Santorum And Bad Words

So Rick Santorum said a bad word to a Times reporter yesterday:

When presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lost his cool with the press on Sunday, he was playing to the cameras to build support among conservative Republicans, the New York Times reporter who was on the other end of an outburst from the candidate said Monday.

“It is a very common tactic for Republican presidential candidates. Or even Democratic presidential candidates to try and use the media a foil here. We’ve seen Newt Gingrich do it throughout the campaign season. So he clearly knew the cameras were rolling here,” Jeff Zeleny said an interview with “CBS This Morning.” …

Santorum was campaigning in Wisconsin Sunday and called rival Mitt Romney “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” …

Pressed by Zeleny what he meant, Santorum lashed out and called it [bullshit] to even ask for clarification because he frequently criticizes Romeny for his role signing the healthcare legislation in Massachusetts that was later used as a blueprint for the national law passed in 2010.

 

I’m sure it’s possible that Santorum was just showing off for the cameras, but I also think he’s been genuinely irritated about this mini-media scandal. The right wing is much better at pushing its outrages onto the MSM, and this one originates from the GOP. (The left’s effort to have Justice Thomas recuse himself from the case on the health care law went nowhere, for example). Republicans are hoping to unify behind Romney, so they tried to imagine that Rick Santorum kinda-sorta endorsed Pres. Obama, and have been pretending to be very upset about it.

Friday on Fox News, Neil Cavuto interviewed a clearly irritated and bemused Santorum. The candidate insisted repeatedly that he had said that “we” might choose Obama meaning “we the American people” because of the lack of contrast between the two candidates, and that he’s repeatedly said that he’d endorse the GOP nominee.

After going through this over and over again all interview long, Cavuto concluded his final question by asking if Santorum didn’t win this time around, was he saying, “I’m really running for 2016″?

Santorum, with evident disbelief: “Oh my gosh. You kiddin’ me? [Laughs] Nitt, uh, Neil, let me just tell you, this has been an amazing experience, but I’m not doing this for four years from now, I’m not doing this for any position, I’m doing this because I think the country is in serious problems right now, if Barack Obama’s elected– I say it every single speech– if Barack Obama’s elected, the freedom that my grandfather and my father fought for and generations of Americans fought for could very well be lost and lost forever. …”

Santorum’s hyperbolic bullshit about the re-election of the president is, of course, far more toxic to our discourse than his saying “bullshit” to a bunch of reporters. But the media will instead offer us this stylized flipping out about Romney being “the worst” and about Santorum’s pottymouth– neither of which have any larger meaning whatsoever, neither of which are related to our fundamental political problem of a GOP unhinged.

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  • http://poisonyourmind.com dedc79

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it was a coordinated attempt to siphon off Gingrich supporters who liked the way he went after the “elites” at some of the earlier debates. Who knows, maybe cursing off the NY Times will become a right of passage for all GOP nominees going forward.

    • http://poisonyourmind.com reflectionephemeral

      And some of Mitt’s best friends own newspapers that say mean things about the Times.