Ultra-religious right conservative Rick Santorum (Dan Savage had some Google fun with Santorum’s name after his infamous “man-on-dog” comment) is making a strong pitch for money and support following his strong showing in Iowa, where he came within 8 votes of beating Mitt Romney in the Iowa Caucus on Tuesday. Let’s see how he does during the NBC Meet The Press GOP presidential debate this Sunday morning.
Rick Santorum pitch - notice the "halo" effect
"Dear Patriot," Santorum’s pitch starts out:
It’s Now or Never for Conservative voters. We can either unite now behind one candidate and have a conservative standard bearer in 2012, or have the GOP establishment choose another moderate Republican who will have a difficult time defeating Barack Obama in November.
I don’t think that’s what you want. Neither do I. My name is Rick Santorum, and I am the only authentic, passionate conservative who can unite the GOP..... No more sitting on the sidelines. Now is the time to act or get stuck with a bland, boring, career politician who will lose to Barack Obama. Tomorrow will be too late. Will you unite with me, merge conservative support, and help us hold our banner high? Your contribution of $35, $50, or even $75 can make sure this happens.
The next test is New Hampshire ... a state Mitt Romney has campaigned in for over four years….I will be the most conservative President since Ronald Reagan. I am not going to Washington to blend in and hope people like me. I am running to dismantle the Obama Agenda and lead–like Reagan did. The Washington Post said, "Rick Santorum was a tea-party kind of guy before the tea-party even existed." As a conservative U.S. Senator from the swing state of Pennsylvania, I led the overhaul of welfare that moved millions from welfare to work. I authored the bill banning partial-birth abortion, and I passed legislation that protected America from Iran's growing nuclear threat.....The future of our country depends on what conservatives like you do in the next 72 hours.....I give Republicans the best option to put a full-spectrum conservative in the White House. Help me make history!
That's his POV. Feminist philosopher Linda Hirshman, who's written a book on the gay movement, has another. In her excellent piece in Salon, she says Santorum and the GOP he wishes to lead are really fighting for strict Catholicism against modernity, including contraception. Here's an excerpt:
Following his eight-vote near miss in the Iowa caucuses, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is the man of the hour. Many people have commented on his profoundly conservative views on human sexuality. Santorum has clearly supported making abortion criminal and repealing all same-sex marriages, which he once compared to man on dog sex.
Santorum's sexual policy clock, however, does not stop turning back in 2003 when the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws or 1973 when the Supreme Court protected abortion. Santorum would turn it all the way back to 1964, when birth control was criminal in many states. Actually, Santorum's sexual policy prescriptions start in the fourth century, when the Catholic theologian Augustine of Hippo confronted his unruly dick. After years of Gingriching around with every female in sight, Augustine came to Jesus. Despite his newfound commitment to disciplined, godly behavior, he just couldn't keep the good man down. But he decided that at least he could justify, if not control, his irrepressible sexual desires by confining them to the otherwise consecrated ends of monogamous marriage and the reproduction and rearing of children. The only acceptable sex is marital reproductive sex. All the rest of the Catholic teaching on sex is commentary.