Friday, October 20, 2006

Santorum reinforces position that crazies really do have a place in the U.S. Senate

Rick Santorum, the junior Senator from Pennsylvania, has really out done himself this time. And having out done himself is no small matter, considering this is the man who said that it was "no surprise" that the sexual abuse scandals involving Catholic priests occured in Boston, considering its liberal culture. Any how, here's an excerpt from a recent interview with Pennsylvania's Bucks County Courier Times:

Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been drawn to Iraq instead.

Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic “Lord of the Rings,” to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand.

“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

“It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”

Holy crazy. A three-term United States Senator folks. And coming up next, we'll hear from vice president Dick Cheney as he likens Kim Jong Il to the stinky cheese man.

22 comments:

Peter Nguyen said...

Lauren,

You are too hilarious! This is absolutely crazy!

Lauren Bingham said...

Why thank you Peter. And for more hilarity, check out this blog on the same subject:
I came across it on accident.

Lauren Bingham said...

hmm, so the link didn't show up. Here it is:
http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/6488037
And just in case that doesn't work:
http://popsci.typepad.com/popsci/2006/10/sauron_at_the_g.html#comment-24175896

Joe Strickland said...

I'm glad to see that the BYU-I College Democrats continue to find ways to improve our country by ridiculing our elected officials. Keep up the good work!

Lauren Bingham said...

Joe, I didn't have to find a way--Senator Santorum practically gift wrapped and hand delivered this one. Seriously, this is rediculous on so many levels. This was not some malicious, personal attack on Santorum, but simply poking fun at an outlandish statement he made. Just like everyone did when Zell Miller (D) challenged Chris Matthews to a duel at the 2004 RNC. But, hey, if we're improving the country then you tell those elected officials to keep up the crazy!

The Jazz Singer said...

In response to joe strickland:

DUMBEST. POST. EVER.

What are we supposed to do when the commentary, the answers, the explanations our elected officials give us are unacceptable, or as ridiculous as the qoute from Senator Santorum? For us to have a democracy, we need healthy debate. You, Mr. Strickland, may be happy with the crap sandwich and rhetoric salad your elected officials have served you, why, you'll probably ask for seconds, with a side of circular logic dressing , but an increasing number of us aren't content with what Maitre'd Bush is serving at Chez GOP. We'd like a government that actually served the interests of the country, and could give us all straight answers when we ask questions. On behalf of all of us who aren't happy with LOTR references, I apologize to you joe strickland, Mr. I'm What's Wrong With America Today.

Peter Nguyen said...

Joe,

C'mon, you're the 1st Vice-chairman of the BYU-I College Republicans. You know better and you ARE better than to leave the last comment you made on this thread.

Elder Robert S. Wood said in the last General Conference:

"It is far too easy sometimes to fall into a spirit of mockery and cynicism in dealing with those of contrary views. We demoralize or demean so as to bring others or their ideas in contempt. It is a primary tool of those who occupy the large and spacious building that Father Lehi saw in vision."

Lauren's post was obviously meant to be humorous. In her reply to you she pointed that out and she even cited a Democrat who made a crazy comment.

Your comment however, was meant only to create derision, to divide and demean the BYU-I College Dems. This is not the "Spirit of Ricks".

Your ideology is completely welcome, your tendency to be the contentious impetus is not.

Please, I urge everyone who comments on this blog to strive for greater civility.

Joe Strickland said...

Peter,

My comment was not meant to cause anyone to have their feelings
hurt.

The purpose of my commment was to remind all those who would read this post that attacking the character of elected leaders is NOT the way to improve things in this great country of ours. If we see problems in our government, we need to offer ideas and solutions, not attack people.

The BYU-I College Dems claim to be "a group of students dedicated to promoting greater faith, patriotism, and service regardless of political affiliation or ideology. We encourage everyone to join us in promoting the better welfare of this country." Ridiculing Rick Santorum in this public venue does nothing to help any members of your club fulfill this mission statement of yours.

Peter Nguyen said...

Joe,

Thanks for the clarification Joe. I think to a certain extent you're right, although, I don't think Lauren's post was malicious, I just think it was funny. Heck, I'll bet Sen. Santorum is laughing about it.

Hey, I saw you at Jerry Brady's visit. I was hoping you would stick around to the end, I hadn't seen you in awhile and I wanted to say hi. What did you think?

Jessica said...

Maybe Joe's sensitivity over Lauren's post could best be summed up by, "the truth hurts"?

Peter Nguyen said...

Jessica,

What truth? The truth that people say dumb things? I've said all kinds of dumb things I wish I could take back.

Howard Dean says all kinds of crazy things, Dubya adds words to the dictionary and Bill O'Reilly rewrites history and, like Lauren said, Zell Miller challenged someone to a duel? No, people of all kinds of ideologies say all kinds of crazy things.

Having spent a significant amout of time with Jerry Brady during his campaign, I've seen him laugh about a lot of things he has said that he thought would go one way and yet did not turn out the way he thought.

I'm not taking Lauren's post as anything more than poking fun at a very strange analogy by a controversial man who has said some very bad things about Democrats.

The Eye of Mordor? It's too funny.

Jessica said...

Truth being that Rick is crazy.

The Jazz Singer said...

Bravo Jessica.

Peter, I hope that eventually you come to the realization that this is, in fact, a democratic blog and that you don't need to apologize everytime our crazy liberal ideals come into direct conflict with those of any visiting Republicans.

If "BYU-I College Democrats" is actually going to be posted across the top of this page, we shouldn't need to be secretive or have to sugar-coat our beliefs. If people like joe can't read things like Lauren's post without getting their feelings hurt, then they should get out of politics because it obviously isn't for them.

Peter Nguyen said...

Jazz Singer,

I don't know who you are, but you're completely wrong about my motives.

Don't condescend to me, if you knew more about me and about what I do, you wouldn't doubt my loyalty or my resolve for progressive causes.

Cameron said...

"people of all kinds of ideologies say all kinds of crazy things"

Maybe what Peter means is that we could spend all day quoting public figures and the stupid things they've said. Here's a few:

"You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking." --Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)

"I've been racking my brain. I've been trying to figure out how Bob Dole's luggage got on my airplane...I told the doctor, I said, 'Look, I'm worried about the next election.' ... A misunderstanding." --Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, after he was detained by custom officials for possessing Viagra with a prescription made out in someone else's name

"The man who, how do I phrase this diplomatically, who will put a bullet between the president's eyes if he could get away with it. The toughest senator, the best representative. A great, great member of the Congress of the United States." --New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, introducing Sen. Charles Schumer

"It depends on what the meaning of the words 'is' is." –Bill Clinton, during his 1998 grand jury testimony on the Monica Lewinsky affair

"What's a man got to do to get in the top fifty?" –Bill Clinton, reacting to a survey of journalists that ranked the Monica Lewinsky scandal as the 53rd most significant story of the century

"I may not have been the greatest president, but I've had the most fun eight years." –Bill Clinton

"Now that we're on dog pee, we can have an interesting conversation about that. I do not recommend drinking urine…but if you drink water straight from the river, you have a greater chance of getting an infection than you do if you drink urine." —Howard Dean, teaching an eight-grade science class in La Crosse, Wisconsin

"When your horse is headed down toward the waterfalls or your horse is drowning, it's a good time to change horses in midstream. May I also suggest we need a taller horse? You can get through deeper waters that way." John Kerry

Crazy indeed.

Lauren Bingham said...

Cameron, you really want to play this? Seriously, we have a president who has had entire books written about his inability to speak the English language. So don't paint this out to be 'it's really the Democrats who are crazy.' It's both parties, we know. We don't need you digging up a list of 'I told you so quotes'. We could just as easily do the same with Republicans.

Cameron said...

Uh oh, Lauren, were you offended by someone poking fun at members of your party? Don't get too worked up, "This was not some malicious, personal attack on Santorum(Democrats + Rush Limbaugh), but simply poking fun at an outlandish statement he made."

Blake Roberts said...

Look, if you two don't stop fighting I'm going to turn this car right around. We will all just go home instead of Disneyland, and then you'll have a real reason to be upset.

Peter Nguyen said...

Blake,

You crack me up.

Blake Roberts said...

Thanks, I try.

I operate on the shot gun ideology, if I just throw stuff out there something is bound to connect.

Lauren Bingham said...

I was neither offended nor worked up. Maybe I just didn't get it, but it seemed like your post was more to show that Democrats say more rediculous things than Republicans rather than to poke fun. So don't start patting yourself on the back. If anyone went to the Dems v. Repubs debate back in 2004, they'd know it takes more than this to get me riled up.

Cameron said...

Lauren, I suppose my pasting of quotes was more in response to the Jazz Singer's comments than to the original post. I think we all agree that all parties have members that say dumb things. But Jazz Singer sounds like he/she relishes the partisan bashing and thinks that "For us to have a democracy, we need healthy debate", and that includes making fun of people.

Quotes like Sen Santorum's are funny. As are the quotes I copied and pasted. They're incredibly easy to find. But they're not "healthy debate".

No, a healthy debate would include talking about the pros and cons of Prop 1 and 2, the marriage amendment, and the candidates' varying views on important topics.