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7/13/2006 11:27:00 PM | Jared Alessandroni

Santorum Exposes Himself


If you haven't seen it, even if you aren't from PA and you weren't on the fence about whether or not to move there so you could get your vote in for Rick Santorum, check out SantorumExposed.com. Senator Santorum is actually one of the best they've got in that he steadfastly holds the party line in what is basically an attractive, eloquent manner, and he's smart enough to do it on the fly.

What's kind of gorgeous, like, almost to the point of erotic, is watching as that line breaks down. Thanks to George Stephanopoulos on "This Week," we get to see him flustered, grasping at the ideas that, in more scripted or more forgiving circumstances simply receive mindless applause.

From SantorumExposed we get to watch in living color. The other videos are great, too. But, the Stephanopoulos bits are the best because even as he's saying exactly what he should, he's wrong, and for once he's being called on it. I have two favorites:

1. Santorum, just about four years ago, wrote a piece on the Catholic Online where he blames the liberal media and then, more specifically, liberals, and then, gorgeously, Boston, for the child molestation scandal that haunted the church around that time. He wrote:

It is startling that those in the media and academia appear most disturbed by this aberrant behavior, since they have zealously promoted moral relativism by sanctioning "private" moral matters such as alternative lifestyles. Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.

Stephanopoulos first asks if Santorum stands by these remarks, and the Senator reaffirms them. Then, Stephanopoulos asks basically how he could still stand by them in light of the fact that at the same time, there were abuse scandals across the country, for instance in Alabama, less known for its liberal culture. Santorum then sort of falls into this awkward backtrack, trying to hold the line until finally bursting out that at least he was outraged, whereas Sens. Kennedy and Kerry didn't properly express their outrage.

That's fine, but the irony is so rich, I can't handle it. The Catholic Church in Boston is exactly what Santorum said Boston wasn't. When they're not leading the fight to Constitutionally ban gay marriage in Massachusetts, they're obsessively working to assure that women end up having coathanger abortions. In fact, the most conservative part of Priest culture, celibacy, is arguably the single-most direct link between their lifestyles and pedophillia. You don't hear about widespread Lutheran child abuse. This is one of those logics that makes Conservatives cum - a decadent lifestyle of personal choice and moral relativism leads to morally repulsive acts. But it could easily be argued that the perversions are bred in the cloisters, as I think happened in this case.

It's kind of like telling a Conservative that the state with the highest number of gay couples, legalized gay marriage, and some of the most liberal politics in the country (Massachusetts, of course ) also has the lowest divorce and teen pregnancy rates. It's fun to watch their heads explode.

Tomorrow, I wax eloquent on my other favorite Santorum clip - Senatorum talking Judicial Restraint - you'll be in tears.



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