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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Don't cry, wee Santorum

(hat tip: Alana Post)




UPDATE:
I'm going to quote liberally from a thread in WB because it cracked me up:

If the little girl were killed in a tragic pony accident, would the doll come to life and take her place? does the doll have its own doll to keep this chain going on forever?

also
According to the WP, "Upon their son's death, Rick and Karen Santorum opted not to bring his body to a funeral home. Instead, they bundled him in a blanket and drove him to Karen's parents' home in Pittsburgh. There, they spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2. They took photos, sang lullabies in his ear and held a private Mass." Actually she SLEPT WITH THE BODY OVERNIGHT before taking it back to the hospital the next morning.


THEY MADE HIM INTO A SMOOTHIE AND DRANK HIM


14 Comments:

  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Shouldn't that be "don't seep"?

     
  • At 3:01 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Heh.

    Look at the fucking robot brother behind her. He's like a cartoon version of the older brother in Welcome to the Dollhouse.

    I kinda dig the moody older sis in the background. She's all "if I hide myself with my bangs will this whole horrible right wing world disappear? Does anyone have any shrooms?"

    The whole fam is grand marshalling the Gay Pride Parade in 2025, mark my words.

     
  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Additional super-creepy details: the little girl scrunching up her face is wearing a Little-House-On-The-Prairie dress that matches her dollie's, and shocked-and-appalled boy behind her is wearing a sweater vest.

    Frankly, I think it's one more shitty thing to do in a long line of them that Santorum hauled his family out for the cameras when they were all crying and traumatized and shit. Leave them backstage and face the music yourself, pussy.

     
  • At 6:14 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Oh come on, they're children of the corn. That boy's name is Ezekial and he's crawling up your fire escape right now to burn you alive with hellfire. Those kids are beyond feeling sorry for.

    Though maybe the sullen 16 year old still has some hope once she goes to college and becomes Chastity Bono.

     
  • At 8:36 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Dan Savage says goodbye, including a YouTube clip that makes it clear why we're all so lucky to be rid of the moralizing prick.

     
  • At 4:23 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IS FOR LIBERAL FAGS!

     
  • At 6:06 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    You know, the crazy thing is that he's not actually wrong that we have turned our public sphere into an entirely passive, nonparticipatory consumer experience where it's all about what government can do for me. Ezra Klein has been saying all along that Rick Santorum is the future of the Republican Party even if Santorum himself loses: he'll just be replaced by Brownback. Conservatism that uses the language of social responsibility to moralize about every aspect of your life--but as far as I can tell Santorum and Brownback actually do care about responsibility to the poor, for example. It's one of the reasons I think it's important to define liberalism as separate from populism, which has real social-conservative overtones, and libertarianism, which has lunatic overtones.

     
  • At 12:19 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Hm, you may be underestimating the influence of the old guard corporatist Republicans, the elitist bastards who were cynically taking advantage of the evangelitards. What do they care about trivial wedge issues like gay marriage when in exchange they get an army of evangelitards clamoring for a massive transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to Big Business and the very very wealthy.

    That's the big fissure I see in my crystal ball. God help us when some economically populist Rick Santorum starts a barnstorming tour of middle America in which he rouses the rabble against the corporatists who coopted the GOP. Socially conservative and economically populist adds up to a party that actually reflects the US, at least today (and probably in the future as we become much more Latino).

     
  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Yep. That's one possible future for either the Republican or the Democratic Party. It's not actually clear to me yet which it will be, if either, especially since socially conservative voters make up major subgroups of the expanding Democratic base. If it's the Republican Party and they can overcome their little problem with racism (BIG if), they could be dominant for twenty years. If it's the Democrats, social liberals like us get left out in the cold.

     
  • At 5:55 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Left behind, one might say.

     
  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    But the paleoconservatives, who are the real racists in the Big Tent, just got roundly thumped and only barely postponed Bush's immigration reform (aka indentured servitude of Mexican pseudo-citizens).

    I'm not sure how racist the evangelicals are. They certainly proselytize a lot in Latin America.

    The corporatists are racist but not so much so that they don't welcome in millions of exploitable workers.

    The thing is, the paleos are loud, and people remember racist talk for a political generation.

    Whichever party successfully incorporates the socially conservative/economically populist Latinos, the left behinders will either be really, really unhappy for a really, really long time, or form their own third party. So says my christal ball.

    What I don't get is how the Bushies think they're going to control the strong tradition of Latin American economic populism. The grandchildren of today's migrant laborers are not likely to be tricked into voting against their economic interests. Judging by Latin American history/politics. Don't you think? Among the Latinos and especially Chicanos I know (of various classes and generations), there's almost always a really strong class consciousness.

     
  • At 6:11 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    My hope is that as they become integrated, the class consciousness will persist and they'll be tricked by Will and Grace reruns into becoming more socially liberal.

    Of course, it's likely to be the opposite, judging from the history of other immigrant groups.

     
  • At 6:17 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Also (sorry, I'm waiting for someone), the Mexicans I know have a mixed attitude toward gays. There's a strong place for gays and especially transgender people in Mexican culture, but the Catholicism often trumps what I assume is an indigenous pluralist tradition. Basically, there's an internal cultural tension. Straight Mexican guys will be friendly toward and even have sex with very femme gay guys, but there's also a strong imperative to not be openly gay yourself. The attitude is something like "It's ok for the gays to do what they want (and for them to give me a beej from time to time), but god forbid my son should be openly gay."

    Which is what gives me some hope.

     
  • At 6:38 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I'm not sure how racist the evangelicals are. They certainly proselytize a lot in Latin America.

    "The evangelicals" are a diverse group, taking in everything from certain mainline Protestant churches (the United Methodists) to black churches (the African Methodists) to the right-wing churches more popularly associated with the term (the Evangelical Methodists). One of the reasons it's tough to talk about Christian conservatism is that it's hard for an outsider Jew atheist like me to suss out just how the various strains in it map onto broader politics. I think you're right that it has very little to do with race, though.

    But the Republican Party does clearly have its roots in a racist movement of Southern and suburbuan whites away from the Democratic Party after the civil rights movement. Those people are where the immigrant hysteria comes from, and they're going to have a hard time overcoming it. There are still a lot of those paleos--it's tough to throw away perhaps 20% of the party--and I think they do overlap somewhat with the Christian conservatives.

    As to what Latino voters are likely to do over the next couple of decades, I don't have the foggiest idea, except to note that typically, immigrant assimilation has involved a tempering of cultural conservatism. A few years ago Phoebe talked to me about how the many Latino evangelical churches in this country were still politically up for grabs. I don't know if that's still the case or if they've since become politicized. I have the vague notion that American leftists should try to learn from socially left and feminist organizations native to immigrants' countries of origin, but I am perhaps the least qualified and least likely leftist in the country to undertake such an effort, so there's not really much I can say about it of any intelligence.

     

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