Anyone who has watched the news today and has a good head on their shoulders is probably still befuddled by Rick Santorum's almost-win in Iowa (eight votes shy of Mitt Romney) last night. The Pennsylvania Senator may be passionate about his beliefs, but those beliefs are so counter to what most Americans believe that it's absolutely terrifying to think of him within even 10,000 votes of the GOP nomination. Maybe he's gotten some kind of ego-boost from this close call in the Midwest -- shudder -- but I'm not freaking out quite yet.
It's like worrying that the end of the world is coming before the year's end ... It's probably not going to happen, so why tweak out about it, you know? And like MSNBC commentator and daughter of John McCain Meghan McCain said earlier today, the Iowa Caucus doesn't necessarily hold any water, and furthermore, if Santorum got the nod, it would be "bedlam and hysteria like you've never seen." At least, I would hope it would be!
Misogynistic trolls have had a field day calling her "dumb," "empty-headed," and spewing all forms of sexist garbage Meghan's way since she asserted her viewpoint. Just a sad example of how a strong woman with an honest, spot-on opinion is immediately met with vitriol.
The nasty McCain backlash aside, let's back up here a tic and do a quick reality check. We all realize that Rick Santorum is nothing but a lousy homophobic bigot, right? This is a dangerous man who has delivered shameless soundbytes like:
I don't want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.
And the classic from 2003 that enraged Dan Savage, in which Santorum compared gay sex to pedophilia and bestiality.
His statements and stances on important issues reflect the feelings and priorities of a tiny fringe of nutbag voters -- not most Americans. Most of us want to legalize same-sex marriage, according to a recent Gallup poll. And last September, a large majority supported the end of the military's "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy.
All of this said, it would be incredible and unbelievable if people weren't rioting in the streets and running off to Canada if the GOP nomination went to Santorum. He's a scary, extreme, laughable pick for a presidential candidate who hopefully, realistically has no chance in hell of making it anywhere near the White House. But if God forbid he ends up even an inch closer, I would pray most Americans are awake enough to be outraged and react in an uproarious way.
What do you think about Meghan McCain's assertion and Santorum getting any closer to the candidacy?
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