If He Says It, He... Says It

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Memo to Rick Santorum: THAT'S NOT HOW YOU TRIANGULATE.

Well, that was weird.

First and foremost, someone asked Rick Santorum about Bruce Jenner coming out as transgender at the South Carolina Republican Convention, which is weird, but I guess understandable. Jenner's transition has been big news, and Rick Santorum is, well, Rick Santorum. I'm sure someone was fishing for a primo quote.

But Santorum was ready, sort of. One of his handlers must have anticipated the question, and realized that absolutely nobody in the public eye has been willing to be a regressive dick about Jenner, and didn't want Santorum to be the first. So Santorum had an answer ready that was hilarious in its ability to make nobody happy. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman. My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are."

This is, of course, bullshit front to back. First. I've spent enough time reading comments by Santorum's wing of the wingnutosphere to know that his supporters will shout from the mountaintops that they don't give a shit what he says he is, he was born with a penis therefore HE IS A MAN FULL STOP YOU CAN'T MAKE ME BELIEVE ANY DIFFERENTLY PENIS PENIS PEEEEEEENIIIIIIIS! So, yeah. Santorum doesn't care what Jenner says.

And while we all know that Rick Santorum has been spending the better part of the last two decades shirking his responsibility as a human being, it's weird to see him admit it publicly. Now, everyone involved in this statement knew what was happening, which is why he continued.

"I can criticize, and I do, for what people do, for their behavior. But as far as for who they are, you have to respect everybody, and these are obviously complex issues for businesses, for society, and I think we have to look at it in a way that is compassionate and respectful of everybody.” And then he punted on the followup question and basically said the transgender/bathroom thing was a local issue, not a federal one.

Nobody's buying it, of course. I checked over at Breitbart News, and they... actually they were all still pissed at Rick Santorum for supporting Arlen Specter against Pat Toomey. Eleven years ago. Because they are completely fucking insane. But my point still stands. There's a very small subset of people that think this quote represents a softening in Santorum's social conservatism and may support him as a result. And I'm sure they'll be out at the polling places just as soon as they finish eating all their shoelaces.

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