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Jan 07 2012

Insert better post on the tiny hate-filled mind of Rick Santorum here

Rick Santorum

The most popular national news stories currently on the CBS News website are hideous tales of sensational death. “Skydiver’s Fall Caught On Tape.” “Boy throws rocks at cars, shot by crossbow.” “Casey Anthony’s dad: Drugs killed Caylee.” “Horrified onlookers saw hikers go over waterfall.” “Tree crushes girl on Christmas day.”

And apparently Osama bin Laden is still dead.

It’s too bad CBS readers’ prurience extends only to freak accidents and violent mishaps. If only they were more interested in bashing Rick Santorum, because that dude is a fucking racist, homophobic, misogynist knob. No doubt you heard this on NPR the other day:

Rick Santorum singled out blacks as being recipients of assistance through federal benefit programs, telling a mostly-white audience he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” — CBS News

Santorum seems to think that the only people benefiting from public assistance are those lazy-ass black folks. Uh-oh, looks like somebody forgot to check the stats before making super-racist remarks at an Iowa rally (not that facts ever get in the way of tiny hate-filled zealots):

CBS News found that of the people on food stamps in Iowa, only nine percent are black and 84 percent are white.

Of course, guffawing over stupid shit Rick Santorum says is like shooting candy out of the mouths of baby fish in a barrel. This post at Think Progress compiles a list of his Top 10 most outrageous campaign statements. My personal fave: that “abortion exceptions to protect women’s health are ‘phony’.”

Back in 1997, when the partial-birth abortion ban was roiling in Washington, Ellen Goodman noted that the Santorum camp viewed “‘health’ [as] nothing but a loophole for women who would abort a pregnancy to fit into a prom dress.” Either he thinks life-threatening pregnancies are just a figment of the Feminazi imagination, or women’s lives are of such little significance that sacrificing them for fetuses is entirely consistent with the Global Accords Governing Fair Use of Women. Either way, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of his frothy Google reputation.

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74 comments

  1. speedbudget

    I want to choke him with his vile V-neck sweaters every time I see his puffy face.

  2. Boner Killer

    But he claims he actually “didn’t say it” then he says “oh but i actually said “blarrghhh” people” My arse!!! Oh, don’t forget the dead baby incident! Apparently there was “buzz” after his wife gave birth and the baby lived for a few hours, only to die (which is horrible, don’t get me wrong) but he publicly announced on the campaign trail that he took the dead new born home to show his children. I don’t know about Santorum’s kids, but that would be pretty confusing and traumatic for most kids…and effin’ weird to bring into a public campaign….

  3. buttercupia

    Also, the circumstances under which that baby died could be considered a medical abortion.

  4. Keri

    “The idea is that the state doesn’t have rights to limit individuals’ wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire.”

    I propose we all pass the hat to get Mr. and Mrs. Santorum a session with Baba Dez. Oh you know he wants it.

  5. LS

    Amanda Marcotte has a post on Slate about his wife’s partial-birth abortion. Santorum is so vile.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/01/05/rick_santorum_has_worked_hard_at_denying_you_the_medical_options_he_was_ready_to_use_.html

  6. Keri

    More quotes from the frothy man himself:

    “You have the right to anything… In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing.”

    “The image of the bear scratching himself highlights a view of human beings as animals, and that people should do what pleases them at the moment without a thought to the broader long-term consequences of their actions.”

    I am starting to sense a pattern and I am keeping my Labradoodle far away from Rick Santorum.

  7. IBlameRonPaul

    Twisty, thanks for posting this. My partner and I read it last night. Santorum used to be senator of our state, and it was a horrible time for women’s health – not that his replacement, Bob Casey, who’s also anti-choice, was a delight either.

    I wonder what would have happened if Mrs. Santorum would’ve died. Would the situation have “gotten real” enough for her worthless fecal lube-stain husband to change his mind?

  8. Lexie

    Didnt his wfe have an abortion to save her life? Shes induced labor at the nonviable 20 week mark to save herself from a life-threatening infection. Now I wouldnt wish this on anyone, but saying his wife miscarried based on the technicality of the medical method that was used to end the life of the fetus is just an evil, evil lie.

    No abortion except my abortion, I guess. (And what level of cognitive dissinance do you have to achieve to be this much of a hateful asshole ?)

  9. IBlameRonPaul

    (And what level of cognitive dissinance do you have to achieve to be this much of a hateful asshole ?)

    For him and those like him? Just the level where your narcissism is so malignant and blinding that you believe your personal faith should trump the nation’s Constitution, if you don’t believe that re-writing it wholesale to suit your personal definition of morality. Being at the level where women deserve as much agency as three year olds, and are only suitable for producing next season’s taxpayers for the state wouldn’t hurt, either.

    Throw in an irrational, hysterical paranoia that somewhere, someone out there is having more fun with their genitals than you are, and you’ve got our favorite Frothy Mixture. http://spreadingsantorum.com/

  10. IBlameRonPaul

    “if you don’t believe that re-writing it wholesale”

    should read:

    “if you don’t believe in re-writing it wholesale”

    Tiny comment box + glitchy Internet connection = typos.

  11. Lexie

    I have read an update to the original story I read regarding Santorum’s wife’s medical situation. It seems there is some controversy in regards to whether or not her labor was induced or was spontaneous.

    To a degree, I find this irrelevant. There are enough direct quotes from the Santorum’s on the situation to show that in the days and hours leading up to the termination of the pregnancy that they were given all the options, including a late-term abortion and they considered all the options as any of us would in that situation. I don’t understand how people, who CHOOSE the option of not intervening via abortion or induction (and who knows what happened in this case) don’t see the fundamental rights in being able to make that choice.

    I have been pregnant twice, and both times I had reason to give abortion serious thought. Both times I chose not to abort. It was this decision-making process that made me a hard-line pro-choicer. I was going to risk great health, financial and other sacrifices to have these kids. No one should be able to force their own calculation of risk on me, or simply deny my own sacrifice in choosing risk (or not) for myself). Even though I did ultimately choose to have them. I don’t understand why, when it is so obvious that these people did have the opportunity to make CHOICES, they don’t value that right and want to take it away from everyone else.

  12. Sarah

    Surprised you didn’t latch on to the fact that Santorum’s own wife had an abortion to save her life. They’re doing a good job of suppressing that bit of hypocrisy. IBTP.

  13. Sarah

    @Boner Killer, I heard scuttlebutt to the effect that Barbara Bush miscarried in a toilet and showed it to GW. First time I actually felt sorry for him. Although that’s not an excuse for sucking as a president.

  14. Sarah

    And to think, it’s been relatively easy up til now to studiously avoid following any of the conservative histrionics (at least if you’re TV-free and live in a liberal city like I do). Darn it, now I’m all riled up. Santorum is most certainly deserving of his Google problem, although I wish that Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich had similar entertainingly fitting monikers.

  15. Darragh Murphy

    Karen Santorum may not have technically had an abortion, but without the treatments and medicines developed in an atmosphere of reproductive choice, she and her baby would have died.

    This is the best article I’ve read about the incident.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/01/06/karen_santorum_did_not_have_an_abortion/singleton/

  16. tinfoil hattie

    @Boner Killer, I heard scuttlebutt to the effect that Barbara Bush miscarried in a toilet and showed it to GW. First time I actually felt sorry for him.

    Yeah, why should he have had to suffer? Women need to keep the trauma of a miscarriage to themselves. Protect the dude, and don’t worry about what kind of support or help you might need.

  17. Mortisha

    Truly frighting is that so many people vote for these toxic scumbags.

  18. Jessie

    Is the Republican race really between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum? Gross. Romney, from reading his site, doesn’t seem much better than Santorum. Altnough the rest of the bunch really aren’t any better. Gingrich? Bachmann? Uck.

    Honestly, I am going to spew up a lung and maybe my spleen if I have to hear any more sanctimonious Republican men self-righteously proclaim themselves to be pro-life. They’re not pro-life, they’re pro-fetus. They don’t give a damn about the fetus once it emerges from the birth canal and becomes conscious. If a mother and her baby could use any kind of social assistance, they’d prefer to deny it to them. Once babies grow up, men like Romney or Santorum are just fine with using them as cannon fodder. Pro-life, my ass.

    Not to mention Romney’s fundamentally anti-woman worldview. Seriously, women in the Mormon church are prohibited from any positions of authority where they’d be able to lead men. The whole purpose of women, in Mormonism, is to make more men. That’s a blunt way of putting it, but that’s what they believe. Of course, that’s what Santorum thinks as well. What a pair of assholes.

  19. Lexie

    I don’t even think they are pro-fetus when you consider that they really don’t want to support prenatal care for women.

    I think they are pro-controlling women’s sexuality, because they own it.

  20. Cyberwulf

    tinfoil hattie: Yeah, why should he have had to suffer? Women need to keep the trauma of a miscarriage to themselves. Protect the dude, and don’t worry about what kind of support or help you might need.

    Isn’t Barbara Bush Dubya’s mother? Is it possible (if this really did happen) that he was a child at the time, and maybe seeing that would’ve been traumatic for any child (if this really did happen)?

  21. Jezebella

    Indeed, Tinfoil Hattie, Cyberwulf is correct: Barbara Bush showed her miscarried fetus to her son, George W. Bush, who was presumably a minor at the time. I can think of no valid reason to subject a child to that.

  22. Kea

    There are ‘reasons’ people might show dead siblings to their children. Don’t forget that your privileged American lifestyle is an anomaly in recent (let’s say 2000 years or so) history, where mortality rates were in general high, and all children were exposed to a wide range of sombre facts about daily life. Some people I know who deal with bodies say that it helps mourners to see the body of the deceased, and that would include siblings. Now that grusome observation may well hinge on a twisted world view, but there it is. The mother is probably thinking of the surviving chilren’s spiritual well being.

  23. Pinko Punko

    Acephalic is the word I would use. That or gigantic cobag.

  24. tinfoil hattie

    Oh, for crying out loud! Duh! I got my doofus George Bush dudes mixed up.

    Dang, a thousand apologies.

    And blecccch.

  25. Unree

    The miscarriage in the toilet story was only part of the Bush family sadness. An essay I read about GHWB, for what it’s worth, said Junior grew up frivolous–Start up a war on a whim, kill thousands, spend billions: sure! Science, what science?–in part because of the family scene when he was little. George senior was never around and Barbara couldn’t stop crying about the loss of her toddler daughter Robin. Georgie conluded his job was to distract the grownups and be silly.

    We’re all paying for his grief. I almost feel sorry for the second prez Bush. But not quite.

  26. Milly

    Going to give Barbara Bush the benefit of the doubt, without knowing the details. What are women supposed to do if they suffer injury or illness while caring for a child. It’s not always possible to hide things from young children, especially when they follow you into the toilet all the time!

  27. debaser

    The picture of Bin Laden labeled Rick Santorum is great. Both are examples of conservative ideas working together with religious ones to make things terrible for women. Their methods are quite different, but their intent is pretty much the same – make life shitty to please some loser-ass god.

    “Like shooting candy out of the mouths of baby fish in a barrel” – The related posts are Santorum’s “12 most offensive statements”, and his “10 weirdest statements.” Google has spoken rick, and its your own damn fault, too.

  28. sophia

    from your fingers to the voting publics eyes twistala!

  29. Ginjoint

    Santorum is also busily campaigning while he has a critically ill child at home. His daughter Isabella has Trisomy 18, a devastating diagnosis if there ever was one. His wife Karen has many times had to deal with Isabella’s brushes with death on her own, as Frothy Mix is too busy feeding his ego trying to become president than to be around.

  30. Ginjoint

    Here’s a WaPo article describing the situation. Frothy Mix himself states that the campaign has been “incredibly hard” on his family, emotionally and financially; his kids’ opinions on him running are “all over the map.”

  31. Ginjoint

    Whoops, I have a comment awaiting moderation before the one above. Sorry for any confusion.

  32. kmtberry

    BONER KILLER is the best Internet handle I have ever come across. Bravo!!!

  33. Boner Killer

    Thank you kmtberry!

  34. Carpenter

    Someone made this sweet tumblr
    http://fucknoricksantorum.tumblr.com/

  35. Phledge

    Rick Santorum is simply a distilled version of the P. Is there anything about him that does not scream megacorporatotheocracy? I think not.

    The only abortion past 22 weeks in which I have participated was for a sweet couple, parents of two healthy children, who decided that, despite wanting another child, the health and wellbeing of their existing family would be unduly strained by a special needs, unlikely-to-live-past-the-age-of-three trisomy 18 fetus. Also they didn’t want to have to torture the doomed infant with tests and procedures and hospitalizations for an end that current medical technology cannot change. Now THAT’S pro-life, assholes.

  36. Cyberwulf

    Forced-birthers don’t realise that most late-term abortions are performed because something somewhere has gone hideously wrong, either with the woman or the foetus. All they can think of when they hear “late term abortion” are women who carry a foetus for 39 weeks and then decide “oh I don’t want the little bastard after all, abortion please”. You know, the women who exist purely in their imaginations.

  37. yttik

    “You know, the women who exist purely in their imaginations.”

    Yes, we seem to be these evil creatures with a propensity for murder. When we aren’t leading men astray or murdering our own offspring, we dance naked in the moonlight and plot world domination.

    Sorry Twisty, but I prefer dealing with the upfront hate filled ones like Santorum to the velvet glove lying sacks of poo who pretend they give crap because they want to win your vote. People like Santorum cause a well deserved backlash in the general population while others who whisper sweet nothings in your ear lull everybody into a kool aid induced stupor.

    Back when Reagan was Prez locally we had two (two!) women’s health clinics and a domestic violence/sexual assault center. Since the Great Progress happened, we now have to travel 75 miles to the nearest abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood went out of business, and if you are a woman in a DV situation, don’t call the cops because the odds of YOU being arrested are currently at about 40%.

    Call me crazy, but I welcome our new Right wing overlords. Living in this alleged “post racial,” “post feminist” utopia really sucks. Back when I was working with domestic violence victims we used to say, “hope has reared it’s ugly head!” It seems like Hope reared it’s ugly head all over this country and we went to sleep. We now tolerate the intolerable because we fear that the other guy is going to be worse.

  38. Carpenter

    Re:”lying sacks of poo” Love your turn of phrase. That sounds so much squishy-er and dirty diapery than sacks of shit.

  39. tioedong

    So you take a single phrase out of context (without checking if it was actually said, or if the context included nuances that you are overlooking) and then go on to spout hate?

    This is called the “straw man” argument and alas a logical error common to haters of both sides of politics. It’s going to be a long year for those of us who actually think we need to listen to the facts and nuances rather than jump to demonizing those we disagree with.

  40. Anne

    Ginjoint
    January 8, 2012 at 10:29 am

    “Santorum is also busily campaigning while he has a critically ill child at home. His daughter Isabella has Trisomy 18, a devastating diagnosis if there ever was one. His wife Karen has many times had to deal with Isabella’s brushes with death on her own, as Frothy Mix is too busy feeding his ego trying to become president than to be around.

    Remember when Sarah Palin first hit the campaign trail and the media was abuzz about how selfish and irresponsible she was for running for VP when she had two small children?

    Anyhow, Santorum didn’t bother to look into the stats and facts on food stamp recipients because those sort of statements are never about facts. They’re about triangulation and scapegoating and convincing your audience that they’re part of an “us” who’s better than “them.”
    The popular kids in high school are hip to this trick. “You and me, we’re special. We’re going places. Not like all those other dorks and losers. Say, could I copy your homework?”

  41. Owly

    Given the current political climate, does anyone think that the Republican candidate (probably Romney?) will actually win the presidential election? I’ve reached the point that I wouldn’t be surprised by any stupid thing the American public does, but I’m still a little confused. Do these repulsive assholes actually have a chance?

    Not that the alternative is much better. How can I ethically vote when my only choice is the lesser of two evils?

  42. Nolabelfits

    Doesn’t it always come down to voting for the lesser of two evils?

  43. Jessie

    Yeah, I’m not surprised that Santorum chooses to campaign despite having a critically ill child. Having a disabled child massively increases a woman’s chance of being abandoned by her spouse or partner.

  44. Owly

    Nolabelfits, you’re right. I’d vote for a “fringe” party but I feel like I’m taking away a vote from the slightly more liberal party that actually has a chance of winning. I vote every time I can, but I always walk away with a serious sense of guilt.

  45. Anne

    Owly, I’ve seen some scary polls that have Romney and Obama neck-and-neck in a hypothetical general election.
    If you’re not in a swing state, it’s safe to vote “fringe” and if more people did so it could make a real positive change in how we do politics.

  46. tinfoil hattie

    I will vote Green, even if it means we have Santorum in the White House. Their platform is feminist.

  47. Linden

    Me too, Hattie. Voting for the lesser of two evils has given us Democrats and Republicans who have moved the political scene more to the right with every election, the Democrats acting as a placeholder to lock in rightist policies during their administrations so Republicans can ratchet another notch further to the right during theirs.

  48. quixote

    I don’t think you can ethically vote for the lesser of two evils. You can do it on practical grounds, but I’m not sure B0 has given us any. As Vastleft put it: “Would you rather have Gingrich denying us Plan B?”

    I’d say don’t give in to extortion. “The other guy will beat the kids up even worse” is hostage-taking, not a political platform.

    Nothing is gonna change until we stop voting for these slimeplugs. Vote third party for someone who’s actually noticed that women are citizens. Once enough of us do that (it could be this time if we get our act together!) that’s when things will start to change.

    In the meantime, I’m with tinfoil hattie. Nobody’s extorting my vote, not even bogeyman Santorum.

  49. quixote

    (Oh, yeah, it’s easy for me to talk because my vote doesn’t matter anyway. I’m in California.)

  50. Jezebella

    Alas, my vote in Mississippi doesn’t matter either.

    Effing Mitt Romney, I have just heard, went on family vacay in 1983, strapped his dog, in its crate, on top of the car, and drove twelve hours to their destination. I hate him so much now.

  51. Owly

    I know that lots of my friends threaten to move to Canada (or Sweden, where I lived for a year), but I’m going beyond that. If a Republican becomes president I’m moving to the moon.

  52. Ugsome

    Santorum is annoyed at the persistence of life at the other end of the age spectrum too. He likens Medicare to handing someone an open-ended credit card. How dare those old people get sick and need care after the end of their shareholder-value enhancing life? Yep, my father’s pancreatic-cancer operation, which afforded him two more years of life and a slender opportunity to enjoy his grandchild, and which cost less than 30 seconds of the Iraq War, is profligate spending to Santorum.

  53. shopstewardess

    I vote with the aim of voting one of the bastards out, rather than voting the other bastard in. And also because the spirits of my suffragist grandmother and grandfather would haunt me for ever more if I didn’t.

    Funny how for most of those “pro-lifers” the imperative to prevent a woman from aborting a fetus is greater than the imperative to prevent their Government from killing walking, talking adult human beings.

  54. An

    “Either he thinks life-threatening pregnancies are just a figment of the Feminazi imagination, or women’s lives are of such little significance that sacrificing them for fetuses is entirely consistent with the Global Accords Governing Fair Use of Women.”

    This is a false choice. Both are true. Also he’s a contemptible troll. The only positive side of his surprise electoral success will be watching the smugness smacked off his face once he realizes that even the rest of the nations Repugs can’t stand him.

  55. speedbudget

    Cyberwulf, unfortunately I do believe most of them know exactly what is going on with late-term abortions. The problem is they have the luxury of pretending they don’t because they know that they are the special snowflakes in the world, so nothing bad ever happens, so OBVIOUSLY those ladies could have carried the pregnancy to term if only they had prayed harder. No doy, they just couldn’t find the right nursery furniture in time so they decided to heedlessly end their pregnancy before they had to use a non-designer bassinet.

    Jezebella, how about this: Romney made a “windshield” for the dog’s crate.

    A few hours into the ride, the dog started panic shitting (as any sentient being strapped to the top of a car moving at 55 MPH would). Romney graciously hosed the dog and car down at the next planned stop and continued on the road.

  56. An

    speedbudget

    Every time I hear how Mittens treated his poor dog I feel deep, visceral rage. Then I contemplate how the Republicans view women (and homosexuals, and minorities, and non-Christians, etc.) and it turns to gut-churning terror.

  57. cin17

    If a Republican becomes president I’m moving to the moon.

    If? I thought we already had a Republican president.

    Regardless of whether my state is a swing state, I’ll be voting third party. Here’s hoping the Greens run another two-women ticket.

  58. TwissB

    Would those favoring the pro-Green party say more about what they see in the Green agenda that suggests that it is feminist – that is that it openly confronts practices that discriminate against women? My past encounters with Greens, starting with Ralph Nader,showed them to be patronizing toward women and outright hostile to feminists. Their self-righteousness made them deaf to any feminist critique of institutional sexism. I don’t know whether they have seriously supported any women candidates and what positions those women support. Pro-choice is pro forma and meaningless. But my question is sincere.

    (I acknowledge that the Obama administration is just as dude-centered liberal as the Clinton administration was and has replaced staff in rare centers of feminist thinking such as the Trafficking office with pro-prostitution men and fembots.)

  59. cin17

    TwissB, I agree with you. Most (white male) Nader supporters I met online (and in real life) were much like the (white male) Obama supporters I met online: hostile towards women and indifferent (at best) to women’s rights. However, Cynthia McKinney was the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2008. Her running mate was Rosa Clemente. The 2008 Green Party ticket was not only all women, it was all women of color. What can I say? I like Cynthia McKinney and have been a fan of hers ever since she made headlines taking that Capitol Hill guard to task. Google the Green Party platform. They aren’t perfect but they come the closest to my social ideals.

  60. tinfoil hattie

    Green Party Platform:

    http://www.gp.org/committees/platform/2010/index.php

    Their first big item is “Democracy.”

    Their second big item is “Social Justice.”

    The first item under “Social Justice” is “Women’s Rights.”

    Nader is not the Green Party. He ran as green largely because it was a party that was available. That’s my snotty opinion, anyway.

  61. tinfoil hattie

    One quote from the Green Party’s first para. on Women’s Rights:

    1. Women’s Rights

    Since the beginning of what we call civilization, when men’s dominance over women was firmly established, until the present day, our history has been marred with oppression of and brutality to women. The Green Party deplores this system of male domination, known as, in all its forms, both subtle and overt – from oppression, inequality, and discrimination to all forms of violence against women and girls including rape, trafficking, forced sex which is also rape, slavery, prostitution and violence against women within marriage and relationships and in all institutions.

  62. Kea

    I vote Green in NZ. Their party always has two leaders as a matter of principle, one female and one male.

  63. Kali

    Regardless of whether Karen Santorum had an abortion or not, Rick Santorum comes across as a sociopathic creep. If it was not an abortion, and they never would have chosen abortion, that means he was willing to let his wife die so that he could maintain his ideological purity in a situation that helped no one, including the fetus. If it was an abortion, then he is a hypocritical sociopathic creep who will allow countless women to die so that he can maintain his ideological purity in a situation that helps no one, including the fetus. So, Twisty is right that Santorum thinks “women’s lives are of such little significance that sacrificing them for fetuses [or even for his own personal agendas] is entirely consistent with the Global Accords Governing Fair Use of Women”.

  64. Barbara P

    Kali: exactly. It’s one thing for someone to be ignorant about how pregnancy can threaten a woman’s health, due to a (catastrophic) failure of imagination. But Santorum doesn’t even have that excuse. The man has first-hand knowledge of what can go down and STILL doesn’t give a shit. That’s scary.

  65. Bushfire

    I know that lots of my friends threaten to move to Canada

    I wish Canada was the utopia you Yankees make it out to be. Believe it or not, the land of the North contains forced-birthers, homophobes, capitalists, racists, serial killers, and all manners of hatebags. And apparently we all voted Conservative in the last election.

    We should move to Savage Death Island, is what we should do.

  66. speedbudget

    Barbara P and Kali, please see my earlier post. The ladies should pray harder, no doy.

    Santorum’s wife just deserved survival more. It was God’s way. I guess he didn’t need Karen up in heaven yet! Just the little baby. And because she prayed so hard, she can go ahead and get pregnant again, just like the Baby Jeebus would love for all women to be.

  67. Darragh Murphy

    Holy smokes, speedbudget just said, “no doy.”

    That is so awesome.

  68. TwissB

    Thanks to tinfoil hattie and others for responding to my question about the Green Party. I had already read the Green Platform on women’s rights. Since the references to violence and discrimination against women were unrelated to the brief reference to the ERA in the law section, they seemed to me merely a polite, abstract nod to the girls rather than a serious commitment to equality. Instead, the key word used is “equity” which has been justly defined as “The guys in charge of keeping things unequal getting to decide what’s ‘fair’.”

    It is true that the Green Party does allow one to cast a protest vote against the two dominant parties, but it’s hard to vote by default for pious platitudes.

  69. Cootie Twoshoes

    I voted for Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente in 2008, and I plan to vote for the Green Party again this time around. Is it 5% of votes a third party needs to receive in order to qualify as a nationally recognized party? Anyone know about this?

  70. cin17

    Yes, Cootie Twoshoes, the Commission on Presidential Debates requires that a third party receive a 15% support level before they can take part in the presidential debates. It’s referred to as the 15% barrier. The CPD is an organization created by both the Republican and Democratic parties to control and manipulate the presidential debates. The 15% barrier allows the uni-party to lock out any third party or independent candidates from the nationally televised debate forum.

  71. Cootie Twoshoes

    15%? Sheesh, that’s a lot more than I thought. It has always baffled me that a nation of this size and with so much pride in its system of government would operate with only two (ostensibly) parties. No doubt those in control intend to stay that way.

  72. cin17

    The 15% “support level” is the threshold that must be met for inclusion in the debates. The Green Party is a nationally recognized party (recognized by the FEC in 2001). But, with the stranglehold of the CPD, that’s still not enough for their candidates to be included in the televised debates that most Americans watch. It pisses me off to no end.

  73. Anne

    It’s 5% of the national popular vote, which is a tick up from the 3% that was required when Nader ran in 2000, then the party gets public funding and a podium in the next election cycle.

  74. IBlameRonPaul

    This POS lost New Hampshire. Good! Unfortunately, the asshat with eyebrow merkins who inspired my user name placed second, but what are you gonna do? At least the Fundie-Crazy vote is being split up, and the Tea Party Express has started running out of steam.

    I’ve enjoyed watching the GOP unravel, and my hope is that in a few more election cycles, the party will divorce itself from the Religious Right completely and start promoting candidates who are less like Rick Santorum and more like Gary Johnson. A woman’s right to medical privacy and self-ownership is the real issue behind abortion here, and it will be a great day for America when we accept that as a Constitutional right, and divorce abortion rights from political campaigning.

    Maybe not in my lifetime, but – “I have a dream.”

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