Say Something Nice About Rick Santorum

Say Something Nice About Rick Santorum

Say Something Nice About Rick Santorum

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Aug. 10 2011 4:33 PM

Say Something Nice About Rick Santorum

PELLA, Iowa -- Looking at this Rick Santorum flier that's handed out at GOP events here, I notice that three of his five atta-boys come from The Washington Post. (They own the Slate Group, you know.)

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The quote in the top left comes from Aaron Blake's piece "the case for Rick Santorum," which was accompanied later by a "case against Rick Santorum." Left unquoted:

He has earned plenty of bad press for using the words “man on dog” while describing homosexuality, and more recently suggesting that President Obama, as a black man, shouldn’t be defining what is and isn’t a person – a reference to slavery. But while these comments may not play well in the media, to a significant portion of the primary electorate in states like Iowa, they are not outlandish.

The next quote is from Karen Tumulty's early profile of Santorum.

Santorum was notorious for his moral pronouncements. He contended, for instance, that Boston's liberal culture was partly to blame for the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church there, and suggested that lifting antiquated state sodomy laws would sanction bestiality - or as he put it, "man on dog."

The George Will quote is actually from a full-throttle "why the hell not" piece.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.