Kid Tweets Bomb Threat at Santorum During Michigan Speech

Ah, the perils of the paid-gig speaking tour. Talking to a high school in Grosse Point, Michigan–Romney territory–Santorum received an apparently empty bomb threat via social media, when a student Tweeted, “Hey Mr. Santorum, can you sign this bomb for me?” The child was removed. Undeterred, and pocketing $18,000 for the trip, Santorum speechified away, reprising an old story about dog pee. [CBS]

Gingrich and Santorum Nearly Formed “Unity Ticket” to Beat Romney

If not for a couple of massive egos, Mitt Romney may never have been the GOP nominee. Josh Green reports that last February, during the Republican primaries, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum nearly joined forces to consolidate their support against Romney. First, after Gingrich lost Florida, Santorum’s people called him and asked him to drop out. Gingrich had a better plan.

He proposed that both men join forces but remain in the race, each concentrating on the states where he matched up best against Romney. Gingrich thought he could carry Georgia, Delaware, Washington, and Wisconsin (from which his wife, Callista, hails). Santorum would focus on other states in the South and the upper Midwest.

The only problem was, neither could decide who would be president and who would be vice-president.

Gingrich made an elaborate historical argument [Note: of course he did] that when the party hasn’t been able to agree on a nominee, it always settles on the senior figure. Santorum wasn’t persuaded, and urged Gingrich to do what was best for the conservative movement. Neither man would yield. “I’d like to have had Santorum drop out, and he’d have liked me to drop out,” Gingrich says. In the end, they both dropped out.

Now that would have made for a fun general election. [Businessweek]

 

Is Tom Corbett Less Popular Than Rick Santorum?

In Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum reigns supreme as the top once-successful-politician-who-made-the-electorate-hate-him-passionately. It’s a rare and exclusive category, but another big name may be joining him on it: Gov. Tom Corbett. Following the latest round of polling on the coming gubernatorial race, GOP strategist Ryan Shafik said Corbett is in a bad spot. “Currently, Gov. Tom Corbett is one of the most unpopular Republican Governors in America,” Shafik wrote in a memo released to the public. “Today, Gov. Corbett has much worse numbers than former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum did at this point in 2005.” One grain of salt: Shafik is part of the “brain trust” for Bruce Castor, the Montgomery County commissioner considering a primary challenge to Corbett. [Politics PA]

Rick Santorum Gives Up Entirely on the Mainstream, Writes for WND

Rick Santorum is running out of respectable gigs. When he lost his Senate seat to Bob Casey a few years back, he started writing columns for the Philadelphia Inquirer—back when that publication was under the control of Brian Tierney and intent on acting as a semi-retirement home for disgraced Republicans. Now that the 2012 election is over, and Santorum’s presidential dreams dead for four more years, he’s going to work for World Net Daily, which the Washington Post calls a “conspiracy-minded” conservative website. “Known for propagating ”birtherism,” WND has also questioned Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s eligibility to run for president,” the Post observes. In other words: Santorum’s audience now resides entirely on the fringe. [Washington Post]

Arlen Specter and the Death of Pragmatic Politics

Arlen Specter was a pragmatist. That’s the kind of thing we say we want in a politician—somebody who will ignore ideology and just get stuff done—but the truth is we mostly reward ideologues. Which is why when he died Sunday at age 82, Pennsylvania’s former longtime U.S. senator was out of power and all-too-unloved in a state and city he served for a very long time. Read more »

Rick Santorum Endorses Rep. Todd Akin

Remember Todd Akin? The GOP Rep. from Missouri whose comments on “legitimate rape” made him a national goat back in August? Well, Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has backed Akin’s Senate bid. Less than 24 hours after the deadline to withdraw from the Senate race passed, Santorum and tea party Sen. Jim DeMint issued a statement in support of Akin. Mitt Romney thought Akin should have dropped out of the race back in August. [Politico]

Rick Santorum Named to List of Biggest Homophobes of Last 45 Years

The Advocate has released its list of “The 45 Biggest Homophobes of Our 45 Years.” Among the collection of the most anti-gay people is former Senator from Pennsylvania and unsuccessful Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

The “man on dog” senator from Pennsylvania got an astonishing number of votes in the Republican presidential primaries this year with his unabashedly antigay agenda. Can that many people really agree with his plan to annul all same-sex marriages and reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy? His homophobic ideas are too many to list here. Just Google “Santorum” and you’ll find plenty.

Rick Santorum Will Be a Headliner at the Republican National Convention

Rick Santorum will be featured as a speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this month. The keynote speaker has yet to be officially announced (Chris Christie?), but Santorum will join a dais that includes Senator John McCain, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. We’re pretty sure that Santorum is going to be stumping for Republican candidate Mitt Romney at this thing, but a site set up for Bob Casey’s campaign in 2005 has continued to pay attention to the goings on and points out that you never can be too sure. [Daily News]

Santorum Sure Loves His Chick-Fil-A

Are we surprised? Not a bit. But just when we thought we’d heard enough from former PA senator and one-time presidential hopeful Rick Santorum – he’s resurfaced. Why? Because this guy loves some Chick-fil-A.

He tweeted recently that he and his family were enjoying a meal at the fast food chain. The management of Chick-fil-A recently admitted that they are proud to stand against LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. They’ve also donated millions to anti-gay hate groups in recent years and are facing an enormous boycott. Even the Jim Henson Company pulled its support. And the mayor of Boston told the chain that they’re not welcomed in the city.

But because Santorum pretty much espouses the same homophobic rhetoric (heck, he launched a campaign from it – a failed one, we should add), he said he’d be joining Chick-fil-A on August 1 for an appreciation day launched by another failed GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee.

“I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld,” Huckabee shared on Facebook this week. He accuses the left of vicious hate speech against the company, which is ironic considering it’s Cathy and his cronies who seem to be doing their fair share of hateful smearing (not to mention donating to organizations that have been defined by their own anti-gay attacks).

If these two guys don’t make you want to give up chicken sandwiches, we don’t know what will.

Click here to watch Huckabee defend Chick-fil-A’s so-called “Biblical” principles on (where else?) Fox News.

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