Paint It Blah

This may be the most pathetic and feeble backtrack of a dog whistle ever:

Iowa runner-up Rick Santorum said Thursday that he would be “a much bigger player” than expected in the New Hampshire primary and denied saying that he didn’t want “to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

Santorum allegedly made the controversial comments when discussing welfare in an interview Wednesday night with Fox News, but he maintained that people misheard the word “black” when he stumbled on a word.

“I looked at that, and I didn’t say that. If you look at it, what I started to say is a word and then sort of changed and it sort of — blah — came out. And people said I said ‘black.’ I didn’t,” Santorum said.

I imagine this is going to kill him with the blah vote.

We’ll see if the media lets him get away with this. Or if they already have.

This Will Make You Laugh

It sure made me laugh, at least:


Almost as funny as this- 25 People who Googled Santorum for the First Time. Personal favorite, “After I googled Santorum, I now know why he goes by Rick.”

And Today’s Most Blatantly Racist GOP Statement of the Day

Comes from Newt:

“I will go to the NAACP convention, and explain to the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps,” said Gingrich.

The title of this post may be a touch misleading, because it is only 1:30 and there is still time for another candidate to take it to 11.

More of This, Please

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post highlights the Obama administration’s response to Romney’s craven defense of his fellow One Percenters:

[Wednesday] Romney denounced the Cordray appointment as “Chicago style politics at its worst.” The Obama campaign responds:

“Mitt Romney today stood with predatory lenders and Republicans in Congress over the middle class. He doubled down on his promise to eliminate the Wall Street watchdog and allow Wall Street to write its own rules again, leaving consumers vulnerable to hidden fees, financial traps and excessive risk taking that will hit their pocketbooks. Governor Romney has made clear he has not learned the lessons of the economic crisis, instead, he’s giving the most irresponsible financial actors a bright green light to pursue profit at any cost to communities across America.”

Note the mention of “Republicans in Congress.” Dems know it’s imperative that they prevent the eventual nominee from achieving separation from the unpopular Congressional GOP and its policies.

There is a sidebar poll asking “Has Mitt Romney locked up the Republican nomination?“. Responses, as of pre-dawn Thursday, are running 71% against.

Happens every time

No, there is nothing interesting or special about Rick Santorum. The guy was the poster boy for Bush-era big guvmint conservatism. He ran the K street project out of his own office. He has a long history of statements that are not just crazy-conservative, but get up and move to another part of the bus crazy. His issue agenda is so far gone that it makes even Focus on the Family types uncomfortable. He has the charisma of a banana slug and he lost by record margins to Bob Casey, a guy so unmemorable that he could lose a primary to Generic Democrat. When the fundie base gets a good look at their last savior, most will turn out for the anointed mormon and the rest will stay home and watch Wheel of Fortune.

Also too. Rick Perry’s dynamo campaigning style will not take the race by storm. Herman Cain’s business acumen does not give him some unique edge, and people will not collectively forget that Newt Gingrich is an own goal in plus-size pants.

Steel yourself for a season of Romney/Paul #1/#2 primary results, epic low turnouts and a solid ten months of frantic flopsweat from trolls in the comment section of internetblogs.