Santorum rallied around radical rhetoric, the GOP continued their war on women, Obama responded to a campaign of diversions, Sarah Palin made a surprising forecast, a Conservative character slammed “The Lorax,” and the Ed Show covered it all.
It was a week stuffed with radical rhetoric, as unlikely Republican frontrunner Rick Santorum served up his ultra-conservative message to hungry fundamentalist voters. As the convention approaches, GOP presidential candidates are ramping up assaults on each other and on the president, with the former Pennsylvania Senator offering a buffet of outrageous statements.
Santorum came out preaching on Sunday, attacking everything from Obama’s religious faith to the public education system. Appealing to the same constituents that labeled Obama as a Muslim terrorist in 2008, radical Rick claimed that the president’s policies are grounded in “some phony ideology…not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology.” While he didn’t manage to define Obama’s clandestine theology, a Santorum spokeswoman “accidentally” referred to the President’s “radical Islamic policy” during an appearance on msnbc. On Monday’s Ed show, Joy-Ann Reid explained that Santorum “feels the country should be governed…by the rules of the Catholic Church.”
In addition to his vision for a Catholic-American theocracy, Santorum also lectured voters about his views on education. We learned that his radical plan is rooted in the belief that a family should be able to pick and choose their child’s curriculum. It calls for the expulsion of all federal and state funding from public education. msnbc Contributor E.J. Dionne told Ed that taking government money out of education would essentially flunk the American dream.
But it was Santorum’s remarks at a Georgia rally on Sunday that fully exemplified the extent of his extremism. In a lengthy rant, Rick puzzlingly equated America’s current condition to that of the pre-WWII era, saying that a major threat to the country is being ignored. Part of his analogy drew an unmistakable comparison between Adolf Hitler, as the leader of the bygone-threat to America, and Barack Obama, the nation’s alleged biggest danger today. E.J. Dionne said that he “cannot believe the Hitler metaphor” was used, and wisely called for a ban on such comparisons in American political rhetoric.