Meghan McCain Isn’t 'Dumb' to Worry About Rick Santorum

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meghan mccainAnyone 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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2012 election, politics

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Laura2U Laura2U

Who really cares what Meghan McCain thinks, and why should we? She's the daughter of a man most Republicans voted for begrudgingly, and some flat out refused to vote for. We hardly care what McCain thinks, much less his foul-mouthed, spoiled daughter. If most of American hates him, how did he tie for the win in the straw poll? Obviously a large portion agree with him and would prefer him over other candidates.

Stacey. Stacey.

Laura, same way George Bush lost the popular vote but won the presidency.


 

nonmember avatar LC

"If most of American hates him, how did he tie for the win in the straw poll? Obviously a large portion agree with him and would prefer him over other candidates."

Two reasons: Because the straw poll was taken in Iowa, by a population that does not represent the demographic makeup of the American public at all today. Also, look at the other choices...slim pickings!

bills... billsfan1104

Funny how you get bent out of shape when people call her ignorant, stupid and other names.  But you and other Stir bloggers constantly call other conservative women you do not agree with, those same names.  What is the difference??

zandh... zandhmom2

Just a sad example of how a strong woman with an honest, spot-on opinion is immediately met with vitriol.


Funny how that only applies to women who opinion you agree with.  You certainly don't stand up for ALL women!

nonmember avatar Christian Mom

Rick Santorum is a frightening excuse for a human being. Iowans may have voted for him, but intelligent America will NOT.

nonmember avatar Elizabeth

First of all, it wasn't the straw poll he "tied" it was the caucus. And secondly, he doesn't represent ALL of Iowa... I am Iowan and honestly sick thinking that there are so many people that supported him. Quiet honestly, I think it was a joke.

EBee12 EBee12

Santorum means one thing to me (and it's not a politician with a chance of winning the presidency.)

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