30 September 2012

Oh, my, context is everything. Really, it is.

Most of us know that Dan Savage did a pretty hard hit-job on Rick Santorum years back because of Santorum's virulent anti-gay stance(s). For those who need a definition of the word "Santorum" as Savage applied to it and placed way up the Google roster, HERE IT IS.

The media and the GOP campaigns themselves called this "Santorum's Google problem".

So, you would think that a media organization, especially one that is generally GOP-friendly, would think before writing headlines about Rick Santorum with possible sexual innuendo, right?


This was published today at THE HILL:


Now, one doesn't even need to be a gay guy to know that the word association here, in conjunction with "Santorum", is probably not very wise. Even I spotted it right away and my diet coke took a detour through my nose...



Now on to the actual content of the write-up:

Santorum plants seed for possible 2016 White House candidacy - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

"Rick Santorum is positioning himself for a possible White House run in 2016.

The former Pennsylvania senator has thrown his support behind Mitt Romney, but it is clear he is mulling another White House bid down the road.

Unlike some other prominent conservatives that either ran against Romney or supported other candidates, Santorum has sought to amplify his brand in the conservative wing of the Republican Party while also serving as a surrogate for the 2012 Republican nominee.

Santorum, 54, has previously indicated that he might run in 2016 should Romney lose.

In an April interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, Santorum said, “I feel like a young man, and hopefully I feel like a young man four years from now.”

That same month, a senior aide to Santorum told Chris Matthews on MSNBC that the ex-senator has engaged in discussions about a 2016 bid.

Hogan Gidley said, “I’m not going to say we haven’t talked about it, of course, you look and you say what are you going to do in the future…a lot of people said, ‘Prepare for 2016.’”

Republican history is on Santorum’s side as the party usually nominates the next guy in line, or the candidate that finished second in the primary four years earlier. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who posed a major threat to Romney in the 2012 primary, is 69 and unlikely to run again."...


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