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04/28/2015

Rick Santorum wins the Award for most childish #StandForMarriage rhetoric

by Jeremy Hooper

This is more the rhetoric of a petulant toddler than someone who wants to the President of these United States

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[Rick Santorum]

Non sequitur much? His attempt to link the civil rights of loving families with wholly unrelated domestic and foreign policy debates shows just how political this whole thing is for him. He doesn't see us as citizens or our bonds as worthy. We are nothing more than something off which he can pander on Fox News or fundraise in his sunup to yet another failed primary effort.

And just so obtuse, too. There are many Republicans—young GOPers, specifically—who might very well agree with him on Common Core of Iran but who are deeply offended by the idea that inclusivity for same-sex couples is equivalent to "scrapping" anything. His divisive rhetoric is an example of a GOP that never learns from its national stage mistakes.

Not that I expect anything different, mind you, from a political figure who is still most famous for his brute rhetoric toward and against LGBT people. But I do hope these kinds of overplayed hands are getting us nearer to, rather than further, from a political spectrum where the constant divisiveness of the far-right "culture warriors" is finally forced to wrap up its overlong performance so the grownups can clean the stage and start the next act.

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