Monday, July 25, 2005

Waiter, there's a senator in my soup

I was reading again about Little Ricky Santorum's new book in the Sunday Inky. I've personally long felt that my junior senator might be actual proof of the existence of an antichrist. Apparently I'm not the only one getting sick of him, as his approval rating among his constituents is the 8th-worst in the U.S. Senate. Going into an election year, how nice of him to mouth off now about two income households. (You know, it's that feminism that's to blame!)

Really, he doesn't appear to be saying anything that you couldn't hear from the Catholic bishopry, but thanks for the ammo, Rick. Apparently he's forgotten that the only reason he managed to win five years ago against the wildly obscure Ron Klink is that Klink had no name recognition in the Philly's collar counties. You know...the same collar counties where: housing costs necessitate two income households even for many moderate-to-high-income families; there's a high-concentration of well-educated women; the Republicans are cut from moderate cloth; Casey will be a well-known figure, having won recent election pulling in victories even in many Republican wards. And it's not like Santorum can out-Catholic a Casey.

The Senator is perfectly allowed to be guided by whatever moral compass he chooses, so long as it's a legal one. But he really seems to be confused about what his job is. As I see it, he's an elected official to represent the residents of Pennsylvania. We didn't pick him for Deacon. I really think he'd happier with a pulpit.

I hear he's supposed to be the guest on The Daily Show this week. Givem hell, Jon.


Anonymous Tiffy said...

John Stewart has a tendency to soft peddle his interviews with controversial people which I find irritating. I love the guy, but he usually backs down. Unless he's on someone else's show that is.

I did see RS on the Today Show yesterday and Katie Couric did call him on that "radical feminists" killing the family comment. He didn't have a whole heck of a lot to say in defense of himself, just some sort of babble about supporting working for single mothers on welfare.

Are you up for a local vigorous anti-Santorum campaign? I'd be glad to help out.

8:01 AM  
Blogger EB said...

Stewart gets a lot of conservatives on his show. His reputation for being fair and civil is how he gets people who otherwise know he disagrees with him to come on and assume the proper attitude that the venue--Comedy Central--demands.

He doesn't go on the attack, but when he counters an idea, he does so in a way that makes the other person acutely aware of the dangers of sounding like...like...well...a total douchebag.

I have a hunch that there will be plenty lined up to participate in the Anti-Santorum movement. I think this election, I'm more likely to be focused on our local (township) races.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Tiffy said...

I dunno about the John Stewart thing. I do dig the guy and I realize that the main goal of the show is to be funny, but when you get someone really important on and you ask them things like what kind of pop tarts they like, it all seems a bit too silly, you know?

I am woefully uninformed about our township matters. I am a very irresponsible local resident. Sometime I'll have to get you to fill me in on some of the most interesting points.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Holly said...

I don't know what's going on in your township, but it had better be big. This is, after all, the man who has claimed that "homosexual sex can not be consensual." Casey is the first Dem. to have a reasonable chance to beat this guy. It is hugely ironic that Santorum is in the same position as Wofford when Santorum beat him. That is, tied to the unpopular policies of a divisive president.

4:23 PM  

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