If I hear another commentator discuss Santorum's religious views I'm going to lose both my religion and my lunch. In 2006 Santorum lost his Senate seat by 18 points. According to G. Terry Madonna, a public policy professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster it was the largest loss by a Republican in the history of anyone seeking a Senate seat in the state's history. Let me repeat that, it was the LARGEST LOSS in the state's history.
The thing that makes this so funny for me is that Rick Santorum hasn't changed one bit. He is still extreme, he is still running on his religious beliefs, he is still using veiled racial innuendo. But the main stream media is still telling us he is appealing to people who are blue collar in the Midwest. For those who aren't aware of political code speak. That means that white people who are barely hanging on financially support him. And they aren't particularly interested in his policy ideas as much as they are in attending his Bible study class.
It also means that the MSM hasn't done much in letting current voters know why those voters in his home state had had enough of him, and decided the third time would not be a charm for Mr. Santorum. So I thought it would be helpful to review that election, to see exactly what it was that made so many voters decide on Bob Casey instead. What I found was that Santorum had moved to Virginia, but his religion didn't stop him from claiming a 55,000 deduction for his kids online charter school as well as property taxes in his Pennsylvania district. A democratic school board member made a legal challenge to the reimbursement and the state ended up paying for it.
Apparently people also were offended by his homophobia and felt his beastiality comparison, which he claims was never a comparison that he made, were graphic and offensive. I suppose that probably falls under his insistance that he didn't say "black" people he said "blah" people, I've seen the video and hear black quite clearly. Let's be real clear here the Iowa audience represented the diversity of that state, which is nearly none. In fact 5% of the voters are Hispanic while only 3% are black. Which makes one wonder why these cosigners heard agreeing with him on the video think they are paying for a black social safety net? If 8% of the electorate in the state are black or Hispanic and we say 2% are other that would mean 90% are white. Does this group have a problem with the 84% white population receiving benefits, they're never asked and they don't appear to know that white people receive help either.
Santorum has expanded his objections in his cultural war he's against birth control, all abortion, and now even amniocentesis. His reasoning is he and his wife decided to have a child even though nearly 100% of anyone else in their position would have chosen abortion. The key word is chosen and his belief is that if people had to pay for the abortion and the testing themselves they would choose to do neither. They would then be forced to care for a child who required hundreds of thousands of dollars of care. His argument is that abortions would save that money, and unfortunately he is right it would. It would also save the heartache of years of caring for a child that is destined to die early, and who will have suffered for much of their young lives.
I've had to make the decision to take a child off of life support, it isn't an easy decision to make, and perhaps if I shared his religious point of view I would have made a different decision. But I don't share his views, and hearing his over and over again is contributing to my losing my religion and my lunch.