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Senator Rick Santorum On That OTHER Santorum

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Jerk.

It all began in 2003 when Rick Santorum told USA Today, “We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose. Because, again, I would argue, they undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family. And if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does.”

The gay community, we paragons of societal undermining (PBTHHHH!) rightfully took umbrage with Santorum’s highly offensive views on homosexuality. Dan Savage, of It Gets Better and Savage Love fame, organized a contest allowing readers of his nationally syndicated sex column to crowdsource a new definition for Santorum’s name, with the intention of ending his political trajectory. It worked.

Spreadingsantorum.com was linked to by thousands of websites across the world, creating a Google bomb that replaced favorable Santorum search results with the new definition.

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The new definition, Santorum 1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum, stuck. (Hey, it needed a word!) Santorum’s name and chances at the White House had been permanently…stained.

Rick Santorum finally addressed the situation, telling Roll Call:

Santorum himself sounded slightly defeated when asked about it recently.

“It’s one guy. You know who it is. The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate. It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak,” Santorum told Roll Call.

Roll Call asked Santorum why he didn’t reach out to Google to try to remedy the problem. He said he never contacted the search giant directly, and his longtime consultant John Brabender dismissed the problem as a matter of free speech.

“There’s still the First Amendment,” Brabender said.

But Roll Call has learned that former staffers consulted technology experts years ago about their options. Ultimately, they found there was little they could do.

“You can bury anything on the Internet,” said David Urban, a Santorum ally and former chief of staff for former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.). “But at what financial cost and at what political cost? You can bury a bad story. But how do you bury your own name?”

The interview goes on to flirt with the idea that Santorum is the victim of bullying by Savage and the gay community at large. Which is simply untrue. Savage, and thousands and thousands of rational people (Not just the LGBT community, as is suggested) participated in this rebranding effort in reaction to Santorum’s offensive legislating. Dude, he compared consensual sex between two adult, same-sex partners to incest and polygamy. WTF? He’s hardly a victim here. Santorum is the one guilty of using his political power to attempt the disenfranchisement of millions of Americans.

So neener neener neener.

Are you happy to see this homophobe frustrated at having dug his own grave?

  • I don’t think it was the right thing to do, and the whole tone of this article seems oddly defensive. Santorum may not have succeeded in recovering his reputation, but from an objective-as-possible standpoint, he seems like more of a victim in this article.

  • I don’t think it was the right thing to do, and the whole tone of this article seems oddly defensive. Santorum may not have succeeded in recovering his reputation, but from an objective-as-possible standpoint, he seems like more of a victim in this article.

  • I could NOT stop laughing at that definition. It was almost impossible to breathe! Go, internet.