Monday, August 01, 2005

Idiot Wind

Someone must've put some ballast in George Stephanopoulos's pockets yesterday--either that or television is a relative medium, and interviewee Rick Santorum registers a negative atomic weight:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s talk about something else in the book, radical feminists. A second quote from the book, you say, Respect for stay-at-home mothers has been poisoned by a toxic combination of the village elders’ war on the traditional family and radical feminism’s mysogynistic crusade to make working outside the home the only marker of social value and self-respect.

Let’s get specific here. Name one or two of these radical feminists who are on this crusade.

SANTORUM: Well, I mean, you know, you have — you go back to, what’s her name, well, Gloria Steinem, but I’m trying to remember — I can’t remember the woman’s name. It’s terrible. Anyway…

STEPHANOPOULOS: But it’s kind of an important point. Because you paint this broad brush: radical feminists, village elders. Name one.

SANTORUM: There’s lots of — no, there’s lot’s of — well, Gloria Steinem. There’s one. I mean, there’s lots of writings out there…

STEPHANOPOULOS: She’s been on a crusade against stay-at-home moms?

SANTORUM: There’s lots of writings out there, and there is an opinion by the elite in this country across academia, across the media, that stay-at-home motherhood is not adequately affirmed and respected by our society.

Wow. I tell you--Santorum's skull might be thick, but it's 100 percent aerogel.

Man-on-dog also wouldn't let go of his now oft repeated claim that Boston is the spiritual headquarters of all that is deviant--this despite the fact that George called his bluff on this, citing reports on what is obvious to both full and half brained individuals, namely, that the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal is a nationwide, if not global issue. Rick, lacking critical gray matter upstairs, either didn't get it...well, that or he sees nothing wrong with slandering an entire American city for cheap political points. Or maybe both--he doesn't get it AND he gets off on truly disgusting behavior like sliming Boston (which wouldn't surprise me: Bush spent a good bit of time last year sliming the entire STATE of Massachusetts, and we've seen how his gang will undermine national security if there political hay to be made).

And, on a not entirely unrelated subject, I'll guess most of y'all saw this thanks to an Atrios link--equal time for anti-idiocy. Short version: Uwe Reinhardt reminds us that it's awfully damn easy for Bush, Cheney, et al to commit to "staying the course," given that the cost to them is...well, nothing, if you think about it. And, when it's all over, they can tell the people who DID pay the price to stick it.

Santorum'll claim all those killed or disabled were from Boston anyway.

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