Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Santorum's Debut Ad Attacks "Liberals Like Ted Kennedy." Isn't He Running Against Bob Casey Jr.?

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), trailing badly in the polls, has apparently entered the "Hail Mary" portion of his campaign for re-election.

In his first television advertisement, Santorum calls himself a staunch opponent of "liberals like Ted Kennedy."

Of course, Santorum isn't running against Ted Kennedy. He's running against State Treasurer Bob Casey Jr., who has been described as an "economic populist," but who like Santorum opposes abortion rights and supported the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. In other words, Casey isn't a "liberal like Ted Kennedy."

But it's election season, and Santorum knows that truth has to take a back seat to anger, er, passion. The ad offers red meat to Pennsylvania's conservative base, who would never want a "liberal like Ted Kennedy" representing them.

But the ad is dishonest in other ways.

It doesn't mention that Republican leaders -- including President Bush -- agree with "liberals like Ted Kennedy" on helping undocumented immigrants attain legal status. It also doesn't mention that Santorum was one of only four Republicans to vote with "liberals like Ted Kennedy" to raise the minimum wage.


Desperate ploys have been a regular occurrence during Santorum's re-election bid.

Last month, Santorum declared he had "found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," citing an unclassified report regarding 500 chemical munition shells buried near the Iranian border, following Iraq's war with Iran, which ended in 1988.

Santorum's declaration was quickly dismissed by none other than the Defense Department, which told Fox News Channel's Jim Angle that munitions hyped by Santorum are “not the WMD’s for which this country went to war.” Oh well.

Earlier, Santorum tried to distance himself from Bush -- in part to woo independent Pennsylvanians currently leaning toward Casey. When his poll numbers continued to slip, the strategy was apparently abandoned.

Why is Santorum making such drastic moves? Terry Madonna, a political scientist at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., put it plainly: "He's got to shake up the environment, or he's going to lose."


Anonymous rucky said...

When they invoke Kennedy (and Clinton)... they've already lost the debate.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Freedom_from_Chains said...

Uh, since they live in PA and Kennedy is a senator in MA, how could he ever represent them?

Ooops sorry, this is fundies we are talking about. Never mind.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous porphyrian said...

So, ones with integrity that want to protect the rights of citizens rather than take them away?

1:01 PM  
Anonymous rodeodance said...

people generally listen to sound bites--not facts.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous ComerPerro said...

"I like Santorum because he opposaes liberals like Ted Kennedy"

1:01 PM  
Anonymous rustydog said...

Santorum is down bhuge double-digits

he has to unleash the deadly catch-phrase, he can't run on his record.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous ComerPerro said...

Lucky for Santorum, hes not running against Ted Kennedy

otherwise, he'd just be Rick Santorum, that creepy, beastiality-obsessed guy who ran against Kennedy and got his ass handed to him by the voters.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous zidzi said...

Ted Kennedy ~the poster boy for troubled insanewingers like sanitarium. Can't wait to see his ugly face outta our Senate body.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous pinto said...

Yeah. Seems a growing trend among this years R candidates. Run against Ted , blame it on Bill, ignore your own record...

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Greeby said...

The finest mind of the 13th Century speaks

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Ikonoklast said...

You are missing the point here

Ricky is smart, see, he's about as much a resident of Massachusetts as he is of Pennsylvania, so without even moving from his family's real home in Virginia, he's setting himself up to run against Ted Kennedy, the real Anti-Christ and Ricky will strike down Evil Liberalism in the heart of its' own Empire.....HAHAHAHHAHHAHAAAAA!!!!!

I need to take my meds now.

1:05 PM  
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8:45 PM  
Blogger Stram said...

'he can't run on his record'?

What republican can?

The voters in Pennsylvania have voted for that loser before and until they vote him out, their collective judgement is in question.

Santorum and Specter? Get out of the coal mine once in a while fools!

9:32 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

"Rapture Rick" has really gone overboard with the desperation.

If Pennsylvania voters decide to send him anywhere but the garbage can, they deserve him.

9:37 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

I'm sorry but I LMFAO when I read your post. the snark was great..and Sanscrotum is an idiot.

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Sanatarium really lives in Virginia, shouldn't be running against Liberals like Jim Webb, the Virginia Democratic candidate for Senate?

Although, Jim Webb is a recent convert from the Republican Party, so he is only a rookie Liberal.

Kevin Schmidt, Sterling VA

6:32 PM  
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7:15 PM  

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