Rick Santorum Doesn’t ‘Stay Awake at Night’ Worrying About Gay Soldier

Remember a gay soldier asked a question about his future rights at the last Republican debate, and the moderators pawned the question off on Rick Santorum, because, uh, we all know what he thinks of the gays, anyway?

And then, after some totally straight Tea Party goblins in the audience booed the soldier, Santorum gave his answer? Yeah, you remember. The former Pennsylvania Senator publicly assumed in his answer that once they’re allowed to tell their buddies who they are, all homosexuals in the military will thirst for sodomy victims forever. And Santorum speaks from experience—because he has “gay friends”! Watch it, if you haven’t already:

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A few people, including President Barack Obama, weren’t too happy with him, or anyone else on that stage. Because we thought Republicans were the ones who supported the troops! What’s with the boos, y’all?

Santorum later apologized sort of, for which Ann Coulter called him a “Pussy Award Winner.”

“That soldier is serving our country,” Santorum told Fox News. “I thank him for his service to our country. I’m sure he’s doing an excellent job. I hope he’s safe and I hope he returns safely and does his mission well.”

"...and I have gay friends. So there!"

...and I have gay friends. So there!

But as for the actual booing of the officer, “I don’t stay awake at night thinking about this,” he later told the LA Times. “In a perfect world,” he said, he would have thanked that soldier. And the world ain’t perfect (case in point: that solider is…well, you know).

The LA Times report was written in response to a new mild flare up for the Santorum campaign’s energy. Seems the more crazy he proves himself to be, the more people are thrilled he’s not one of those boring “viable” candidates. “While not rising even to flavor of the week, Santorum is getting more attention lately,” they write. “Reporters from two major newspapers showed up in South Carolina to follow him around.”

Think Progress shares its tried and true extended literary middle finger, too: Santorum “doesn’t see the reaction as a particular problem, so his apology for failing to speak out against the jeers at the debate is less than sincere. After all, Santorum did not mention the incident during his first appearance on Fox & Friends the morning after the debate (he actually said that soldiers will feel “uncomfortable” and “odd” around openly gay servicemembers) and didn’t condemn the jeering until that afternoon.”

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