Santorum Is Killing Two Birds With One Stone

Much is being made of how Rick Savonarola Santorum is hurting the GOP with his theocratic views.

But he’s also hurting Catholic politicians in general and our chances of having another Catholic president.  As I’ve said before, so far Catholics are one for 44, and that one got assassinated.  He’s undoing all the comfort President Kennedy provided in his 1960 speech assuring voters that if they elected him, the Vatican wouldn’t run the Oval Office.

Rick Santorum Is a Cafeteria Catholic

Rick Savonarola Santorum is the sort of Catholic who likes to chide other Catholics who use birth control or are pro-choice as “Cafeteria Catholics,” who pick what they like from Catholic doctrine and ignore the rest.

But he too is a Cafeteria Catholic.  The Catholic Church rejects the doctrine of pre-emptive war, but Santorum is pushing for us to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.  That’s a place where he and I agree, and where we both differ with our Church.

He’s saying that, unlike President Kennedy, he would follow the Vatican’s orders if he were president.  So Rick, that means you would let Iran get a nuclear weapon.

Class Warfare in Michigan

It’s interesting that while the GOP narrative falsely accuses the President of inciting class warfare, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are actually engaging in class warfare in their battle for blue collar Michigan.

Santorum is trying to appeal to voters with a two-pronged approach that is somewhat contradictory.  The first, and obvious, prong is that Mitt has been so rich and privileged his whole life that he doesn’t understand the problems of average working people.  The second prong is that Mitt somehow has adopted the views of Occupy Wall Street because his tax plan calls for eliminating certain taxes on those making $200,000 or less, without extending those benefits to richer Americans.

So Santorum is both waging class warfare against Mitt and accusing Mitt of waging it in a way unbecoming to a Republican.

Mitt Tops John Kerry

During the 2004 campaign, John Kerry became famous for saying, “Who among us doesn’t love NASCAR?”  Leading the rest of us to ask, “Who among us says who among us?”

Mitt was at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, and he said, “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

That was a waste of a trip to Florida.  He should have stayed in Michigan and continued to admire the height of the trees.

 

Was Sarah Palin Pro-Choice?

In the latest dump of Sarah Palin’s emails from when she was governor, there’s one dated May 12, 2008, from her top aide Frank Bailey, saying that they had gotten a pro-choice Alaska group to remove a photo of Palin at one of their events in 2007.  The photo had appeared at http://www.alaskaprochoice.org.

I guess they knew she was being considered for Veep, and that photo wouldn’t have endeared her to the McCain campaign, so they were busy scrubbing.

H/T Immoral Minority.

Santorum Makes Me Want to Throw Up

Rick Savonarola Santorum just keeps digging.  Today he said that President Kennedy’s speech assuring the country that he wouldn’t take orders from the Vatican made him “want to throw up.”

Santorum said:  “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”

I don’t believe in an America where the Pope tells our president what to do, and the president tells us what to do based on his religion.

There are lots of things in the Constitution you can argue about, but whether or not this country was intended to be a theocracy is not one of them.

Quote of the Day

“Americans understand, at some level, that Afghans would be upset by the burning of the Quran.  But Americans do not understand why the United States should continue to send trainers and advisers to a country where those trainers and advisers are liable to be targeted by the very people they are training and advising.

“President Karzai has to understand that patience for the continued commitment to Afghanistan is wearing very thin.”

Andrew Exum, former Army Ranger in Afghanistan and current senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Mitt Invokes the Popeye Defense

The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man (I know, I ‘m showing my age) used to say, “I yam what I yam.”

And this morning, when questioned about his Cadillac reference, Mitt Romney told Chris Wallace “I just am who I am.”

I’m not a Mittens fan, but I think the Cadillac flap is silly.  We know the guy is worth at least $250 million.  People own stuff (houses, cars, boats, jewelry, art, etc.) that reflects their income and their net worth.  The two Cadillacs aren’t even top-of-the-line Escalades, such as Newtie owns.

We have bigger fish to fry with Mitt.  He still hasn’t clarified if his Cayman Islands accounts helped him avoid the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) on his IRA, for example, a question first raised by Talking Points Memo and picked up by the NYT.  I’m much more interested in tax avoidance schemes than in how the super rich spend the money left after they pay what they owe.