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Rick Santorum Disses 'Smart' People, Tries To Endorse Mitt Romney At Values Voter Summit: VIDEO

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AFTER THE JUMP, see Rick Santorum's suddenly infamous speech at this weekend's Values Voter Summit.

The part of Rick's speech to so far command the most attention arrives near the end, when the ex-senator explains why "the media" will never be on the side of conservatives:

We're gonna trust you. That's why the media doesn't go along with us. You have to understand that. They don't like conservatism. They like the other side. Not necessarily -- I would argue -- because they necessarily agree with them. Because they can influence the country. You see, if just a few people make decisions about what this world looks like, what this country looks like, then you can people sitting in offices -- major media outlets, and in Hollywood -- they can deal with a small group of people ... it's much harder if all of you collectively build America. It's much harder to influence you. We will never have the media on our side. Ever, in this country. We will never have the elite, smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do. 

Fun as it is to pretend that Rick was declaring war on smart people with that remark, it's pretty plain he was being sarcastic. More interesting, maybe, is Rick's sputtering from about the 5:00 - 7:00, as he tries to find words to convincingly endorse of Mitt Romney, a man he apparently despises. Check it out.

 

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  1. And religion doesn't "tell you what do to," Frothy?

    And honestly, ENOUGH of the "liberal media" meme. It's really a shame they are allowed to parrot this talking point without anyone pushing back. FOX News has the top 13 or 14 cable news shows, probably because of people like my parents, who turn FOX on at 7:00am and don't turn it off until 10:00pm (on multiple TVs at that). You want to talk about scary? Someone who is SO terrified of the "liberals," that they can't change the freaking channel. Someone who is so utterly brainwashed by "fair and balanced," they think every other channel is out to get them or part of a leftwing media conspiracy. Yes, I watch more CNN than FOX, but I might catch a half hour a day, not half a day. Want to talk about force fed talking points and telling people what to do? Look no further than FOX.

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 16, 2012 11:18:09 AM


  2. two things.

    first I have been wondering how Frothy Mix was earning a living, now I know. He has formed a political "organization", basically he is begging money from poor stupid people so he can support his dozen kids and dead baby he brought home for the kids to meet and play with. Remember this is the many who complained that his government salary of 170K was not enough to support his family.

    second thing is that right around the 5:50 mark he admits he did not listen to Mitt's speech.

    he says " I UNDERSTAND that he (governor Romney) referenced my name in his speech yesterday"

    This is the man he is shilling for and he cannot even stomach watching his speeches to keep current with Mitts latest convolutions....what a good supporter he is.

    Posted by: mikenola | Sep 16, 2012 11:35:02 AM


  3. As someone who works in media, only those dimwits and liars believe it's liberal. It's not. Here's the problem with people like Santorum, Bachmann, Perry, and all these asshats from FRC, etc. They say really stupid things. Grossly stupid. Often so contrary to reality or fact that a third-grader knows they are wrong.

    But they hate that the media covers it. Because somewhere along the line, these right-wing nutbags, and that's all they are, sad, delusional, paranoid and frightened, crazy people who get a camera in their face because of a 24 hour news cycle that clamors for the next dunderheaded statement to fill time on their network, have decided if they speak crazy long enough it will become truth. Karl Rove discovered that worked. At least for a while.

    And when it didn't, they decided to brand the media that showed EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAID as liberal as to discredit not the message but the messanger. If they could at least get their fringe idiots to believe the messanger was bad it would take some of the oily gunk off the crazy message.

    But that no longer works. Not because people are liberal but because this nonsense only works anymore on that 15% of the population that is truly dumb and scared...which is the Republican (tea party)base. And these idiots believe this confederacy of dunces and pay money to see them. (Let the hilarity ensue...)

    But dumb is dumb. Sadly now, it just seems to know no bounds. And it's become the norm to see people who poportedly want to run this country believe the most purposterous bullsh*t. And spout it like it's fact. Only silver lining...better to know who the enemy is. And they make themselves so obvious.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 16, 2012 11:43:39 AM


  4. @BART: "if they speak crazy long enough it will become truth. Karl Rove discovered that worked."

    Actually, Röve got it from this guy:

    The Big Lie (German: Große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."

    Later, Joseph Goebbels put forth a slightly different theory which has come to be more commonly associated with the expression "big lie." Goebbels wrote the following paragraph in an article dated 12 January 1941, 16 years after Hitler's first use of the phrase "big lie," titled "Aus Churchills Lügenfabrik" and translated "From Churchill's Lie Factory." It was published in Die Zeit ohne Beispiel.

    "The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Lie

    Contast that to the "Reality-Based Community":

    "The source of the term is a quotation in an October 17, 2004, The New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush (later attributed to Karl Rove[1]):

    The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality-based_community

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Sep 16, 2012 12:16:19 PM


  5. 'You see, if just a few people make decisions about what this world looks like, what this country looks like, then you can people sitting in offices -- major media outlets, and in Hollywood -- they can deal with a small group of people ... it's much harder if all of you collectively build America."

    -- as opposed to how Santorum and Ryan and Gingrich want it, which is America's government and law ruled by ONE man -- one old man in another country -- the POPE.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Sep 16, 2012 12:21:36 PM


  6. Just like that prick Paul Ryan , i have the same question: what can you do / I mean what are you qualifies to do ? have you a skill ? Are you a carpenter , a plumber a doctor, a barman , a soldier , .....what are you skills exactly and for how many years have you used them in real life ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 16, 2012 12:33:09 PM


  7. Thus Spake Zarathustra, eh?

    it's true. the more educated and informed you are to actual factual realities the harder it makes it to vote GOP - an active conscience works against the GOP plans.

    oh Frothy, still plugging away. You know, Ricky, that last son of yours, Gabriel? The one that was stillborn? Well, in a great many cases the youngest or youngest male in a family is gay. Gabriel dodged a bullet by not being born into your family. The even sadder part? You've likely got a living child in your household right now who feels like Gabriel lucked out...

    It's that thing the anti-gay side continually ignores - being anti-gay doesn't make you immune from having gay family members.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 16, 2012 12:42:31 PM


  8. "Hey, I`m talking to you stupids "
    *audience cheers and applauds *

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Sep 16, 2012 1:35:09 PM


  9. Strepsi, I was about to say the same! Sounds like he's describing the Vatican, no?

    So is Catholic Santorum against the allmighty poop's political power?

    Posted by: Tanoka | Sep 16, 2012 2:13:57 PM


  10. The right has become too stupid to know stupid is a bad thing.

    Posted by: bayhuntr | Sep 16, 2012 2:30:40 PM


  11. The "We're gonna trust you" passage starts at 18:18. I completely disagree that his "smart" comment was sarcastic. There was no sarcasm in his voice; his tone is exactly as it was throughout the entire passage.

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 16, 2012 3:23:16 PM


  12. Honestly, it doesn't sound so much 'sarcastic' as it does Freudian.

    Had a similar conversation recently with my conservative parents, explaining why younger people were abandoning the Republican party. The Republican party of 2012 has atrophied from what it was 30 years ago--politically, intellectually, and morally. It has become the anti-intellect, anti-science, anti-equality, anti-education, anti-progress party. And little of that anti-agenda appeals to idealistic and hopeful young people with their lives ahead of them.

    Ricky told da troof!

    Posted by: Set Free | Sep 16, 2012 4:20:15 PM


  13. Ah, I can hear them now, those Patriot Voices, singing "Smart people got no reason to live" with melody borrowed (uncompensated) from Randy Newman.

    (I'm surprised there are people who can actually write a check and yet are taken in by Santorum.)

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Sep 16, 2012 4:24:10 PM


  14. You can tell how desperate they are, because they keep attacking the media. Note to Romney, Santorum, etc.-- the modern media has become courtesan stenographers, but they're courtesan stenographers that have to be stroked and courted. They actually don't like it if you keep attacking them. Except for Fox News, but you'd already have them if you all took a collective dump on Rupert Murdoch's lawn.

    If you just shut up about the media, they might keep trying to make it a horse race (like they always try to do) no matter how far your candidate is behind. But if you keep insulting them...

    Rupert Murdoch himself, BTW, keeps pleading with you guys to stop playing only to your base. I love that Romney and guys like you are not listening. Keep that up, please.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Sep 16, 2012 6:00:00 PM


  15. You know, it's too bad he didn't use this speech during his Presidential campaign. "F*ckwits For Frothy" has a certain ring to it.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 16, 2012 6:45:32 PM


  16. Of course he disses smart people: only the criminally stupid will spend more than a few seconds listening to him before dismissing him as a fringe lunatic.

    Posted by: Tarc | Sep 16, 2012 7:44:23 PM


  17. Of course Santorum likes stupid people. They aren't capable of using Google to look up "Santorum"

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Sep 16, 2012 9:06:34 PM


  18. "This is the most important election you will ever be involved in." -- Perhaps the only true thing Frothy has said in the campaign.

    The direction of the Supreme Court for the rest of this century might be decided this year (certainly if Romney wins).

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 16, 2012 9:13:28 PM


  19. Why are they afraid of smart people?

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 17, 2012 12:32:13 AM


  20. AMEN kp05! My parents are right there with yours!

    Posted by: bill | Sep 17, 2012 8:34:25 AM


  21. I think Ricky must have drank some of the frothy before he gave his speech 'cause Ricky don't make no sense at all.

    Don't worry, Ricky. Us smart people don't may you no mind anyway.

    Unless we need a good laugh.

    Now, Ricky, please sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 17, 2012 12:04:44 PM


  22. Remember when the TX Republicans came out with their 2012 platform and one of their goals was to remove the teaching of critical thinking skills from public schools? They said critical thinking has "the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority."

    In other words it teaches students to ask questions and make up their own minds instead of just blindly accepting the authority of their parents and church. That's the LAST thing these "values voters" want because facts and logic are NOT on their side.

    Santorum is basically saying the same thing in a different way, that those gosh-darn educated 'elites' are never going to fall for their BS.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 17, 2012 1:25:00 PM


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