soupisnotameal
You start out in 1954 by saying “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968, you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like “forced busing,” “states’ rights,” and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now that you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is that blacks get hurt worse than whites.

Lee Atwater, a head republican strategist, in an anonymous interview in 1981. He is admitting that republicans use coded-language to appeal to the racists in their base. Because, as he always said, “people vote their fears.”

Lee, who would eventually become the head of the Republican National Committee, helped Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush win their Presidential elections by teaching them to use overtly-racist tactics.

When the N-word became taboo, Republicans began referring to black people in less-direct ways, with terms like “welfare queens.” They learned how to say the N-word, without saying the N-word.

Sadly, this still continues today. As seen in Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama is a “food stamp President” and Rick Santorum’s assertion that he doesn’t “want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”

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soupisnotameal
You start out in 1954 by saying “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968, you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like “forced busing,” “states’ rights,” and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now that you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is that blacks get hurt worse than whites.

Lee Atwater, a head republican strategist, in an anonymous interview in 1981. He is admitting that republicans use coded-language to appeal to the racists in their base. Because, as he always said, “people vote their fears.”

Lee, who would eventually become the head of the Republican National Committee, helped Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush win their Presidential elections by teaching them to use overtly-racist tactics.

When the N-word became taboo, Republicans began referring to black people in less-direct ways, with terms like “welfare queens.” They learned how to say the N-word, without saying the N-word.

Sadly, this still continues today. As seen in Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama is a “food stamp President” and Rick Santorum’s assertion that he doesn’t “want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”

(via thesoapboxschtick)

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To continue his campaign, he said, “We’re living basically spending down our savings. Not necessarily the best thing to do when you have three kids entering into college the next couple of years.  But this country is worth it.”

Earlier this month, Santorum called Obama a “snob” for policies aimed at making college more affordable.

kileyrae
I think it’s unfortunate they try to corner him and make it look like he knows nothing else. My husband is brilliant. He knows so much about, you know like I said, national security, jobs, the economy. You know, every aspect of this race, any issue out there he’s brilliant and I think that’s unfortunate that they try to do that… corner him and make it look like he doesn’t know anything else. As a wife and mother, an educated woman it frustrates me.

Karen Santorum, wife of Republican front-runner, Rick Santorum. (CBS)

Rick Santorum has made his campaign about his extreme views on social issues. Pointing the finger at the media doesn’t change that.

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soupsoup:

No matter what political beliefs they hold, nearly all parents—99 percent of Republicans, 96 percent of Democrats, and 93 percent of independents—expect their children to go to college, the survey found. That resounding endorsement makes clear that Santorum is all but alone in his opinion that only snobs encourage all kids to go to college. 

dcdecoder

Rick Santorum’s Virginia mistake may prove critical

dcdecoder:

Professor Larry Sabato, of the University of Virginia, makes a key point in his latest Crystal Ball newsletter: Rick Santorum really, really blew it by not making the ballot in Virginia.

On Super Tuesday, 10 states will vote - of which, Virginia holds the fourth most delegates (49), after Georgia (76), Ohio (66), and Tennessee (58). Neither Santorum nor Newt Gingrich managed to get on the ballot in Virginia, a state that would not necessarily have been a great fit for Mitt Romney but which Romney will now effectively win by default. 

The upshot? Santorum will likely have a very hard time beating Romney in the overall delegate count on Super Tuesday. And Virginia could wind up making the entire difference.

Indeed, Sabato projects that Romney will finish Super Tuesday with 49 more delegates than Santorum - the exact number of delegates awarded in Virginia. Looking at the landscape as it currently stands, Romney will do well in Massachusetts and Vermont; Gingrich will do well in Georgia; Santorum will do well in Tennessee and Oklahoma; and Ohio is likely to be close (though Sabato expects Romney to narrowly prevail there). That means, in the end, Romney’s haul from Virginia may put him over the top. As Sabato writes:

“Our guesstimate of Romney’s delegate edge — 49 over Santorum — comes almost entirely from Virginia. Subtract out Virginia, and Super Tuesday becomes essentially a draw.” 

For Santorum, that’s a huge - perhaps fatal - missed opportunity.

kileyrae
One of the reasons I think Santorum is talking about religion is also to shine a bright light on his opponent Mitt Romney’s reticence to talk about religion. So it’s not just about getting the record ‘straight’ on JFK and attacking Democrats. It has the added benefit of shining a bright light on the fact that Mitt Romney … is very hesitant to address the issue.
inothernews

Here’s the thing about Rick Santorum’s “What a snob!” jab at the president.

inothernews:

Look at the video again and you can see, hear, and feel the contempt in Santorum’s voice.  He hates the president.  To his core.  It was unfettered, unabashed, unfiltered and utter, the utterest hatred for Obama I’ve ever heard.  There was no uncomfortable laughter to mask it with, as Romney might employ; there was no soundbite of manufactured outrage, as personified by the hollow shell of a man known as Newt Gingrich.  No, this was sincere disgust with the man who currently serves as commander-in-chief.  Over what?  Obama’s wanting our nation’s youth to pursue a college degree, or to enroll in a technical or vocational school?  Over espousing higher education?  Seriously?

Now Santorum’s advisers may have told him to tone it down, Rick, in the hours since that infamous ad hominem attack.  But there’s no use hiding such deep-seated abhorrence.  Rick Santorum embodies the worst trait of the Tea Party at its nadir: irrational hostility toward one’s political opponents.  Thankfully, there were TV cameras there to capture the nuance of “What a snob!”  Because reading that very quote from Rick Santorum probably elicits a “Oh, there goes Rick again, asking to be Googled!” 

But seeing and hearing him say it makes it crystal clear: when it comes to Obama, Santorum is sleeping with the enmity.

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liberalsarecool:

Reality: JFK said all faiths are welcome and should be treated equally.

“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.” - JFK, 1963

Rick Santorum’s world of lies:

“What kind of country do we live in that says only people of nonfaith can come into the public square and make their case?” Mr. Santorum said on the ABC News program “This Week.”

Where does Rick get ONLY people of NONFAITH are allowed? You can make your case anywhere, anytime. Rick uses his religion every day as he moralizes every policy through a Catholic lens.

For Rick, a former Senator who used his religion ad nauseam, to hear a speech on separation of church and state and take away this sentiment is truly vile. It is willful ignorance at its purest form.