electorate that anyone left, right or center seems to give a shit about). It is impossible for Romney to win a national election with the numbers he has with minorities. It cannot happen.

    I wish pronouncements such as this didn’t so readily remind me of Vizzini in “Princess Bride” repeatedly exclaiming “INCONCEIVABLE!”

    Yes, I think it’s definitely “advantage Obama” in election 2012, but “advantage” isn’t necessarily destiny. Romney’s going to have a huge chest of corporate cash to work on undoing destiny plus a demonstrated complete lack of scruples and willingness to shamelessly, brazenly lie.

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    danielx says:

    Talk about damning with faint praise…but hey, from what I can tell Santorum is big on damnation. Praise and endorsement, not so much. ‘Sides, as you note, given the sagacity of the American people there are a lot of fools out there who will actually believe that Little Ricky thinks the Marquis is an okay Republican candidate.

    In other news: it’s election day here in the great Hoosier State! The big choice is between Richard Lugar and Richard Mourdock, also known as The Statesman Versus The Morlock. I can understand the folks who think Lugar has been here/there too long – I mean, he was known as Nixon’s favorite mayor, for chrissakes. On the other hand he did do a service to the world with the Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction Program – anything that takes nukes out of circulation is a Good Thing, as Martha Stewart used to say. If the choice is between Lugar and Mourlock, who is another “I’m Conservative and I’m going to change Washington” asshole, I’m for door #1.

    The local Congressional Republican primary is also lots of fun with the four Republicans all having the same campaign theme, which amounts to screaming “I’m more conservative than they are!”. I don’t especially care which of them wins as long as it isn’t David Macintosh. He’s kind of like a more sanctimonious and humorless version of Rick Santorum, if one can imagine such a thing. Plus which he just moved back here to run for office after four years of being a DC lobbyist, which ain’t exactly a top shelf resume item in these yere parts.

    Yessir, it’s hell being a Republican candidate in a primary these days, since the only sure way to win is to bite the head off a live bat with “liberal” written on it.

  22. 22
    Yevgraf says:

    Rmoney was just on CNN. According to the crawl, he was blaming Obama for the economic collapse.

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    quannlace says:

    Are you sure he actually and formally endorsed him? He seemed to have spent the whole letter talking mainly about himself. And ooh, can’t wait for ‘that next big announcement.”
    **Shivers**

  24. 24
    gbear says:

    I want to hear what Sheppard Smith has to say about this.

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    JPL says:

    @Yevgraf: see my comment at 18..
    He’s a pathological liar and he can help himself. God help us all if he’s elected.

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    JPL says:

    @Yevgraf: Found this via wiki.answers link

    Psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, and other mental health personnel use the term ‘compulsive lying’ when they refer to people who cannot control their lying, that is, people who feel compelled to lie and are aware that they are lying. Therefore, compulsive lying implies impaired ability to control it. The term ‘compulsive lying’ is not a diagnosis. It is a behavior or a symptom associated with a number of mental disorders [for example, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder]. The term “confabulation” is used to describe lying or invention when the person who is lying is not aware that they are lying. To be more specific, confabulation is treating a fantasy as a fact, without awareness that fantasy has replaced fact.”

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    Haydnseek says:

    @brantl: Yes, and it will happen again. The dirty tricksters have become much more sophisticated, as well as more numerous. The media will salivate over the horse race, but go all “both sides do it” when called out for their disinterest in outright election fraud.

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    peej says:

    Romney’s poll numbers are up because he hasn’t been on tv recently proving just what an asshole he is.

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    gaz says:

    @peej: lol

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    goethean says:

    Obama could win without OH, PA, FL, NH, NV. He just needs NC, VA, IA (admittedly an unlikely scenario).

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    danielx says:

    @cmorenc:

    All too true. I thought it was inconceivable that the Supreme Court would halt the counting of votes in Florida in 2000. But nothing is impossible in American politics. People thought Richard Nixon was done after the “you won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around any more” speech, but the bastard rose up out of the political graveyard like fucking Dracula. Nobody ever thought a B movie actor name of Reagan would amount to anything in politics either, but they were wrong about that too.

    The flip side of that coin is that wingnuts thought it was inconceivable that a black guy with a name ending in a vowel (middle name Hussein, no less) would end up as president. The big difference is that they went insane with rage when it happened and they’ve stayed that way. You’d think it would be impossible to maintain that level of emotion that long, but…hey, in some parts of the South you’d think the Civil War – pardon, the War of Northern Aggression – ended last month instead of in 1865. They lost and they’re still pissed.

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    gaz says:

    @goethean: That’s sort of far-fetched though. Yes it’s a possibility, but extremely unlikely.

    On the other hand, judging by current polling data and 2008, if Obama takes PA it’s pretty much over for rmoney

  33. 33
    RalfW says:

    Ed Kilgore a few mins ago in his lunch wrap:

    RNC Hispanic outreach director says Romney still “deciding what his position on immigration is.” Way too much honesty there.

    What a maroon.

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    LanceThruster says:

    (the dumb motherfuckers almost elected George W. Bush twice!)

    Hear, hear!

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @brantl: But the deal is that GWB clearly lost the popular vote in 2000 (agree that Florida was blatantly cheated, not by Nader or Buchanan (thanks, Broward County), but by the stripping of legal voters from the voting rolls), whereas he won the popular vote in 2004. Ohio was a travesty, I agree. GOP operatives clearly took the right (ha ha) lessons from 2000. Voter suppression works.

  36. 36
    Nellcote says:

    @JPL:

    so Rmoney is a compulsive liar and the media are confabulists. got it.

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    David Hunt says:

    @Kay:

    We’re going to have to listen to this fraud for decades. Another unelected “leader” on the Right. Yippee.

    It’s much worse than that. The typical Republican method of picking a candidate says that in 2012, it was Mitt Romney’s “turn” as the runner up from 2008. Santorum was the runner up in 2012, meaning that for 2016 he’s got a bunch of cred pre-built up for the primaries. We could be dealing with him versus some God-knows-who nobody with little chance of living up to Obama in the public’s eyes. That’s a thought to give you nightmares for the next four years…

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    David Hunt says:

    @JPL:

    I don’t think either of those definitions fits the Mittbot. I don’t think that he actually believes his own bs and I don’t think he suffers from some uncontrollable compulsion to lie. He doesn’t suffer from some mental illness regarding the truth, just a character flaw. The may be a technical definition in psychology for a serial, shameless liar, but I think I’ll go with the vernacular: Lying bastard.

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    Claire says:

    Endorsement is my fav topic. Thanks for sharing information on that issue. Thanks, Claire :)

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