Santorum: “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side”

Failed GOP presidential candidate, former US Senator, and all around gay-hating guy, Rick Santorum told a religious right conference (sponsored by a number of officially-designated “hate groups”) that smart people will never support religious right Republicans.

Santorum seems to have missed the irony.

Let’s dissect Santorum’s statement (which is below).

1. Smart people will never be on your side – but the audience, made up of religious right leaders from around the country, is on your side.  Thus religious right leaders are not “smart people.”

2. If you really had the correct policy prescriptions for America, wouldn’t you think “smart people” would embrace that?  I mean, do you think “dumb” people are better able to determine the life of a fetus than “smart” people?  Are dumb people better able to analyze the science on global warming and determine whether or not it’s a hoax?  On gay rights, are dumb people really more capable at determining whether there’s a constitutional right to civil rights for gays?  And finally (but not limited to), health care reform – you really think dumb people are better than smart people and determining its constitutionality, let alone whether health care reform is the best approach, among those available, at helping more Americans get more affordable, and better, health care without hurting the economy, et ?

I’m sorry, but when you have a brain tumor, you don’t seek out a dumb doctor.  When the IRS audits you, you don’t hire a dumb accountant.  And no one wants a dumb banker, or a dumb lawyer.

It’s seems the only time you really want someone dumb is when Rick Santorum and the religious right are stumping for votes.

That ought to tell them something.  But it clearly doesn’t.

I’m reminded of a quote from high school (from the poet TS Eliot to be exact), “we had the experience but missed the meaning.”

Perhaps they’re just too dumb to get the irony.

PS I still can’t read stuff like this and not see the word “Jew” hidden between the lines.  Maybe it’s just me.

Rick Santorum at the hate group sponsored Values Voter Summit 2012:

“[T]he media doesn’t go along with us. You have to understand that. They don’t like conservatism. They like the other side. Not necessarily, I would argue, because they necessarily agree with them — it’s because they can influence the country more. You see, if just a few people make decisions about what this world looks like and what this country looks like, well then you can have people sitting in offices — the major media outlets and in Hollywood — they can deal with a small group of people, and influencing them and getting them to jump through the hoops they want them to. It’s much harder if all of you collectively build America. It’s much harder to influence you. We will never have the media on our side — ever, in this country. We will never have the elite, smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do. So our colleges and our universities, they’re not going to be on our side.”


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