Election 2012: ‘Santorum’s Satan Warning’
Far be it from me to use the exact same headline as the Drudge Report. But the text above this blog here is exactly what the influential news aggregator is using to scare his readers today. Likely to influence Republican voters, the headline comes as Santorum is surging in the polls and Mitt Romney is looking underneath every crevice to find his mechanical mojo.
Drudge writes that in 2008, when the former Pennsylvania senator spoke at Ave Maria University in Florida, he noted that Satan—yes, Satan—had the United States of America in his trusty fire gun’s cross hairs. Here is the audio.
“Satan has his sights on the United States of America!” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared.
“Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”
It goes on to reveal more batshittery, as you might expect. And maybe such batshittery is meant to make Santorum bandwagoneers take a step back. After all, the gaffes he and his people have made on the campaign trail have been getting more and more publicity. And as if it were possible, they’ve been getting weirder, too.
Last week, Santorum Super PAC donor Foster Friess jumped into the Obamacare contraception nontroversy, saying, “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.”
Then, this weekend, Santorum said Obama had no God. And was basically Hitler. His press secretary went on Fox News yesterday to clarify her boss’ statements but ended up calling Obama’s tendencies radically Islamic. So then she clarified her own statements, saying she actually meant “radically environmental”—because the environment and Islam are very similar.
Drudge’s point here is probably not just to scare those Americans who believe in the return of Satan (those people are probably already in Santorum’s camp), but to bring sad Romney supporters back into the former Massachusetts governor’s sleeping den. The thinking here: Santorum, really? It’s a campaign slogan if we’ve ever heard one.
But as noted in today’s Washington Post, maybe this whole thing is on purpose. “[W]hile members of the press may still be scratching their heads over [Santorum's] remarks,” writes Felicia Somnez at the Post, “what matters more than that is the opinion of those who actually cast ballots on Election Day. If those that have come out to see Santorum in the past few days have reacted to the controversy at all in interviews, it’s been a mostly positive reaction.” Santorum’s crowds are getting bigger as he makes more “gaffes” and every accidental attack on the president’s religion may be meant with a wink.
As this is all going on, Romney’s jumping in. “Sen. Santorum hasn’t been as carefully viewed by the American public as have the others,” he told Politico. Donald Trump will be on Michigan radio over the next week bashing Santorum, too.
We previously wrote about Santorum’s similar warnings of Armageddon concerning healthcare and ancient Greek myths. This old quote might be his most explicit, though.